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« Thread started on: Aug 18th, 2012, 4:07pm »

1. Vancouver Canucks
Arguably the most well-rounded team, very scary first and second lines, and a third line that can score too. A defense that is stellar from top to bottom with the likes of Hamhuis (88) and Edler (88) leading the way. Even if you manage to get through Vancouver's forward and defensive depth, you still have to contend with one of the best goaltending tandems in the NHL.

Prediction: Presidents Trophy Winners, 1st in West.

2. L.A. Kings
Hard to not give L.A. a high ranking given that they are the current Stanley Cup Champions. The top two lines are well balanced and dangerous. The third line can put up some decent numbers too. The King's defensive depth, while not as strong as a few other teams, should not be ignored. Finally, they have the Conn Smyth winning goaltender Johnathan Quick manning the nets.

Prediction: 2nd in West

3. Pittsburgh Penguins
Simply put, the Penguins offense is very good. Any team with arguably the two best offensive players in the league is going to be dangerous, and the Pens just so happen to have both Crosby and Malkin. Their defense has two very strong pairings, and one that leaves alittle to be desired (Engelland and Lovejoy). On top of all that, the Pens have a great goaltending duo in Fluery and Vokoun

Prediction: 1st in East

4. Boston Bruins
Another team with two extremely dominant forward lines, and a third line that can put up some decent points as well. The defense is one of the best, boasting the highest ranked defenseman in the league (Chara). The one area that Boston could use some improvement is in the net. Otherwise, they have a very dangerous team that could possibly go all the way.

Prediction: 2nd in East

5. Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers have a fantastic first line lead by Giroux, and a second and third line that can put up some points. The Flyers' real strength is in defense. Despite losing Matt Carle, the Flyers' still have one of the highest rated defenses in the game. The lowest rating of the six defensemen is an 80, and 5 of the 6 have 82 or higher. Finally, the Flyer's have a great goaltender in Bryzgalov (86) taking care of the back end.

Prediction: 4th in East

6. New York Rangers
While the Rangers forward corps lacks depth, they make up for it in top-end talent. The top two lines are loaded with talent, but things only go downhill from there. However, the defense is loaded with highly-rated defensemen that are young too, its only going to improve season-by-season. The Rangers goal is lead by arguably the best goaltender in the league today, "King" Henrik Lundqvist.

Prediction: 5th in East

7. St. Louis Blues
The number 7 and 8 ranked teams were very close, but I had to give it to St. Louis given how well they handled the 8th seeded team in the first round last year. While the Blues do not have one absolutely dominant line filled with superstars, they have 4 lines that play very strong both defensively and offensively. The defense is not to shabby either, anchored by the young and improving Pietrangelo (87). Finally, the tandem of Halak and Elliot is very strong too. The Blues are a team that, when clicking, can frustrate the best offences around the league.

Prediction: 3rd in West

8. San Jose Sharks
The Sharks have an outstanding top two lines that can match up with the leagues best. The concern for the Sharks is the two lines that follow line one and two. Any team that considers Handzus their best player in the bottom six has a lot to worry about. The Sharks have a very impressive defense, with 4 of the 6 having an 84 rating or higher. However, another negative for San Jose is the man who plays most nights in the crease, Niemi. The Sharks will need a more consistent Niemi to make it far into the playoffs this year.

Prediction: 4th in West

9. Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks have two very strong top lines led by Kane, Toews, Hossa and Sharp and a fantastic "grind-it-out" third line. The defense is very strong too, with Keith and Seabrook leading the way. I believe the Blackhawks will need an improvement over Crawford in net, if they hope to challenge for the stanley cup this year.

Prediction: 5th in West

10. Detroit Red Wings
Losing Lindstrom and Stuart has definately hurt the Red Wings Blue line, outside of Kronwall, White and Quincey, the defense ratings get pretty low. On top of that the goaltending is only about average. However, the Red Wings offense is still one of the strongest. They have two amazing scoring lines, followed by a great third line, and a fourth line which can score some goals as well. Every line is dangerous, and that is why Detroit remains so high in the rankings.

Prediction: 6th in West
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 18th, 2012, 4:20pm »

11. Montreal Canadiens
Frankly, I think EA was a little too generous with the player ratings given to Montreal, but it is all I have to work with (Sorry Montreal!). Montreal has an above average first line, followed by average second and third lines. Where Montreal shines is in both their defense and goaltending. Montreal has four defenseman above 83, and Carey Price is carrying the team with a hefty 90 player rating.

Prediction: 6th in East

12. Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo's forward group lacks starpower outside of Pominville and maybe Vanek. However, the Sabres defense is phenominal with five d-man at 82 or higher, led by the young Tyler Myers (87). Additionally, Miller runs the show in Buffalo, and it goes without saying that he is one of the best playing today.

