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The collegiate hockey season has come to a close, which means players who aren’t draft eligible are free to sign NHL contracts as undrafted free agents.
This year’s crop of talent is extremely deep, and might even feature a few potential impactful players.
Kenney Morrison, Adirondack Flames(AHL) – Many scouts believe Morrison was the best defensive free agent of the 2015 class. He signed a deal to play with the Calgary Flames in March, and has already made quite the statement in his professional career. In his first game with the Adirondack Flames, the AHL affiliate of Calgary, Morrison scored three points. Depending on his progression in the AHL, Morrison might see time with Calgary next season. The team is relatively stacked at the defensive position, but a call up is not out of the question.
Matt O’Connor, Boston University – O’Connor might be one of the strongest goalie prospects of the last five years. He — and potential top-three NHL Entry Draft pick — Jack Eichel, led the Boston Terriers to the Frozen Four. This season, O’Connor went 25-4-4 with a .927 save percentage. While O’Connor hasn’t selected an NHL team as of press time, he has narrowed his choices to four possible landing spots, Edmonton, New York (Rangers), Vancouver, and Ottawa.
Evan Rodrigues, Boston University – Like O’Connor, Rodrigues is a product of a loaded Boston University squad. He just recently signed a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, and it’s widely speculated the move is an opportunity to pair Rodrigues with former Boston University teammate, Jack Eichel, when the Sabres select him second in the NHL Entry Draft. The 2014-15 season has been the best of Rodrigues’s collegiate career. He recorded 61 points for the Terriers, and led the nation in assists per game. Sabres General Manager Tim Murray spoke to NHL.com about the team’s most recent addition.
“Evan is a very talented young player who has displayed exceptional growth during his four years at BU. We look forward to adding another talented piece to our group.”Casey Bailey, Penn State – It didn’t take Bailey long to sign, or play with an NHL team. Just over a week after he left Penn State, Bailey was on the ice for the Toronto Maple Leafs. While he didn’t record a point for the team, he was able to produce 40 points, 22 of which were goals for the Nittany Lions, and became the first Penn State product to play in the NHL.
The NHL Draft is right around the corner, so it’s a good time to start contemplating plans for the teams in dire need of a superstar to lead their franchise. Here are my projected top-10 for the NHL Draft.
1. Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid — This is the most talked about player since Sidney Crosby. McDavid gives the Oilers another high impact player on a roster that already includes Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Taylor Hall. Edmonton hasn’t had much success in the win column over recent years, but McDavid is the type of player that changes things.
2. Buffalo Sabres, Jack Eichel — It’s no secret the Sabres tanked for the chance to draft McDavid. However, they will have to settle for the second best prospect in the draft, Jack Eichel. Although, Eichel is far from a consolation prize. He led the Boston University Terriers to the National Championship, and is the most hyped American-born Hockey prospect of the last two decades. Eichel will look really good alongside Evander Kane next season.
3. Arizona Coyotes, Noah Hanifin — The Coyotes already have a promising core of forwards in their pipeline, and they could use some defensive help. After trading away Keith Yandle, Arizona could look Hanifin’s way to pair him with one of the league’s more underrated blue liners in Oliver Ekman Larsson.
4. Toronto Maple Leafs, Dylan Strome — Leaf fans want to win, and they want to win now! At the very least, Strome can give the Leafs a dynamic playmaker on the team’s second line. ( That is assuming Phil Kessell, James Van Riemsdyk, and Tyler Bozak remain as the top line options. ) He could play at wing or center position, but his immediate NHL future will depend on what the team does with current second line center, and former top pick, Nazem Kadri.
5. Carolina Hurricanes, Mitch Marner — This is an obvious choice for the Hurricanes. Marner finished second to Dylan Strome for the OHL scoring crown, and is arguably just as efficient. His only real downfall is his size, as he is listed at 5’11. However, Carolina needs scoring, Marner is their best shot at accomplishing that, assuming Strome is off the board.
