2. Tampa Bay Lightning
The top two teams will be both teams in the state of Florida. With that being said, I have the Tampa Bay Lightning finishing in second. Just like the Maple Leafs, the Lightning have a scary team. But again, their offseason moves don’t get my attention that much.
Yes they will be good, yes they will be in the postseason. But with what I saw in the offseason, I think they finish in second place.
1. Florida Panthers
Last but not least, I think the Florida Panthers will be the 2023-24 Atlantic Division champions. After a slow start to the season last year, they finished in the second wild card spot and found their way representing the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.
With them not making an impact in the offseason, they have a very good team already. Sergei Bobrovsky had a reborn postseason in relief of Alex Lyon and was arguably the main reason why the Panthers had the run they did.