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POWER RANKINGS

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1. BUFFALO SABRES

Players in:
Brock Nelson C/LW/RW, Jakob Silfverberg RW/LW, Chris Wideman RD

Notable players out:
Chad Ruhwedel RD, Andrew Cogliano LW/RW/C, Matt Donovan LD, Troy Brouwer RW/LW , Cody Franson RD

This year Sabres arent missing the playoffs. They have so much quality on every position and when talking about Stanley cup coming to Buffalo its not the question of if but when its happening. One of the best young cores and very good trading in the past year made this team a powerhouse. Will they go all the way this year??


2. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Players in:
Linus Hultstrom RD, Ryan Murray LD/RD, Nick Foligno RW/LW

Notable players out:
Brooks Orpik LD/RD, Taylor Chorney LD/RD, T.J. Oshie RW

Very good offseason, especially with bringing Ryan Murray to Washington made great team even better. Ovechkin is hungry for Stanley cups glory and he is surrounded with quality players on all positions. Will their names be engraved on the trophy after this season??


3. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Players in:
Martin Thornberg LW/RW, Valeri Nichushkin RW/LW, Dan Hamhuis LD

Notable players out:
Niklas Hjalmarsson LD/RD, Mark Arcobello RW/C/LW, Erik Gustafsson LD/RD, Chris Brown RW/C/LW, Kevan Miller RD, Scott Darling G

With Toews, Kane and Keith in the line up this team is a contender every year. Crawford, Nichushkin, Panarin, Teravainen....nuff said.


4. EDMONTON OILERS

Players in:
Nick Schultz LD/RD, Alexander Steen LW/C, Ryan Suter LD, Stephen Gionta RW/C/LW

Notable players out:
Darnell Nurse RD/LD, Nail Yakupov RW/LW, Rob Klinkhammer LW/RW

One of the winners in the offseason, didnt trade much, but all trades were huge. Although losing Nurse and Yakupov hurts, getting Steen and Suter made this team come closer to reach NHL glory. Their only weakness might be G spot, but with so much talent and quality of skaters u can always score one more than ur opponent.


5. ST. LOUIS BLUES

Players in:
Darnell Nurse RD/LD, T.J Galiardi LW/RW

Notable players out:
Alexander Steen LW/C, Scottie Upshall LW/RW

All out attack team will most likely start PO on home court, but can they make a push further to Stanley cup?? Blackhawks and Oilers are probably too much of an obstacle for Tarasenko&co to reach the big finals. But wait, they beat Chicago last year. True. Can they do it again??



MOST LIKELY NOT, BUT MAYBE...



6. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Players in:
Chad Kolarik RW/C, Darcy Kuemper G, Mikael Granlund C/LW, Zac Rinaldo LW/RW/C, Joe Colborne LW/C/RW, Erik Haula C/LW, Jonas Brodin RD/LD, Tyler Bozak C

Notable players out:
Eric Staal C/LW, Matt Stajan C, Andrei Vasilevskiy G, Yanni Gourde C, Jonathan Marchessault RW/LW/C, Joel Vermin RW/LW/C, Kevin Poulin G, Linden Vey C/RW, Brandon Dubinsky C/LW, Tyler Johnson C/RW

Tampa is trying to make team better every day and they are active on the transfer market. Its a fact-this team is one of the best quality wise. But something is missing. If they solve the equation they can win it all, if not...well playoffs wont be missed for sure.


7. COLORADO AVALANCHE

Players in:
Jiri Tlusty LW/RW/C, Jiri Hudler RW/LW, Mikhail Grigorenko C/LW, Matt D'Agostini RW/LW, Joel Ward RW/LW, Danny Biega RD, Dmitry Kulikov LD

Notable players out:
Francois Beauchemin LD/RD

Colorado was clearly a winner in the FA market. Hudler is maybe overpaid, but he+newcomers Tlusty and Kulikov gonna help Avs climb up the ranks. This is maybe the most talented team that will be at the top in this and in upcoming seasons. Or as ambitious GM said after appointment: „Avs gonna be first in the West this season“- not sure bout that, but they are definitely a team to watch out!


