NHL Power Rankings: Rating the Cup Favorites and Contenders

December 10th, 2010 by Simon Cherin-Gordon Leave a reply »
Why read my power rankings? While it may be a tiresome topic, I feel like I bring a unique approach to my rankings.

Rather than simply ranking the teams 1-30, I break them up into six categories:


Cup Favorites: Teams that should surprise no one were they to go all the way. The class of the league.

Cup Contenders: Teams that will surprise many if they go all the way, but shouldn't. Conference powers that are expected to at least make it out of the first round.

Sleepers: Teams that should make the playoffs, and are equipped to pull off a surprising playoff run. Last year, the Philadelphia Flyers dominated this section of my rankings.

Bubble Teams: Teams that may or may not make the playoffs. A bubble team is talented enough to make the playoffs, but is not (or is not playing like) a legitimate threat.

Longshots: Teams that are not likely to make the playoffs. If they get hot, they could squeeze in as a No. 7 or 8 seed, but are fringe teams at best.

Bottom Feeders: Teams that are nowhere near contention and almost guaranteed a high draft pick. Even early in the season, landing in this c ...

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