NHL Power Rankings – Last Presidency Edition for the 2021 season


The 2021 NHL season is here! After delivering the Stanley Cup after the most unusual 2019-20 season in September 2019, we are back on ice again. Four new divisions, a 56-game schedule and, most important, 116 consecutive nights of NHL games, starting Wednesday.

For our first week of power rankings, we provide a reason for hope for each team entering this season.

How we rank: ESPN Hockey’s Editorial Staff Selection Rankings submit ranking teams from 1 to 31 – taking into account past results and offshin additions – and those results are tabulated in the list pictured here.

Note: The previous ranking for each team refers to our Mid-Offense Power Rankings published on November. 16. Stanley Cup odds are courtesy of Kaiser Sportsbook by William Hill.

Previous ranking: 1
Stanley Cup Odds: +750

Without Nikita Kucharov, most teams will derail. Not the Lightning, who have one of the deepest forward corpses in the league and a prolific superstar at Braden Point, coming from a brilliant postseason, during which he scored 33 points in 23 matches.

Previous ranking: 2
Stanley Cup Odds: +700

General manager Joe Sackic recently has an incredible track record on trades, and it appears that he won two more. Brandon Saad calls secondary scoring (as Chicago still takes $ 1 million of his salary), while Devon Toes solidified the Blue Line (and only cost two second-round picks in the trade).

Previous ranking: 3
Stanley Cup Odds: +800

In his existence as an NHL franchise, the Golden Knights have never had a true No. 1 defenseman. Vegas may have developed one in home (Shia Theodore), and they went out and signed another in free agency (Alex Petrangello).

Previous ranking: 4
Stanley Cup Odds: +2000

The Blues got one of the top scorers on the free-agent market, Mike Hoffman, for a budget rate of $ 4 million, without being committed for more than a year. If it is not a big win, we are not sure what is.

Previous ranking: .
Stanley Cup Odds: +1800

Players perform well when they are in a contract year. Alex Ovechkin is set for a new deal this summer (he is in talks for himself) and enters the season winning seven of the last eight Rocket Richard trophies.

Previous ranking: 1 1
Stanley Cup Odds: +1200

Toronto could get a big blue line from 26-year-old Miko Lehtonen, who was voted KHL Defenseman of the Year in 2019-20. His nickname is “Finnish Bobby Oar”. (“It’s a long story,” Lehtonen said.)

Previous ranking: .
Stanley Cup Odds: +1600

Carter Hart wants to win several Vezina trophies, and at the age of 22, he is definitely tracking to accomplish that goal. Hart was good for the Flyers in his first NHL season – even better in the playoffs – and that may be due to a larger share of the workload in 2021.

Previous ranking: 5
Stanley Cup Odds: +1200

The losses of Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug give Bruce a decidedly different look at the Blue Line. But their loss also means responsibility for Charlie McAvoy and Matt Graysczyk – who have continued to climb anyway.

Previous ranking: 4
Stanley Cup Odds: +1800

Dallas’ run to the Stanley Cup Final gave the next generation of stars a significant playoff experience, including Miro Hiskanen, Roop Hintz, Dennis Gurianov and even Joel Kiviranta. They are a better organization because of it.

Previous ranking: 4
Stanley Cup Odds: 5:00

The Isles have saved more than $ 1 million to score goals this season – from veteran Thomas Greiss to rookie Ilya Sorokin as platoon mate for Simeon Varlamov – but they should not miss a beat. Sorokin, who has posted no .929 percentage in the last four KHL seasons, is the real deal.

Previous ranking: 12
Stanley Cup Odds: +1600

We always focus on who is playing on the wings of Sydney Crosby. But Pittsburgh’s second line – which should start as Jason Zucker, Evgeny Malkin and Bryan Rust – could be a high-performer, especially with Rust scoring a career-high 27 goals in 55 matches in 2019-20.

Previous ranking: 10
Stanley Cup Odds: +2000

Cain gets a repurchase from the crowded metropolitan division and is temporarily relocated to the less competitive Central, where they make their way to a playoff berth jointly 16 times over potentially below-par Chicago and Detroit. Can make

Previous ranking: 1.
Stanley Cup Odds: +2000

The Oilers missed the playoffs in 13 of the last 14 seasons, and were knocked out of their home bubble last summer. But management brought in five new roster players, and perhaps this is enough for Connor McDavid and Leon Drysenal to change postson fortunes.

Previous ranking: 14
Stanley Cup Odds: +3000

Blue Line received an overhaul with Nat Schmidt, Travis Hamonic and Ollie Zuolvi replacing Christopher Tanev, Troy Statcher and Oscar Fantaberg. Schmidt is now Vancouver’s second most important defenseman, trailing Quinn Hughes.

