1.Penguins-With almost the same team as last season,I see them winning the Metro and probably 1st overall as long as they stay healthy.
2.Capitals- Just like the Pens almost the same team, they will be right up there but, not good enought
3.Rangers-They made some changes but, with the same nucleus I do not see them getting out of the semis.
4.Islanders-If things go their way they could end up 3rd, the talent level is better than last season but, I see them 1 level below the Rangers
5.Devils-They will battle the Flyers for one of the last playoff spots, they added Taylor Hall and PA Parenteau which will help
6.Flyers-They will battle the Devils for 5th but, fall short
7.Blue Jackets- The talent level is not as high as the other teams, they will be fun to watch but, they dont have that scoring threat
8.Hurricanes-They made a few moves but, in a tough division they end up last
1.Tampa-They are loaded like the last 2 years, if Ben Bishop stays healthy they can beat the Pens and make it to the Finals again
2.Canadiens- They made some moves and will be right up there, but, they lack the offense to get past the Pens or Bolts
3.Red Wings-They added Tomas Vanek and Steve Ott, but, lost Datsyuk to the KHL, they are my dark horse team if Tampa and Montreal struggle I can see the Wings making a run for the cup but, I have them 3rd here and 5th overall
4.Boston-They added some talent in David Backes, Riley Nash and Dom Moore, i just see them getting the 8th spot in the playoffs and losing in a deep 1st round series
5.Ottawa-I have them right on the outside of the playoffs, decent, team just not enough
6.Leafs-They are improving but, are young give them a few years, they are ahead of the Sabres due to Frederik Anderson in goal.
7.Sabres-See the Leafs good upside that will be fun to watch play, they will lose alot but, will be a team that could cause trouble for the top teams down the stretch
1.Pens, 2.Bolts, 3.Caps, 4.Canadiens, 5.Red Wings, 6.Rangers, 7.Islanders and 8. Bruins
9.Devils, 10.Flyers , 11.Sens and 12.Leafs