1. The Stanley Cup Is Up For Grabs
Reason: The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending champs, but there are plenty of contenders for the Cup this season.
Complex says: The hard salary cap is bad for dynasties—witness the Hawks already gutting part of last year's Cup-lifting squad—but good for parity, which means that more teams will be in the mix. Will the Hawks repeat? Who will be this season's surprise, a la Phoenix? Can an underdog like the Flyers make it all the way to the Finals again? Where my Killa tape at, god?