With the NHL season set to begin on Wednesday, here are the preseason power rankings for the Western Conference.

14. Arizona Coyotes

The team has a bunch of nice young players like Max Domi and Anthony Duclair, but they still need time to develop. Their big addition in the offseason was adding defensemanAlex Goligoski.

13. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver still has some really good players in the Sedin twins and goalie Ryan Miller, but the rest of the roster is lacking firepower. Let the rebuild in Vancouver begin.

12. Winnipeg Jets

Forward Patrik Laine is one of the best prospects in the NHL, but he'll need some time to develop.

Jacob Trouba should be the team's best player, but he wants out of Winnipeg.

11. Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers made the obvious decision by making Connor McDavid the youngest captain in NHL history. His presence inspires optimism, but the team around him is still developing slowly.

10. Minnesota Wild

The Wild took a step back last season, resulting in the firing of coach Mike Yeo. Bruce Boudreau has won the Jack Adams coaching award before, so his voice should be an improvement in that locker room.

9. Colorado Avalanche

Patrick Roy shocked many by stepping down as head coach late in the offseason. Jared Bednar doesn't have an empty cupboard, but he doesn't have much time to implement his system.

8. Calgary Flames

Calgary has been on a downswing for most of the decade, but they have a good goaltending corps and a strong core ready to succeed.

7. San Jose Sharks

After a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals, expect a step back in San Jose; all of their best players, including Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, are getting a tad old to skate at their best level.

6. St. Louis Blues

This will be a year of transition for St. Louis. Ken Hitchcock will step down as coach after the season in favor of Mike Yeo; Hitchock has led one of the most successful Blues' eras in franchise history.

5. Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks still have all the same stars they've had for the better half of the decade, yet it feels as if their championship window is closing fast.

4. Los Angeles Kings

As long as goalie Jonathan Quick is playing at an elite level, the Kings have a shot at the Stanley Cup.

3. Nashville Predators

Nashville made the biggest move of the summer, swapping longtime defender Shea Weber for P.K. Subban. The impact of that deal will be felt all season.

2. Dallas Stars

Dallas has a bit of a conundrum at the goalie position, but this team goes as scorer Jamie Benn goes.

1. Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks may still be licking their wounds from an early playoff exit, but they still have the reigning MVP in controversial star Patrick Kane.

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