By now, everyone has made their season predictions for who will make the playoffs and who will ultimately lift the Stanley Cup. Experts mostly agree on the top eight teams from each conference, but every year some teams stick around the playoff hunt longer than expected and sometimes even make the playoffs.
These underdogs find unexpected talent, have great chemistry or have great coaching that propels them to over-achieve. Teams like this are usually energetic and have a good core of players to build around.
While they might ultimately fall short, these teams provide the league and their fans some excitement when there was little hope.
So here are four teams to watch out for as the season begins.
NOTE: These teams I selected would be underdogs to make the playoffs, not to win the Stanley Cup.