1. Vegas Golden Knights
A full season with the group they put together during last season should put them at the top.
2. Calgary Flames
They took a big step forward last year, but there are still questions in net.
3. San Jose Sharks
Their captain left via free agency, but they have one of the deepest defensive units in the league.
4. Arizona Coyotes
This is the year they need to put it all together and make a playoff push.
5. Anaheim Ducks
There should be improvements in many areas, but they’re another year away from contention.
6. Los Angeles Kings
The reset button has been hit, but they aren’t going all out for a rebuild just yet.
7. Vancouver Canucks
If their defense and goalie can match what their offense can dish out, they can make a leap in the division.
8. Edmonton Oilers
Not a lot is expected from them and that is a good thing for this franchise. Time to fly under the radar.
1. Nashville Predators
Their defense is still stacked, but will the offense match?
2. St. Louis Blues
Coming in as defending Stanley Cup champions shouldn’t have any effect on this team.
3. Colorado Avalanche
They were a dark horse team last year, but they should be legit contenders this year.
4. Winnipeg Jets
The loss of a few key players will hurt, but this team is too talented to not make the playoffs.
5. Dallas Stars
If they remain a defensive stalwart they’ll be playing in the playoffs once again.
6. Minnesota Wild
They seem to always be a player or two away from making a leap in a stacked division.
7. Chicago Blackhawks
They could certainly make strides this year, but everyone above them is better by far.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
They can’t have a repeat of last year and they shouldn’t.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs
This is a crucial year for this group to finally live up to their potential.
3. Boston Bruins
After coming up short in the Stanley Cup final, they’re still contenders once again.
4. Florida Panthers
They have a new goaltender and a Stanley Cup winning coach to go with their high powered offense.
5. Montreal Canadiens
The health of goalie Carey Price will determine their fate this season.
6. Buffalo Sabres
Once again they made a coaching change, but their talent pool is as deep as it’s ever been.
7. Detroit Red Wings
With Steve Yzerman now in charge it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for them to be contenders.
8. Ottawa Senators
The long rebuild continues north of the border.