6. New Jersey Devils, Lawson Crouse — Crouse could be the most under appreciated player of the 2015 draft class. He is a physical player that will punish his opponents on defense, and offense. Many say he best compares to Rick Nash.
7. Philadelphia Flyers, Ivan Provorov — The Flyers could use a solid two-way defenseman. While Provorov is a tier below Hanifin, he is still the Flyers best option. He would form a stellar one-two punch with Philly’s other young d-man, Samuel Morin.
8. Columbus Blue Jackets, Zack Werenski — Columbus might have one of the best prospect systems in all of hockey. One thing the team has prided itself on is quality defenseman. Werenski will only add to that list. The University of Michigan star amassed 25 points in 35 games, and is a smart, but not overly aggressive, two way player.
9. San Jose Sharks, Matthew Barzal — San Jose severely underperformed last season. Logan Couture hasn’t taken that next step into NHL elite, and last year’s early season breakout star, Tomas Hertl, was nowhere to be found. The pick of Barzal makes sense, as he is the best available player on the board, and San Jose needs all the talent it can get.
10. Colorado Avalanche, Pavel Zacha — Zacha would be ranked a lot higher if he had managed to stay healthy for the 2014-15 season. He was only able to appear in 37 games for his junior league team, Sarnia Sting. He is gritty and aggressive, and some scouts say he is the best pure center prospect not named McDavid or Eichel. A perfect complement to pair with Colorado’s young core.
ANN ARBOR – Two Original Six rivals, driving snow and a shootout. the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, did not fail to disappoint in the 2014 Winter Classic. The six annual Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic took place at the fabled “Big House” in front of a record crowd of 105,591. Coming into the game, the Red Wings sat in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, and sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings, who were led by veteran forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk, were considered as one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs, seventh in the East, and fifth in the Atlantic, were led by winger Phil Kessel, and captain Dion Phaneuf, who recently signed a seven-year contract extension. Toronto featured one of the best goalie duos in the NHL with Jonathan Bernier an James Reimer. The 2014 Winter Classic shaped up to truly be a classic. as the game was action packed, as each team played tremendously hard. The game’s last moments were heart-wrenching, as both the Leafs and Wings had breakaway chances within the last minute. The game would end up tied 2-2 after regulation, and after five minutes of overtime. After being tied 1-1 in the shootout, Tyler Bozak ripped a shot past Jimmy Howard to seal the win, and put the finishing touch on a 3-2 win on and a truly classic game.
ANN ARBOR – Team USA unveiled their 2014 Winter Olympic Games men’s hockey roster, shortly after Toronto’s shootout win over Detroit in the 2014 Winter Classic. There were some snubs, some new faces, and some returning members of the 2010 team.
First off are the forwards. The team features a nice blend of skilled scorers, as well as gritty defensive forwards. The forwards are Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks, Zach Parise of the Wild, Canucks center Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel of the Maple Leafs, James VanRiemsdyk of the Maple Leafs, Rangers winger Ryan Callahan, TJ Oshie of the Blues, Dustin Brown of the Kings, David Backes of the Blues, Joe Pavelski of the Sharks, Paul Stastny of the Avalanche, Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens, Blake Wheeler of the Jets, David Backes of the Blues, and Derek Stepan of the Rangers. The most notable snub was Bobby Ryan of the Senators. Ryan is a pure goal scorer who was a key member of the 2010 team. His snubbing from the team came as a surprise to many. Overall, this is a solid group of forwards. With elite scorers like Kane and Kessel, as well as grinders like Oshie and Brown, this USA forward group has a good balance of finesse and toughness.
Next up are the defenseman. There are some new faces among these guys. They are a good blend of defensive and two way players. The defensemen are Ryan Suter of the Wild, Justin Faulk of the Hurricanes, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik of the Penguins, Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers, Cam Fowler of the Ducks, Kevin Shattenkirk of the Blues, and John Carlson of the Capitals. The most notable snubs here are Keith Yandle and Jack Johnson, both of whom are very talented. However, the group of defenseman is a talented one. There are guys who can contribute offensively, as well as some tough, strictly defensive guys. There are many new faces to the national team among these defenseman, and it remains to be seen if they can handle the pressure of the Olympic games.
