Preseason Power Rankings
Each week when the season gets under way, we will be posting our weekly power rankings. These will be 100% our opinion and we will always give a brief reasoning as to why we have ranked them this way.
Tampa Bay - Arguably the deepest roster in the league. Locked up Kuch long term which will help keep them as contenders.
Toronto - John Tavares will finally be able to showcase why he's a top 10 player in the league.
Washington - I have to put them in the top 5 because they won the cup right?
Boston - Healthy Bergeron from the get go makes the best line in hockey even better.
San Jose - Deepest D-Core in the league now? Best PP without a doubt.
Tampa Bay - 3 of the best players at their position in Kuch, Hedman & Vas. Too deep and too skilled.
Winnipeg - Stastny loss hurts down the middle, but plenty of firepower to make up for it. Hellebuyck finally undisputed #1 going into season.
Nashville - Still the most solid d core in the league. Can Rinne have another great year or will Saros step up?
Toronto - JT and AM34. Yup.
Pittsburgh - Still too much elite level talent to ignore. Can't bet against them in any single game.
Winnipeg - Didn't need to change much on the star studded roster.
Tampa Bay - Will they have enough in the tank for when the playoffs start?
Nashville - They have depth at every position, just have to beat their division.
Toronto - Instant contender after signing JT.
San Jose - Best top 3 defensemen in the league and good top 6 forwards.
Tampa Bay - Signed Kuch long term, same core, and another year of experience for Vasy...this team will get comfortable in the top 5 this year.
San Jose - Fantastic regular season team and the addition of EK should lead to big things in 2018-2019.
Toronto - Welcome home JT. If they can get mediocre play out of their defense, they'll be in the top 5 all year.
Pittsburgh - If Murray can stay healthy this team will be cemented in the top 5 this season. I don't bet against Sid anymore.
Vegas - Easily could be towards bottom of Pacific, but addition of Statsny and Max puts them in my top 5 until proven otherwise.
Carolina - Crazy owner, promising young talent
Montreal - Does this team have any centers?
Vancouver - Bad mix of a young team and some bad contracts
Detroit - See Vancouver..But without a stud goal scorer.
Ottawa - More like HAttawa amrite?
NY Rangers - Hank can't handle the full season workload they need him to. This spot a toss up between the two - NYR/NYI.
Vancouver - minimal depth, bad goaltending and only one scorer. Only reason they aren't lower is because of half of the Atlantic.
Montreal - Zero offensive talent outside of Drouin & Domi, Weber to miss half the year. Sorry Carey.
Detroit - loss of Zettercheese felt on and off the ice. Larkin & Mantha don't have any help.
Ottawa - lmao
Blackhawks- Crawfords health in question, old core regressing
Montreal- How bad they get depends on Price
Detroit- Bad before but now no Zetterburg
Vancouver- Good thing they shored up their bottom 6 forwards
Ottawa- Now what?
NY Islanders - Bottom 10 last seasons and now no JT, enjoy your time in the basement for a while.
Montreal - Awful goal output and lost their top scorer. I'm sorry Price but it's going to be all on you kid!
Vancouver - Have some solid prospects in the system but not enough to get out of the basement in a very tough division.
Detroit - Didn't add anything substantial and Zetts retiring will hurt this team.
Ottawa - Avs fans (including myself) rejoicing across the globe!
Follow us on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for weekly content.