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NHL Power Rankings- Week #1

By Sean Fitzgerald
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January 26, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left winger

Patrick Marleau

(12) and Colorado Avalance goal keeper

Semyon Varlamov

(1) watch for the puck during the second period against at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

12. Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche lost Paul Stastny in free agency to the Blues, they brought in Jarome Iginla. In my mind that is not an even trade off. Is the defense of the Avs really that good? Can Semyon Varlamov continue to play at such a high level?

11. Dallas Stars: The Stars are a very popular pick this season. The Stars added Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky to an offense than already featured Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The Stars can score but Kari Lehtonen stay healthy for the whole season. Lehtonen is skilled but needs to stay healthy for the Stars to make the playoffs in the ULTRA tough central division.

10. San Jose Sharks: The Sharks were supposed to shake up the roster in the offseason. Instead the Sharks took away the Captain’s C away from Joe Thornton. The Sharks should make the playoffs again this season and then get bounced in the first round.

9. Minnesota Wild: The Wild could be a very good team this season. They added Thomas Vanek to their offense that features Zach Parise and Jason Pomminville. The big issue with the Wild is their goal tending situation. They are going to go with a platoon of Darcy Keumper and Niklas Backstrom. Keumper played well last season while Backstom stunk.

8. Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens do not get the respect they deserve. They have some great players in PK Subban, Max Pacioretty, and Carey Price. The player to watch for the Canadiens is Alex Galchenyuk.

7. Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pens decided to part ways with Dan Bylsma in the offseason. The Pens brought in Mike Johnston from the Portland Winterhawks to be their new head coach. As long the Pens have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin they should be fine.

6. Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks got better in the offseason by adding Ryan Kesler to the mix of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. The real question mark for the Ducks is their inexperienced goalie duo of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson. Can Andersen and Gibson be a Stanley Cup winning duo??

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