1. Colorado Avalanche
They proved in the playoffs last year that they are among the best offensive teams in the league.
2. Vegas Golden Knights
Adding a Stanley Cup winner in Alex Pietrangelo on defense shows they are still in a win-now mode for this young franchise.
3. St. Louis Blues
Losing Pietrangelo will hurt, but getting Torey Krug isn’t a bad consolation prize.
4. Minnesota Wild
Their team depth and playing in a weaker division has them primed for a playoff spot.
5. Arizona Coyotes
Too much turmoil in the front office, but the talent is there for playoff contention.
6. Anaheim Ducks
They’re probably another year away from contention, but the offense needs to start showing more progress.
7. San Jose Sharks
Their run for a Cup has come and gone.
8. Los Angeles Kings
The growing pains will continue as will the cap crunch for goalie Jonathan Quick and defenseman Drew Doughty.