Apr 12, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Quinton Howden (42) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski (21) collide in the third period at BB&T Center. The Blue Jackets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Sunday April 13th marks the last day of the regular season, while the Eastern conference matchups are all decided, the Western conference match will be decided today. It has been a great NHL regular season and should be an even better Stanley Cup Playoffs. Thank you everyone for reading!
Now onto to the rankings:
30. The Buffalo Sabres 21-51-9: Sunday marks the end of a historically bad season for the Buffalo Sabres, it also leads into a very important offseason. The Sabres MUST draft well this offseason to setup their future. They could have three first picks this coming year and they need to hit on all three.
29: Edmonton Oilers 29-44-9: Long time Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth announced his retirement on Friday April 11th. Smyth played in 1,270 regular season games as of Saturday. 971 of them were spent with the Oilers. GM Craig MacTavish will have to replace Smyth leadership on the Oilers next season.
28. Florida Panthers 29-45-8: The Panthers have used this regular season to get some of their prospects ready for the future. Nick Bjugstad who played in just 11 NHL games last season, has appeared in 75 games for the Panthers this season. Bjugstad has 16 goals and 22 assists this season. He mainly played on the second line. The Panthers need to get more production from their younger players if their “rebuild” is to work.
27. Vancouver Canucks 35-35-11: The Vancouver Canucks finally got something right this season. On Tuesday 4.08.14, they fired General Manager/President Mike Gillis. Gillis had taken the Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals once in his tenure as GM/President. While Gillick is responsible for locking up: Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Alexandre Burrows, Jannik Hansen, defensemen Alexander Elder and Kevin Bieska. He is also responsible for the lack of goal tending depth in Vancouver. He traded both Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo. The Canucks have an aging roster, unhappy Ryan Kesler, and a lame duck coach. It will be an interesting offseason for the Canucks.
26: New York Islanders 33-37-11: The Islanders are going into an interesting offseason. They are currently up for sale and will be moving to the Barclay center in 2015-16. While they have young talen which could point to a brighter future, their best player John Tavares is coming off an injury. Their General Manager Garth Snow has made some questionable moves as of late.