It’s still early in the season — the third week to be exact — but it’s clear which teams are going to be at the top of the food chain, and which are going to be fighting to stay out of the basement.
It’s clear that the Montreal Canadiens are off to the best start in the league. If you even try to deny that, then something may be wrong with your vision. Also in the successful start category, the Arizona Coyotes look far from a team expected to be last in the league. Rookies Max Domi and Anthony Duclair have a combined 16 points in eight games so far.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, two teams — Anaheim and Columbus — have gotten off to starts that no one saw coming. The Blue Jackets have already replaced Todd Richards behind the bench in favor of John Tortorella while many are wondering when/if the Ducks may do the same thing.
At The Hockey Writers, we look at schedule strength, weekly records, goal differential and more to determine the rankings. In addition, we poll the various writers of the website for their rankings and take those votes into consideration as well. So, without further adieu, it’s The Hockey Writers’ weekly power rankings.
*Note: The records are accurate as of the morning of 10/25*
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.