With most teams making significant changes this summer, there is much more that we don't know about NHL teams than we do. But here are some projections I offer with a degree of confidence:
5. The improved New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres should be moving up in the Eastern Conference standings, although it's difficult to project who is falling. The Washington Capitals? Penguins? Don't see it, but some do.
10. Owner Terry Pegula will be Buffalo's MVP this season. He has put a charge into the organization in an intelligent way.