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Conference - North Division
1745 (L - 821)
The Leafs GM has been busy
improving this team step by step. Chad himself said
he was thinking ďThree steps aheadĒ this season. That
means he has a plan. It is showing here as suddenly
this team is awesome with Schwartz, Hossa, Lehtera and Saad with two
Habs and Bruin in for good measure. Interestingly
enough both Chad and Marcel in Florida, the first and second place teams
in the North Standings and CTR have identical
leaders Schwartz and Hossa. How do you come off one
of those two and will either be the first GM
to flinch? If the
teams stayed the same, Schwartz and Hossa
would cancel each other out and it would be a 5
against 5 matchup if they met in the first round with Chad easily the
better 5 at the moment.
Tavares is having another great
season and by far the most valuable player GM Chad has in Toronto.
The three Rangers are hanging on to being rated and will be a
concern until the day they secure a playoff spot. It
will be hard for Chad to get away from Nash, St Louis and Kreider, a
very heavy investment in the Rangers. They did go all
the way last year so panic wonít truly set in for a while, but if they
slide out the Leafs likely go along for the ride.
Tavares has been a pleasant
surprise. Of course not his scoring, everyone knows
the guy is pure points, but the fact the NY Islanders are looking solid
in the first 20 games of the NHL season. No GM has a
better NY Rangers built team than GM Chad does here in Toronto with
Nash, St Louis and Kreider. We are talking the NHL
team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals last season.
Slow early on, if the Rangers rebound, Chad can only go up the NHLPís
1397 (L -
Took a chance on a second
Colorado player in Duchene. Nice start with Schwartz
and Hossa and Perron shows well on top rated Pittsburgh and even
playing a lot with Crosby. The CTR
continues to go the right direction and now Marcel finds himself with 30
points to work with. Well done.
Slowly being chased down for
first place in the North but still 12 points up on 5th.
Hall and Landeskog have no rating but Hossa and Schwartz are
great assets. Florida will easily compete for a
playoff spot with the only question being will GM Marcel have to
eventually sell off an asset or can he somehow be a buyer.
With the Division so jammed up, it is unlikely there are buyers
in this Division and everyone will have to sell off for their final
Possible bad timing of an early
Waiver, or early injury, depending on how you look at it.
Holding back the Panthers rating is top point producer Hall isnít
rated and likely wonít be all season as the Edmonton Oilers seem destine
to be failures. Schwartz is the teams golden boy,
leading in points and value as the Blues come on in the East.
With Hall injured, taking a big penalty hit to the minors in a
Waiver means he has useless value to be dropped, meaning Florida may
look to trade back. Scoring is there now, but it must
be replaced when Hall moves or GM Marcel may find the season a struggle.
(Central - North)
Still has a lot of scoring and
27 points in the North to work with. A decent CTR
that is still creeping upward. Three Rangers
including Nash and St Louis and playoff performer McDonagh, GM Matt is
banking on the Rangers. And why not?
All 9 ranked teams in the NHLís Eastern Conference have between
51 and 59 points, totally wide open.
Still the highest scoring team
in the North, but that is clearly misleading as far as NHLP strength.
The team is only 10 points clear of a playoff spot with Voracek
having 37 points and when added with Chiasson, that is 52 points that
must be replaced. Maybe it can be done, but the Rage
arenít the only team vying for those playoff players in the Minors.
It would seem unlikely that if Voracek goes a player anywhere
near his 1.28 PPG could be a replacement, meaning Cincinnati will fall
and likely even out of the playoffs. Matt put himself
in this position, now letís see how he gets himself out.
Putting more room behind 5th
weekly and now already 22 points up on the Northís final playoff spot.
A team of rated players led by Voracekís 22 points and Schwartz
Blueís value. GM Matt faces a crazy decision of
keeping Voracek and his crazy point and pace totals, or moving him to
the minors now and possibly making a much more solid team top to bottom.
Of course Cincinnati doesnít have a Waiver, but that has hardly
stopped this GM before.
979 (H -
1169, L -
Of the moves GM Scott did make,
maybe adding top rated Tavares might have been the best one as the
Islanders actually lead the East Conference in the NHL Standings.
Three Tampa Bay players after paying a hefty 19 points for Hedman
who got hurt in his first game as a Titan. The
scoring is here to creep back up the standings, some 18 points out of a
playoff spot. If it canít be done, who goes first?
Hossa, Kucherov, Lehtera,
Lehtera and Koivu are now a nice makings of what will be a solid team.
A huge jump in the CTR, no surprise. While
other GMís are starting to make a plan for the season, GM Scott is
already executing his. The aggressive approach wins
Cups. When Andrew and Scott have 10 of 24 Cups, and
both are aggressive GMís who play the nightly Waiver wire and make bold
moves, clearly others need to follow suit. Great move
adding Jenner twice as a low number that is now another top player at a
coming meeting. The CTR loves teams that get it done.
You know you have the makings of
a long season when you are rated behind Miami (Charlie).
The teams bright spot is Drouin wasnít sent back to the minors
and outside that there isnít too many positives for the leagues reigning
Cup Champs. The teamís top guns are not even playoff
players and when this occurs we all know GM Scott doesnít sit around and
wait for things to change on their own. Expect
movement here soon.
1157, L - 722)
(Central - North)
the team 14 points behind GM Vinnie (Miami,
Charlie) also has three top Red Wings.
The Wings are now at the lower end of the ratings which never
helps a strong CTR. Las Vegas does have 7 rated
players, meaning 7 playoff players and enough scoring to battle down the
stretch for a place in what appears a very close Division.
Three non-rated Philadelphia
Flyers have caught up with the team, some 49 points that GM Vinnie will
have to move if the Flyers donít turn it around. Nice
to have Wingels rated, joining the top players Datsyuk and Henrik Sedin.
If the Flyers are replaced properly this team can easily compete
with the rest here in a battle for a playoff spot.
The Division is so tight top to bottom, the teams that end out may just
be the GMís missing the Trading Deadline, where little tweaks will make
the difference in the end.
The Vancouver Canucks are just
about the Wests top NHL team, meaning huge value from Henrik Sedin while
that lasts. Datsyuk continues his scoring ways as
well as injuries. When playing he is producing over a
point per game. Vinnie is giving lots of love to his
three Flyers and they are paying it back scoring on solid paces and the
Flyers keep staying in a playoff spot in the East.
