BY ADAM DESLOGES – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
In the first week of the NHL season teams were still trying to find their game. We saw teams in positions we thought wouldn’t last and teams in positions we knew had to do with a short training camp. Now in week two we saw teams positioning themselves where their talent should have them. Some teams still have a lot of work to do while others should just shoot to score. My NHL Power Rankings rank the 7 Canadian NHL teams.
1. Montreal Canadiens (Last week: 3)
After getting bounced by the Senators 5-1 on Wednesday, the Canadiens have moved to the top of my rankings. With two back-to-back afternoon wins the Canadiens are looking good. The new directive from head coach Therrien might be what this team needed.
2. Ottawa Senators (Last week: 1)
I had a tough time knocking them out of top spot. Although they have the same record as the Canadiens, sitting 2 games above 500, they also have the shootout loss. They’re only one point behind the Canadiens, but with a game in hand, so like I said, tough time knocking them down.
3. Vancouver Canucks (Last week: 4)
GM Mike Gillis was in Washington over the weekend and some people are analyzing a trade involving Roberto Luongo and the Capitals. Two words: Not Happening. With Luongo apparently regaining the number one starting role and the team on an upswing, there is no way Gillis will risk trading Luongo now.
For such a young team they provide us with a lot of excitement. Once they learn to play a full 60 minutes their record will improve. I still say they make the playoffs.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs (Last week: 6)
If you’re only going to play .500 hockey there’s no way you’ll make the playoffs. Water your roots and start blooming because people are tired of watching… oh wait never mind.
6. Winnipeg Jets (Last week: 2)
After a very impressive opening week, the Jets have gone down faster than the Governments F-35 fighter jets plans.
7. Calgary Flames (Last week: 7)
Flames fans must be thinking it’s time to trade Jarome Iginla before it’s too late. Sitting dead last in the league and in my rankings, this team is a far cry from their Stanley Cup Game 7 vs. the Lightning.
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Adam has spent the majority of his life involved in hockey whether as a player, coach or referee. He has coached at all levels and divisions and has even coached in Graz, Austria. Adam has worked at numerous hockey camps including Vladislav Tretiak’s Elite School of Goaltending. He has coached throughout Ontario, Edmonton and with Hockey Canada’s Under 17 Program of Excellence. Adam has coached and played with a number of today’s NHLers such as Steve Sullivan (Phoenix Coyotes), Evgeni Nabokov (New York Islanders) and Cam Ward (Carolina Hurricanes). You can also follow Adam on twitter @AdamOnHockey