The goalies feature the 2010 starting goalie Ryan Miller, who was absolutely outstanding in those games, Jonathan Quick, and Jimmy Howard. Miller will likely start, but Quick can easily step in if Miller struggles. Overall, this is a talented hockey team. The USA management selected a lot of young talent to this team, and their handling of the pressure of these games will be key to the team’s overall performance.
It’s hard to believe that over one month has passed since the start of the 2013-14 NHL season, which began on October 1st. Many surprise teams have taken the league by storm, while some disappointments have upset their respective fan bases. There is one conference that has annihilated the other, along with many other intriguing storylines. Here are the power rankings dating back to opening night:
1. Anaheim Ducks: (13-3-1)
The Ducks are incredible from all aspects of the game, as forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Mathieu Perrault have combined for 49 points thus far. 21-year old defenseman Cam Fowler has registered seven points, and has been a humongous reason on the scoring end. Jonas Hiller has been solid between the pipes, with a 7-2-1 record. He ranks 21st in goals against, but he plays well enough where he can support his team’s spectacular ability to score. The Ducks have 27 points and are atop the NHL in the standings.
2. Chicago Blackhawks: (10-2-4) Chicago won’t go 21-0-3 like they did last season, but the defending Stanley Cup champs have 24 points, and are tied with five teams for second place in the NHL. The tremendous trio of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Marion Hossa have scored 40 goals combined. Corey Crawford is 9-2-3 in-goal for the ‘Hawks, barely giving up two goals a game, and saving .921% of shots on goal. Chicago obviously has a shot to win the Cup for a second straight year, but with the Western Conference becoming extremely talented, any team that reaches the postseason has a legitimate chance.
3. Colorado Avalanche: (12-2-0) Former Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy accepted an offer to coach the Avalanche in the offseason, and it’s worked out better than expected. The Avs already have 24 points in just 14 games. Semyon Varlamov has allowed just over two goals per game with an 8-2-0 record, saving .933% of shots he has faced. Center Matt Duchene has been incredible this year, as he’s scored ten goals and recorded seven assists. The Avalanche have a pretty young team, with a tremendous future. Duchene is only 22 and is one of the league’s top offensive players.
4. San Jose Sharks: (10-2-4) After opening the season with six consecutive wins, the San Jose Sharks have slowed their roll a bit, but are still arguably the NHL’s best team. Some of the performances by 19-year old Tomas Hertl have been simply amazing. Scoring four goals against the New York Rangers during that six-game win streak really put him on the radar. Aside from the Sharks’ powerful offensive attack, Marc Edouard-Vlasic has been fantastic, with 11 points and 31 blocked shots. Goalie Antti Niemi has been fun to watch as he aids the incredible offense with magnificent saves.
5. Phoenix Coyotes: (11-4-2) Another Western Conference team with 24 points? How does this happen? Well that’s another story. Radim Vrbata opened up the season with a hat trick on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. This set the tone for what has been a remarkable season. Defenseman Keith Yandle has been solid defensively while displaying his offensive skills with five goals and six assists. The Coyotes are surprisingly fourth in the league in goals totaled, despite not having a superstar scorer. Phoenix is a deep team with multiple players who can shoot the puck. Goalie Mike Smith has been excellent as well, and is a big reason the Coyotes are Cup contenders.
6. Vancouver Canucks: (11-5-2) The New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks basically traded their coaches this offseason. The Canucks fired Alain Vigneault, so the Rangers hired him, and with ex-Rangers head coach John Tortorella looking for a job, the Canucks chose him. Tortorella has done a superb job with this team, as they rank 6th in the NHL in total goals. The Canucks showed an impressive 4-2 win in San José on November 7th, as they snapped a nine game losing streak against the Sharks. The Sedin brothers are still the Sedin’s we’ve come to know, combining for 37 points already.