Heading in the right direction as teams behind struggle to score and
342 (H -
A massive dive from first to
last in the CTRís ranking of the North Division teams.
Detroit players Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen are not what they
were in the NHL Standings. Weiss finally had to go
for he canít stay healthy. Zuccarello was a nice
addition but Kadri isnít rated as the Leafs have fallen out.
With a team seemingly often injured and now 14 points behind 4th
and now with a lower scoring team then they
had prior to some deals, things are no longer cozy in the beach area.
This team is Detroit or bust.
The Divisions previous two worst
rated teams are now the Northís two best. Rising to
the top of the CTR is the Divisions last place team, but not for long.
We mean, they wonít be in last place in the standings for much
longer. Sitting just 11 points out GM Charlie has the
scoring, if he can stay healthy, to also move up and take over first
place. Datsyuk and Zetterberg join Weiss and Franzen
as a Red Wings over-kill. Detroit is doing a fine job
to stay near the very top in the East and this team will stay as high as
they do. Kadri and Lupul are pulling their weight.
Charlie takes a pretty consistent pounding by the CTR, usually
deserved, but this team will be the one doing the pounding of their
first round opponent. Well of course, if they can
Things are bleak once again in
the leagueís best surfing market. You cannot get
three better Red Wings on an NHLP team, they are the teamís top three
players and scorers. Problem is, they along with the
teams two Leafs are battling just to remain rated in the Power Rankings.
So all is good now, as they are rated, but the rating is still
pure crap even with these guys rated. Bouwmeester is
playing on the top rated team, but his 1 point and 0.07 PPG arenít
enticing a blockbuster for his services. This team
sucks and will suck a little more if Detroit or Toronto fall from the
NHLís East playoff picture.
Central Conference - South Division
2139 (H -
Missing the Winter Meeting meant
little for the Wolverines who just have to figure out how to make a
blockbuster deal for their 42 points to give. Those
CTR points will eventually disappear, as now they are potential to
improve but in the end after the Trading Deadline, those 42 points mean
little. Having Tampaís two top scorers and three
Ducks led by Perry, this team is hard pressed to get better.
Backes is golden. Seems Lucic is the low man,
with Fowler, some 41 points that can be used to improve.
What two players can come in that range, assuming New Orleans was
to give some points in the deal, to improve? Seems
very unlikely this team can get much better unless GM Shawn wants to
move off the Ducks or Lightning and he has to make a crucial call if he
really wants to do that or not.
Ten NHLP GMís can be thankful
that GM Shawn and GM Joel are in the same Division.
The NHLPís two most elite teams will eventually have to battle each
other. They are so far ahead of the rest of the
Division it is painful to witness. Shawn has a very
challenging issue, same one Joel faces in Buffalo.
How do you get better? Two top Tampa players and
three Ducks led by Perry. Lucic and Backes might not
be players you want to replace, but who can replace them that is better
in their point range? The teams 48 points up on 5th
is very deceiving, for what can they do with these points and improve?
Maybe the answer is anything they want. True.
Maybe the answer is nothing at all. The crazy
thing that could occur is if somehow New Orleans and Buffalo meet each
other in the first round, meaning two other teams in the South donít
face getting destroyed and one actually makes the Division Finals where
who knows what might be left. These two GMís and
their teams are the story of the year so far in the NHLP.
It is so much fun to follow.
Breaking 2000 CTR points just
isnít done by seasons end, unless of course you have one of the best
teams in years. Early on, this is that type of team
with everything GM Shawn doing at the draft turning into what could be
one of the leagueís best teams in the makings. With three scoring Ducks
led by Perry and Johnson of Tampa Bay giving the team 4 players on the
NHLís number one teams per Conference. Throw in a
high scoring Nash and two Canucks who are basically the Wests ďotherĒ
top team after Anaheim and you have a team of top rated players.
Scoring at will and already a mind blowing 31 points up on 5th,
the potential is there to improve in any way GM Shawn decides.
Did we mention the two Waivers this season? Oh
ya, two Waivers this season means this team can set up the coming
seasons draft as well as build an NHLP Championship team now.
The season is only 25% completed but there is little indication
that things here are changing any time soon. This may
be a ď10th AnniversaryĒ season to remember for Shawn.
2059 (H -
(Central - South)
This is with a zero rating from
Bozak!!! With 37 points to work with and more players
like Bozak and Vrbata seemingly possible trade bait, GM Joel can improve
the team, but again, as with New Orleans (Shawn) can they improve enough
with 37 points to give?
Seems they too will be eating points that they maybe just canít move.
This is still Malkin and Hornqvist team and now two Nashville
players after Wilson was added. The GM who can
out-manage his opponent may be the GM who comes out of the South and
right now, we are liking watching this battle.
The CTR fell, but only because
it is practically impossible to keep it over 2k. This
is what is called DESTRUCTION. Malkin and Hornqvist
of the top rated Penguins are leading the charge in cruise control, now
an NHLP League leading 58 points up on 5th.
How is it possible to move players and improve the team?
It may not be possible because the improvement comes likely
moving Henrique and maybe Smith and Smith. That is
only 48 points for three players, so what can you possible bring in that
is going to be a massive improvement? GM Joel will
get better, somehow. This team reminds us of the 2008
NHLP Champions in Florida (Marcel) where he just dominated everyone and
really couldnít improve for he had the best he could do.
Of course, you can always do better and that will be something
that challenges Joel this season. How?
Buffalo would be in a league of
their own if it wasnít for Division rival GM Shawn in New Orleans who is
the only other team in the NHLP who can claim to be this good.
These two GMís teams spell doom for the other four GMís in the
South, Ryan, Andrew, Tyson and Jr. The Sabres are
dominating the scoreboard each night and have a one-two dream ĎPens
punchí of Hornqvist and Malkin. Vrbata has been a
solid 5th round draft selection and Smith has good value in
Nashville with the Preds at the top of the Westís Standings.
With 29 points up on 5th and growing daily there is
nothing stopping this team, except GM Shawn of course, from making the
Divisionís power house.
1639 (L -
Only Ovechkin and Saad survived
the Winter Meeting Waiver, one that seriously improved the CTR to a
season high. The team has two Preds and two Hawks, a
winning combination with Stromeís Islanders atop the NHLís Eastern
Conference and OV, if nothing else, potential big first round scoring.
