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NHL Power Rankings: October 2021

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

With the NHL season set to start this week, and set to return to a more traditional format after a pandemic inspired divisional breakdown, now is a perfect time to rank each team in the league as they pursue the Stanley Cup:

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

After winning back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals, this Tampa have proven that they are the team to beat in the NHL. Much can be said about this roster from top to bottom, but we want to highlight their most valuable player, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Andrei Vasilevskiy. He is the best goalie in all of hockey.

2. Colorado Avalanche

Again, the Avs underperformed last season. They have an elite playmaker in Nathan MacKinnon and a high-end goalie in Phil Grubauer, but the player we want to highlight here is Calvin Makar. Makar is hands down the best offensive defenseman in the league.

3. Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas is one of the deepest rosters in the league and their depth took them right on the doorstep of yet another Stanley Cup Finals appearance in their extremely short existence. They could easily lift the Cup after this season.

4. New York Islanders

The Islanders are well coached and play a defensive brand in hockey that is easy to root for. They lost a Game 7 to the Bolts last season and are looking even better as they enter this one.

5. Florida Panthers

The Panthers were a shockingly good team last season, but they certainly won’t catch anyone by surprise as they enter this one. Expectations are high for this Florida team.

6. Carolina Hurricanes

7. Boston Bruins

8. Minnesota Wild

9. Winnipeg Jets

10. Edmonton Oilers

11. Pittsburgh Penguins

12. Washington Capitals

13. Nashville Predators

14. Montreal Canadiens

15. Toronto Maple Leafs

16. St. Louis Blues

17. Dallas Stars

18. New York Rangers

19. Chicago Blackhawks

20. Philadelphia Flyers

21. Arizona Coyotes

22. Calgary Flames

23. San Jose Sharks

24. Los Angeles Kings

25. Ottawa Senators

26. Vancouver Canucks

26. Seattle Kraken

28. Columbus Blue Jackets

29. New Jersey Devils

30. Detroit Red Wings

31. Anaheim Ducks

32. Buffalo Sabres

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