7. St. Louis Blues: (10-2-2) Another Western Conference team? Yes, the top seven teams in the league are from the West, but this is the last one before the Eastern Conference teams start kicking in. The Blues’ Alexander Steen is tied for third in the NHL in points (20 points), behind Sidney Crosby (23), and Steven Stamkos (22). That’s good company, huh? Steen leads the league with 14 goals in 14 games. It’s truly unbelievable that the Blues are 7th in the NHL and 7th in the West.
8. Tampa Bay Lightning: (11-4-0) With two impressive wins over the Chicago Blackhawks, and one against the Blues, Tampa Bay has proven that they can still score with any team in the league. In recent past, goaltending and defense was an issue, but this year, goalie Ben Bishop has been excellent. Steven Stamkos has 22 points (13 goals and 9 assists) on the season, and is in the early race for MVP.
9. Pittsburgh Penguins: (11-5-0) The Penguins have skill from their forwards and their defenseman, they score on the power play and their penalty kill is solid, but the goaltending has been horrendous. If there is a game where the offense just isn’t clicking, it seems like Marc-Andre Fleury isn’t able to support them. For example, the Penguins lost 5-1 to the New York Rangers on November 6th, mainly because of bad goaltending. However, the scoring is usually there, and that’s why this team is so dangerous.
10. Toronto Maple Leafs: (10-5) After opening the season with victories in six of their first seven games, the Maple Leafs have been .500 in their last eight games. However, one of those four recent wins came against the Pittsburgh Penguins, where they dominated play for 60 minutes, en route to a 4-1 win. Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk have been the Bolts’ offensive leaders thus far, and James Reimer has been playing beyond measure with a .942% save percentage, which is top three in the NHL. However, when he is on he is incredible, but when he’s not at the top of his game, he looks like he should be a backup. The entire team has had issues with consistency, but they are very capable of making a deep playoff run if they get their game in order.
11. Detroit Red Wings: (9-5-3) The Red Wings lost to the Senators 6-1 a few weeks ago, but recently defeated the Oilers 5-0. This is the kind of team they are. They have issues with consistency, and they give up a large amount of goals. However, they score a good amount to make up for that. The Red Wings have played close games with some of the league’s best, and have even won some of them, so Detroit has proven that they can play with anyone.
12. Minnesota Wild: (9-4-4) Prior to the 2012-13 shortened season, the Wild acquired Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in free agency. Minnesota reached the playoffs as an 8-seed, but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in five games. The team is really starting to come together, as Parise netted eight goals and dished out seven assists in the Wild’s first 17 games. Suter has yet to get the puck to the back of the net, but with 10 assists, he hasn’t been horrible.
13. Boston Bruins: (9-5-1) The reigning Eastern Conference champions have been standing behind their goal-tending for the start of this season. Boston gives up the second least amount of goals per game, behind the Avalanche, but are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to scoring goals. The Bruins don’t have any prolific scorers for the time being, but forward Milan Lucic and defenseman Torey Krug are still early in their career, and it seems like their games are really coming along.
14. Los Angeles Kings: (10-6-0) After winning the Stanley Cup in 2012, the Kings are looking to get back as the “Kings” of the NHL. They were close to repeating last year, but in the Western Conference Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks dominated them in a quick five game series. This season, LA doesn’t seem to have the same firepower they did a year ago. They rank 18th in goals per game after finishing in the top ten last season, and clearly that’s an unexpected drop off. The goaltending is still there as anticipated, as Jonathan Quick is still the biggest factor on the team.
15. Washington Capitals: (9-7-0) Alex Ovechkin is one of the best offensive players of all-time, but the Russian native still hasn’t led the Capitals to deeper rounds of the postseason. Don’t blame that on the offense, though. The Caps are 10th overall in goals per game, but give up the 13th most goals in the NHL. So clearly Washington’s defense and goaltending is a problem. The power play picked up right where it left off; being the best in the league. The penalty kill is number one as well, so evidently the capitals have the best special teams in the NHL.