Although maybe light on team scoring, a healthy looking CTR with
movable parts when needed later sounds and looks like a winning
What is lost in the South, is
there are 6 teams in the Division. A nice rating for
a team, just nowhere near the leaders. GM Ryan does
have 24 points to give, so can improve upon a team currently with 6
rated players, only Karlssonís 20 points is an issue.
If Washington falls out, Ovechkin becomes a liability.
If they stay in, he is the type of player that can get 10 first
round points, so he is really tough to replace. All
in all it isnít bleak in Boston but they are in tough considering the
top dogs here are really, really good.
With Ovehckin and Karlsson being
fringe playoff players and a poor showing from Chicago in the early
going the Bruins find themselves mediocre at best.
The team has movable assets and enough scoring as is, but will be worse
off if Ovechkin or Karlsson must be replaced for playoff types.
GM Ryan will have to vastly improve this team if more than just a
playoff spot is a goal here in the South this season.
1299 (H -
1305, L -
Not making a move at the Winter
Meeting GM Andrew did his work in a Waiver prior.
Toews and Richards seem the building stones with support from Brassard,
Burns, Abdelkader and Kronwall. Andrew knows he is in
tough and is working overtime trying to come up with a plan to compete.
Can he build a team to upset either New Orleans (Shawn) or
Buffalo (Joel)? Finally the scoring is near where it
might have to be, although overall it is just a good CTR at this point.
The Divisions best improvement
in the CTR and still 22 points to work with. This is
a good team in a tough spot, that being New Orleans and Buffalo.
GM Andrew has 5 Cups. We keep saying that
because it is just fucking phenomenal when you truly think about it.
Andrew knows how to build a winner. This team
is likely already that good and will be made better.
The scoring isnít where it will likely have to be in the end to get
through a round one match up with Shawn or Joel, but we are a long ways
from those matchups. Part of the strategy in this
Division will be likely avoiding that matchup if possible.
Andrew finds a way to do the little things better.
They traded for Toews and that might be the move of the year so
far all things considered.
The big preseason deal was made
in hopes of landing a ĎToews like playerí, so that part has worked out.
The NHLís Blackhawks havenít risen the NHL Standings enough to
add a power ranking value enough to say that was a great move by GM
Andrew, but weíd think that will change. A long ways
off in terms of CTR strength from the Divisions powerhouse teams, GM
Andrew wonít be deterred in his goal of making a team that can compete.
When you have 5 Cups to your name, we donít question if you have
what it takes.
906 (L -
Finally something that resembles
a playoff team. Dallas really went all out in the
adding of scoring with Foligno, Strome, Backlund and Karlsson from San
Jose added at the Winter Meeting. Seems this team will now score into a
playoff spot, likely very soon. More work will have
to be done, but compared to the outlook early, GM Jr has finally shown a
bit of life. There are assets here if needed, or
players to now build around. It will never be pretty,
but after a few cold pops it will look more
They have the next Waiver that
will be completed, apparently traded, by the time this is posted.
Things truly are bleak. The top assets are
Richards, Silverberg and Krejci, although Boston needs to wake up to
maximize Krejciís fullest value. The team is 22 back.
Who is calling the shots? The two-time Cup
winning GM Jr or the cupless up-and-comer Scottie?
With this team, this season, in this Division. Likely
it donít matter as the Stars donít seem to be going anywhere.
Well, correct that. The South Divisions last
place team does move to the North Division next season.
The GMís at some point need to
re-evaluate. Things just arenít working in Dallas.
Top point producers Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle are dumps waiting
to happen, while the other half the team are better suited for late
season call ups over actually drafted players. You
canít blame much of this on Voynov missing time, for at 0.33 PPG, heíd
only have the Stars 12 back instead of 14, even with perfect attendance.
Brown is painful to watch and Silfverberg is more Bronsverberg.
Krejci, the teams true Diamond, certainly wasnít found in the
rough with his Elite status and slow start due to injury hasnít help
this teamís fortunes. This isnít the Conferenceís
worst rated team, that belonging to San Fran (Scott), but it is so far
below the actual teams sitting in a playoff spot that it appears most
likely a season going nowhere, again, in Dallas.
782 (H -
(Central - South)
Hedman was finally dealt, adding
19 and Johansen. Still the worst scoring team in the
Division and with injuries and non-playoff players nothing will come
easy from here on out. Even making the playoffs in
this Division just certainly means a heavy first round underdog for a
team in Cleveland that got beat 45-22 in the first round of last yearís
playoffs. Even a miracle might not be enough.
A drop in the ratings.
Hedman is back, scoring and the one asset anyone would buy to
change the teamís season. There are 7 rated playoff
players sitting here, so something that drastic may never have to occur
as the teams in front might drop enough. It is a cat
and mouse game, but unlike Dallas (Jr & Scottie) GM Tyson will get
serious offers here and if the teams in front stay high, at some point
to no oneís surprise that big deal will occur. The
scoring needs to improve but Tyson has won two of his possible first
five Cups, so we have faith in what he will do as the season goes along.
The South Divisions third best
team in ranking is in 5th in standings.
The team suffered a huge blow losing one of the NHLPís top rated
players, Hedman in Tampa Bay. With the Lightning
looking strong the teamís top defensemen has great value just a year
after his break out season. Toffoli, although not
playing on a team atop the NHL standings, has 17 points, one of the very
best marks in the league on the team that may arguably be better known
for their playoff prowless. Stastny, Tysonís Elite
pick, is a slow starting Fury but is ranked high as the Blues look solid
in the NHLís West.
Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division
1415 (L -
It really is a nice rounded
team. GM Tyson traded the Waiver, adding a third
Lightning player in Drouin. With Callahan and Palat
leading the Hitmenís Bolts makeup, this team is seriously solid.
Steen and Couture are solid scorers and
solid first round players if they make it that far on this team.
So far things are really starting to take shape here
A VERY NICELY ROUNDED TEAM.
Fucking caps lock key. Anyhow, a solid mix for
GM Tyson with a decent rating from Couture now as San Jose is back where
they were always expected to be. Callahan and Palat
are beauts. Steen has been solid and the Hitmen have
14 points to work with, so subtle tweaks may be able to be made.
It is a tight Division but we arenít worried about Hamilton as
they have too much to not take down a playoff spot.
