This Is Why We're Stoked


from ESPN.com

2009-2010 Power Rankings: Week 1
RK (PV) TEAM REC. COMMENT
1 Penguins 0-0-0 Hey, they’re the defending Stanley Cup champs. They get a free pass to the top of the rankings for at least a week.
2 Sharks 0-0-0 These are regular-season rankings, not playoff rankings, which explains why the Sharks are here and not in the trash bin.
3 Flyers 0-0-0 This is a good, big, deep, hungry team. All eyes are on goalie Ray Emery now.
4 Capitals 0-0-0 The Caps are grittier up front, but the defense and goaltending will have to prove themselves if Washington wants to get to the top of the heap.
5 Blackhawks 0-0-0 Can the youthful Hawks play with monster expectations? Why not?
6 Red Wings 0-0-0 The Wings will have to prove significant personnel changes won’t set them back too much in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
7 Flames 0-0-0 Look for big bounce-back seasons from goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and defensemanDion Phaneuf.
8 Bruins 0-0-0 Defending Vezina Trophy and Norris Trophy winners Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara suggest the Bruins will remain a force in the East even without Phil Kessel.
9 Ducks 0-0-0 If the goaltending tandem of Jonas Hiller and Jean-Sebastien Giguere doesn’t implode, the Ducks are a dark horse to win the Pacific Division.
10 Lightning 0-0-0 The Lightning could be the surprise team in the Eastern Conference if Mike Smithstays healthy in goal.

  • Kevin

    Those Power Rankings are absurd and nothing but speculation. Power rankings shouldn’t reflect why your excited about your team, you should have your own reasoning. Plus, ESPN is retarded when it comes to hockey analysis, only Melrose and Buccigross have legitimate insights.

  • http://pewterplank Dustin Staggers

    If you’ve read anything else that has been written on this site, you would know why we’re excited, but it’s surely exciting to see ESPN think were the 10th best team when we were the 2nd worst in the league last year.

    If you think Melrose has valuable insights, then I could care less what you think of anything I put on this site.

  • http://boltsbythebay.com Kyle

    Agreed.

    It was Melrose who said Stamkos wasn’t ready for the NHL if I remember correctly.