When the puck is dropped on the opening night of the 2011-12 NHL season, all teams will be starting from scratch. Every team is even on the scoreboard and in the standings.
Within just two weeks though, you will see teams starting to separate themselves from one another. You will see flashes of greatness in some teams. In others, you will see a not so bright future.
I think a lot of teams have very bright futures in the East. Not only are the top-tier teams going to have a good season, but I also think some teams will surprise us this year after spending last year in the cellar.
The Eastern Conference this season will be a battle every night, whether you are playing the current No. 1 seed or the team with the worst record.
At the end of the year, not only will the Eastern Conference be a better conference points-wise, but it will also be the better conference to watch come playoff time. Here is why...