Six organizations will have new coaches behind the bench and will be seeking very different results. For established coaches like Peter Laviolette and Barry Trotz, the transition may be easier, but rookies Willie Desjardins and Mike Johnston could be interesting to watch.
Before the season can even begin, the Penguins will be without their two biggest stars in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The duo are being held out of the start of training camp for precautionary reasons after suffering minor injuries in preparation for camp.
For the last five-plus weeks, Eye on Hockey has gone team-by-team to evaluate each team's core players. To wrap up our offseason series, here's a look at the very best core groups in the league, plus notes on a few others.