Columbus Blue Jackets | 2nd in Metro Division (2-0-0)
The Blue Jackets opened up their 2021-22 season with an 8-1 blowout win against the rebuilding Arizona Coyotes. They followed that victory up with a 2-1 win against the NHL’s newest franchise the Seattle Kraken. They are led by forward, Oliver Bjorkstrand who currently has 2 goals and 2 assists in 2 games this season.
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Pittsburgh Penguins | 1st in Metro Division (2-0-1)
The Penguins are winning and gaining points without their two superstars Malkin and Crosby. With wins against the Lightning and Blackhawks and an overtime loss to the Panthers, this team looks to be hitting their stride early this season. Veteran forward Jeff Carter leads the way with 4 points for the Pens so far this season.
Florida Panthers | 1st in Atlantic Division (2-0-0)
The Panthers are poised to make another deep playoff run this season and they are showing signs of being at the top early. Forward Sam Bennett recorded a hat trick in the team’s 5-1 win against the Islanders. Combine that with an overtime win against the Pens, this team is sure to be in the thick of the top of the Eastern Conference this season.
Buffalo Sabres | 1st in Atlantic Division (2-0-0)
Who would think the Sabres would make any power ranking lists? This team rattled off two needed wins against the Canadians (5-1) and the Coyotes (2-1). If the Sabres and goaltender Craig Anderson can continue to keep their opponents scoring at a minimum, this team may get sneaky points throughout this season.
Edmonton Oilers | 1st in Pacific Division (2-0-0)
Edmonton is led by their two-headed monster of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. They have wins against the Flames and Canucks. If this team can get off to a hot start, expect them to be in the President’s Trophy race late in the season.
Carolina Hurricanes | 2nd in Metro Division (2-0-0)
The Hurricanes are riding the back of goaltender Frederik Andersen so far this season. If he can stay healthy and Andrei Svechnikov continues to put the puck in the net, they will be fighting for a Metro Division crown at the end of the regular season.
Minnesota Wild | 1st in Central Division (2-0-0)
This team will ultimately go as far as their goaltender Cam Talbot takes them. They will get scoring support from Marcus Foligno and Kirill Kaprizov, but it will come down to how do they defend throughout this season that will determine where this team ends up. Wins over the Ducks and the Kings help this team start the season in the top ten power rankings.
Toronto Maple Leafs | 1st in Atlantic Division (2-1-0)
No Austin Matthews yet for the Leafs so far this season but a good start from William Nylander has shown the league that this team will have scoring from all over the roster. They started the season off with a win against the Canadians and then split a home and home against the Senators. The Maple Leafs will only improve as their stars get healthy and more comfortable with each other.
Tampa Bay Lightning | 1st in Atlantic Division (2-1-0)
Tampa had a rough first game on their banner night in Amalie Arena as they lost 6-2 to the Penguins. However, they rebounded in fantastic fashion with a comeback victory in Detroit and then a 2-1 overtime win against the Capitals. This team is sure to find their Stanley Cup form and once again compete for what is theirs.
Ottawa Senators | 1st in Atlantic Division (2-1-0)
Three Thoughts: More on the #Sens‘ hot power play and Filip Gustavsson’s first start, and win, of the season ⬇️
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 18, 2021
The Senators have inked Tkachuk to a seven-year contract. That is a win in itself, but while negotiations were ongoing, the Sens split a home and home against the Leafs and then got the better of the Dallas Stars with a 3-2 victory at home. With a young youthful roster, the Senators could catch some teams off guard throughout the 2021-22 season.
NHL Top Ten Power Rankings | Honorable Mentions
- Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Seattle Kraken, and Vancouver Canucks