A year ago, the Los Angeles Kings were not even in the discussion for the Stanley Cup.
Perhaps they were an afterthought. Once the discussion got past the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators, the Kings might have been in the discussion.
However, nobody took them seriously.
It didn't matter if they were in the discussion, because they proved it on the ice.
This year, a number of teams could rise from the level of non-playoff teams or first-round losers to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
Here's our look at eight under-the-radar teams that could be ready to surprise people and make a run at the Stanley Cup.