1. Vegas Golden Knights
Let's start with the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights. The champs tend to dominate the competition convincingly, mainly behind their franchise player (Jack Eichel). They also play a defensive style that allows them to generate offense, making them an incredible threat.
So why not the Kansas City Chiefs? The Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl champs, are run well by their star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, and have a stellar defense. Plus, Bill Foley has run the franchise well and has built an incredible culture akin to the Hunt family.
The parallel to the Chiefs was obvious, given the defending champions' angle. However, there are more layers to it. The Chiefs allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL this season (17.3) and have been a force in the playoffs. Therefore, Golden Knights, meet the Chiefs. I hope you modern-day powerhouses can become good acquaintances.