The Pacific Division was the NHL's most competitive throughout the 2011-12 season.
One point separated the division-winning Phoenix Coyotes (97 points) from the second-place San Jose Sharks (96 points) and the third-place Los Angeles Kings (95 points).
Even the fourth-place Dallas Stars (89 points) were in the playoff hunt until the season's final week, and the last-place Anaheim Ducks (80 points) were the league's best cellar-dweller.
Many people believed throughout the season that the parity in the Pacific Division was due to "mediocrity" rather than competitiveness.
This idea was of course debunked, as the Coyotes and Kings knocked off the rest of the Western Conference elite en route to the Conference Finals.
The Kings represented the Pacific Division and the West in the Stanley Cup Finals, where they beat the New Jersey Devils—a team from the supposedly superior Atlantic Division.
Now, as the NHL offseason rolls on, the Pacific Division is changing shape. Some teams are improving, some are getting worse. The 2012-13 season will likely again be a very closely contested one for these five teams, but the past month of activity will influence how the final results will be different.