The Atlantic Division: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs
In addition to their familiar rivals from the now-defunct Northeast Division, the Bruins will be joined by a handful of threatening new foes in the recently named Atlantic Division.
The Detroit Red Wings led by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk project to be a perennial force in the new division, and they will be especially dangerous in 2013-14 with the additions of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Despite their veteran firepower, the Wings won't be the only legitimate threat to win the division.
Just hours after Alfredsson signed with Detroit, the Ottawa Senators replaced their former captain by trading for high-scoring winger Bobby Ryan. Ryan will now join 2012 Norris winner Erik Karlsson on a young team that shocked the league with a postseason run in 2013. Paul McLean's emerging team should not be overlooked again.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs believe they have finally found their goaltender in Jonathan Bernier, and the defending Northeast-champion Canadiens remain mostly unchanged as they plot a repeat performance.
Though the Panthers, Lightning and Sabres don't seem ready to challenge for a division title just yet, they are worth watching. The two Florida teams picked in the top three of the 2013 draft, with Florida selecting Aleksander Barkov and Tampa nabbing Jonathan Drouin. Meanwhile Buffalo quietly enjoyed a superb draft reeling in defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov in the first round.
As it stands, the Atlantic looks to be the NHL's toughest division, meaning that the Bruins will have to ready themselves for quite a fight.