NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus early takeaways for every team

www.espn.com
7 min read
easy
There have been many surprises in the early going of the 2021-22 season. Here's an updated rank of all 32 clubs, plus our first impressions for each.
We're two weeks into the 2021-22 NHL season, and there have been many surprises in the early going -- both positive and negative. Here is our updated ranking of all 32 clubs, plus the key takeaways that stand out most for each. How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors rates teams against one another -- taking into account game results, injuries and upcoming schedule -- and those results are tabulated to produce the list featured here. Note: Previous ranking for each team refers to our preseason rankings, published on Oct. 8. Points percentages are through the games of Oct. 26. 1. Florida Panthers Previous ranking: 7

Points percentage: 1.000

Upcoming schedule: vs. BOS (Oct. 27), @ DET (Oct. 29), @ BOS (Oct. 30) There are a lot of reasons why the Panthers are 6-0 thus far, none bigger than the razor-sharp goaltending of Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight. While they've been securing the fort, Aleksander Barkov and Sam Bennett are blowing things open at the other end. It's early still, but Joel Quenneville's group looks like a top Stanley Cup contender. 2. Carolina Hurricanes Previous ranking: 8

Points percentage: 1.000

Upcoming schedule: vs. BOS (Oct. 28), vs. CHI (Oct. 29), vs. ARI (Oct. 31) Forward depth? Check. Smothering defense? Check. Outstanding goaltender? Check. Coach pushing the right buttons? Check. Most talked-about social media post of the season? Yes, that too. Carolina jumped out to a 6-0-0 record and has all the pieces in place for a special run. 3. Edmonton Oilers Previous ranking: 10

Points percentage: 1.000

Upcoming schedule: vs. PHI (Oct. 27), @ VAN (Oct. 30), vs. SEA (Nov. 1) The Oilers are one of the last four undefeated teams, and it's not just because of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The addition of Zach Hyman has been a perfect fit up front. Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen are a solid tandem in net. And there's the power play, which is clicking at an incredible league-high 47.1% to start the…
Kristen Shilton
Read full article