Chasing the Draft – November 12th Edition

By Bob Trask – The second edition of the reverse power rankings has seen some changes in the projected draft order. Because most teams are only 14 games into the season, these rankings could continue to jump around dramatically. In today’s ranking, I will list this week’s rankings and compare them to those of last week to illustrate the risers and fallers.

As with last week I have ended the rankings with Florida’s pick in the first round the Montreal acquired in the Ben Chiarot trade.

Three teams that were not on last week’s list of the top draft picks were Calgary, Buffalo and Edmonton. All three had tough weeks which means they rose in the draft rankings. Two others that gained significantly in the rankings were Tampa Bay and Chicago who moved several spots up the draft ladder. Los Angeles, Montreal and Arizona had the biggest drops in their draft positions with the Canadiens coming in at #16 overall. Florida also dropped in the draft rankings from last week and based on current standings Montreal’s second pick in round one would come in at #23.

11Columbus Blue Jackets56.5
22Anaheim Ducks57.6
33St. Louis Blues58.3
44San Jose Sharks63.6
57+2Nashville Predators67.6
68+2Ottawa Senators68.0
76-1Vancouver Canucks69.8
8NRCalgary Flames76.4
95-4Arizona Coyotes77.6
1015+5Chicago Black Hawks78.8
1113+2Washington Capitals81.6
129-3Pittsburgh Penguins83.3
1320+7Tampa Bay Lightning (Chicago Blackhawks Pick)83.6
1410-4Minnesota Wild84.0
15NRBuffalo Sabres84.0
1611-5Montreal Canadiens84.0
17NREdmonton Oilers84.3
1816-2Toronto Maple Leafs87.5
1918-1New York Rangers88.4
2018-2Detroit Red Wings88.4
2112-9Los Angeles Kings88.9
2219-3Philadelphia Flyers92.0
2321-2Florida Panthers (Montreal Canadiens Pick)92.6
* NR refers to the team being not ranked in the previous week’s article.

Prospects – #16 Overall

Consolidated RankingMatthew Wood – F – University of Connecticut

Bob McKenzieKasper Halttunen – F – HIFK Liiga

Craig ButtonWill Smith – C – USNTDP Juniors

Prospects – #23 Overall

Consolidated RankingCaden Price – LD – Kelowna Rockets

Bob McKenzie – Has only ranked to #16 overall to date

Craig ButtonNoel Nordh – LW/RW – Swedish J20 Nationell

Ranking information is courtesy of The link to each player will bring up their personal profile, performance statistics and any rankings that other scouting services may have applied to them.

Looking Forward

This week saw some significant changes in the projected standings and a lot of teams “Points” rankings are very close together. That means there is potential for more big changes in the “Reverse Power Rankings” next week. Curiously, two teams that were deemed to be candidates to tank this season (Arizona and Chicago) have been surprisingly strong.

Stay tuned.

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