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.