16. New York Rangers: (8-8-0) The New York Rangers are definitely better than their record shows. The Blueshirts were forced to open up the season with nine straight road games, and only won three. However, they played teams such as the Ducks, Sharks, Blues, and Coyotes. After going back to MSG for a home stand, the Rangers have won five of their last six, including a win over the Penguins. The Rangers have proved that they’re pretty much done adjusting to Alain Vigneault’s coaching system, which is very different than John Tortorella’s. Despite being plagued by injuries, New York is progressively recovering from them. Ryan Callahan recently returned from injury, as did Carl Hagelin, and that has been a big boost. New York still doesn’t know when superstar Rick Nash will be back from a concussion, but he is the most vital player on this team.
17. Dallas Stars: (8-6-2) The Dallas Stars have some imposing victories under their belt, as they’ve beaten San Jose, Boston and Detroit twice. The Stars obtained Tyler Seguin in a trade with the Bruins early in the offseason, and Seguin has played fairly well, with six goals and nine assists. However, Dallas is 19th in goals per game and 22nd in goals allowed.
18. Montreal Canadiens: (8-8-1) P.K. Subban is arguably the best defenseman in the NHL, scoring three goals and delivering 13 assists so far this season. Thanks to Carey Price, Montreal is number five in the goals allowed per game category. However, the Habs have a pedestrian offense, scoring only 2.59 goals a game.
19. Ottawa Senators: (6-6-4) The Senators score plenty of goals, but give up almost as much. Offseason acquisition Bobby Ryan has been outstanding with nine goals and nine assists. Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, and Kyle Turris are also in double digits in the point category. However, starting goaltender Craig Anderson gives up 3.14 goals per game, and saves only .912% of shots on net. If Ottawa turns around the goaltending, this is a playoff team for sure.
20. Nashville Predators: (8-5-2) Nashville doesn’t have a single player who has scored more than four goals this season, so it makes sense that they are 21st in goals per game. The Predators have had a relatively easy schedule, so that is the main reason they have a winning record. Nashville is already 20th in goals allowed per game, and on November 6th, Pekka Rinne was diagnosed with E. Coli in his hip, and could miss 6-8 weeks. However, they are winning for now, so they deserve a spot in the top 20.
21. New York Islanders: (6-7-3) In 2013, the New York Islanders nearly upset the 1st seed Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They took the series to six games, and played at the same caliber as the Pens for the series. This is a very young team, so there is definitely potential for them to make a campaign for a Cup in the near future. However, the Isles have some serious goaltending difficulties, as they give up the fourth most in the NHL. As expected, John Tavares has been brilliant, along with Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo, and the overall offense is playoff ready.
22. Carolina Hurricanes: (6-7-3) The Hurricanes offense is horrific. Period. They put up under two goals a game, which only surpasses the Sabres and the Flyers. They don’t have one positive thing to build on, since their goalie play is mediocre. It’s not nearly as bad as the offense, but it’s nothing exceptional.
23. Calgary Flames: (6-8-2) The Flames are above average in the goals category, but give up 3.50 goals per game, which is the second worst in the NHL. Calgary doesn’t have much talent, that’s the reason they’ve been stinking. If you’re a Flames fan, the only positive thing to look at so far is that Calgary beat the Blackhawks in Chicago, but one win is a small sample size.
24. Winnipeg Jets: (6-9-2) The Winnipeg Jets have Evander Kane, who was one of the NHL’s best scorers in the last two seasons. Kane’s struggles of late have factored in to the team’s struggles overall. Winnipeg isn’t getting on the scoreboard enough to win, and are giving up too many goals as well.
