The Flames were on the playoff path last season before key injuries derailed their chances. GM Brad Treliving has upgraded the offense which faded down the stretch but possibly at the expense of the defense.
With a new owner, GM and head coach, the Canes bring a new culture to the organization. On the ice with a new No.1 center, elite new d-man and two Calder candidates, the Canes goaltending still holds the key to their success.
As we enter the 3rd roaring week of the season, both pro and rookie bettors face burning questions as to which team’s colors will take over the stadium and which players will walk back with their heads hanging in shame.
Another busy summer for GM John Chayka as he continued to add key pieces in hopes of getting his young team into the playoff conversation. Led by one of the best starting goaltenders in the league and the reigning Calder Trophy winner, the Coyotes are poised to be the single most improved team in the NHL this season.
The status of starting goaltender Corey Crawford looms over the Blackhawks as they enter training camp, but even if fully healthy he may not be enough to get Chicago back to the playoffs. With one of the league's worst projected bottom-6, the play by several young players will dictate how high - or low - the Hawks fly this year.
The Sabres added several impact players this summer along with No.1 draft pick, Rasmus Dahlen. With a noticeable culture change in the locker room, the Sabres aim to be one of the most improved teams in the league.