NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts’ Preseason Poll

October 9th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
Let’s be honest about something right off the bat: Hockey is unpredictable.

That’s mostly a good thing, because if it weren't, there wouldn’t be much point in watching the games. But it also means that lists like this one need to be sprinkled with a healthy dose of humility, because it’s a virtual certainty that at least one or two teams are going to defy any attempt at prediction.

Even so, this sort of exercise can be useful, because it provides a benchmark of expectation entering the season. More importantly, it’s a lot of fun putting the ranking together and even more fun arguing about who is overrating or underrating which team. 

That takes me to the contributors to this list, which represents the consensus view of a panel of B/R hockey writers. Adrian Dater, Steve Macfarlane, Allan Mitchell, Lyle Richardson, Carol Schram and yours truly all took the time to go through the league and rank teams based on our perception of their various strengths.

With that out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff: The NHL’s 30 teams, ranked from lowest in our expectations to highest.

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