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2021 NHL Power Rankings: Colorado Avalanche start at no. 1

The Avalanche start the year as my number one team.

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My last round of power rankings was mid-November. Since then we’ve seen a few players sign with new teams, the formal 2021 NHL Season format come out and a handful of players have opted out to play the start of this season in anticipation of the Monday deadline. I figure it’s time to check-in and update them.

Here are my 2021 NHL power rankings heading into this week’s season start.

2021 NHL Power Rankings (January)

Rank Prev. Rank Team Notes
Rank Prev. Rank Team Notes
1 3 Colorado Avalanche Easy path for Colorado in the West (as of now)
2 1 Tamp Bay Lightning
3 2 Boston Bruins The East Division is going to be a gauntlet
4 5 Toronto Maple Leafs Helloooo Joe Thornton
5 4 St. Louis Blues
6 6 Washington Capitals The East Division is going to be a gauntlet
7 7 Vegas Golden Knights
8 8 Philadelphia Flyers
9 9 Vancouver Canucks
10 10 Nashville Predators
11 11 Pittsbugh Penguins
12 12 Calgary Flames
13 14 New York Islanders
14 16 Buffalo Sabres Early practice looks optimistic from them
15 13 Dallas Stars Ben Bishop and Tyler Seguin out to start the season is a hit
16 17 Carolina Hurricanes
17 20 Edmonton Oilers Jesse Puljujarvi is looking good…
18 15 Columbus Blue Jackets Internal strike a distraction?
19 18 Florida Panthers
20 19 Winnipeg Jets
21 21 New York Rangers
22 22 Montreal Canadiens
23 23 New Jersey Devils
24 24 Minnesota Wild
25 28 Los Angeles Kings Early practice shows some slight optimism
26 26 Chicago Blackhawks
27 27 Arizona Coyotes
29 25 San Jose Sharks All signs tell me they are ready to bottom out here
30 29 Ottawa Senators
31 30 Anaheim Ducks
32 31 Detroit Red Wings