Real talk: Expansion teams–across any sport–are not supposed to be competitive in their inaugural seasons. It’s not hard to see why, given the sheer number of challenges facing a new organization out of the gate. Consider the fact that these teams enter the playing field with rosters containing players who were NOT protected or retained by existing teams during an expansion draft. Consider also that new teams must cultivate a winning culture and compete against teams that have already done so for longer periods of time. That’s tough sledding.