8. DALLAS STARS

Players in:
Cory Emmerton C/LW, Niklas Hjalmarsson LD/RD, Brooks Orpik LD/RD, Tomas Fleischmann LW/C, Jordan Schroeder RW/C, Andre Petersson RW, Martin Marincin LD/RD, Harri Sateri G

Notable players out:
Valeri Nichushkin RW/LW, Jason Demers RD, Radek Faksa C/LW, Mark Streit LD/RD, Dylan Olsen LD, Klas Dahlbeck LD, Jordie Benn LD/RD, Nate Thompson C/LW/RW

Nichushkin will be missed but already strong team got Hjalmarsson and Orpik, so they will be even stronger. And yes. Surgery went well. Recovery also. Yes. Seguin is back.


9. PITTSBURG PENGUINS

Players in:
Dan Sexton RW/LW, Richard Gynge RW/LW, Will Acton C/LW, Mikko Koivu C

Notable players out:
David Perron LW/RW, Paul Byron RW/C, Jeff Zatkoff G

What went wrong in Pittsburg last year?? So much quality but didnt make it even to POs. Doubt they can miss POs again, but because something is clearly wrong in the team im not sure they can contend this season. Well, after looking at their roster again i changed my mind, i think they can. Is this Tampa??


10. LOS ANGELES KINGS

Players in:
Peter Mueller LW/RW, Jordie Benn LD/RD

Notable players out:
Christian Ehrhoff LD/RD, Jamie McBain RD, Spencer Watson LW/RW

Bad offseason moves-letting Wattson go and not re-signing Ehrhoff. But there must be a plan behind and with Quick, Doughty and Kopitar this team is going for top places in the West. As usual.


11. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Players in:
Nicolas Deslauriers LW/RW, Brandon Sutter C/RW, Brandon Dubinsky C/LW, Christian Ehrhoff LD/RD

Notable players out:
Mikael Backlund C, Mattias Ekholm LD, Karri Ramo G, Joe Colborne LW/C/RW

Finishing 3rd in the West Predators were shut down by Blackhawks in POs. Dubinsky and Ehrhoff will add to depth of the team that is very good selected but probably lacks something more to go all the way. If some trades are made in season tables can turn and with talented GM this is more than just an option.


12. CALGARY FLAMES

Players in:
Riley Nash RW/C, Radim Vrbata RW/LW

Notable players out:
Jonas Hiller G, Carter Hutton G, Artem Anisimov C/LW, Jiri Hudler RW/LW, Viktor Tikhonov RW/C, Michael Grabner LW/RW

Vrbata was the guy teams were going after and Flames won that race getting him on a very good contract. Young, talented core has bright future in front, but they will be very dangerous already this year. Monahan, Gaudreau, Brodie...oh, did i forgot to mention Stamkos??!!??


13. FLORIDA PANTHERS

Players in:
Barclay Goodrow RW/LW, Ryan Getzlaf C, Stefan Elliot RD

Notable players out:
Milan Lucic LW, Nick Bjugstad C, Dmitry Kulikov LD, Shawn Thornton RW/LW, Jaromir Jagr RW, Sam Brittain G

Florida shared the 2015-16 story with Montreal-they were both surprisingly good in the regular season and lost to Boston in POs. But they wont rebuild and gonna push again towards the cup. Getzlaf is the new guy in town helping to repeat the story of last years regular season. Not to forget-another great story came to the end with hall of famer Jaromir Jagr retiring after consideration in the offseason. He will be missed in NHL, wish him all the best in Kladno!


14. BOSTON BRUINS

Players in:
Zach Sill LW/C, Ryan Carter C/LW

Notable players out:
Zac Rinaldo LW/RW/C

Surprising winners of 2015/2016 Stanley cup won also in the offseason. Chychrun is maybe not nhl ready yet but future looks bright for the Bruins. Team didnt make any big changes in roster and i doubt they can retain the crown for another year. Tuukka, prove us wrong. Again.


15. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Players in:
Mark Katic LD, Maxim Lapierre C/RW/LW, Jeff Zatkoff G

Notable players out:
James Reimer G, Mike Richards C, Frans Nielsen C

Reimer and Nielsen will be missed. But when u have Tavares, Pavelski, Hamonic, Leddy, Okposo in team...well this guys can step up. And they will. So everything else but PO will be a disappointment.


16. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Players in:
Arturri Lehkonen LW/RW, Martin Reway RW/LW, Tyler Wotherspoon LD

Notable players out:
Tom Gilbert RD, David Desharnais C, Tomas Fleishmann LW/C, Martin Havlat RW/LW

Starting as a 1st seed in the East Montreal lost to Bruins in the PO. They have decided to patiently build from within and so they have sold some of the good but old players. After the news that experienced GM Vic La is staying broke out im sure Carey Price&co can touch the sky this season.


17. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Players in:
Marc-Antoine Poullot C/RW, Cory Conacher RW/LW, Trevor van Riemsdyk LD/RD, T.J. Oshie RW, Taylor Chorney LD/RD, Jason Demers RD, Spencer Watson RW/LW, Gilbert Brule C/RW

Notable players out:
Kerby Rychel LW, Ryan Murray LD/RD, Nick Foligno RW/LW, Matt Lashoff LD, Josh Jooris C/RW

Good acquisitions, especially grab of T.J. Oshie and talented Spencer Watson, but at the same time giving up on Ryan Murray make us wonder if CBJ have really done a step forward. At this point i dont believe they can reach more than 1st PO round, but with Bobrovsky in the net everything is possible.



MIDDLE CLASS



18. DETROIT RED WINGS

Players in:
Adam Almquist RD/LD, Klas Dahlbeck LD, Drew Miller LW/RW

Notable players out:
Kyle Quincey LD, Brad Richards C, Justin Abdelkader RW/LW

Wings hope to get into playoffs again this season but it will be very hard. Probably last season for Datsyuk at Detroit so this might be an X factor.


19. OTTAWA SENATORS

Players in:
Troy Brouwer RW/LW, Erik Gustafsson LD/RD, Jyrki Jorkipakka LD, Antoine Vermette C/LW, Igor Ozhiganov LD/RD, Tpm Gilbert RD, Adam Lowry LW/C, Radek Faksa C/LW, James van Riemsdyk LW

Notable players out:
Chris Weideman RD, Zack Smith C/LW/RW, Jean-Gabriel Pegeau C/RW, Shane Prince LW/C, Clarke MacArthur LW/C, Jared Cowen LD, Curtis Lazar C/RW

Solid work of the new GM in the offseason, especially bringing RVJ to Ottawa will rise up chances of getting into PO this year. It wont be easy but it is possible.


20. NEW YORK RANGERS

Players in:
Justin Abdelkader RW/LW

Notable players out:
Antti Raanta G

Other than getting new GM there wasnt much movement at Rangers. We can wonder what might happen if Lundquist wouldnt get injured in POs last year, but i believe magic is gone after their previous GM announced his retirement.



FALLEN



21. ARIZONA COYOTES

Players in:
Chad Ruwedel RD, Kyle Capobianco LD

Notable players out:
Jason Akeson RW, Braydon Coburn LD/RD, Brandan Shinnimin C, Jordan Szwarz RW/LW

Surprising winners in the first round of POs, defeating Oilers, were quiet in the offseason which might be costly. Colorado, Calgary and Dallas will probably finish in front, so their PO hopes this year are close to none. But after last year if someone, they know-never say never.


22. ANAHEIM DUCKS

Players in:
Nick Bjugstad C, Jesse Puljujarvi RW/LW

Notable players out:
Jakob Silfverberg RW/LW, Ryan Getzlaf C, Stefan Elliot RD, Josh Manson RD, Radim Vrbata RW/LW, Stephen Gionta RW/C/LW

Ducks got rid of Getzlaf and Vrbata and they were shopping Kesler and Hagelin so this is shoving us they are rebuilding and not aiming at Stanley cup. Puuljujarvi will not only get his first minutes but will eventually be thrown into the NHL river so either he drowns or excels very quickly. And not to forget-we still wait for the explanation of Silfverberg trade.


23. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Players in:
Milan Lucic LW, Matthias Ekholm LD, Brett Connolly RW/LW, Teddy Purcell RW/LW, Dylan Olsen LD, Frans Nielsen C, Zack Smith C/LW/RW, Jean-Gabriel Pageau C/RW, Linden Vey C/RW, Shane Prince LW/C, Clarke MacArthur LW/C, Nate Thompson C/LW/RW, Philipp Grubauer G

Notable players out:
Nick Cousins C, Barclay Goodrow RW/LW, Nick Schultz LD/RD, Tobias Rieder LW/RW, Harri Sater G, R.J. Umberger LW/C/RW, Brian Gionta RW, Michael Bournival LW/C/RW, Adam Cracknell RW/LW/C, Xavier Ouellet LD/RD, Jiri Tlusty LW/RW/C, Evgeny Medvedev LD, Jyrki Jokipakka LD, Erik Gustafsson LD/RD, Antoine Vermette C/LW, Igor Ozhiganov LD/RD, Antti Niemi G

One of the most active players on the transfer market continued its tendency in the offseason. Team has a lot of players aged around 23,24 and it looks like they are trying to build everything around Gibson who is the cornerstone of the franchise. Still, Gibson needs time and so does Philly.


24. VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Players in:
Mikael Backlund C, Chris Brown RW/C/LW, Erik Gustafsson LD/RD, Xavier OulletLD/RD, Tyler Graovac C, Zach Parise LW, Justin Shugg RW/LW, Kevin Poulin G, Kevin Lalande G, Rickard Rakell C/RW/LW

Notable players out:
Brandon Sutter C/RW, Dan Hamhuis LD, Brian Gionta RW, Michael Leighton G, Joe Cannata G, Jannik Hansen RW, Mark Pysyk RD/LD, Alexandre Burrows LW/RW

With Zach Parise coming to Vancouver the team is signaling they will make a final push for the Stanley cup. Can Sedin brothers come to PO finals again and this time win?? I dont see it as possible and im wondering if this team can even make it to the POs. What can old body and strong will+experience do in the NHL?? We will get the answer to this question shortly.


25. WINNIPEG JETS

Players in:

Notable players out:
Adam Lowry LW/C

Nothing really happened in the offseason in Winnipeg. So dont expect big changes. Team has some quality and can rise but will probably be at the bottom for another year.



LOWEST OF THE LOW




26. NEW YERSEY DEVILS

Players in:
Marcel Hascak RW/C, Patrick Thoresen RW/LW/C, Alexander Urbom LD, Mike Reilly LD/RD, Matt Stajan C, Mackenzie Blackwood G, Charlie Coyle C/RW, Tobias Rieder LW/RW, Mathew Dumba RD/LD, Jason Zucker LW/RW, Patrik Laine RW, Antti Raanta G, Scott Darling G, Alexandre Burrows LW/RW, Francois Beauchemin LD/RD

Notable players out:
Adam Henrique C/LW, Brandon Dubinsky C/LW, Brock Nelson C/LW/RW, Brett Connolly RW/LW, Damon Severson RD, Joonas Donskoi RW/LW, Patrik Elias LW/C, Scott Wedgewood G, Justin Peters G, Philipp Grubauer G

Lots of movement in the offseason, they have gained and lost quality players but their goal is definitely future. This team needs time to grow and we will see what young guns can do this year.


27. TORONTO MEAPLE LEAFS

Players in:
Johan Sundstrom C/RW, Eric Staal C/RW, Nick Cousins C, Matthew Tkachuk LW, Jared Cowen LD, Curtis Lazar C/RW

Notable players out:
Frank Corrado RD, Trevor van Riemsdyk LD/RD, Nicolas Deslauiriers LW/RW, Teddy Purcell RW/LW, Martin Marincin LD/RD, Andre Petersson RW, Nate Thompson C/LW/RW, Max Reinhart C/LW, Jean-Francois Berube G, Radek Faksa C/LW, James van Riemsdyk LW, Tyler Bozak C

One of the teams that brought and gave up on some good players. We could argue why RVJ was traded but Leafs are all about future. Although publicly their GM is stating POs, when talks come down to trading he becomes realistic and reminds u immediately that its a top 5 pick we are talking about. Agreed.


28. CAROLINA HURRICANES

Players in:
Auston Matthews C, Artem Anisimov C/LW, Karri Ramo G, Rob Kinkhammer LW/RW

Notable players out:
Riley Nash RW/C, Danny Biega RD, Zach Boychuk RW/LW/C, Drew MacIntyre G, Justin Shugg RW/LW, Cam Ward G, Nathan Gerbe LW/RW, John-Michael Liles LD, Derek Ryan C

Austin Matthews-dreams came to reality. They will still struggle, but building aroud franchise C, waiting for him to develop and losing can still be fun when u know that ur time will eventually come.


