There are lots of changes in the East this year. Detroit joins the "Atlantic" division with Montreal, Boston, Toronto, etc. (I still think the division name is stupid). The Bruins lost Seguin and Ference, and added old man Iginla. My Habs are not much different, with the only significant addition being another smurf forward in Briere. Two of their young prospects made the Montreal opening night roster -- defenseman Jared Tinordi (who was up late last year) and center Michael Bournival. They will be without defenseman Emelin until December with a knee injury suffered late last season.
The Canadiens and Leafs play tonight on CBC, so I'll be watching.
If there are any Washington Capital fans out there, keep an eye on teenage rookie Tom Wilson. He's a Plymouth Whaler who's getting an early season look with the Caps. Wilson is a big power forward who can also skate and score, delivers bone-jarring checks, and will give you 100% on every shift. He was Washington's first round pick in 2012, and I think he's going to be a heck of a player. He may get sent back to Plymouth after 9 games so as not to burn a year of his entry level contract, but he's really outgrown the Ontario Hockey League. However, Wilson is not eligible to play in the AHL this season, so it's either Washington or Plymouth of the OHL for him this season.
Washington also kept another Whaler -- defenseman Connor Carrick. He, however, is eligible to play in the AHL, so he may get sent to Hershey after his 9 game trial with the Caps.While I figured there was a 50/50 chance Wilson would not return to Plymouth this year, losing Carrick was a surprise, as he was a 5th round 2012 NHL pick. However, Carrick has really developed quickly and impressed the Caps in training camp.