Who will be your team's whipping boy this year?

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    Who will the fans turn on this year on your team? For the leafs I’m going to guess ceci. Leaf fans love to bash defensemen and now that gardiner and zaitsev are gone, ceci will probably get the honour
     
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    Koskinen and Smith are gonna get it.

    And likely rightfully so
     
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    If he's around for another whirl, Vlad Sobotka is pretty much the bane of all existence from casual fans to stat guys to diehards, young and old alike. He's not well liked.
     
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    Cody Ceci is in for a rough year.
     
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    Kyle Turris or Ryan Ellis
     
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    Or Karlson
     
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    Tyler Myers could very well be a whipping boy next season.
     
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    Bryan Rust or Jake Guentzel. They'll take more than their shame of blame whenever the team goes through a rough patch.
     
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    Justin Braun is the most likely candidate for the Flyers. Most fans feel they overpaid for him (2nd and 3rd) and at his age and play style, there's a decent chance he is the least effective defensemen on the team.
     
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    matheson

    but we've already turned on him. keep this train rollin
     
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    Regular season will be whoever plays worse out of Shattenkirk/Schenn.

    Playoffs: Stamkos.
     
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    Matheson and/or Ekblad for the Panthers.
     
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    Matthew Tkachuk. (No different than Gaudreau/Nylander after extending, things will be normal again after this season criticism wise)

    Johnny Gaudreau (Why doesn't he find an extra gear and outperform CMD/Kucherov and drag us to the cup Finals?)
     
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    I think we stay with Turris for the Preds. It's not entirely his fault. He is what he is. He's got some skills and in the right situation can probably score 50-60 pts. Last year he struggled with injuries and hasn't really found linemates he meshes well with yet in Nashville. And he does need his linemates to carry some of the load for him. But now that we have Duchene the odds of Turris finding a spot where he's able to produce in our lineup get dicey. One of them could switch to wing. I don't think Duchene wants to. And I don't think Turris would be a very good winger. If he's on a lower line and doesn't get PP time he could be looking at an underwhelming statistical season again - this time without the valid injury excuse. In which case we'll look even more askance at his $6M contract. He just doesn't do enough other things in the game to make up for lowered production.
     
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    From the Jets, I'll go with Bryan Little. Nobody to genuinely rip on this year.
     
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    Lazy Loui, once again. He makes a great whipping boy.
     
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    Schneider if he isn't healthy plays injured again. Could continue to be Zacha
     
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    Me: Jordan Staal unless he stays full moose mode.
     
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    Ceci and maybe Kerfoot in Toronto. Nylander is also in for a world of hurt if he doesn’t start out hot.
     
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    Not unless he sits out the year, he could get paid too much and underperform his contract and he'll still be too much of a good Canadian boy to get much heat. On the other hand, Nylander could get 70 points and half the fanbase will still hate him for not being Wendel Clarke.
     
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    Unless Cody Ceci finds another gear to his play he should probably start booking psychological counselling sessions now.
     
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