Chasing the Draft – November 23rd Edition

By Bob Trask – Due to some personal circumstances beyond my control, this edition of chasing the draft is a few days later and shorter than originally intended.

As the season marches on, we continue to see more movement in the projected draft positions of the NHL teams. With most teams having played 18 or 19 games, we are almost 25% into the season and US Thanksgiving is fast approaching. The standings on that holiday is often used as a benchmark for where teams will finish the season so the playoff and draft picture is slowly coming into focus. There can always be outliers but for the most part it is a good indicator of how well or poorly your favourite team will finish the season.

Reverse Power Rankings

The overall points projects the draft position for each team while the week to week change indicates a change in the team’s projected draft position. Team with a positive change (+) rose in their projected draft positions while teams with a negative change (-) fell in their projected draft positions.

Montreal remains in the middle of the pack rising 5 spots to #11 on the draft card after last night’s drubbing at the hands of the Sabres. Florida’s poor showing over the past week has resulted in Montreal’s projected pick acquired from the Panthers rise 8 spots to #15 overall.

RANK
THIS
WEEK
RANK
LAST
WEEK
CHANGETEAMPTS
Lottery Teams
12+1Anaheim54.8
29+7Arizona 67.8
31-2Columbus68.1
46+2Ottawa68.2
510+5Chicago68.2
670Vancouver70.5
74-4San Jose 71.2
811+2Washington71.8
922+12Philadelphia75.0
1015+5Buffalo76.5
1116+5Montreal78.5
1114+3Minnesota80.0
125-7Nashville81.1
1417+3Edmonton83.2
1523+8Florida84.1
163-13St Louis84.4
Non-Lottery Teams
178-9Calgary85.9
1821+3Los Angeles86.6
1912-7Pittsburgh88.2
2019-1New York Rangers90.0
2120-1Detroit91.5
2213-9Tampa91.6
23 NRNASeattle93.0
24NRNANew York Islanders93.9
2518-7Toronto94.1
26NRNACarolina94.3
27NRNAWinnipeg100.5
28NRNADallas101.8
29NRNAColorado104.0
30NRNAVegas111.8
31NRNANew Jersey120.3
32NRNABoston128.1

Potential Picks

Because of limited time, I haven’t included potential picks is this week’s rankings and I am currently rethinking that format. Stay tuned in a future post…

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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.

RANK
THIS WEEK
RANK
LAST WEEK
CHANGETEAMPOINTS
LOTTERY TEAMS
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
NON-LOTTERY TEAMS.
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 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.

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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