The Regina Pats are hosting the Memorial Cup in 2018. That will make them the team to beat this season.

It also means the Western Hockey League will get two representatives in major juniorís national championship tournament, and there will be quite the battle for that second berth.

There is going to be plenty of parity in each of the four divisions, especially among the playoff-bound teams. Fans will be in for a real treat when the postseason rolls around, but the regular season should be as intriguing and entertaining as any campaign in recent memory.