The 2015/16 NHL season was the 99th season of the National Hockey League (NHL). The regular season , at the end of which the Washington Capitals won the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the highest points , was held from October 7, 2015 to April 10, 2016. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks was named best scorer (106) and subsequently also named most valuable player. Most goals (50) were scored for the fourth time in a row by Alexander Ovetschkin of the Washington Capitals, who also had the best goalkeeper in Braden Holtby and the best coach of the season in Barry Despite .
The subsequent playoffs began on April 13, 2016 and ended with the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on June 12, 2016, with Sidney Crosby being honored by the Penguins as Most Valuable Player.
As in the previous year, special events were held in the 2015/16 season. This includes the All-Star Game 2016 on January 31, 2016, which was hosted by the Nashville Predators in the Bridgestone Arena . In addition, selected regular season matches were played again as open-air games: The 2016 NHL Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Canadiens de Montréal took place on January 1, 2016 at Gillette Stadium , while the 2016 NHL Stadium Series featured the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild as well as the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings faced.
The New York Islanders left their old home ground, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum , and will play their home games in the Barclays Center, which opened in 2012 . In addition, the cooperation partners in the American Hockey League changed for a number of teams , as they underwent extensive restructuring for the 2015/16 season .
With the start of the 2015/16 season, the following rule changes come into force:
- If a game of the regular season ends in a draw after 60 minutes of playing time, a five-minute overtime is played, in which from now on only three outfield players instead of the previous four are on the ice. For the overtime period, the sudden death rule still applies , so that the first hit ends the game; if no goal is scored, a shootout is then initiated . Since fewer than three field players of a team are allowed to be on the ice at any time, the number of players of the opponent is increased in the case of time penalties in overtime instead of sending one's own player to the penalty bench. The background to the new rule is that fewer games should be decided after the shootout, although the American Hockey League had already introduced a similar format of 3-on-3 overtime for the 2014/15 season and was able to significantly increase the proportion of games decided in overtime .
- As already established in the National Football League , there will be a "Coach's Challenge" from now on, that is, a one-time opportunity for coaches to have controversial game scenes assessed by a video referee and, if necessary, corrected. Until now , this form of video evidence was only available to the referees themselves and only in certain situations (e.g. goal or no goal). This is now expanded to include the following situations:
- If a goal falls from an alleged offside situation , this is checked and the goal is denied if necessary. Since the available camera angles often turned out to be ambiguous in the course of the regular season, it was decided in March that a camera positioned exactly on the blue line should be installed in all stadiums in which playoff games take place.
- If the goalkeeper is supposed to be disabled ( goaltender interference ), both coaches have the option of a challenge . If the referees decide on obstruction and recognize the goal, this can also be checked, as can a decision on no obstruction and goal .
- In order to be able to use the challenge, the team does not have to have used the time out that is available once per game . If the coach is wrong with his challenge and the decision remains, the time-out expires; if he is right, it will remain. The challenge itself is only permitted once per game and team, regardless of its success.
The 2015 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 26th and 27th, 2015 in Sunrise , Florida . With the First Overall Draft Pick , the Edmonton Oilers chose the Canadian attacker Connor McDavid . Jack Eichel and Dylan Strome were selected in second and third place . A total of 211 players from 14 nations were drafted from the NHL franchises in seven rounds.
Top 5 picks
Abbreviations: GP = games, W = wins, L = defeats, OTL = defeat after overtime or shootout , GF = goals scored, GA = goals conceded, Pts = points
Explanations: The position within the conference is in brackets; = Playoff qualification, = Division winner, = Conference winner, = Presidents' Trophy winner
Wild card teams
Wild card teams
With 106 points, Patrick Kane led the NHL scorer list, becoming the first American to win the Art Ross Trophy . Most goals were scored for the fourth time in a row by Alexander Ovechkin , who scored 50. Erik Karlsson became the first defender since Bobby Orr (1974/75) to lead the league in assists (66); He was also the first defender since Paul Coffey (1985/86), who placed in the top 5 of the scorer list. The plus / minus member and not of led Tyler Toffoli with +35; Mikkel Bødker had the worst value in this category with -33.
Abbreviations: Sp = games, T = goals, V = assists , pts = points, +/- = plus / minus , SM = penalty minutes; Fat: best value
The combined table shows the three best goalkeepers in the categories conceded goals and catch quota as well as the leaders in the categories shutouts and wins.
Abbreviations: GP = games, TOI = ice age (in minutes), W = wins, L = defeats, OTL = overtime defeats, GA = goals conceded, SO = shutouts , Sv% = shots saved (in%), GAA = goals conceded; Bold: Season best
Only goalkeepers who have played at least 25 games are recorded. Sorted by the best goals against.
Best rookie scorer
With 30 goals, 47 assists and thus 77 scorer points, Artemi Panarin clearly led the league's rookies and also placed in the top 10 of the entire league. Connor McDavid missed almost half of the season due to an injury, but got over one point per game. The best plus / minus statistics of all rookies was achieved by Colton Parayko with +28, while Ben Hutton was in last place with -21. Jordan Oesterle received the most ice age with an average of 21 minutes and 41 seconds per game.
Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists , Pts = points, +/− = plus / minus , PIM = penalty minutes
Stanley Cup playoffs
NHL Awards and trophies awarded
All rookie team
↑ Board of Governors approves 2015–2016 rules changes. nhl.com, June 24, 2015, accessed June 25, 2015 .
^ Shawn P. Roarke, NHL adding blue-line cameras for playoffs. nhl.com, March 14, 2016, accessed March 15, 2016 .