29. SAN JOSE SHARKS

Players in:
Nino Niederreiter RW/LW, Marco Scandella LD, Christian Folin RD/LD, Kyle Quincey LD

Notable players out:
Nigel Dawes LW/RW, Marc-Edouard Vlasic LD, Kevan Miller RD, Ben Smith RW/C, Mirco Muller LD/RD

Dont even look at Sharks roster-7 first round picks in 2017, this team is clearly tanking. Not moving up from the bottom, but who wouldnt change position with Luke when next years draft starts. I mean, 7 first round picks. 7! :D



NOT RATED


MINNESOTA WILD

Players in:
Sakari Salminen LW/RW, Roman Cervenka RW/C, Adam Henrique C/LW, Andrei Vasilevskiy G, David Desharnais C, Andrew Cogliano LW/RW/C, Marc Edouard Vlasic LD, Nigel Dawes LW/RW, Damon Severson RD, Joonas Donskoi RW/LW, Anton Poleschuk RD/LD, Max Reinhart C/LW, Nail Yakupov RW/LW, David Perron LW/RW, Jannik Hansen RW, Mark Pysyk RD/LD, Mirco Muller LD/RD, Juha Metsola G, Drew MacIntyre G, Tyler Johnson C/RW

Notable players out:
Mike Reilly LD/RD, Darcy Kuemper G, Mikael Granlund C/LW, Charlie Coyle C/RW, Nino Niederreiter RW/LW, Marco Scandella LD, Mathew Dumba RD/LD, Jason Zucker LW/RW, Niklas Backstrom G, Ryan Carter C/LW, Jordan Schroeder RW/C, Ryan Suter LD, Mikko Koivu C, Tyler Graovac C, Zach Parise LW, Christian Folin RD/LD, Erik Haula C/LW, Jonas Brodin RD/LD








We all start with 0 points+things can change through season quickly!
Let the best team win!
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Re: POWER RANKINGS

Post by elrune1988 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:50 am

17. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Players in:
Marc-Antoine Poullot C/RW, Cory Conacher RW/LW, Trevor van Riemsdyk LD/RD, T.J. Oshie RW, Taylor Chorney LD/RD, Jason Demers RD, Spencer Watson RW/LW, Gilbert Brule C/RW

Notable players out:
Kerby Rychel LW, Ryan Murray LD/RD, Nick Foligno RW/LW, Matt Lashoff LD, Josh Jooris C/RW

Good acquisitions, especially grab of T.J. Oshie and talented Spencer Watson, but at the same time giving up on Ryan Murray make us wonder if CBJ have really done a step forward. At this point i dont believe they can reach more than 1st PO round, but with Bobrovsky in the net everything is possible.


Good analysis! I know what you mean about Ryan Murray...but I just could not afford the guy and keep the depth that I had. Furthermore, I tried EVERYTHING with him last season and I just could not get him to perform in his role. That is why I moved the late first for Demers and to rid myself of Orpik's salary. I feel Demers will (or would have) performed just as well as Murray performed from the spot he was best in last season. Murray, I tried him on pairing 1, 2 and 3. Just couldnt get him going. In fact, he was best from the 3rd pairing for me, his performance on pairing 3 is what drove his AvR over 7.0

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Re: POWER RANKINGS

Post by bjl » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:01 am

1.(1.) BUFFALO SABRES


Position: 4th in East


After slow start Buffalo lost only 3 points in November and they havent lost any yet in December. Team that is so complete that there are only few teams that can stop them on route to the cup. It seems that there is only one major threat and its not coming from East-injuries. Will anyone injure in key moments of the season and how will the team respond if that happens That question goes trough Matts mind every day before he unplugs and starts dreaming of Stanley cups glory. Soon that dream might become reality.


2.(4.) EDMONTON OILERS


Position: 3rd in West

Players in:
Brad Richardson C/LW/RW, Nicklas Jensen RW/LW, Chris Tanev RD

Notable players out:
Anton Slepyshev RW/LW, Andrej Sekera LD, Matt Bartkowski LD/RD


Good times in Edmonton-McDavids start was fenomenal, Hall is playing good and despite of Eberles long term injury this team is one of the best performers so far. Addition of Tanev is another trade which showed us that Patrick is a hell of a GM. A clear contender for GM of the year and Stanley cup glory. Will players deliver?


3.(13.) FLORIDA PANTHERS


Position: 1st in East

Players in:
Fredrik Pettersson Wentzel G


Florida has again awesome regular season. Veterans Getzlaf and Sharp are leading in points on a quality team that is capable of winning the Stanley cup finals. Their offensive strategy is paying off so far, but we have to remember what happened in POs last year. The question is can they go against history??


