NHL's Future Stanley Cup Contenders: Assessing Each Team's Chances in Five Years

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NHL's Future Stanley Cup Contenders: Assessing Each Team's Chances in Five Years
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We're inching closer to see which team will be crowned Stanley Cup champions. The list of contenders battling for the cup is lengthy.

But fast forward five years. Now who are the Stanley Cup contenders? Are they the established contenders fighting for the cup this year? Or are they some bottom feeders that will emerge from the basement of the standings to become Stanley Cup favorites?

Based on the age of key roster players, the number and quality of prospects in the system, management, coaching and projected salary cap space, I have analyzed what each team's chances will be to win a Stanley Cup in five years.

It's obviously impossible to predict who will be strong contenders in five years accurately, but it was something fun to think and write about.

Enjoy!

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