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This season the next projected superstar will be making his NHL debut in the same conference as the reigning champion Vegas Golden Knights. Number one overall pick Connor Bedard is expected to make an immediate impact for the Chicago Blackhawks, possibly realigning the Western Conference in 2023-24.

Sportsnet’s Divisional Changes of Impact

Atlantic: Bruins Lose Patrice Bergeron and Others to Retirement
Central: Connor Bedard’s Presence in Chicago
Metropolitan: Erik Karlsson Joins Crosby for Pittsburgh’s Last Dance
Pacific: LA Adds Pierre-Luc Dubois to Center-Stacked Lineup

Sportsnet explored four divisional offseason moves, including two that could affect the West’s eight postseason invites. Most believe it’s possible Bedard can get the Blackhawks closer to a playoff Wild Card position in 2023-24. While others have stated the best has yet to come from Dubois. There’s no question, Vegas is the team to beat but the West arguably got a little more competitive this summer.

As for the Golden Knights, there are several players or scenarios that could impact the 2023-24 season. Let’s examine three.

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