12. New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are bringing back the same defense, the same star goaltender and the same top line center in Mika Zibanejad. While they might not have Tarasenko and Kane anymore, they do have a new head coach who has had success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before in Peter Laviolette.
11. Minnesota Wild
The Minnesota Wild are one of the toughest teams in hockey. This season will be another big year for the Wild who look like a lock for the playoffs. Getting out of the first round though will be their biggest challenge.
10. Los Angeles Kings
The Kings center depth is crazy with Kopitar, Dubois and Danault. This season the Kings will definitely be one of the top teams in the Pacific, potentially giving Edmonton and Vegas a run for their money for the top spot.
9. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning are still the power house team that won back to back Stanley Cups, but with Steven Stamkos, the captain and face of the franchise, airing his disappointment about not having a contract past this season. There might be a storm brewing in Tampa Bay.