Pre-Season Team Power Rankings

The first of 3 instalments (Pre-Season, All-Star Break and post Trade Deadline) of my 2011-2012 season 30-Team Power Rankings (breaking down teams 1-10).

  1. Washington Capitals

With the additions of Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer, the capitals have added the depth necessary to push a very strong core of Laich, Semin, Ovechkin, Backstrom and Knuble over the top. Mike Green is back and healthy and the addition of Tomas Vokoun finally gives the caps a complete squad.

  1. Los Angeles Kings

Mike Richards and Simon Gagne give LA that extra boost they’ve needed and Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick are poised to be an excellent tandem. Doughty contract talks are still unresolved but if he’s there all year, the Kings will be contenders.

  1. San Jose Sharks

Following soon behind LA are their division rivals, the Sharks who are poised to challenge. With the loss of Heatley and Setoguchi you would think the hole would be tough to fill but Havlat gives them a new look and Pavelski has never been a 3rd line player. If Brent Burns can return to his former self alongside Boyle then the Sharks will be dangerous.

  1. Vancouver Canucks

The loss of Ehrhoff hurts and Kesler’s injury concerns are imminent but the Sedin’s are still the Sedin’s and Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider make up the best 1-2 punch in the NHL.

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins

They hardly lost a step without Malkin and Crosby last season but with Malkin back and Crosby making progress (no guarantees) the Penguins are strong all the way down the line up. Fleury couldn’t possibly start as badly.

  1. Boston Bruins

The defending Stanley Cup Champs are still a force to be reckoned with, even without the James Mirtle’s most frequently mentioned player Mark “The Recchin Ball” Recchi.

  1. Detroit Red Wings

Betting against the Red Wings is like betting against Temmu Selanne, they just keep proving you wrong.

  1. Anaheim Ducks

When you can afford to put Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf and Correy Perry on the same line on any given night you’ve got yourself a dangerous squad. The defense isn’t the strongest in the league but has some great young talent and solid veterans. A healthy Hiller will go a long way.

  1. Philadelphia Flyers

Since trading away Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, many people believe the Flyers will fall dramatically from their 2nd place finish in last year’ East. I don’t see that to be the case. A top 9 of Briere, Giroux, JVR, Hartnell, Voracek, Simmonds, Talbot, Jagr and Schenn is nothing to laugh at and Bryzgalov finally gives them a goalie.

  1. Chicago Blackhawks

Six words: Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Seabrook, Keith. Can you find a better core of six?

  1. Nashville Predators
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning
  3. Buffalo Sabres
  4. New York Rangers
  5. Columbus Blue Jackets
  6. New Jersey Devils
  7. Toronto Maple Leafs
  8. St Louis Blues
  9. Dallas Stars
  10. Calgary Flames
  11. Minnesota Wild
  12. Carolina Hurricanes
  13. Montreal Canadiens
  14. Phoenix Coyotes
  15. Winnipeg Jets
  16. New York Islanders
  17. Florida Panthers
  18. Ottawa Senators
  19. Edmonton Oilers
  20. Colorado Avalanche

Who would you have placed differently?

Scott (Twitter: @scottcwheeler)

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Posted on September 22, 2011, in Power Rankings, Scott's Power Rankings. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Buffalo over Tampa, NJ and Toronto over Columbus, and Colorado over Edmonton and Ottawa

  2. Buffalo is definitely going to be much improved on the back end but do they have the fire power to stick with Tampa? I don’t think they do, although Tampa’s success is contingent on Roloson.

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