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Sunday Power Rankings-Top 10 New Newcomers to the Central Division

By Sean Fitzgerald
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May 27, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward

Daniel Briere

(48) stretches during the warmup period in game five of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Last season the Central Division had five teams in the Western Conference playoffs. The Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, and Dallas Stars all made the playoffs last season, the division didn’t waste anytime trying to get better this offseason with the Central Division adding more talent to the ultra-competitive division. In this week’s version of the Sunday Power rankings, we will rank the Top 10 new additions to the Central Division that were added via free agency or via trade.

Onto the Rankings:

10. Daniel Briere Colorado-Briere used to be a mid a twenties goal scorer. He now is a double digit goal scorer and double digit assists guy. The Avalanche still feel that he is a valuable player and can help their team win. Hockey news forecasts Briere as a diminutive forward but excellent scorer with clutch ability. Briere does have 53 playoff goals and did help the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008-09.

9. Ales Hemsky-Dallas-Hemsky was a long time Edmonton Oiler. With the Oilers in 11 years, he complied 142 goals and 335 assists. He was traded mid season to the Senators. With the Senators he had 4 goals and 13 assists in 20 games. Hemsky has only appeared in the playoffs twice appearing in 30 games. He racked up 6 goals and 11 assists in that time. Hemsky joins a potent Dallas team that features Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Hemsky is a dangler who has play making ability but can be a fragile scorer according to Hockey News.