Fansided
Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Stick In Top 5

mmorrow
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles Kings Defenceman Drew Doughty (8) jumps to celebrate a short handed goal with Los Angeles Kings Winger Trevor Lewis (22) and Los Angeles Kings Center Nick Shore (21) during the third period of the NHL regular season game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 23, 2017, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 23: Los Angeles Kings Defenceman Drew Doughty (8) jumps to celebrate a short handed goal with Los Angeles Kings Winger Trevor Lewis (22) and Los Angeles Kings Center Nick Shore (21) during the third period of the NHL regular season game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 23, 2017, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
10 of 32
CALGARY, AB – OCTOBER 19: The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate on ice after a win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 19, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB – OCTOBER 19: The Carolina Hurricanes celebrate on ice after a win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 19, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images) /

No. 23. Carolina Hurricanes

Previous: No. 19

The Canes are an interesting team this year.  They made a serious push for the playoffs last season, but came up just short.  With a powerful nucleus of young defensemen and elite young talent, it only makes sense for them to take the next step this year.  The signing of Justin Williams will have a huge impact if they do make the playoffs.  It may be possible that the Hurricanes are buyers this year at the deadline.  Even making the playoffs as a wild card to get these kids a taste of playoff hockey would be beneficial.

facebooktwitterreddit