This week teams’ were punching their tickets to the playoffs. Thus far the St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, and Pittsburgh Penguins have punched their playoff tickets.
Our two teams that are up: the La Kings and Montreal Canadiens. Our two teams down are the Tornoto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche.
Now onto to the rankings:
30. The Buffalo Sabres 20-45-9: It is so bad in Buffalo that in order to draw fans, they must honor their all time greats. The Sabres are preparing to honor Dominik Hasek. Hasek joined the Sabres on August 7th 1992 in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. Hasek had 234 wins and 55 career shutouts with the Sabres.
29: Edmonton Oilers 27-39-9: The Oilers are looking to the NHL Entry draft. Look for the Oilers to be considering some of the top North American players in Samuel Bennett, Leon Draisaitl, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Michael Dal Colle. The future could be bright if the Oilers get one of those players.
28. Florida Panthers 27-40-8: The Panthers faithful should be focused on the NCAA hockey tournament. Players that go far in this tournament usually blossom into solid NHL players. The Panthers have eight total prospects in the tournament. Names to watch are Mike Matheson, Ian McCoshen, Sam Brittain, and Evan Cowley.
27. Vancouver Canucks 34-31-11: The Canucks are holding onto to the pipe dream that they can make the playoffs. They currently trail the Coyotes by 5pts with six games to play. The Canucks are so desperate that a banged up Kevin Bieksa is trying to play through pain down the stretch.
26. Calgary Flames 31-36-7: The Flames signed Bryce Van Brabant. He was signed from the NCAA. Van Brabant is 6’2 195 lbs. He collected 15 goals, 22 points, and 113 penalty minutes with Quinnipiac university this season.
25: New York Islanders 29-35-10: The Islanders despite their poor record still might be an interesting watch. The Islanders went 13 rounds in the shootout with the La Kings last Friday. That shootout record of 11 rounds was set back in 2009.