25. Columbus Blue Jackets: (5-10-0) Rick Nash being traded to the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season was a big mistake for the Blue Jackets. At the time, Columbus thought they were adding better depth, but just acquired worse players from New York. Marion Gaborik has only scored five goals, even though he is expected to score much more than that small amount. Brandon Dubinksy has been bad offensively, but is still one the Jackets’ best offensive producers. Artem Anisimov, Jack Johnson, and R.J. Umberger have manufactured very little offense as well. Sergei Bobrovsky is not playing like the Vezina Trophy winner he was just a season ago, and the defense can be a scapegoat for that.
26. New Jersey Devils: (4-7-4) Martin Brodeur is getting old, the offense has done relatively nothing, and the entire team is out of whack. The Devils are the fourth worst in goals per game, and the goaltending is okay, ranking at 15th in the league. Sorry New Jersey, you won’t be reaching the playoffs for a second straight season.
27. Edmonton Oilers: (4-11-2) The Oilers are easily the worst goaltending team in the NHL, giving up 3.82 goals allowed per game. They are 22nd in scoring each game. Edmonton has tremendous youth, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov as the core. The future is extremely bright for this former NHL powerhouse, but it will take many seasons for them to make the playoffs. Oh yeah, they need to find a goalie.
28. Florida Panthers: (3-9-4)
Tomas Fleischmann leads the way for the Panthers with eleven points, (3 goals and 8 assists) but are statistically in the bottom five of all teams. Tim Thomas is definitely not the same player he was in Boston when he helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. Florida is a young team and may have a solid future, but now they are going nowhere.
29. Philadelphia Flyers: (4-10-1)
The Flyers fired Peter Laviolette after they missed out on the playoffs last season, and opened up this one with a brutal first three games. The Flyers stand at a mediocre ranking of 17th in goals against, but are dead last in the goals per game category. Their penalty killing has been surprisingly effective, however, on the power play they have been atrocious. The Flyers shouldn’t befocused on earning a playoff birth, despite it being early in the season. Philly should be focused on the future of this organization.
30. Buffalo Sabres: (3-14-1)
There isn’t much to say here other than the Sabres stink. Goaltender Ryan Miller has outstood, and would do anything to get out of this horrendous situation. Buffalo sunk to the bottom of the standings early in the season, and have yet to move upwards. The main reason for the Sabres’ difficulties is scoring goals, as they rank 29th in the league. Buffalo does give up a large amount of goals, but that should be blamed on the defense, not Ryan Miller.
The Chicago Blackhawks are the only team left unbeaten in regulation and they remain atop the rankings. There is a little movement among the top five.
Chicago Blackhawks (12-0-3) Last Week:1 – Is there any doubt as to who is the best team in hockey is? The Hawks have yet to lose in regulation, thanks to that high powered offense. Even with Corey Crawford missing the last two games the Blackhawks keep on moving along.
Anaheim Ducks (12-2-1) LW:4 – It finally seems they are getting some love from the media, which they deserve. They have won five-in-a-row now and have a 7-1-1 record on the road. They beat the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, and Chicago Blackhawks last week.
Pittsburgh Penguins (11-5-0) LW:6 – Pittsburgh is 8-3-0 in their last 11-games and have now found themselves in first in the Atlantic Division. After losing both parts of a home-and-home they Pens have now won three-in-a-row.
New Jersey Devils (9-3-4) LW:2 – New Jersey had a tough week as they went 1-2-1 and saw their division lead disappear. Last night the Devils fell to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout and Saturday they fell to the New York Islanders.
Montréal Canadiens (10-4-1) LW:13 – You don’t know one week to the next what you are getting from this team. Winners of their last four the Canadiens find themselves back inside the top ten again. The Habs need to put together a more consistent effort of they are going to go anywhere.
