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

By Sean Fitzgerald
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May 14, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) heads off the ice after their 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

8. Jarome Iginla-Colorado- The Avalanche added Iginla to replace Stastny who appears higher on the list. Ignila spent last year with the Boston Bruins. Iginla is still a very productive player. Last season he racked up 30 goals and 31 assists during the regular season. In the playoffs, he had 5 goals and 2 assists. At 37 years old, age should be a concern for the Bruins. Hockey News Forescasts Iginla as a Great veteran scoring winger and Franchise leader.


Brad Richards

-Chicago- The Blackhawks have had a black hole at second line center the last several years. The Rangers bought out Richards, the Blackhawks swooped in and signed him. Richards is a veteran play maker that hopefully can provide

Patrick Kane

stability on the second line. Richards did have 20 goals and 31 assists last season. The expectation is that those numbers will increase this year.

6. Thomas Vanek-Minnesota-The Wild have run into the Blackhawks two years in a row in the playoffs. The Wild didn’t have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Blackhawks, enter Vanek. Vanek is a .084 points per game player for his career. Vanek joins Jason Parise as the top scoring threats on the Wild. According to the Hockey news Vanek is big veteran scoring wing.

5. Olli Jokinen-Nashville- the Predators have been fang-less on offense for quite sometime. The Predators decided to address that issue this offseason by adding Jokinen. He had 18 goals and 25 assists last season. That is an improvement over their free agent signing last season of Victor Stahlberg. Jokinen according to the Hockey News is a big inconsistent but talented forward.

4. Mike Ribeiro-Nashville- Ribeiro was let go from the Coyotes. Nashville gladly swept in and picked him up. Ribeiro had 16 goals and 21 assists last season. For his career he is a .076 points per game player. The Coyotes hope that being paired with James Neal, they can solve the Predators scoring issues. They hope Ribeiro can get to 40 assists next season when feeding James Neal.