4.(6.) TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING


Position: 8th in East


Tampa is showing completely different face than last year. Star players gelled together-Giroux found his form, Hedman is doing what is expected of him and with Druin, Kucherov and Bishop performing this team cant wait to show us that last years early exit in POs was just a coincidence. I almost forgot Stamkos, who will contribute in POs for sure...oh....not on this team though :-D


5.(3.) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS


Position: 5th in West

Players in:
Brent Moran G, Dylan Labbe LD, Calle Jarnkrok C/RW, Victor Bartley LD/RD, Dave Bolland C, Ryan Murphy RD

Notable players out:
Marko Dano LW/C, Ville Pokka


Chicagos season so far could be sum up in two words-cold hot. They havent found yet the consistency but this team surely knows how to play trough the season and bring A game in POs. For guys in Chicago Christmas, happy December and family is all that matters right now. And dont get confused. In April they turn into killing machines. Watch out!


6.(2.) WASHINGTON CAPITALS


Position: 5th in East

Players in:
Mike Richards C, Brandon Sutter C/RW, Jussi Jokinen LW/RW/C

Notable players out:
Liam O“Brien LW/C, Connor Carrick RD, Chris Stewart RW


Ovechkin-Backstrom-Foligno. Killer first line+Carlsson and Holtby are horsepowers in Washington. If u want to see how strong is Ovs desire to win just look at his stats-18 G and 15 A in 25 games with AvR of 8.52. Clearly MVP of the season so far. And by looking at trades M Kuulas desire for cup might be comparable-Capitals mode is win now.


7.(12.) CALGARY FLAMES


Position: 1st in West

Players in:
Magnus Paajarvi LW/RW


Very good team and great results so far. A lot of points came from first liners but whole team is contributing. Stamkos and Vrbata are showing they are worth of money theyve signed for, young Bennett is doing great and being 1st in West is something Calgary could only wish at the start of the season. We still have to see if they can sustain that kind of form troughout the season and what they are capable of in the POs.


8.(17.) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS


Position: 2nd in East

Players in:
Roman Horak C, Michael FrolikRW/LW

Notable players out:
Victor Bartley LD/RD, Dave Bolland C


Another GM (in private circles called „the godfather of GIFs“) that is playing all out attack hockey. Being second in East with game in hand shows this team is performing great so far. With Liam shopping players all the time tables can turn and this team might get even better or fall down in a second. We will watch what happens!


9.(5.) ST. LOUIS BLUES


Position: 2nd in West

Players in:
T.J. Galiardi LW/RW, Michael Leighton G, Michael Keranen RW/C

Notable players out:
Vladimir Sobotka C/LW


Tarasenko, Kadri and young guns Berbashev, Fabri and Schwartz produced 126 points so far which is more than impressive. It is extraordinary how guys stepped up after the departure of Steen who is long forgotten in St. Louis. Young talent on one side and good results in POs on other, we all know that doesnt work in most cases, but this team can prove us the opposite.


10.(7.) COLORADO AVALANCHE


Position: 7th in West


After hot start winter came also to Colorado. The injury and performance of Varlamov so far is main thing that causes outbursts in chat from their GM. Eric is trying to convince us over and over again that he will win it this year but Colorado in connection with Stanley cup will probably remind us only on Roy, Forsberg and Sakic for some more time. If everything falls into place they can win it, but most probably not this year. But who said skiing in Rocky mountains in may cant be fun?? ;)


11.(19.) OTTAWA SENATORS


Position: 3rd in East

Players in:
Matt Ellison RW/LW, Mattias Ekholm LD, Tom Pyatt LW/C, Chris Kunitz LW, Andrew Ladd LW

Notable players out:
Matt Puempel LW, Adam Lowry LW/C, Patrick Wiercioch RD/LD, Alex Chiasson RW/LW, Nick Paul LW


Senators are doing particularly well so far and after acquiring Ladd their chances for hockey in 2nd part of April increased. One of the best D in the league, Karlsson, was leading the team to 19 wins in 28 games which is impressive. Just keep going!