Boston Bruins (9-2-2) LW:3
Vancouver Canucks (8-3-3) LW:8
St. Louis Blues (9-5-1) LW:7
Toronto Maple Leafs (10-6-0) LW:12
Nashville Predators (7-4-5) LW:11
Ottawa Senators (8-6-2) LW:9
Carolina Hurricanes (8-5-1) LW:19
Phoenix Coyotes (8-6-2) LW:20
San Jose Sharks (7-4-3) LW:5
New York Rangers (8-5-1) LW:17
Dallas Stars (8-7-1) LW:14
Detroit Red Wings (7-6-2) LW:10
Minnesota Wild (7-6-2) LW:22
Edmonton Oilers (6-5-3) LW:15
Tampa Bay Lightning (7-6-1) LW:16
Colorado Avalanche (6-7-1) LW:26
Calgary Flames (5-6-3) LW:27
Philadelphia Flyers (7-9-1) LW:18
New York Islanders (6-8-1) LW:24
Buffalo Sabres (6-9-1) LW:23
Los Angeles Kings (5-6-2) LW:28
Winnipeg Jets (5-8-1) LW:21
Florida Panthers (4-7-4) LW:25
Washington Capitals (5-9-1) LW:30
Columbus Blue Jackets (4-10-2) LW:29
John is the NHL Editor-in-Chief for The Inscriber Digital Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyMacNHL and contact by e-mail JohnnyMachurek@TheInscriber.com.
Two-weeks into the season and already we are seeing which teams are poised to make deep playoff run. Here is the first NHL power ranking from The Inscriber.
San Jose Sharks (7-0-1 15pts)– It was definitely a close call between first and second this week. The Sharks just lost their first game of the season on Saturday in a shootout. They have the third best offense in the Western Confernce and the best defense in the entire NHL.
Chicago Blackhawks (7-0-2 16pts) – The Hawks lead the entire NHL in points with 16. The have a top-ten offense, to go along with their third-ranked defense. Corey Crawford has been stellar between the pipes so far with a 5-0-2 record and a 1.66 GAA.
Tampa Bay Lightning (6-2-0 12pts) – Look no farther than the Bolts for the best offense in the league. Tampa is scoring a staggering 4.88 goals-per game and the power play is a league best 36.1%. Defensively they are middle-of-the-pack, but with fire power like this that doesn’t really matter.
St. Louis Blues (6-2-0 12pts) – If it wasn’t for having to deal with the Blackhawks, the Blues would be atop their division. They trail only Tampa Bay in goals-per-game and power play success with 3.75 and 35.5% respectively. They are one of seven teams who are undefeated when scoring first.
Boston Bruins (6-1-1 13pts) – Despite having the third most points in the entire NHL, the Bruins sit here because of their offense. They have a mediocre offense, which no matter how many shots you stop you have to put pucks in the net to win. A team with great firepower can deal with a middle-of-the-row defense. Tuukka Rask has been great in net posting a 5-1-1 record with a .919 save percentage, a 2.10 GAA, and one shutout.
Montréal Canadiens (6-2-0 12pts)
Anaheim Ducks (5-1-1 11pts)
New Jersey Devils (4-1-3 11 pts)
Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-0 12 pts)
Ottawa Senators (5-3-1 11pts)
Vancouver Canucks (4-2-2 10pts)
Nashville Predators (3-2-3 9pts)
New York Islanders (4-3-1 9pts)
Detroit Red Wings (4-3-1 9pts)
New York Rangers (4-4-0 8pts)
Edmonton Oilers (4-3-1 9pts)
Minnesota Wild (4-3-1 9pts)
Phoenix Coyotes (3-4-2 8pts)
Colorado Avalanche (4-4-0 8pts)
Toronto Maple Leafs (4-4-0 8pts)
Philadelphia Flyers (3-6-0 6pts)
Carolina Hurricanes (3-4-0 6pts)
Dallas Stars (3-5-1 7pts)
Buffalo Sabres (3-5-1 7pts)
Los Angeles Kings (2-3-2 6pts)
Winnipeg Jets (3-4-1 7pts)
Columbus Blue Jackets (3-5-1 7pts)
Florida Panthers (3-5-0 6pts)
Calgary Flames (1-3-2 4pts)
Washington Capitals (2-6-1 5pts)
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