The Islanders are going to have a new captain this season after the departure of veteran D-man Mark Streit, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of dissension when it comes to the player who is the favorite to earn that designation.
There are a few very different paths that Erik Cole's 2013-14 season might take, including one where he gets released or traded. Plus, more on the Stars' young skaters that will be playing key roles this season.
As part of the Bobby Ryan trade, the Ducks acquired promising young winger Jacob Silfverberg, and he might be installed on the top line alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry this season. Meanwhile, the Ducks have some questions to answer in net, as Jonas Hiller is entering a contract season (and the NHL sample on Viktor Fasth is promising, but small).
The strength of the Coyotes' roster right now is on defense (and in goal), but here's a discussion on their relative goal drought, a problem that could potentially be fixed by making a free agent addition.