12.(9.) PITTSBURG PENGUINS


Position: 6th in East

Players in:
Patrik Hersley RD, Alex Chiasson RW/LW

Notable players out:
Luca Sbisa LD/RD, Ian Cole RD, Mikko Koivu C, Chris Kunitz LW


After losing opening 5 matches Penguins regrouped and started climbing the ladder. But in team with Crosby, Malkin, Kessel and Latang for sure more is expected. G.F.M, step up! )


13.(14.) BOSTON BRUINS


Position: 7th in East


Reigning champions are quietly gaining point after point and they are doing great so far. Rask is their best player in the team that is playing great two way hockey. They havent lost more that 2 games in a row which is showing their stability and quality. Thats all i can say.


14.(8.) DALLAS STARS


Position: 8th in West

Players in:
Louis Domingue G, Michael Bournival LW/C/RW, Nigel Dawes LW/RW, Josh Morrissey LD/RD, Gustav Olofsson LD

Notable players out:
Patrick Eaves RW/LW, Cody Eakin C/LW


One more team that had a bad start but is doing better at the moment. Though they improved this is still not what was expected from good Dallas roster. Injuries were present in Texas constantly, but the addition of Dawes and Olofsson+better performance from Seguin, although he has 20p on his account, could turn things around.


15.(10.) LOS ANGELES KINGS


Position: 6th in West

Players in:
Matt Bartkowski LD/RD


With new GM in LA nothing much happened, but with team in place maybe its not even necessary. Injury of Doughty hurts, but luckily being in Pacific this year is one of the best things that could happen. Goran has to make some great damage and even then LA are probably playing in POs. LA baby! 8-)


16.(11.) NASHVILLE PREDATORS


Position: 9th in West

Players in:
Jordan Weal C/RW, Liam O“Brian LW/C, Connor Carrick RD/LD, Scott Mayfield RD

Notable players out:
Brandon Sutter C/RW


One of the teams that are on the verge of PO spot lost some games lately. It is rumored that GM is considering career as radio speaker(i wonder how can u go from GM of NHL team to being a radio speaker?!?) and with not fully focused GM things can turn bad quickly. Forsberg who had a great start and then got injured is coming back and we will see how things will roll in Nashville.

*I have to mention that Mayfield was claimed from waivers in time NYI didnt have a GM so he probably should be returned to Isles.


17.(16.) MONTREAL CANADIENS


Position: 10th in East


Being at the top of the East last year this team is only 7th in Atlantic division where there is true massacre going on. Price, Pacman and Gallagher are best performers followed by young de la Rose who came out of nothing (AHL actually :P). The slaughter continues!


18.(15.) NEW YORK ISLANDERS


Position: 14th in East

Notable players out:
Scott Mayfield RD


With hot seat taken by GM Jason we have to wait and see what this team is capable of. The quality surely indicates PO spot but its hard to deliver in this years wild wild East. Tavares, Pavelski, Lee, Strome and Halak are having great season and if they carry on with good form this team will still be playing in late April.


19.(18.) DETROIT RED WINGS


Position: 9th in East

Notable players out:
Drew Miller LW/RW, Landon Ferarro RW/C


My belief in Detroit making the POs this year is diminishing. Although Nyquist, Tatar and Mrazek are playing great and veterans Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Green are contributing i believe that wont be enough for this years POs. Zack is pushing for some trades that would strengthen the team and give Pavel his last PO shot.....well we have to see what happens, but right now its not looking good for the Wings.


20.(20.) NEW YORK RANGERS


Position: 12th in East

Notable players out:
Marc Staal LD


Change of GM and injuries are playing big part in Rangers bad start of the season. It is questionable if the team can turn it around, it will be hard, but with Lundqvist in net we all know-they can make it.


21.(25.) WINNIPEG JETS


Position: 10th in West

Players in:
Adam Lowry LW/C, Nick Paul

Notable players out:
Andrew Ladd LW


Another club with new GM in place. We need to give some time to Eric before we can evaluate things in Winnipeg. Waiting and Eric, those two things go together well, dont they :-p


22.(27.) TORONTO MEAPLE LEAFS


Position: 11th in East

Players in:
Marko Dano LW/C, Ville Pokka RD/LD, Mikko Koivu C, Marc Staal LD

Notable players out:
Calle Jarnkrok C/RW, Ryan Murphy RD


Toronto is for sure most pleasant surprise of the season. Although they fall out of the PO picture and probably wont go back, this team of young players is playing truly amazing and the future in Toronto is bright. I have to mention that trading 5star prospect Pokka for 3star Murphy+4thwas one of bigger steals, hands up for that! And adding veterans Koivu and Staal is a great addition, they will lead by example and help young guys progress.


