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.
|1||1||–||Columbus Blue Jackets||56.5|
|3||3||–||St. Louis Blues||58.3|
|4||4||–||San Jose Sharks||63.6|
|10||15||+5||Chicago Black Hawks||78.8|
|13||20||+7||Tampa Bay Lightning (Chicago Blackhawks Pick)||83.6|
|18||16||-2||Toronto Maple Leafs||87.5|
|19||18||-1||New York Rangers||88.4|
|20||18||-2||Detroit Red Wings||88.4|
|21||12||-9||Los Angeles Kings||88.9|
|23||21||-2||Florida Panthers (Montreal Canadiens Pick)||92.6|
Prospects – #16 Overall
Consolidated Ranking – Matthew Wood – F – University of Connecticut
Bob McKenzie – Kasper Halttunen – F – HIFK Liiga
Craig Button – Will Smith – C – USNTDP Juniors
Prospects – #23 Overall
Consolidated Ranking – Caden Price – LD – Kelowna Rockets
Bob McKenzie – Has only ranked to #16 overall to date
Craig Button – Noel Nordh – LW/RW – Swedish J20 Nationell
Ranking information is courtesy of eliteprospects.com. 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.
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.