The regular season is only a couple of months away, but that's still just a tad bit early to be making any predictions right? Who cares!? We're too excited to abide by any rules, so it's time to make some ridiculously early predictions on what is absolutely going to happen with the 2016-17 season.
Please do make your predictions as well, but understand that if they are different from these ones? They will more than likely be wrong. Without further adieu, here they are.
The Pacific Division
Although the Pacific Division should see a little more competition from the Canadian sides this season, the Californians will once again take the three playoff spots. This year the Kings will top the division though, followed by the Ducks and Sharks.
The Central Division
The Blues showed how strong they were in the playoffs last year and came up just short of a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. They will be the best prepared in the Central Division this year though, while a feisty Minnesota team battles it out with Chicago for 2nd place. In the end, Chicago will nab that second spot, but the Wild won't be far back in 3rd.
Western Conference Wild Cards
The Central Division will once again produce both of the Wild Card teams in the west this season, but this year the Avalanche will end up being the top wild card seed followed by the Dallas Stars.
Pittsburgh may be the reigning Stanley Cup Champs, but their biggest rivals don't care about that. The Flyers' spirited wildcard run last season was just a preview of what was to come. This year the Flyers nab the top spot in the Metropolitan Division while the perennially good Washington Capitals once again have a decent regular season and finish second. Last season's champs will still be at the dance, only this year as a third seed.
After a few seasons of barely keeping their playoff streak intact, the Red Wings and their young stars are going to have a breakout season and rise to the top of the Atlantic Division. The Lightning have been knocking at the door for a while now and will finish just behind Detroit while their fellow statesmen, the Panthers will grab third.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Two of three New York teams will make it into the playoffs this season, but as wild card teams. The lovable Islanders will take the first one followed by their Big Apple rivals.
Western Conference Final
After several tough series, the Kings and the Blues will prevail as the Western Conference finalists setting up for another brilliant final. Although the Blues will play the Kings hard, LA will head to the Stanley Cup Final after a seven game series.
Eastern Conference Final
After a few disappointing playoff runs, the Caps will make it to the Eastern Conference Final this year with the Detroit Red Wings. After winning the opening two games, the Caps will end up losing four in a row to the Red Wings as Detroit returns to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009.
Stanley Cup Winners: The Los Angeles Kings
It's been kind of weird the past few seasons without the Kings making a long run into the playoffs, but in the 2016-17 season, they will return to their post as Stanley Cup Champions under the leadership of Anze Kopitar who will also win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Now that we've told you what is going to happen, it's time for your to tell us what will absolutely happen! Go ahead in the comments below!