Super 16: Stars, Flames rise, Lightning, Oilers sink in power rankings

The 13 NHL.com and LNH.com team of workers individuals who make up the panel that makes a decision the place every group is ranked will probably be providing their ideas to provide an explanation for their rankings. 

Each of the 13 individuals put in combination his or her model of what they believe the Super 16 must appear to be. Those are submitted and some extent general assigned to every. The group this is decided on first is given 16 issues, 2d will get 15, 3rd 14, and so forth all the way down to No. 16, which will get one level. 

Here is the Super 16, with ideas from the team of workers individuals whose person rankings are underneath:

 
1. Carolina Hurricanes (3-0-0)

Total issues: 202
Preseason rank: No. 3

“Sure, it’s early, but the Hurricanes look like a team determined to get over the hump this season. Forwards Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov are incredibly dangerous together, and the Hurricanes have allowed one goal in each of their first three games. They’ll only become more dangerous from the back end once defenseman Brent Burns gets going (one assist thus far), and you have to think that’s inevitable. Should goalie Frederik Andersen stay healthy, Carolina could be playing deep into the spring.” — Brian Compton, managing editor

Video: CAR@SJS: Aho redirects Pesce’s level shot for lead

 
2. Colorado Avalanche (2-1-1)

Total issues: 183
Preseason rank: No. 1

“Gabriel Landeskog being out 12 weeks after having knee surgery is not good news, but the defending Stanley Cup champions remain the team to beat. Forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Valeri Nichushkin are off to sturdy begins, Cale Makar is the engine on defense, and goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on July 7, appears to be settling into his role as a full-time NHL starter. Coach Jared Bednar is also giving forward Alex Newhook and defenseman Bowen Byram, every 21 years previous, distinguished roles.” — Mike G. Morreale, team of workers author

 
3. Calgary Flames (3-0-0)

Total issues: 175
Preseason rank: No. 6

“The retooled Flames made general manager Brad Treliving look good with wins against the Avalanche, rival Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights. Calgary’s offseason additions played significant roles in the start with forward Nazem Kadri getting four points (one goal, three assists) in the first three games, and forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar each getting three assists. Huberdeau (acquired with Weegar from the Florida Panthers in a trade July 22) had two assists and Kadri (signed as a free agent Aug. 19) and Weegar each had one assist to help the Flames rally from a 2-0 deficit to hand the Golden Knights their first loss of the season Tuesday.” — Tom Gulitti, team of workers author

Video: CGY@EDM: Kadri speeds in and nets a power-play objective

 
4. New York Rangers (3-1-0)

Total issues: 161
Preseason rank: No. 5

“The Rangers appear to be picking up where they left off last season. Forward Artemi Panarin leads the NHL with 10 points (two goals, eight assists), and center Mika Zibanejad is tied for third with eight (four goals, four assists). Vincent Trocheck, a center the Rangers signed in the offseason, has five points (two goals, three assists) and has won 53.1 percent of his face-offs. And New York has averaged more than four goals per game, more than enough with Igor Shesterkin in goal.” — David Satriano, team of workers author

Video: ANA@NYR: Zibanejad hammers house one-timer for PPG 

 
5. Dallas Stars (3-0-0)

Total issues: 13
Preseason rank: No. 14

“Even if the 3-0-0 start by the Stars on its own hasn’t convinced everyone to pay attention, the quality of their defensive play and goaltending should. Jake Oettinger has been simply outstanding. The 23-year-old goalie has allowed one goal in each of his three starts while stopping 84 of 87 shots, and his .966 save percentage is tops in the NHL among goalies who have played more than once. Granted, Dallas hasn’t faced the top teams in the Western Conference yet, but it did manage to win all three of its games, two against the Nashville Predators and one against the Winnipeg Jets, by at least three goals.” — Paul Strizhevsky, team of workers author

 
6. Florida Panthers (3-1-0)

Total issues: 126
Preseason rank: No. 4

“I love the impact forward Matthew Tkachuk has had on the Panthers. The forward, acquired in a trade with the Flames in the offseason, is involved offensively and engaged physically. He has six points (two goals, four assists) in four games. The bad news is the Panthers have to soldier on without defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who was placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday with a lower-body injury. The Panthers are trying to make themselves into more of a grinding team that can win low-scoring games, albeit with the ability to score five or six goals in a game too. Losing Ekblad will make it harder on them to establish a new identity.” — Dan Rosen, senior author

Video: FLA@BUF: Tkachuk cleans up down low for objective 

 

