We’re over a week into the 2019-20 NHL season and what do you know — everything has been turned on its head. Well, not exactly. Many of the teams that we all expected to be strong this year have hit the ground running, but — in typical hockey fashion — there are many clubs that have thrown tons of power rankings into a blender in the early going.
With my season-opening power rankings in mind, here’s an overreaction-heavy new set of power rankings.
(Note: These standings are updated through 4:00 p.m. on Saturday)
31. Ottawa Senators (0-3-0): Well, you couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season for the Sens, as Brady Tkachuk lit the lamp just 24 seconds into their opener against Toronto. Fair to say, it’s gone downhill (as expected) after that.
It's gonna be a long season for Tkachuk and Co.
30. Minnesota Wild (0-3): Let's see — what to make of this 0-3 Wild team? They don't have a crazy owner like the Senators. There are not eroding, with a once-great crop of players present like the Kings have. There's no promising, young savior on the way for at least a couple of seasons — unless Ryan Donato really steps up his game. The Wild are just, kinda ... there. And they're not very good.
Looks like someone dodged a bullet...
29. Los Angeles Kings (1-2-0): After getting obliterated by the Canucks, 8-2, earlier this week, Drew Doughty was, uh, less than pleased.
Welllllll. I don't know about you, but it seems like the script is going to be flipped when it comes the Kings and how they stack up to the competition they face on a nightly basis this season. And for the foreseeable future.
28. New Jersey Devils (0-2-2): The Devils might have won the offseason, but those moves haven’t translated into on-ice success for this club so far in October. A putrid showing on special teams (0-for-11 on the power play / 46.1% success rate on the PK) has this group struggling out of the gate.
At least Blake Coleman is the leading candidate for "Goal of the Year" just a week into the new season.
27: Columbus Blue Jackets (1-3-0): The Columbus Blue Jackets, who lost Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky this summer, are playing like a club that, well — lost Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky this summer.
26. San Jose Sharks (1-4-0): Woooooof. Far and away the most disappointing team out the gate in 2019-20, the Sharks turned to 40-year-old Patrick Marleau in an attempt to give themselves a boost after an 0-4 start. That’s great, but not sure what Marleau is going to do to help a defense and netminder corps that is surrendering over four goals per game.