The Ducks are this year's trendy pick for the Stanley Cup, but the Rangers are our selection while the Blue Jackets are a solid dark horse.
The NHL's more elite free agents have either moved on or re-signed with their home team, trades have been made and the draft has come and gone.
The Stanley Cup finals will have plenty of star quality that will produce an exciting match-up between the young Lightning and the veteran Blackhawks.
The Ducks, Blackhawks, Rangers and Lightning comprise the NHL Conference Finals.
After going a respectable 6-2 predicting the first-round winners, RealGM takes a look at the Conference semifinals.