Callahan and Palat are solid
choices for GM Tyson as Hamilton looks like they are a competitive team
this season. With only injury riddled Blue Jackets
forward Hartnell the lone non-rated player this team has the right mix
of scoring and playoff players to get much better as the season unfolds.
1401 (L -
Grabbed Hedman and still has 20
points to give from the first slot in the Atlantic.
That is what GM Andrew does. He grabs the shit when
other guys are in la-la land. With maybe
the best scoring in the Conference GM Andrew again shows why he is a
legend. Two Bolts and two Rangers is a nice start and
Steen is a great Western Conference player. There
isnít much wiggle room in the Atlantic, but this team has finally
started their charge towards building another Championship in Hartford.
Scoring is better than those
behind in the Atlantic. Much of the team is fringe
players, like Stepan, Zuccarello, Wheeler and Krug, all barely hanging
on to being rated. Outside the Rangerís players the
team doesnít have itís identify just yet, but that will undoubtedly come
as all GM Andrewís teams eventually do.
With the NHLís Lightning ďit
upĒ, Filppula is a most desirable player to have on your roster and
likely build around if you believe in Tampa. GM
Andrew has enough scoring to stay high while improving in the Atlantic
Division. A number of players that are fringe leaves
this team open to wanting a Waiver while the pickings are still good.
1224 (L -
GM Chad traded for Drouin at the
Winter Meeting, only to move him for the Waiver.
Before this goes live he will likely have altered his season high CTR.
The problem appears to be a lack of scoring, something the 17
year veteran GM will likely try to improve upon with the Waiver.
Getzlaf, Belesky and Silfverberg are a nice Ducks combo as
Anaheim trails only Nashville for first overall in the NHL standings.
It will be work grabbing a playoff spot as the Atlantic is very
tight top to bottom.
Part of the issue is that three
players still have no NHLP value in Johansen, Dubinsky and Couturier.
GM Chad has the scoring, but will he maintain it when those
players move out? Likely yes, meaning this team can
improve here in the Atlantic. The start is awesome
with Getzlaf, a player who has his name on Chadís last Cup in Portland
in 2007. The Atlantic can yet go to anyone, so
Pittsburgh is easily in the mix.
Johansen was a great pick in the
4th round with 16 early points, but he certainly would look
better in a package with Hodgson and his two points to improve the CTR
as both players are well out of the NHL playoffs.
Getzlaf is as Elite as they come and a building block for what can be.
The Penguins have never won an NHLP Championship and as GM Chad
pointed out at the NHLP Draft, ďAs long as I win again before Jr.Ē
Well, looking at things this season, GM Chad doesnít have any
1131 (H -
1220, L -
GM Matt made a huge splash when
he added Stepan, Lehtera and Soderberg for Saad, Galchenyuk and Plekanec.
Now with two point per game Rangers,
Nash and Stepan, this team would be hard to
handle with a Rangers run. Seemingly enough scoring
to battle back into a playoff spot the Nords now have some identity as
GM Matt chases the ever elusive dream of winning his first NHLP
The Atlantic Divisions big
gainer, basically moving to the top rated team in the Division.
A full 7 rated players with top rated player Saad and Maroon.
Nash is a solid leader as he has really had a great bounce back
year, even scoring for GM Matt while Matt looked on in Detroit.
More scoring than the weak links behind, so Quebec should do well
to battle for a playoff spot.
The Conferences lowest scoring
team with their highest scoring player Staal not even a good number fit
for the Minors. A long season awaits this team if
improvements in scoring doesnít come. There looks to
be plenty of assets but they just havenít shown their full worth yet.
We arenít writing this team off by any means, but we arenít
planning on engraving the teams name anywhere this season either.
728 (L -
Well the CTR is a seasons high.
It is still crap, but a seasons high nonetheless.
Pietrangelo is 'get in the playoffs',
if needed card, or a solid building block with
Thornton and St Louis. Now with two Bruins, GM Jr
will hope they can continue their current torrid pace and claim a
playoff spot making Eriksson and Chara a nice
Boston mix. It has been a long season and the Machine
arenít anything to get overly excited about, but finally there is a
little hope that Memphis might actually be competitive this
season after all.
GM Jr loves his veteran players.
Youíd swear he drafts based on the highest salary alone.
Thornton and St Louis are great leaders and they are both looking
like they may remain rated down the stretch. The
biggest issue is a serious lack of scoring and already 15 points out of
the final playoff spot. Things are not going to come
easy and maybe not at all this season in Memphis. The
trait is loud and clear. The current approach the
co-GMs are taking just isnít working.
Boyle should have been an injury
pick already and still may be although he is set to return.
Thornton and St Louis sound like first and second in NHL scoring,
maybe 5 years ago. With his 0.07 PPG and with Dallas
almost last in the standings, Hemsky canít even go to the minors as 1
point players - leaves an option of only the other Hemsky!
We love the name of this team, always have.
The Machine. How cool is that?
Just wish they could build something that more resembled an AK 47 over a
popcorn machine. Although who donít love popping
540 (H -
869, L -
Oshie is a very valuable asset
here, and their simply arenít many. Spezza, Kadri and
Phaneuf are roster spots and little more. Two low
scoring Ducks and Marchand who may or may not yet be on a
playoff team. To top all this off, the team canít
score. The way GM Charlie builds his winning teams is
very similar to that of the Toronto Maple Leafs and they havenít won in
any current NHLP GMís lifetime.
It is going to be sad to see a Cupless 88 year old Charlie
saying, ďWhy would I change my philosophy on how I build my teams now?Ē
Stop only following your heart and stop with the Leafs.
Finally TJ Oshie has awaken from
his early season slump and concussion. Two Ducks is
always nice, but certainly they arenít blowing the socks off with their
Ďhigh scoringí. Spezza is a major disappointment, a
big PPG producer that isnít worth his so called Elite status.
The team canít score enough with Spezza, so replacing him with a
playoff player scoring as much is unlikely, meaning doom for the Rangers
here. There are other assets, but keeping them seems
very unlikely if a playoff spot is to be had.
GM Charlie has one thing going
for him in New York, Oshie may be the most tradable NHLP player with
only 1 point. Off to a horrendous start and now
concussed Oshieís value can only go in one direction.
Spezzaís point totals look solid, but the Stars are nowhere to be found
in the standings and thus the CTR. All in all,
continuing to draft Leaf players hasnít worked for the Cup-less GM.