Prediction: 7th in East

13. Minnesota Wild
The additions of Suter and Parise have vastly improved this Wild team. The first line is spectacular, with the likes of Heatley, Koivu and Parise. Additionally, the third line is capable of matching up well with many other third lines around the league. The second line is only average however. It goes without saying that Suter is one of the best, and the rest of Minny's D is filled with great young talent which are only going to improve year after year. With Backstrom running the nets until Hackett is ready, I expect the Wild to be a real contender in a year or two's time.

Prediction: 7th in West

14. Calgary Flames
The Flames roster is very well balanced. They have above-average first, second and third lines, a strong defense, and Kipper who continues to play very well for them. I do not feel that the additions of Wideman and Hudler will be gamechangers though. I think that Calgary's chance to truly contend has come and gone, and it would be in managements best interest to begin a youth movement (think Edmonton or Chicago 5 or 6 years ago).

Prediction: 8th in West

15. Washington Capitals
This years Capital's team is not bad, but they will not be contenders. However, the Capitals have almost completly emptied their prospect pool into their roster, which means players like Johansson, Perrault, Orlov, Alzner and Carlson will gain valuable experience turning the Capitals once again into contenders in a year or two. Look out if Yevgeni Kuznetsov decides to come over to North America in the near future.

Prediction: 3rd in East

16. Dallas Stars
The additions of Whitney, Roy and Jagr have improved this team, but only enough to be challanging for a 7th or 8th seed. The first line of Benn, Eriksson and Morrow is still very strong. The other lines are right around league average. The defense is decent, if not slightly above average. Lehtonen will help Dallas to contend for one of the bottom seeds with his 86 rating.

Prediction: 9th in West

17. Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa's forward group is pretty weak in the lower lines, but has some amazing talent at the top. Stamkos continues to be an absolute force, along with stars Lecavalier and St. Louis. There is no denying the strength in Lines one and two. The defense is suprisingly good with all six players being 80 or higher. However, like their bottom two lines, the Lightning have a pretty weak goaltending tandem. In a few years time, I expect Lindback to improve significantly, but not this year.

Prediction: 8th in East

18. Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg only has average first and second lines. Winnipeg does have a fantastic third line though - one of the best in the league. On top of that, their defense is pretty d**n good with 5 of the 6 at 81 or higher. The goaltending is nothing special with Pavelec at only 82. I expect E. Kane and A. Burmistrov to continue to improve turning this team into a stronger contender in a few years time.

Prediction: 9th in East

19. Nashville Predators
Losing Suter certianly hurt this team, but they may still contend for a lower seed. Pekka Rinne is amazing, and will certainly be in the running for the Vezina this year. The defense is all about Weber and the group of A+ potential (exageration) younger defenseman like Ellis, Blum and Klein. The forwards in Nashville are nothing special, but they do have quite a bit of depth in the lower lines. I can see Nashville going through a period of early playoff exits, and finally breaking through in a couple years time.

Prediction: 10th in West

20. Carolina Hurricanes
Picking up Semin and Staal make Carolina a more dangerous team then in years past, but it is still not enough to make up for the lackluster defense and below average third and fourth lines. Hard to say anything bad about their first and second lines, or their goaltending. Eric Staal and Cam Ward continue to be the leaders of this team.

Prediction: 10th in East
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21. New Jersey Devils
Just made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year, yet I feel they are simply not a very strong team. Kovalchuk and Zajac are surrounded by a group of average forwards. One bright spot up front is Henrique who is likely to improve. Defense is pretty good on this team, but nothing spectacular. I believe Adam Larrson is the second-coming of Niklas Lindstrom, so expect big things from him in a year or two. Finally, Brodeur continues to age and is not about to improve anytime soon. A couple of low finishes in the standings would help this team to impove in three or four years time, but right now they will only be contending for 8th seed.

Prediction: 11th in East

22.Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs will continue to be a team that just is not seeded high enough to make the playoffs, nor low enough to get a top 3 pick. They have a solid first line with Kessel, Lupul and Grabovski. The second line is slightly above average, and the third line is arguably well-above average. The defense has Phaneuf leading the way (88), followed by a couple of young studs who will likely turn into fantastic NHL defensemen. Goaltending will continue to be an issue in Toronto, with Reimer (ranked 78) leading the way.

Prediction: 12th in East

23. Colorado Avalanche
This team has great depth, but lacks star power in the forward lines. The defense is basically all about Johnson followed by a bunch of low rated guys. The goaltending is below average with Varlamov (81) being the best. Nothing special in net or on the blue line, but the forward group is pretty good.

Prediction: 11th in West

24. Edmonton Oilers
The additions of Yakupov and Schultz will finally take the Oilers out of contention for that first overall pick (after three d**n years of winning it!). But the team is still young and needs time to develop into a true contender. In three years time this team will be extremely dangerous, but for now they will continue to be a bottom dweller.

