October 12 2016 01:17PM
Hockey is upon us. Let the NHLNumbers staff get you ready for 2016-17 with some discussion, predictions, and hot takes about the upcoming season.
October 12 2016 11:36AM
These are the true contenders. When picking a 2017 Stanley Cup Champion, there's a very, very good chance it's going to be one of these five teams. These are the teams who were part of the elite pack last year, and are coming into this season just as good, if not better, than they were when they left last spring. They have elite talent, rock solid defence, depth, and strong goaltending. These are teams 5-1 on the NHLN preseason power rankings.
October 11 2016 01:26PM
These are very good. As long as nothing terrible happens, these teams will be playing meaningful games in May, and if everything goes well, into June. They boast elite talent, and have much more positive going on than holes to dissect. They aren't quite the top of the class, but this is where the discussion of true contenders begins. These are teams 10-6 on the NHLN poker rankings.
October 10 2016 01:25PM
Now we're beginning to inch towards the contenders. These are playoff teams. Well, they should be, so long as everything goes according to plan. These are teams with the upside to do some damage in the playoffs, but they're far enough from sure things that it's just as easy to visualize them on the outside looking in. These are teams 15-11 on the NHLN power rankings.
October 09 2016 01:00PM
Through an algorithm known as "surveying a select number of our staff", we determined the following power rankings. Over the next six days, we'll be counting down the worst teams all the way to the best teams heading into the 2016-17 season.
The middle of the pack. These are the teams who have some good things going for themselves, but aren't quite at the top of the class in their divisions. These are teams 20-16 on the NHLN power rankings.