When will he learn that maybe the two go hand in hand?
Conference - East Division
2041 (L -
Arguable the very best team in
the entire NHLP simply because its potential number will keep it closer
to the 2000 barrier then New Orleans (Shawn) or Buffalo (Joel).
GM Scott has went about his business doing what he does.
Building from the defence forward, top players playing top
minutes on top teams. When the playoffs start, at 30
minutes a game and power play time, the Keith and Seabrook type players
win NHLP Cups, a formula that has just worked for GM Scott in the past.
If Chicago craws up the ratings, this rating can go higher as
Nashville and Anaheim are the top two NHL rated teams from the Western
Conference. What happens here next?
Maybe nothing more than another Championship!
It will be tough to imagine a
better Chicago built team come playoff time as Sharp, Keith, Seabrook
and Versteeg isnít too shabby. Add in Forsberg,
Ribeiro and Soderberg and enough scoring to continue to gain on the
lesser lights, you have a potential Cup winning threat, as shown by the
outstanding CTR. GM Scott believes your work is never
done so expect the date to come when changes happen for the Flyer,
likely when it is least expected.
GM Scott is sitting on one of
the leagueís most desirable Waiver drops, 30 some points for Giordano
and Karlsson if he doesnít feel they are playoff players.
The bigger problem is the Flyer donít have a Waiver this season.
For a GM who out-risks all other of his colleagues, one can only
assume something aggressive is in the works. ďSitting
back isnít our styleĒ said GM Scott, ďOur biggest risks have landed us
our biggest rewards, and they shall again.Ē With 20
points to work with we highly doubt the Flyer to be inactive for very
1357 (H -
1609, L - 1299)
Crosby might not be leading the
NHL in scoring, but is as valuable of player
as the NHLP has. His top rated Penguins and his 44
points at 1.16 PPG are worthy of his first overall NHLP selection.
Three Habs mix in well. Toffoli now has mono
and by the time he returns GM Marcel might be out of a playoff spot.
It is a decent rating, but a Crosby lead team with the Pens in
first is always going to be a decent rating.
Not what they were but clearly a
very good rating for the Crosby led Division leaders in the East.
With 23 workable points the 47 of Johansen and Boedker will
likely eventually have to find a new home, although Columbus has really
came on since starting to get healthy and somehow are only 6 points
clear of an Eastern Conference playoff spot, meaning maybe Johansen
could be an asset after all. Subban and Pacioretty
continue to do GM Marcel proud and it seems very likely the Habs grab an
NHLP playoff spot here with the teams decent scoring.
Basically, with Crosby!
The East Conferenceís best rated
team is led by the NHLís top rated player. It has
been said that Crosby is in a league of his own. With
the Penguins barely beaten in the last 10 games and Sid averaging as
close to 2 points a game as you can get, GM Marcel is riding high in Hab
land. Johansen and his 16 will work well when the GM
decides it is time to make a better playoff team.
There is no slowing this team as long as Crosby stays healthy.
1328 (L -
A steady climb up the CTR and
some 31 points to work with to improve in the East Division.
GM Vinnie did not move MacArthur or van Riemsdyk at the Winter
Meeting, holding on tight to his 13 point lead over second place.
He likely wants to wait and make the right move, and why wouldnít
he? Sometimes however, by waiting, some of the very
best players are gone for good and the later the season goes, who
wants non-playoff guys? Not the
winning GMs! Vinnie has been close
before to winning it all, ever so very close. Kane,
Shattenkirk and Doughty sound like three great
directions to head, if GM Vinnie ever makes up his mind.
The Gamblers have really started
scoring in a big way. Led by Kane and getting great
support from both JVR and Shattenkirk who is having an amazing season.
With 17 to work with and only MacArthur unrated, GM Vinnie should
be well on his way to a playoff spot if the scoring doesnít dry up some.
Doughty and Lucic continue to be a tad worrisome but donít likely
worry too many GMs.
On paper things look good for
the Gamblers. In reality, the team isnít scoring and
has more fringe players holding back the rankings then even weíd expect.
We arenít to believe Kane is a fringe player and Chicago might
miss the playoffs, but at some point the teamís goals will have to start
going in, and we do believe that they will. GM Vinnie
has solid building blocks, but until the teams starts scoring you have
to wonder what pieces may have to be moved later if he falls back.
It is a long season, this is true, but sometimes letting things
unfold can be more damaging then helpful when trying to build the one
team that wins this entire thing.
942 (H -
1320, L -
Likely the biggest gainer in
points at the Winter Meeting, the Canes are now flying near the top of
the East Division. Okposo is a star for the Eastern
Conferences first place NY Islanders, even though he is gone once now
from this roster. There are
fringe and non-playoff players here and work to do but the good news is
there are 18 points to do it with.
Heading the right way up the
Eastís standings and the CTR. GM Joel has another
nice team here being led by two high scoring Islanders Okposo and
Nelson. We think it is safe to say the Islanders have
rebounded in a big, big way. Vatanen is a nice power
play specialist on top rated Anaheim, maximizing his CTR value.
No Eastern Conference team is scoring more than Carolina, so Joel
is well on his way to making this CTR even better.
The East Division seems to have
a lot of potential and Carolina is certainly included in this mix.
With Okposo and Okposo GM Joel is living large with each
Islanders day spent in the NHL playoffs. Lee likely
goes in a Waiver package at some point as his has been a major
disappointment, even for a 7th rounder.
With two teams struggling to score lower in the Division, any moves
sooner than later are likely wise choices.
893 (H -
The third rating in a row the
team has dropped in the CTR. The big deal finally did
come as Hedman was shipped off and replacements Subban and Krug came in.
Subban and Hedman may be a wash, so it is all in who you believe
in, either Tampa Bay or Montreal. The Halifax GM
might now be picking Montreal. Tarasenko and Nelson
are top rated players, so this team can easily move in no matter how far
out they ever are. They are
moving in the right direction in the standings (just not with the
CTR) and likely more work to be done before setting a
So far, so good, on the Sharp
for Nelson trade, with Nelson having a better CTR at the moment, even
with Chicagoís top ranking. The team gained 13 points
so far in that deal, but will it be maintained will be interesting to
follow. Only 10 points out and with assets Tarasenko
and Hedman, accompanying Nelson, there isnít any doubt GM Shawn can get
in. Best would be to score in, or trading as little
as possible and keeping the nucleus. Good players are
always a bonus whether you are last or first.
