A great day for hockey will be when we realize that the NHL plays a regular season to determine its top teams and stages a tournament to declare a champion. In other words, power rankings are not necessary. That said, since everybody else is doing one, why shouldn’t the Trib get in on this power poll game?
The preseason #TribHKY Rankings, submitted for your disapproval:
1 – Kings
To the champs goes the top spot. For now.
2 – Blues
Built for the regular-season, whether the season, be it a marathon or a sprint.
3 – Canucks
Built to win the Cup, and it’s about time for this group, right?
4 – Bruins
Big, bad and built for 7 games of brutality; but what about the backup goalie?
5 – Rangers
The time for Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash to deliver is upon us.
6 – Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews and the Hart Trophy seem like they should try dating.
7 – Flyers
Really, they are too high for this spot, but… (see No. 8).
8 – Penguins
Motivation + skill = ???
9 – Red Wings
This is the year when they finally – uh, nope.
10 – Coyotes
Gut feeling: Last spring was no fluke.
11 – Hurricanes
Gut feeling: This spring will be wild in The Triangle.
12 – Capitals
Adam Oates knows how to work with goal scorers. Keep that in mind.
13 – Stars
Don’t discount what Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney might pull off over 48 games.
14 – Ducks
Either a legit contender, or destined to shape the race by trading Bobby Ryan at the deadline.
15 – Panthers
Don’t laugh. The Southeast is better than anybody thinks.
16 – Lightning
17 – Sharks
Well, at least they aren’t starting the year overhyped, eh?
18 – Sabres
In Ryan Miller we trust. But do we, really?
19 – Senators
Seems so long ago, and it wasn’t, that they were up, 3-2, on the Rangers.
20 – Predators
The ranking this blog author will most surely regret?
21 – Wild
Far more exciting than Zach Parise and Ryan Suter is that fast-approaching group of prospects.
22 – Islanders
If only they were in another division.
23 – Avalanche
May be ranked a lot higher in a month.
24 – Oilers
Admittedly would be cool to see them get the No. 1 pick again.
25 – Maple Leafs
26 – Devils
27 – Jets
It’s never hot in Winnipeg. Ever.
28 – Flames
Jarome Iginla to the [INSERT TEAM HERE].
29 – Canadiens
If only they could acquire more buyout options.
30 – Blue Jackets
John Davidson will get this right. Just not right now.