Weekly Power Rankings: Golden Knights, Devils keep looking strong
They take the top two spots this week.
In this week’s edition of the NHL Weekly Power Rankings the Vegas Golden Knights and New Jersey Devils (yes, the New Jersey Devils) take the top-two spots as we continue to try and make sense of the early season results.
Goaltending is causing havoc in a lot of places in terms of impacting results (either masking flaws or creating flaws that may not actually exist), but we are getting to a point where we are going to start finding out what each team actually is.
Vegas looks like it is on track to bouncing back and still being an elite Stanley Cup contender, while the Devils look relevant for the first time in years.
We look at all of that and more in this week’s rankings.
Where does your team sit?
To this week’s NHL Power Rankings!!
1. Vegas Golden Knights. I think I might have to start eating some crow here because I thought they were done as an elite team and Stanley Cup contender. Maybe not? They look fierce so far. Logan Thompson has been fine in goal and Jack Eichel looks like he is still a superstar talent.
2. New Jersey Devils. I still have some skepticism here, especially in goal, but you can not argue with the early results and the process behind it. They are controlling 5-on-5 play and they have some outstanding young talent at the top of the lineup. I am still concerned about goaltending.
3. Boston Bruins. They have done all of this without Charlie McAvoy. How good are they going to be with him back in the lineup?
4. Carolina Hurricanes. This is the year of Andrei Svechnikov’s big breakout, and it is going to be a massive game-changer for the Hurricanes.
5. Dallas Stars. I am very bullish on this team. Love their top line, and if Tyler Seguin is bouncing back that really helps extend the lineup. They need a healthy Jake Oettinger though.
6. Colorado Avalanche. They have not been totally dominant yet, but they are still winning. They are also still winning while Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar have only combined for four goals in 12 games. What is going to happen when they start scoring goals again?
7. Seattle Kraken. Team to keep an eye on here. The underlying numbers are strong, Matty Beniers looks like a star, and they are off to a fantastic start. They just need the goaltending to come through to keep them in it.
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