The Divisions last place team
has so many assets they canít help but take down a playoff spot in this
Division this season. A miserable start thanks to
serious injuries has slowed the Destroyers. We know
the players will come back healthy but the teamís roster will have to
change. Three players who canít score arenít going to
steal you a spot. Aggressiveness is likely a good
move here. Staying close means keeping more of a
solid top half. Falling further out means a Hedman,
Tarasenko or Sharp might have to be traded away. GM
Shawn has become more a threat each year but needs a Championship to
move into that next level.
505 (H -
930, L - 317)
As if things werenít bad enough
Hornqvist has been out a while and the team now has three Avalanche
players, all not rated with the CTR. At 18 points
back GM Ryan can be thankful no one ever expects the Islanders to do
anything anyhow, so he isnít letting his fans down.
We donít expect Ryan to just give up here, but making a team that will
grab a playoff spot and compete might be asking a little much.
Then again, if the Avs can only grab a spot, weíd be changing our
tune in a hurry.
GM Ryan has 6 non-rated players
on this team. They canít score, are 8 points out and
donít have assets outside of Hornqvist. A 6 for 6,
101 points to the Minors seems probable at some point, then likely
having something to trade to move up. What started
out as an ok CTR has taken a hit in a big way on the Island.
A lot of deadweight from
MacKinnon and Iginla are hurting the rating. Both
players find themselves as non playoff players as currently does Staal.
With enough scoring to stay clear of 5th a
determination will have to be made at some point on the two Avs, are
they or are they not playoff players? Often the
sooner a GM can decide, the stronger his team can be.
Once the minors dry, making these decisions doesnít make strong teams.
Western Conference - Pacific Division
1779 (L -
(Western - Pacific)
Quietly GM Chad is having a
decent season with an outstanding team here in Colorado.
Not making a move here at the Winter Meeting, hanging onto Parise's
high scoring but not rated number. Four top rated
players Okposo, Letang, Fisher and Neal with Oshie and Nyquist gives
this team a serious chance, especially in this Division.
With 20 points to work with and the Pacificís top scoring team,
GM Chad is going to have a shot at a third NHLP Championship.
We think he has been making amazing moves (overall of course).
Great work Chad. Bring it home.
Over a 1000 point jump in the
CTR. This team is one of the very best now in the
league. After a very injury filled start GM Chad has
as good a team as you will find. Stars Okposo and
Letang are on top rated teams from the East while Nyguist, Glencross,
Fisher and Oshie are all rated. Rated, but in tough
is the teamís top scorer, Parise who is potentially a huge point
producer in the playoffs if he see action with his team.
The Avs will easily be able to get a playoff spot with all the
low scoring teams in the Division, but it will be the tweaks Chad makes
that determine if they come out of this Division in the playoffs.
Another team hit hard with
injures. GM Chad canít seem to stay healthy even
though his Avalanche team are only 3 points out of a playoff spot in the
tight Pacific Division. Letang has been solid and
Parise and Oshie seem to make the roster loaded with talent.
Nichushkin has been a complete disaster and would look good in
the minors. Oshie certainly has value and with one
point to start the season may get Chad a few emails as the season goes
trying to offer Chad points he may, at some point, just have to take to
right the season.
1321 (H -
1502, L -
Maybe said out of frustration
but it didnít go unnoticed when GM Charlie said aloud,
ďI might trade Stamkos there.Ē The Yotes are 30
points up in first place in the Pacific Division and Stamkos has his
name thrown out there by the GM.
Hey, if you donít think they can get by
Montreal or say TORONTO in the first round or from within their NHL
Division, he should be gone, if you don't need his first round
scoring. Then again as a GM,
maybe you look at another player, say van Riemsdyk and fucking
concentrate on moving him with your 30 points. I
mean, there are different ways to skin a cat, unless of course you have
never skinned a cat before. Like seriously, what a
stupid fucking saying. Who skins a cat?
I guess the bottom line is there are more ways to do something
then just the most obvious so in that case, ya, letís get rid of Stamkos.
(Editorís note: Coyotes have been known to
kill Coyotes in different ways and a Panther
once killed a rat with a hockey stick.
You can use that in your future writing.)
An incredible 39 points to work
with and Stamkos, D. Sedin and JVR. This team is
solid and a great CTR to show for it. Only low-light
Briere isnít rated, but a better replacement will be found.
It sure would be nice to see Charlie build a team that can go far
and with Stamkos it makes it hard to fuck it up. He
is awesome, but Charlie hasnít been his equal at building a deadly,
feared team. Maybe this is the year we see it?
It is hard to screw up a team
with Stamkos and with 13 points keeping the team above 5th,
it is looking like Stamkos might get to spend the season in the desert.
GM Charlie needs to bring in support if he decides to build
around Stamkos, but the current roster has a lot of attractive ĎMinorís
labelledí players compared with inner league movable parts.
After leaving the Draft GM Charlieís season notoriously starts to
go downhill. Does he actually have what it takes to
improve upon the start? It only takes one time to
prove you can do it, well, at least once anyhow!
1072 (H -
1075, L - 420)
Perron is the only rated player
off a top team, but Plekanec rates well and the Rangers Brassard and
Boyle are great building blocks.
A few right moves and this team, as can anyone here, come out of
the Pacific. GM Joel is aggressive and doesnít shy
away from a move. Risk takers do well when the risks
are properly calculated. He is the leagues numbers
guy, but can the winning numbers be found to make a 1st and
25th NHLP Championship in Vancouver?
Things have gone to hell for
Vancouver who now find themselves 24 out of the final playoff spot in
the Pacific. Stepan canít be blamed for the problem
scoring but TJ Brown and Lecavalier together are in the range of a
healthy scratch producer. After Filppula the team is
carrying four players who either are barely rated, or not at all.
Gaborik has been a disappointment but his value starts climbing
with each Kings win which could really help dig GM Joel out of this huge
Striking with the NHLPís first
Waiver of the season the Canucks took Toffoli from the minors.
Adding him with Gaborik looks like a nice start to a Kings built
team which also has two Lightning and two Rangers, four players in total
that appeared in the last NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Now
with the Divisions top scoring team a rise up the standings should start
1066 (H -
(Western - Pacific)
Scoring continues to be a major
issue in Seattle even if GM Shawn seems cloaked full of assets.
