First batch of NHL reg. season games are essentially glorified exhibitions. When one teams goes all-out and the other plays soft to protect against injuries, strains, etc. then talk will happen and slight changes will be made.
Winnipeg is crazy-town. On many nights the Jets look like the flying frenchmen habs of the mid 1970s, or their predecessors the Hull-Hedberg-Nilson Jets of the WHA - then other nights they appear sleepy, poorly coached and multi-excused
Leafs will be Top 8, perhaps top 4 when the dust clears at end of season. Just too much horsepower and way above average coaching to falter like typical Leaf squads of yore.
Oilers are the big question mark. Such great talents - loaded up and rarin’ to go, professional NHL coaching, slightly above average goal-tending but something always appears missing. Perhaps its Gretzky?
Senators & Habs will be scrap heapers to be sure. Won’t drop to 10 or 12 wins - thats almost impossible given the NHL schedule and # of games certain opponents take off to re-charge batteries. But 25 to 32 wins is not out of the question for either or both of these mope teams.
Canucks might be the big treat in 2019, tons of promising youngsters coming out of their shells. No Sedins. Average goal-tending might prevent them from entering Top 16.
Flames might be slight favourites to capture a playoff spot - prolly 1st round ejectees!
Jets are exciting and well-run. Paul Maurice is an average NHL coach with little upside or downside. Some of his coaching techniques appear questionable - especially the constant line-juggling! Don’t think there’s much of a chance Jets roll to 115 pts - but 96 to 102 isn’t out of the question. Neither is 90 to 95 if they hit a run of injuries or Hellybuyck suddenly morphs into a hobo.