Monday, February 28, 2011

Post Trade Deadline NHL Power Rankings

1. Vancouver, 87 PTS (last week #1): Great D-Day for Vancouver. They didn't give up much and they get two useful players.

2. Philadelphia, 86 PTS (last week #2): Versteeg and Boynton make the team better and deeper, but I'm not sure I'll be picking Philly to win the Eastern conference this year.

3. Detroit, 82 PTS (last week #3): Stood pat. Signed Jimmy Howard to an extension. Well done. This team is already deep and did not require any new parts.

4. San Jose, 78 PTS (last week #8): Ian White is not going to get this team over the playoff hump, but Setoguchi and Pavelski are playing fantastic hockey. They have won 6 straight.

5. Tampa Bay, 81 PTS (last week #4): Eric Brewer was a quality addition, but it looks like Steve Yzerman likes his roster.

6. Boston, 79 PTS (last week #7): Boston has made themselves a better team by adding Kaberle and Kelly. This team is going to win 1.5 playoff series at least. They have won 5 straight.

7. Washington, 76 PTS (last week #6): Dennis Wideman, Marco Sturm, and Jason Arnott. That's a good trade deadline day for the Caps.

8. Los Angeles, 74 PTS (last week #15): Dustin Penner makes this team better. The Kings are becoming one of the hottest teams in hockey. They will make the playoffs.

9. Chicago, 74 PTS (last week #12): They aren't going to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions, despite adding Chris Campoli. They should make the playoffs.

10. Phoenix, 76 PTS (last week #16): Despite losing 3 straight, this team has been playing very well in recent weeks. There are some quality assets to ship up to Winnipeg.

11. Anaheim, 71 PTS (last week #5): This team was poised to make a great run, but after losing Jonas Hiller to a head injury the team has nose dived.

12. Minnesota, 72 PTS (last week #13): The Wild added nothing, despite being on the bubble to make the playoffs. The GM either doesn't believe this team has a chance, or he believes too much in what he's already got.

13. Montreal, 73 PTS (last week #14): This team has been devastated by injuries yet remains in playoff contention. They added Brent Sopel and that's it? This team will not win as many playoff games as last season.

14. Calgary, 73 PTS (last week #18): Modin for a 7th round pick is a good deal. This team has been playing great hockey since they fired Darryl Sutter.

15. Nashville, 72 PTS (last week #9): Mike Fischer was their big trade, made well before the deadline, but Mr. Underwood has not made a significant splash since arriving in the music city.

16. Dallas, 72 PTS (last week #10): This team has some quality young assets, but the Lehtonen-Raycroft goaltending duo is not going to win a playoff series.

17. Pittsburgh, 80 PTS (last week #11): This team is not going anywhere without Crosby, who may be done for the season.

18. NY Rangers, 70 PTS (last week #17): Bryan McCabe can get you into the playoffs, but not past round 1.

19. Buffalo, 65 PTS (last week #20): Brad Boyes is a great addition to this roster, and I predict Buffalo will get the 8th playoff seed in the east.

20. Carolina, 67 PTS (last week #19): Bryan Allen? That's it? Tuomo Ruutu has completely fizzled out, and this does not appear to be a playoff team.

21. Columbus, 68 PTS (last week #21): This is actually a respectable line-up and they decided not to be sellers at the deadline. Upshall is a solid addition to their forward group.

22. St. Louis, 65 PTS (last week #24): Chris Stewart is a beast. This team has a bright future.

23. Toronto, 63 PTS (last week #27): Kessel has started playing great hockey and Leaf fans are talking playoffs. Sadly they need a puck moving defenseman, like a Tom Kaberle...

24. Atlanta, 63 PTS (last week #22): They are who we thought they were.

25. New Jersey, 58 PTS (last week #25): Good on them to trade Arnott. They aren't making the playoffs and their hot streak is jeopardizing their draft status.

26. Florida, 59 PTS (last week #26): This is a very long rebuilding process.

27. Colorado, 59 PTS (last week #23): Train wreck with some great young talent.

28. NY Islanders, 54 PTS (last week #28): They have a future.

29. Ottawa, 51 PTS (last week #29): Look out for Ottawa in 2015!

30. Edmonton, 48 PTS (last week #30): Didn't think they needed to trade Penner, and if so it should have been for a 22-26 year old. They got a good return for him, but it sets back the clock just a little too far.

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