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Post Olympic NHL Power Rankings Week 20!

By Sean Fitzgerald
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The Olympics ended with Canada taking home the Gold Medal, Sweden taking the Silver, and Finland taking the Bronze. Team USA finished a disappointing fourth place. The hockey tournament was not all good feelings and great hockey. John Tavares of the New Islanders is done for the season. Henrik Zetterberg had back surgery after coming home from Sochi and might not play again this season. Fellow Red Wings teammate Pavel Datsyuk has an inflamed knee and should be ready to go to start playing.

With the Olympic break ending, we would like to give you the Power Rankings

Now  onto to the rankings:

30. The Buffalo Sabres 15-34-8: The Buffalo Sabres will be faced with a big question after the Olympic Break, should they trade Ryan Miller? Miller is a free agent after this season.  Matt Moulsen might be moved to help speed up the rebuilding process.

Last ten: 2-7-1, lost last 4

Playoff Chances 0%

29: Edmonton Oilers 20-33-7: Edmonton might have finally found their goalie of the future in Ben Scrivens. Edmonton should be sellers at the deadline, expect Ales Hemsky to be moved to a contender.  The Oilers might have also found their new leader in recently acquired Matt Hendricks.

Last ten: 5-3-2, OT loss

Playoff Chances 0%


28. Florida Panthers 22-29-7: The Panthers are a young squad trying to build for the future. Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen were received for Kris Versteeg. Both players have struggled recently, Olsen was recently sent back down to the AHL. Should the Panthers trade their other veterans for younger players or draft picks?

Last ten: 4-6-0, lost last 2

Playoff Chances 0%


27. Calgary Flames 22-29-7: The Flames are in a interesting position. They want to keep winning but they also need to rebuild. There big chip will be Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri is 31 and a free agent after this season. He might be able to get some value from a contender.

Last ten: 6-3-1 lost last game

Playoff Chances 0%


26: New York Islanders 22-30-8: The Islanders were a bad team before the Olympics and now they are going to be even worse. The Islanders will be biggest opponent to NHL players playing in the Olympics. John Tavares was injured in a semi final round game for Team Canada. The Islanders GM, Garth Snow had this to say: “it’s a joke that the IIHF and International Olympic Committee can use NHL players without reimbursing their teams when they get hurt”.

Last ten: 3-6-1, lost 2

Playoff Chances 0%