Callahan and Killorn and Kesler and Cogliano seem a nice top four
with Marleau and Pietrangelo also great
players. Sitting 5 points out and
falling it would appear a few other GMís will be 'Storm
chasers' as everyone will come calling for
this loaded lineup when building their teams. So in
that regard, GM Shawn can always get in. Just
ultimately you want to still keep the best team you can for the
Another feared team for GM Shawn
who might be having his best ever season as a GM.
Callahan and Killorn with Kesler and Cogliano is a nice start.
Cogliano has been likely too slow to keep his job, but two
Lightning and two Ducks is a great sounding team.
Marleau is on fire and the Sharks get some CTR love.
This team has room galore to improve, so expect that to happen.
Playoff for playoff deals here will give Shawn the mix he is
looking for and maybe, just maybe a Cup in Seattle to join the Super
A nice starting team for GM
Shawn with two Lightning and two Ducks. Callahan is
playing and earning his keep with Stamkos while Kesler has done well
with 11 points to open the campaign in Anaheim. The
entire Division is bunched up with only 13 points separating 1st
and 5th and Seattle in the middle of that.
It appears this is going to be interesting, and possibly a great season
awaits GM Shawn, with such a strong early showing here in Seattle.
673 (H -
874, L -
This team has had just a
miserable season. After Palat there likely isnít a
player with any real value yet and maybe never.
Seguin is a painful Elite selection. All in all GM
Andrew may be very thankful this is the Pacific. More
specifically it is an Island in the Pacific. The
Island of Misfit Boys!
GM Andrew has been saying all
along Dallas will come back and grab a playoff spot and win at least two
rounds. OK, he has never said that at all, but he
wishes it. Seguin has been everything Andrew hoped
for, but a playoff player. Having now fallen to 9
points out as we get closer to the halfway mark in the NHL, even
crossing his fingers might not help Andrew in his hopes Seguin becomes a
playoff player. The good thing Andrew has going for
him is the 30 points clear on 5th.
Not what GM Andrew was hoping
for when he drafted a player that could win the NHLís scoring title.
Andrew surely is happy with Seguinís 19 points, but with Dallas
closer to Draft Lottery status than they are NHL Playoffís, Seguin
likely is a disappointment in the GMís eyes all-said.
The Kings are league Kings, being in the NHLP Finals for a league record
three straight seasons, but one has to wonder if a fourth straight trip
is more a pipe dream over a reality based on the
541 (L - 421)
Keith, Bickell and Kopitar will
be in discussions when the points will be needed to compete for a
playoff spot. At 16 points out and the NHLPís lowest
scoring team assets will have to go. GM Tyson is
hoping Vermette, an UFA gets traded making him another player that can
be moved later. Pearson breaking his leg just about
sums up the entire season for the Blues. Itís been
It is never a nice feeling
knowing you have the worst scoring team in the NHLP.
This seems unlikely with the names of these players like Pominville,
Keith, Kane, and Kopitar. So now you are 26 points
out nearing the midway point of the season. The
bright spot remains that the team in front, the imaginary cut-off line
is only two points. One would think sooner or later a
team in the front pack drops back, easing the panic here.
If Los Angeles continues around 8th, Kopitar isnít the
blockbuster deal he should be. Keith is a sure bet,
mumps or bumps, so there is a way out if GM Tyson decides to go looking
GM Tyson might not think it is
time to panic even with the worse scoring, positioned and ranked team in
the NHLPís Pacific Division. After all, with names
like Kopitar, Keith, Pearson, and Pomminville, the GM knows ďChocolate
barsĒ will be flying when he makes any of them available.
It is a concern, the lack of scoring, but it isnít anything the
two-time NHLP Champion canít correct without selling prematurely some
huge NHLP names.
Western Conference - West Division
2021 (L -
GM Scott has the class of the
Division and his second CTR rated team over 2000.
This is one of four monster teams currently in the NHLP rated over
2k. This team doesnít have to move
Kunitz and moving that first round scoring might be a serious mistake as
the Penguins only trail the NY islanders for first overall in the
Eastern Standings. With Nashville first overall in
the NHL Forsberg, Weber and Josi is a Predator trio
in and of itself. Johnson and
Killorn are a good Bolts mix and a Tampa Bay Ė Nashville finals,
although laughable at the start of the season seems a decent bet as both
teams head into the second half the season.
Easily the top CTR rated team in
the West Division and with good reason. PPG producers
Forsberg and Johnson are close to the top of the overall league scoring,
11th and 16th overall. Kunitz
gets the Crosby factor and Killorn is often enough with Stamkos.
For a GM who loves defensemen, three top defensemen in Weber,
Josi and McDonagh, are mixed in well. The scoring is
good enough to be there when buying or selling matters most.
As is, the Oil will have a legitimate shot at their 3rd
team Cup, an NHLP first if that happens. The right
changes are likely going to be made here to give GM Scott a chance to
make that happen.
The twin-Burners would look much
better if San Jose wasnít so inconsistent. Are they a
playoff team or a pretender? This is a question GM
Scott needs to find out, carrying the three Sharks.
Kunitz has been strong, but who wouldnít be playing power play time with
Sid himself. Potential to improve upon the potential
1491 (L -
(Western - West)
Sitting nice with Ribeiro, Weber
and Subban, two defensemen you know will play 30 minutes a game, in
every situation once playoffs come. The Attack are 11
points up on 5th and with 7 playoff players.
Backstrom is a solid first round number to add the scoring needed
to go far come playoffs. We
like the potential and Marcel has been there and done that.
He hasnít done all that yet in Alaska
but the Attack are a very good team that can seriously go the distance.
Still getting worth from
Backstrom and a very nice Nashville touch with Ribeiro and Weber.
All rated players but an easily movable number in Zajac.
Still only one team scoring less in the Division, but easily in
the mix of things as the Attack are a mere Riberiro-Weber empty net goal
from 2nd place in this Division, so things are very tight
here for sure. This Division may be had by anyone, so
there is potential to go to the Conference Finals if given the right
For a team that just canít
score, this Attack team looks pretty decent with the CTR.
Ribeiro and Weber show well with Nashvilleís hot start.
Subban is a must for any Habs fan. Koivu is
off to a slow start, but all indications are he should right his ship.
