Taylor Hall is in New Jersey. Shea Weber now calls Montreal home, though P.K. Subban is now in the West. Pavel Datsyuk fled for the Kontinental Hockey League, and with him could go the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff hopes. The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to become the first repeat champion since 1998.
Early October offers a new beginning for every team in the NHL, and the parity in the league means that even your wildest dreams are possible. And we’re here tell you why they are.
Boston Bruins: Scoring-line centers. The one-two center combination of David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron matches up well against any level of competition.
Buffalo Sabres: Arrow pointing up. General manager Tim Murray seems to have the Sabres moving in the right direction, thanks to a stable of quality youngsters led by Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and the currently unsigned Rasmus Ristolainen, who is a restricted free agent.
Carolina Hurricanes: Bill Peters and his young defense. It’s hard to not…