5. Final standings projections for 2021-22.
Okay with the new addition to the Central in Arizona and everything else considered here is how I think the standings will shake out next season:
St. Louis Blues
Five central division teams should make the playoffs next season. Considering how week the Pacific usually is I think it is a fair assumption to say the Central will have five teams. Chicago could also be in the mix but the more and more I look at the standings there are a lot of capable teams within this division.
There are like five teams that if you told me they were going to lead the Central next season I probably wouldn’t be too shocked. So I guess all we can do now is wait and see what each team adds this off-season to their group and who is ready to take their game to the next level.
"Can the Chicago Blackhawks realistically draft Jesper Wallstedt?"
The old school Central was the only division not represented in the playoffs this summer. So next season the entire division will have a little something to prove as they look to get back into the postseason and winning Stanley Cups.