1. New York Rangers
With a failed Stanley Cup run the Rangers are still loaded for another shot.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
A bitter playoff exit forced them to do some house cleaning. They still have a talented roster though.
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
Last years surprise playoff appearance should make them better this year.
4. Philadelphia Flyers
They proved that with a suspect goalie in net they can still beat a Cup contender.
5. Washington Capitals
Time could be running out for the Capitals to make a run at the Cup with its current core.
6. New York Islanders
They could peak this year, but with a stacked division it might not be until next year.
7. New Jersey Devils
It will be strange not seeing Martin Brodeur in net for them.
8. Carolina Hurricanes
Too many questions on the blue line and in net to amount to any reasonable success.