NHL Offseason: Power Ranking the Eastern Conference the Day Before Free Agency

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NHL Offseason: Power Ranking the Eastern Conference the Day Before Free Agency
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The 2013 NHL season has ended, but there is never a boring day in the world of hockey. The 2013 NHL entry draft, which held all sorts of surprises, took place last Sunday, while free agency will begin at noon ET on Friday.

The new realignment will be something to keep an eye on as well, as the East will not be divided up as it used to be. Also, there will be 16 teams instead of the previous 16, as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings move into a more time-zone-friendly conference by replacing the Winnipeg Jets.

All sorts of things can and will change in free agency, but this is a look at how things line up in the Eastern Conference before the frenzy begins. 

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