7. Boston Bruins (3-1-0)

Total issues: 111
Preseason rank: No. 15

“The Bruins have scored at least five goals in each ot their three games and are missing two of their best players in forward Brad Marchand (hip) and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (shoulder). Forwards David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron have each scored three goals, but forward A.J. Greer also scoring three is a bit of a surprise. And forward Nick Foligno, who was on waivers last week, has scored two goals in four games, matching his total from 64 games last season. That kind of depth can carry a team a long way, but allowing an average of 3.75 goals per game isn’t sustainable. Missing McAvoy, and fellow defensemen Matt Grzelcyk (shoulder) and Brandon Carlo (upper body) is testing the defensive depth. Goalies Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark are excellent, however they want somewhat extra give a boost to.” — Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor

Video: FLA@BOS: Pastrnak dekes for impressive objective

 
8. Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1)

Total issues: 108
Preseason rank: No. 11

Sidney Crosby is any individual who is all the time led by way of instance, and that is the reason precisely what he is doing to start out the season. The Penguins captain used to be named NHL First Star of the Week on Monday after having six issues (two aims, 4 assists) in their first two video games. Crosby, middle Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang are all in their 30s, but have proven all of them have masses left in the tank. Whether Father Time will interject in the course of the grind of an 82-game season continues to be noticed, however to this point, so excellent. — Mike Zeisberger, team of workers author

 
9. St. Louis Blues (2-0-0)

Total issues: 105
Preseason rank: No. 9

“What’s not to like about the Blues, even with a two-game sample size? They are who we thought they were last season; a big, deep, skilled team that was primed to give the Avalanche a big test in the Western Conference Second Round before an injury to goalie Jordan Binnington. If rookie Jake Neighbours, who scored in the opener, is as good as some suggest, it makes the forward depth even more pronounced.” –– Shawn P. Roarke, senior director of editorial

 

10. Vegas Golden Knights (3-1-0)

Total issues: 102
Preseason rank: Unranked

“The Golden Knights are off to a good start under new coach Bruce Cassidy. Though it was disappointing they gave away a two-goal lead and lost 3-2 at the Flames on Tuesday, they did win their first three games. Perhaps the biggest question mark is in goal, where Logan Thompson is 2-1-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average, a .938 save percentage and one shutout. It’s also encouraging to see captain Mark Stone recovered from back problems. More important than his three points (one goal, two assists) is his average ice time of 19:08, most among Vegas forwards.” — Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist

 
11. Philadelphia Flyers (3-1-0)

Total issues: 77
Preseason rank: Unranked

“The season is young, but I like how the Flyers have started. Coach John Tortorella said the Flyers needed a culture change. I don’t know how things have changed in the room, but his defense-first approach has shown on the ice. Philadelphia has been especially great in goal with Carter Hart allowing six goals through his first three starts. Oh, and impressive that the Flyers won their first three games despite trailing 1-0 in each. It was also good to see that forward Travis Konecny found his scoring touch in his first two games, when he had four points (three goals, one assist).” — Tracey Myers, team of workers author

Video: VAN@PHI: Konecny whips in go-ahead objective

 
12. Tampa Bay Lightning (1-3-0)

Total issues: 67
Preseason rank: No. 2

“It’s hard to ever take issue with the Lightning given their recent history, but it’s also been a slow start to the season. They let a two-goal lead slip away to the Flyers on Tuesday and lost for the third time in four games. I still believe in the Lightning — how can you not? — but I’m watching to see if they can correct some of their early-season mistakes, especially with puck management. Four of their next five games are on the road, including a Friday matchup against the rival Panthers, so they’ll need to make some corrections quickly.” — Amalie Benjamin, team of workers author

 
13. Toronto Maple Leafs (2-2-0)

Total issues: 38
Preseason rank: No. 8

“Even though he walked back his comments, I agree with coach Sheldon Keefe, who said Tuesday that the Maple Leafs need their elite players to play at an elite level. Right now, center Auston Matthews has one more goal this season than I do; same with forwards Mitchell Marner and John Tavares. And their shallow goaltending depth took a hit with Matt Murray out with an adductor injury, leaving Ilya Samsonov and Erik Kallgren to carry the load. That being said, it’s four games into the season. I’m the guy who said Matthews would score at least 60 goals this season and I have no doubt he’ll improve on his 4.8 percent shooting percentage. Marner, Tavares and William Nylander are elite players. Samsonov could be as good as Jack Campbell was for them last season. The Maple Leafs will figure it out. — Kimelman

