NHL power rankings: Golden Knights, Rangers, Oilers shift after trade deadline

The NHL’s trade deadline has come and gone and now its time to get down to the nitty-gritty — the always fashionable playoff push.

But did your team do enough at the deadline to make that dream a reality? Or — if your favorite squad is on the other end of the spectrum — enough to fuel hopes for next season?

This week’s power rankings focus on what key moves general managers made when it was crunch time (beginning Feb. 1) and how it could impact the home stretch.

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NHL power rankings

1. Boston Bruins, 92 points (17 games left)

Last ranking: 2

This team is primed for another deep postseason run.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning, 85 points (18 games left)

Last ranking: 1

The Lightning added some depth up front with one guy who likes to score highlight-reel goals and another who scored the biggest goal in the Sharks’ 2019 playoffs.

(Again, apologies to Jon Cooper. This team is good.)

TRADE GRADE: Blake Coleman

3. St. Louis Blues, 86 points (17 games left)

Last ranking: 4

With Jay Bouwmeester out for the remainder of the season and the playoffs, GM Doug Armstrong added a veteran to help bolster the blue line as the team keeps rolling along.

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4. Pittsburgh Penguins, 80 points (20 games left)

Last ranking: 3

It’s now or never for the Penguins — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see Patrick Marleau hoist the Cup?

TRADE GRADE: Jason Zucker

5. Vegas Golden Knights, 78 points (17 games left)

Last ranking: 11

Kelly McCrimmon just gave Vegas one of the greatest 1-2 goalie combinations in recent NHL memory.

6. Washington Capitals, 84 points  (18 games left)

Last ranking: 5    

The Caps’ offense needs a boost and there’s hope adding Kovalchuk will help … although Washington was shut out Thursday night by the Jets.

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7. Vancouver Canucks, 74 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 9

Louis Domingue? At the deadline? Then news came down that Vezina Trophy candidate Jacob Markstrom would be out for a while. Not great for a team looking to see the postseason for the first time since 2015.

8. Edmonton Oilers, 74 points (18 games left)

Last ranking: 7

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

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9. Dallas Stars, 80 points (18 games left)

Last ranking: 6

No major moves? Eh, maybe not needed. Stars are 7-2-1 in the last 10 games.

10. Colorado Avalanche, 81 points (20 games left)

Last ranking: 8

Philipp Grubauer is out. Mikko Rantanen to miss “weeks.” Nazem Kadri is hurt, too. They needed to do more at the deadline.

11. Philadelphia Flyers, 79 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 12

The Flyers are sitting in third in the Metropolitan and expectations are high that they’ll be playing beyond April 4. 

12. New York Islanders, 78 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 10

Nice additions to a team that needed help down the middle and on the blue line. Just wish Lou Lamoriello went for more of a dynamic scoring punch.

TRADE GRADE:  Jean-Gabriel Pageau

13. New York Rangers, 74 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 21

The biggest move the Rangers made on deadline day didn’t involve a trade.

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14. Calgary Flames, 73 points (17 games left)

Last ranking: 17

GM Brad Treliving needed to do more. All the pressure is now on this forward group to get it done.

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15. Carolina Hurricanes, 74 points (20 games left)

Last ranking: 16

The hockey world watched both Hurricanes netminders go down last Saturday and instead of getting a goalie, Don Waddell shored up the defense and made a blockbuster move in acquiring Trochek.

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16. Toronto Maple Leafs, 76 points (17 games left)

Last ranking: 14

Speaking of the EBUG … 

GM Kyle Dubas should get credit for adding more-than-capable backup goalie Jack Campbell, gritty forward and two-time Cup champ Kyle Clifford and NOT trading Tyson Barrie. But it’s the Leafs, so doing more is always expected.

17. Florida Panthers, 72 points (18 games left)

Last ranking: 15

If someone wants to explain why the Panthers — in the middle of a playoff race — traded away one of their better players, my DMs are open.

18. Nashville Predators, 72 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 18

No major moves and in the playoff race. Don’t ever question David Poile.

19. Winnipeg Jets, 72 points (16 games left)

Last ranking: 20

Jets adding Cody Eakin and Dylan DeMelo were nice depth moves but the best thing Kevin Cheveldayoff did was re-upping head coach Paul Maurice.

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20. Arizona Coyotes, 70 points (16 games left)

Last ranking: 19

Another team that stood pat. Not sure a postseason appearance is coming to the desert this year.

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21. Columbus Blue Jackets, 76 points (17 games left)

Last ranking: 13

Last year Jarmo Kekalainen went shopping. This year, he made a small swap. All the credit for this year goes to John Tortorella, however. Entering Friday’s games, Columbus is a wild card but all the injuries and the depleted roster may finally be catching up with them.

22. Buffalo Sabres, 66 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 24

Wayne Simmonds? Still don’t get it.

23. Minnesota Wild, 69 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 23

Bill Guerin needed to move Zucker out but failed to finalize a deal to send Zach Parise to the Islanders. 

24. Chicago Blackhawks, 64 points (18 games left)

Last ranking: 22

Trading Robin Lehner was a bit weird, right? But, Malcolm Subban is younger and an RFA so the team has more control than Lehner walking away as a UFA on July 1.

25. New Jersey Devils, 61 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 27

The additions for interim GM Tom Fitzgerald — can we lose the interim tag, please? — are prospects (i.e. Nolan Foote), picks (conditional first rounder) and $30 million off the salary cap. 

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26. Montreal Canadiens, 67 points (16 games left)

Last ranking: 25

Marc Bergevin added picks too, but whether he knows what to do with them is another story .

27. Ottawa Senators, 56 points (17 games left)

Last ranking: 30

It’s raining draft picks in Ottawa! 14! Double picks in the first round! Alright Pierre, let’s see what you can do.

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28. Los Angeles Kings, 52 points (18 games left)

Last ranking: 26

Rob Blake made all the right moves for a rebuilding team by shipping out Clifford, Campbell, Toffoli, Alec Martinez and Derek Forbort.

29. Anaheim Ducks, 58 points (19 games left)

Last ranking: 29

Season’s over but there’s some nice depth pick-ups here by Bob Murray.

30. San Jose Sharks, 58 points (18 games left)

Last ranking: 28

Doug Wilson didn’t trade Joe Thornton to a contender.



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31. Detroit Red Wings, 34 points (16 games left)

Last ranking: 31

Officially eliminated. That is all.

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