The potential is here, just not the early scoring.
1346 (L -
With 21 points to move GM Vinnie
will be able to get rid of Benn, but it is
likely he will have to get rid of Benn. That will
hurt as 0.88 PPG players are hard to find when trading a non-playoff guy
and hoping for something of serious value in return.
Tarasenko, Nelson and Vatanen have some serious value, players Vinnie
can build around or move playoff for playoff in building.
All said Portland will have a shot if they get better and right
now they are the best they have been all season according to the
GM Raymond always loved having
first place. Like there was a trophy for first place
or extra revenue in the playoffs with the home games or something.
Youíd tell him, ďYou have Voracek and Benn, 63 non-playoff
pointsĒ and heíd let you know, ďSo, I am in first place.Ē
He was right, he was in first place. His logic
however was slightly flawed. You want to be in first
place, with a star-studded team of playoff players.
GM Vinnie likely has shown he most resembles GM Raymond in his GMíing
style. Being 33 points up on 5th place you
can bet this is one place non-playoff NHLP teams will be looking for
massive points. Knowing Vinnie doesnít like 4th
place he will be moving those players for a lot less, and likely get a
lot less return than GMís who arenít afraid to move into 5th
and work back up, something GM Raymond would never ever do.
By far and away the top scoring
team in the West Conference. Of course top scoring
teams donít automatically mean Cup engraved, so there is work to be done
here. With points galore to work with the potential
will be here when GM Vinnie gets around to it.
Tarasenko is turning into what most expected him to be, an outstanding
player, who is likely just a year away now from NHLP Elite status.
Carrying Voracek and Benn are only adding to the fun, although it
would be more fun to think of Benn as a playoff player instead of a huge
minorís number. Which is that?
Vinnie will have to ultimately decide.
1168 (H -
1314, L - 1155)
About as consistent a season as
any team. The Knights are still high in the CTR, or
at the least still respectable now. Letang and
Vatanen along with Doughty, a classic playoff
performer, make a strong back end start
to a winning team. The West is a
tight Division but 7 ranked players is a good thing.
It is still a nice mix so we will see what GM Ryan does the second half
to make it better.
Nice to see Letang bounce back
after a year to forget. He is the back end of one of
the most star studded teams in the NHL. Last yearís
playoffs werenít his best work, but just the fact he played showed his
true character and love for the game. This season he
is back to where his first round can easily be a 6+, and sixes are
GOOD!!! Green Bay also has Vatanen and Doughty, the kind
of players who all play 30+ minutes in the playoffs and win NHLP Cups.
Bergeron, Marchand, Doughty and Williams all have CTR values much
less likely their real worth once their teams wake up.
Ryan has something special here just no one knows it yet.
A very nice selection of top
players and playoff teams led by Letang and Daniel Sedin, with solid
support from Bergeron and Marchand, the singing duet.
With two Divisional teams that canít score there should be added points
to improve as we go along. When to use those points
is to each GMís strategy but for a 13 year veteran who has yet to win it
all, maybe something different this year is worth a shot.
720 (L -
Seriously, if this team wasnít
so far back, and they are 49 points out, they wouldnít be half assed
bad. Can they get back in?
Shattenkirk has to be worth as many as a GM can afford, but
having 37 points makes it hard to reap the rewards.
Neal has got to be worth a ton. Franzen is worth
points. Galchenyik is a great player.
All told even if you traded each for 10 points (on average) you
are still 10 points back. If a move isnít made soon,
this is the kind of team that a move starts getting scrutinized, ďLike
what good is 20 points though when you are now 70 points out?Ē
GM Jr has brought teams back from the dead and some deals and a
huge point gaining Waiver can start the
process, but I donít think it just starts with a simple deal.
It must be all out or CALGARY STAYS OUT!
This is suddenly an incredible
CTR considering this team is 34 points out of a playoff spot.
All Goncharís age jokes aside, and we can think of quite a few of
them, he has something very valuable to this Flames team.
His low number makes Shattenkirk, Franzen, Galchenyuk, Neal and
Parenteau all even more attractive, for every number on any deal can
work. It wonít take just one move but GM Jr knows the
window of opportunity closes faster than it opens and will be ready when
the offer is presented.
When your first and second picks
are Avalanche players, you are doing pretty good to have a CTR this
high. Scoring isnít something this team, as is, can
do well. Sooner, hopefully rather than later, the
co-GMís find a way to change course. We just canít go
through another season picking on this Franchise. We
are starting to feel like the leagues bully.
619 (H -
1045, L -
Kessel and Johansen.
A huge PPG total that would amount to zero first round playoff
points. Making matters worse is this is the 5th
place team in the Division. Those playerís points
canít go anywhere until this team gets a playoff spot and what comes in
return has to try and keep that playoff spot.
From past experience, this kind of makeup spells doom and
disaster in the NHLP and usually ends with
missing the playoffs. After saying that we all want
to thank you for the chicken. Delicious!
A great jump up the standings in
the West for GM Matt. If GM Marcel is happy to have
those Montreal players, can you imagine how ďMake any Leaf bet goingĒ
Matt must be having Kessel for the unstoppable Leafs.
That is right Ė unstoppable. We canít wait to see the
bets flying around the Winter Meeting this year. A
full 7 playoff players with scoring better than most of the Division
this team will undoubtedly be building around Kessel, as even a full box
of chocolate bars might not be enough to pry him out of Indy this
season. Then again, Matt does love chocolate.
Little surprise that this is the
worst NHLP team. How bad are things?
The teamís best asset has 3 points in Williams who at 0.21 PPG
seems impossible to carry another 60 games. This is
the kind of team that could improve itself greatly with a 7 for 7 dump.
Final Power Rankings 2013-2014
Final Power Rankings 2012-2013
Final Power Rankings 2011-2012
Final Power Rankings 2010-2011
Final Power Rankings 2009-2010
Final Power Rankings 2008-2009
|The CTR "GM Top Performer" Award
||Mike & Ray
^Top Ranked Team
Total Ave. - Last three NHLP seasons, average CTR per team
Rank - Best performing GM, per team for the past three NHLP seasons
CTR - GM Top Performer of the Year Award
20122/13 - ?
2011/12 - GM Scott
2010/11 - GM Charlie
2009/10 - GM Jr
Prior Years - TBD