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.
Watch The Game Podcast
October 11 2016 01:02PM
On Episode 3, NHLnumbers daddy Cam Lewis makes his debut to talk about the upcoming NHL season as a whole.
We're now on iTunes (newest episode should be up soon if not updated yet!)
October 10 2016 04:15PM
It's quite rare to see not one, not two but potentially three top-nine calibre forwards placed on waivers. Many eyebrows seemed to be raised when Teemu Pulkkinen, Seth Griffith and PA Parenteau all ended up on waivers this morning. But a day before NHL rosters must be finalized and cap compliant, three intriguing players have made their way to the waiver wire and likely will get claimed which will surely lead to more roster shuffling before opening night.
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 10 2016 11:22AM
As a result, the pair of restricted free agents have gone unsigned and may miss time during the regular season that begins in just a few days. While the matter of how the Ducks will manage to sign both players with just $7.5 million in cap space is a discussion for another day, it’s worth looking at, in a vacuum, what kind of contracts the players might receive.