The Bruins are in the envious position of owning the NHL's best line and best overall top-six group of forwards but curious roster decisions have also left them with the league's worst depth.
GM Doug Wilson held his cards tight all summer until the right deal presented itself and then swooped in with the biggest win of the offseason. The addition of Erik Karlsson give the Sharks a top-two defense in the NHL but is there enough scoring depth up front to make them a true contender?
The Kings only acquisition this summer was Ilya Kovalchuk to an already aging core, but return all the major players on one of the league's best defenses along with top ten goaltender, Jonathan Quick. Is it enough to keep their Stanley Cup window open?
The Jackets enter the season as a top ten team but amid a cloud of uncertainty around two star contracts and a key preseason injury, how long will they remain there?
GM Bob Murray set out this summer to change the Ducks philosophy, looking to add speed and youth to an aging core. After an uneventful summer though, major injuries in training camp to several veterans have forced talented young prospects into the lineup. Is it a blessing in disguise?
With one of the best young cores in the NHL and the addition of top-six goal scorer Mike Hoffman, expectations are high after tying for the NHL lead in wins after the All-Star break.
Vegas defied the wildest expectations and shocked the world with the most extraordinary story for a first year franchise in sports history, making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Twelve players set a career high in points and with expected regression forecast, they're out to prove everyone wrong all over again.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, GM Doug Armstrong chose not to blow up the roster. Instead, he brought in several key pieces to add to an already solid core. The offense is going to score a lot of goals, but will the goaltending be good enough to make the Blues a serious contender?
Jumping from a last place finish in the Western Conference to a playoff spot behind the strength of a new young core led by league MVP runner-up Nathan MacKinnon and one of the best top lines in the NHL, the question is, can they do it again?
The Stars are on the edge of the playoff bubble for the second straight season. Better health and the emergence of secondary scorers to complement one of the best top lines in the league will decide which side of the bubble Dallas lands on.