8. Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers being this high up really just has to do with them going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season. There were a lot of big departures this offseason in Florida, Duclair, Gudas and the Staal brothers are gone, but this still is a good team. Florida could be a top team in the Atlantic, or they could potentially miss out on the playoffs in 2024. Time will tell, they did do just fine as an underdog last season.
7. Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars went all the way to the Conference Final in 2023, and there is a good chance they can get back there this season. Dallas had a strong season last year and added Matt Duchene to their top six this offseason, that is going to be a big move.
6. Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers added Connor Brown to their top six, an addition that will definitely help flesh out the top six. The Edmonton Oilers still have Draisaitl and McDavid, and one of these years they are going to find a way to get it done in the playoffs.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
New general manager, new additions to the top six and no first round curse to worry about in 2023-24. This team could be one of the best in hockey once again this season.