Previous ranking: 19
Stanley Cup Odds: 5:00

There are reports from the Rangers training camp that Pavel Buchaniewicz is set to enter his fifth NHL season. “The man who is jumping for all of us,” said David Quinn, is Buchanwich. “” I just love the way things are going for her. “

Previous ranking: 14
Stanley Cup Odds: +3000

Don’t look now, but the Flames are the only NHL team with two 2020 All-Star goalkeepers on their roster. The big mill was Jacob Markstrom, who had several teams (including rival Oilers) interested in snagging in free agency, and would be supported by David Rittich.

Previous ranking: 13
Stanley Cup Odds: +4000

For the first time in recent memory, the Blue Jackets may have a second scoring line that instills fear in opponents. That is when GM Jormo Caekelen swapped Josh Anderson for Max Domi. Cam Atkinson (on Domi’s wing) should rebound from a slump season.

Previous ranking: 21
Stanley Cup Odds: 5:00

The Predators held a brutal 2019-20 season on special teams, with the seventh-worst power play and the third-worst penalty kill. The penalty kill should improve with the signature of Brad Richardson, one of the best PK specialists in the league.

Previous ranking: 1.
Stanley Cup Odds: +3000

One can view the Patrick Laine situation as pessimistic: a top player wants to leave the city. Or optimistic point of view: The Jets have an incredible trading asset, and if they time it right, they can attack gold in return.

Previous ranking: 15
Stanley Cup Odds: +3000

Mark Bergevin was one of the busiest GMs this offseason. Results: Each position group received better depth. A top four spot in the North Division is within reach for this increased team.

Previous ranking: 23
Stanley Cup Odds: +4000

A new GM (win the bill) means a lot of business. The Panthers have flown on several new players (including Anthony Duclair, Carter Verheighe, Alexander Weinberg, Radco Guda, Marcus Nutivara, Patrick Hornkvist) and are active on the Waves, which are eager to see.

Previous ranking: 20
Stanley Cup Odds: +6000

The obvious reason to be expected at the Sabers is that 2018 league MVP Taylor Hall decided to sign here for Jack Eichel to come in big numbers on the wing. One less important reason for hope: the depth of the center has improved.

Previous ranking: 24
Stanley Cup Odds: +6000

It’s a year-old saga spanning three GMs, but Wild’s top prospect, Kirill Kaprizov, has finally left Russia and signed with Minnesota. The winger is the most exciting and skilled player on the roster and should be worth the wait.

Previous ranking: 22
Stanley Cup Odds: +6000

The Coyotes struggled with scoring last season (ranking 23rd in the league), but they said goodbye to six forwards this offseason and welcomed in six new forwards. In this case, fresh faces are definitely not a bad thing.

Previous ranking: 2.
Stanley Cup Odds: +6000

Brent Burns posted just 45 points last season – almost half of his total before a season, when he finished second in the Norris Trophy. A rebound season seems inevitable for the 35-year-old, defenseman of all conditions.

Previous ranking: 25
Stanley Cup Odds: +6000

Many are skeptical about Chicago’s unproven goalscoring trio, but the Blackhawks may opt out this season, having identified their future goals. Colin Delia, Malcolm Subban and Kevin Lankinan each join only through the next season, so there is also the possibility of playing a long-term, team-friendly contract.

Previous ranking: 2.
Stanley Cup Odds: +7500

Did you watch the 2021 World Junior Championship? This is why there is hope for ducks. Trevor Zegrass, the tournament MVP who helped the United States to gold, is Anaheim’s top prospect, and he could be in the league as soon as possible this season.

Previous ranking: 29
Stanley Cup Odds: +7500

The Kings had nine prospects at the World Junior Championships, which highlights their impressive prospect system. Get excited to say Quinton Byfield, Arthur Kaliyev, Tobias Björnföt and Alex Turcot soon.

Previous ranking: 24
Stanley Cup Odds: +6000

Corey Crawford retires, but the Devils do not feel in a bind, as they are so fast at Mackenzie Blackwood (who has been re-upped for just three more years). He shined to close the previous season, going 8-2-2 against his previous 13 appearances, with a .936 save percentage.

Previous ranking: 30
Stanley Cup Odds: +15000

The Senators competed hard for DJ Smith last season, and they should see better efforts now that the roster has more talent. Winger Evgeny Daddonov selected Ottawa in free agency, immediately upgrading the top six.

Previous ranking: 31
Stanley Cup Odds: +20000

The Red Wings allowed 265 goals last season – 27 more than any other team. Detroit should have fewer leaks for better targeting (Thomas Greiss) and many veteran blue-line additions (Mark Staal, Troy Statcher, John Merrill).

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