We're a month in to the 2017-18 NHL campaign, and everyone loves power rankings. Rather than rank 1-31, AB has ranked each team within their division about five weeks in to the season.
METROPOLITAN DIVISION POWER RANKINGS AFTER OCTOBER
Columbus Blue Jackets
They are one of the more consistent, more complete teams in the NHL right now.
New Jersey Devils
The surprise of the Eastern Conference this season.
Some speed bumps lately, but Pittsburgh is trucking along.
New York Islanders
The top line of John Tavares, Anders Lee, and Josh Bailey is one of the best right now.
They’ve pretty much alternated wins and losses, but have looked good out of the gate.
He’s slowed down, but Alex Ovechkin has 11 goals one month in to the campaign.
New York Rangers
The model of inconsistency and late collapses, the Blueshirts may have finally found life.
Everyone’s darling playoff team coming in has been anything but.
ATLANTIC DIVISION POWER RANKINGS AFTER OCTOBER
Tampa Bay Lightning
The best team in the NHL right now. A healthy Steven Stamkos makes a big difference (duh)
They’ve been a scrappy bunch. Getting Matt Duchene should put them in the class of the East.
Toronto Maple Leafs
A strong start to the month has been wiped away by losing 5 of 6.
The B’s need more offense. They get some slack for being without Tuukka Rask for a bit.
Detroit Red Wings
Other than wins against Vegas and Ottawa, Detroit’s wins have come against poor opponents.
6-8 in the Atlantic could have been ranked in any order, a strong finish to month prevents 8th.
They haven’t won much, but the teams they’ve beaten are impressive.
They’re wins have been close, and they’ve looked bad in the losses.
PACIFIC DIVISION POWER RANKINGS AFTER OCTOBER
Los Angeles Kings
A healthy Jonathan Quick and the production of their youngsters have made all the difference.
Vegas Golden Knights
The dearth of healthy goaltending may catch up to them, but what a start for the expansion franchise
San Jose Sharks
A rocky start has been followed up by winning 7 of 9 games, without a goal from Brent Burns.
Still waiting to see how Jagr impacts them, but Mike Smith has definitely secured the crease.
A better start to the year than people expected, they’ll go as far as their youth can carry them.
They dealt with a lot of injuries to start the season, but were treading water until the past few games.
A slow start to the season seems to be almost behind them thanks to the return of Draisatl.
No Antti Raanta for most of the young season exposed how bad their goalies are
CENTRAL DIVISION POWER RANKINGS AFTER OCTOBER
St. Louis Blues
The best and most complete team in the West at the moment. Everything is clicking.
Kyle Turris is the 2nd center they’ve needed. That move alone should keep them near top of Central
2-6 could be ranked in any order in the Central right now, but Hawks have played well mostly.
The Duchene saga is finally behind them, and they haven’t been terrible out of the gate.
You might think they should be higher, but most of their wins haven’t been impressive (except PIT)
Same as above, but most of their losses of have been close. They’ll get consistently going soon.
They’ve been in almost every game, but much like Anaheim have been dealing with key injuries.