 
14. New York Islanders (2-1-0)

Total points: 33
Preseason rank: Unranked

“The Islanders rebounded from a dud of a season-opening loss to the Panthers with a 7-1 win towards the Anaheim Ducks and a 5-2 victory towards the San Jose Sharks. Scoring 12 aims in two video games must do wonders for New York’s self assurance. Scoring used to be a large query going into the season and there wasn’t a excellent solution after the 3-1 loss to the Panthers. The Islanders were given 5 in their seven aims towards the Ducks from defensemen, after which the forwards kicked it up in the win towards the Sharks. I feel they are a playoff group this season. I’ve them No. 12 in my rankings. They must stay it going towards the New Jersey Devils on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; HULU, ESPN+, SN NOW).” — Rosen

 
15. Edmonton Oilers (1-2-0)

Total points: 31
Preseason rank: No. 7

“It’s arduous to determine if we must be involved concerning the Oilers after back-to-back losses to the Flames and Buffalo Sabres coupled with the truth that they had been down 3-0 towards the Vancouver Canucks sooner than scoring 5 immediately aims for a 5-3 win in their season opener. The truth is they have been in each and every recreation, and they have fixed comebacks in all. They additionally doubled up the Sabres in photographs on objective (48-24), however goalie Eric Comrie made 46 saves. Let’s see the place the Oilers stand after their subsequent 3 video games, all at house, towards the Hurricanes, Penguins and Blues. It’s too early to fret.” — Rosen

 
16. Detroit Red Wings (2-0-1)

Total points: 29
Preseason rank: Unranked

“Five out of a imaginable six issues in the primary 3 video games is a heck of some way for the Red Wings to start out the season, particularly with how they were given one level in a 5-4 time beyond regulation loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. A backcheck from ahead Dylan Larkin stopped the Kings from scoring an empty-net objective with 90 seconds final in the 3rd length, and ahead Oskar Sundqvist then delivered with a game-tying objective at 19:19. The Red Wings misplaced in time beyond regulation, however Larkin’s backcheck blended with Sundqvist’s game-tying objective move down as crucial early-season swing. They additionally received 5-2 towards the New Jersey Devils and 3-0 towards the Montreal Canadiens. If the Red Wings need to be a playoff group, they have got to win the ones video games. And they did. It’s why I ranked them No. 15.” — Rosen

Others receiving issues: Los Angeles Kings 28, Nashville Predators 26, Buffalo Sabres 17, Washington Capitals 15, Minnesota Wild 1

Dropped out from preseason Super 16 (closing rating): Wild (10), Predators (12), Kings (13), Capitals (16)

 
HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. Calgary Flames; 4. Florida Panthers; 5. New York Rangers; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Los Angeles Kings; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. Vegas Golden Knights

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. Dallas Stars; 4. New York Rangers; 5. Vegas Golden Knights; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Calgary Flames; 8. Philadelphia Flyers; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Detroit Red Wings; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. Edmonton Oilers; 16. Nashville Predators

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Dallas Stars; 5. Philadelphia Flyers; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Detroit Red Wings; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Vegas Golden Knights; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Colorado Avalanche; 12. Florida Panthers; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs

TOM GULITTI 

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Florida Panthers; 5. New York Rangers; 6. Dallas Stars; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Philadelphia Flyers; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Los Angeles Kings; 14. Washington Capitals; 15. Tampa Bay Lightning; 16. Nashville Predators

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Vegas Golden Knights; 6. New York Rangers; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Dallas Stars; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. St. Louis Blues; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Washington Capitals; 16. Edmonton Oilers

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Dallas Stars; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Philadelphia Flyers; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. New York Islanders; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Detroit Red Wings; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. Buffalo Sabres; 16. Washington Capitals

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Calgary Flames; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Dallas Stars; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. Pittsburgh Penguins; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Washington Capitals; 16. Los Angeles Kings

TRACEY MYERS 

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. Dallas Stars; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. Philadelphia Flyers; 6. New York Rangers; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Vegas Golden Knights; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. Detroit Red Wings; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Washington Capitals; 16. Los Angeles Kings

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. Florida Panthers; 6. New York Rangers; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Los Angeles Kings; 11. Nashville Predators; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. New York Islanders; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

DAN ROSEN 

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Calgary Flames; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. New York Rangers; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Vegas Golden Knights; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Florida Panthers; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Los Angeles Kings; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. Detroit Red Wings; 16. Tampa Bay Lightning

DAVID SATRIANO

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Pittsburgh Penguins; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Detroit Red Wings

PAUL STRIZHEVSKY

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. Dallas Stars; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Washington Capitals; 16. Minnesota Wild

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Florida Panthers; 5. Dallas Stars; 6. Calgary Flames; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Vegas Golden Knights; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Philadelphia Flyers; 11. Buffalo Sabres; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Washington Capitals; 15. Detroit Red Wings; 16. Tampa Bay Lightning

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