Prediction: 12th in West

25. Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim actually has one of the best first lines in the league, and a second line that cannot be ignored. Beyond that, the defense and forwards are largely filled with above-average talented prospects like Palmieri, Bonino, and Sbisa. As these young players continue to develop the Ducks will have some depth behind Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan, but right now it is definately lacking. Hiller is only rated as an average goaltender.

Prediction: 13th in West

26. Phoenix Coyotes
God save the Yotes offense if they lose Doan to free agency. Even with Doan, Phoenix still lacks anything special up-front. Phoenix does have something special on the blue-line however. That blue-line is only going to improve too as Rundblad and Gormley enter the line-up. Biggest question for the Yotes has got to be "will Smith repeat his amazing performance from last year?" My guess... No. They are going to have a very difficult time keeping the puck in the offensive zone leading to more chances against in their own zone (unless their great D can stop them).

Prediction: 14th in West

27. Ottawa Senators
Ottawa has a fantastic first line, followed by three lines of low rated guys (with the exception of Turris). Karlsson is looking like he will be one of the best defensemen in the league today, having already won a Norris trophy. The other two 80+ defensemen are aging and in decline. Anderson is an average goaltender, nothing particularily great. Expect the Sens to contend for the first overall pick next off-season.

Prediction: 13th in East

28. New York Islanders
Outside of Tavares, the Islanders have alot of offensive talent that have simply not fully developed as of yet. The defense, when compared to the rest of the league, is below average. Both goaltenders are rated 81 (slightly below average). I don't believe there is much hope for the Isles to compete for anything but that first overall pick this year. BUT, the Isles have a fantastic prospect pool to pick from over the next few years, as they develop, we may have another Islander dynasty on our hands.

Prediction: 14th in East

29. Florida Panthers
With a below average first and second line, awful third and fourth line, and nothing special on the blue-line, I expect Florida to be competing for that first overall pick this year. They do have a couple good-looking defenseman that could devleop into something special, but this year they will not. On top of the bad offense and defense, the goaltending tandem is one of the worst too. On a positive note, Florida has one of the best prospect pools around the league!

Prediction: 15th in East

30. Columbus Blue Jackets
Not much else to say here, after trading away their best player to Rangers, the jackets have pretty much no other star power left. Sure Umburger is not bad, nor is Johnson or Tyutin, but they are not big enough game changers to really make much of a difference. Atleast the Jackets have the best chance at winning the Sydney Crosby Jr. sweepstakes (Nathan Mackinnon).

Prediction: 15th in West

These rankings were based solely on player rankings, please do not take offense to these. I have no idea how high your level of skill is yet, so once the season gets underway I will have a better idea! I hope that everyone is able to prove me wrong, good luck!!! Feel free to comment below!
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xx Re: 2012-2013 Pre-Season Power Rankings
« Reply #3 on: Aug 18th, 2012, 4:37pm »

All I got to say is.... NOT going to be a 4th year in a row for EDM with the first pick wink

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« Reply #4 on: Aug 18th, 2012, 4:39pm »

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« Reply #5 on: Aug 18th, 2012, 6:41pm »

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 18th, 2012, 9:03pm »

Great jobs Sharks GM. I love how much effort you are putting into this season. I can say 100% I will never abandon this season.

Also if you need ANY help with ANYTHING for this league. I am your man. Been in leagues with Leaguedaddy before and can't wait to play it integrated in the games smiley
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Thanks man, I appreciate the compliment. Thanks for the offer, I will probably need a hand occasionally so I'll keep it in mind!
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« Reply #8 on: Aug 21st, 2012, 12:38pm »

Oh, I'll show you...I'll show you all! Drop the 9 and you'd have a more accurate prediction for my ranking tongue
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« Reply #9 on: Aug 26th, 2012, 2:32pm »

just a suggestion, but after all the trades that are bound to happen before we actually play any games, there should be an updated power rankings smiley
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 5th, 2012, 2:33pm »

Based on some of the trade rumors/scrimmage exp. does anyone care to make predictions to an updated power rankings?

I haven't followed much but I imagine some people might think their team has moved up (or in our case) down in the rankings.
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 19th, 2012, 11:23am »

i think after this rotation some new power rankings ought to come out! Based on original team skill but mostly trades. I'll help if needed
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 19th, 2012, 11:52am »

on Sep 19th, 2012, 11:23am, Wings GM wrote:
i think after this rotation some new power rankings ought to come out! Based on original team skill but mostly trades. I'll help if needed





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« Reply #13 on: Sep 19th, 2012, 5:17pm »

on Sep 19th, 2012, 11:52am, oilers gm wrote:
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Great idea, if you guys feel up to the task be my guess! I will probably do a mid-season one as well. It's alot of work though hence why I haven't done a second one yet!
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 19th, 2012, 7:52pm »

I think you should wait till after rotation two so the GM's can use the players obtained and see it reflect on their records.
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