I have Minny winning it, they got better exponentially better and their fans will be excited. And also I don't think the Canucks really care about the regular season at this time. I think it will be close though.
The Canucks have won back to back Presidents Trophies and 4 division titles in a row. As of now it is the Canucks to lose. Though I do not care if Vancouver wins the division or not because we seem to play like trash at home anyways (in playoffs)
The Wild being this year's Sabres. Remember how people overrated them during last year's off-season? I'm starting to dislike it...
It's going to be a very interesting year for our division.
You've got the Nucks trying to defend their title from two teams trying to prove themselves and continue developing the youth (Minny/Colorado), a team desperately trying to remain relevant and get back into the postseason (Calgary) and a young team with a new coach as well as nothing to lose (Edmonton) which could always throw a wrench into someone's plans.
I'm not sure we can even get a reasonable idea of how the division will unfold until the rosters get a little more established after camp and we start seeing how preseason is looking.
Vancouver mailed their effort in almost all season long, last year, and still won the President`s Trophy. However, along with injuries to two of their stars, that`s what ended up biting them in the ass last season. They got complacent and were surprised by the Kings.
Next season, you`d have to think they`ll have to have the same attitude they had the year they made the Finals. I think they`ll be on a mission and run away with the West.
You have to think it will be the Canucks. Adding Parise and Suter to your roster without subtracting anything is obviously going to make your team better, but I wonder how much depth the Wild have. I admit I don't know much about the team, but do they have the depth Vancouver has? Probably not. Who is their number #2 defenceman after Suter? Would it be Gilbert? I just don't see them being as good as the Canucks.