Another week of hockey is in the books, which means that it’s time for the next round of power rankings for the 2022-2023 NHL season.
This list is a combination of my rankings and rankings done by Jim Lynch, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Eastern Conference still owns the top spot.
Where does each team stand after the NHL trade deadline?
With the trade deadline now in the books and the push for the postseason intensifying, here are the updated NHL power rankings.
32. Columbus Blue Jackets (Previous Rank: 32)
Perhaps the most exciting thing that the Columbus Blue Jackets have done all season was acquiring and then trading away goaltender Jonathan Quick. This has been a largely irrelevant team all season, and that will continue to be the case.
31. Chicago Blackhawks (26)
If you want to be optimistic about the Chicago Blackhawks, their stockpile of draft picks in the upcoming years is wildly impressive. If you want to be pessimistic, their lineup following general manager Kyle Davidson’s selling spree could be one of the worst ever assembled.
30. San Jose Sharks (30)
The San Jose Sharks retained Erik Karlsson and traded away Timo Meier last week. Now that there are no more trade rumors for fans to be enamored with, expect the Sharks only to be discussed when Karlsson does something spectacular.
29. Anaheim Ducks (31)
One of the many Western Conference teams that have had very little impact on the 2022-2023 season, the Anaheim Ducks made a handful of trades last week, shipping out a pair of defensemen and moving around some lower-profile players.