1. Washington Capitals
With a few tweaks on defense this is still the best team in a stacked division.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins
Even without Phil Kessel, the Pens have plenty of scoring potential.
3. Carolina Hurricanes
Their playoff run last year wasn’t a fluke and they should be contenders again.
4. New Jersey Devils
A healthy Taylor Hall with their off-season additions has them primed for playoff contention.
5. New York Rangers
Their rebuild got a big boost with the signing of Artemi Panarin.
6. Philadelphia Flyers
They finally have a franchise netminder, but who will be the focal point on offense?
7. Columbus Blue Jackets
A lot of changes, but that doesn’t mean they won’t compete and surprise some.
8. New York Islanders
The only reason they’re at this spot is because so many other teams made improvements.