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NHL Power Rankings- Week #1

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Sep 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie

Henrik Lundqvist

(30) watches play during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

17. New York Rangers: The Rangers were gutted in free agency this offseason and now they have been bitten by the injury bug. Derek Stephan is out 4-6 weeks with a broken leg. Dan Boyle is out with a broken hand, and Kevin Hayes is on IR with a shoulder injury. The Rangers still do have the King, but is Henrik Lundqvist enough for another cup run?

16. New York Islanders: The Islanders is the sexy pick to be the Cinderella of the NHL this season. The Islanders did have a good off season adding Mikhail Gravoski, Jaraslov Halak, and Nikolai Kuleman via free agency. The Islanders then stole Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy from the salary cap strapped Bruins and Blackhawks. The biggest addition to the Islanders might be the return of John Tavares from injury. The Islanders could a be a team to watch in the NHL.

15. New Jersey Devils: The Devils will be better this season because of their goal tending. Cory Schneider will not have to split time with the washed up Martin Broduer anymore. Brodeur costs the Devils the playoffs last season. The Devils will need another big year from Jaromir Jagr to contend for the playoffs this season.

14. The Detroit Red Wings: Can the Wings younger players carry an old team? The Wings are old team with Niklas Kromwell, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg all in their mid thirties. The Wings hope that Gustav Nyquist continues to play well this season.

13. Columbus Blue jackets: The Jackets gave the Penguins a tough series last year in the Eastern Conference Quarter finals. The Blues Jackets acquired Scott Hartnell in the off season and FINALLY got Ryan Johansen signed. Johansen had 33 goals and 30 assists last season.