A couple random looks at the Atlantic.
1) Toronto takes first in the Atlantic
Really in truth why can't they? They were only eight points out last season and no one has gotten significantly better. If anything the other teams ahead of them have regressed. Of those ahead: Boston looks rudderless, Ottawa lost Methot who they looked terrible without last year and Montreal...well Montreal is a big *?* at this point. I think their lack of reliable offense sinks them. Best odds would be for Tampa Bay, but I think the Leafs edge them in the end.
2) Detroit will be a train wreck.
This is a team that has collapsed in on itself. Their stars are retired and their identity is gone along with Babcock. Maybe Holland soon as well. They lack the skill and depth to compete and will be a bottom dweller this year.
3)Buffalo will challenge for a playoff spot.
The Wings may be on the demise but the same can not be said for the Sabres. With a slowly evolving core and a fully healthy Eichel they will challenge all season for a 7-8th spot.
4) Jaromir Jagr will sign in the Atlantic
I can see a number of teams taking a fly on him but my darkhorse(based entirely off gut) is Ottawa. They will make a convincing enough case through window of opportunity and playing minutes to get him.
5)Tampa Bay will be the only team in the league with two 40 goal scorers.
Kucherov and Stamkos will each light the lamp all season long.
6)Mitch Marner will score more goals than Auston Mathews.
How does he get more? Because Mathews will get less. Due to increased attention on the ice Mathews will rack up the assists as he feeds his winger after drawing in the opposition.
7) Malcom Subban will backup Tukka Rask this year and will play at least 25 games.
He will pull it together on the big stage finally and lead to some interesting goalie questions.
8) Erik Karlsson will still be awesome.
Ottawa may lose more games without Methot but they will still win games because of Karlsson. He is just an all around world talent.
9)Alexander Burrows will have a renaissance year.
He showed flashes of renewed interest in the game with his trade to Ottawa last year. He will reward management with a productive season that will see 15-20 goals and 40+ points while being a pest to opponents.
10) Artturi Lehkonen takes a major step forward this year.
He was very up and down last year but did seem to pull it together more consistently after the arrival of Julien. This year will see him used in a top six role consistently and he will take off to a 20 G and 50+pt year.
11)The Panthers will score more goals this season.
They lost a bit of punch this off-season with the Vegas expansion and a couple UFA's leaving for greener pastures. That being said they will still score more goals than the paltry 210 from last year. Adding Vrbata will help offset the loss of Marchessault and as long as everyone remains healthy they will see a rise in goal production.