23.(21.) ARIZONA COYOTES


Position: 13th in West

Notable players out:
Louis Domingue G


Ennis, Bodker and Ekman-Larsson are the only positives when talking about skaters in Arizona. Team is underperforming and if last years story of rise doesnt start quickly than this year they will finish close to Sharks. And without owning 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th pick this club is not in good situation at all.


24.(24.) VANCOUVER CANUCKS


Position: 12th in West

Players in:
Ian Cole RD, Anton Slepyshev RW/LW, Andrej Sekera LD

Notable players out:
Nicklas Jensen RW/LW, Chris Tanev RD


GM Francis is fighting and tries to make this team perform, but sooner or later he will have to accept that Nucks are full of old players and that rebuild is coming sooner than later. Parise is the brightest star in club which did not win more than two games in a row. Hard times in Vancouver.


25.(22.) ANAHEIM DUCKS


Position: 11th in West

Players in:
Jason Pominville RW

Notable players out:
Dmitry Kulikov LD


After appointment of new GM Ducks cant find their way to winning. Team was on the way to rebuild and probably this is going to happen after this season.


26.(26.) NEW YERSEY DEVILS


13th in East


Points are fairly balanced to all of the players in this team that is growing, learning and trying to win some along the way. They wont reach the POs but that wasnt the plan in the first case. We should talk about Devils in few years, when their young core will mature. Two more things though. Devils are 13th in East-u superstitious?? And last but not least-“Howard anyone??“ :-k


27.(23.) PHILADELPHIA FLYERS


Position: 15th in East

Players in:
David Schlemko LD, Ben Smith RW/C, Frank Corrado RD, Chris Stewart RW, Landon Ferraro RW/C, Mark Pysyk RD/LD

Notable players out:
Mattias Ekholm LD, Michael Bournival LW/C/RW, Jussi Jokinen LW/RW/C


If ur brightest thing in club is Gibson, and even he plays in AHL then u know something is clearly wrong. Philly is 15th in East, having been stripped of most of their picks in this and next years draft and having a lot of mediocre players and no stars sound like trouble now and in the near future. Having no assets to turn things around Philly can hope their trainers do hell of a job and make something out of the existing roster.


28.(28.) CAROLINA HURRICANES


Position: 16th in East


Carolina started the season with 2 wins but thing fell in place and they are last in the East again. The thing for probably most talented young core is that they will get one more future star player and it could be a good thing. We should start to be little afraid of what can happen if all this young players stay together and grow according to their projection. Back to the future!


29.(29.) SAN JOSE SHARKS


Position: 14th in West

Players in:
Cody Franson RD, Patrick Wiercioch RD/LD, Cody McCormik RW/C/LW

Notable players out:
Johhny Oduja LD


Though Sharks are last they are playing solid hockey. They had lots of games, also against best teams, where they lost in close encounter. But we all know the story of the year in San Jose is- 7. :D


*not rated MINNESOTA WILD


4th in West

Players in:
Vladimir Sobotka C/LW, Cody Eakin C/LW, Johnny Oduja LD, Konstantin Korneyev RD/LD

Notable players out:
Dylan Labbe LD, Jason Pominville RW, Michael Keranen RW/C, Nigel Dawes LW/RW, Gustav Olofsson LD, Mark Pysyk RD/LD

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Re: POWER RANKINGS

Post by elrune1988 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:52 am

I enjoyed the read. I do believe I should be higher in the rankings however ;).
8.(17.) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS


Position: 2nd in East

Players in:
Roman Horak C, Michael FrolikRW/LW

Notable players out:
Victor Bartley LD/RD, Dave Bolland C


Another GM (in private circles called „the godfather of GIFs“) that is playing all out attack hockey. Being second in East with game in hand shows this team is performing great so far. With Liam shopping players all the time tables can turn and this team might get even better or fall down in a second. We will watch what happens!
This assessment is not entirely correct about the Blue Jackets. We excel at both offensive and defensive hockey. Our players are expected to compete to the best of their abilities in not only the offensive zone, but at neutral ice and in the defensive zone as well.

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