NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 27 Poll

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 27 Poll

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30. Edmonton Oilers (last week: 27)

All that promise of turning the corner, with a new coach and a superstar prospect, ended in another dismal season for the Edmonton Oilers.

Todd McLellan just never could get his troops to overcome the early-season broken collarbone injury to Connor McDavid. Taylor Hall had a fine season, but forwards such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov were subpar. The goaltending and defense were, again, atrocious.

If this team gets yet another No. 1 pick out of it, the outrage will be strong. This team doesn't deserve it. The Oilers played their final game at Rexall Place Saturday night against provincial rival Calgary Flames and got smoked 5-0. 

Embarrassing.

 

29. Winnipeg Jets (last week: 26)

After a surprise playoff showing last term, the Winnipeg Jets were terrible in 2015-16. 

"The season is a loss," coach Paul Maurice said, per the Winnipeg Sun's Kirk Penton. "Had we been better at home, it would not have been enough to make the playoffs solely on being better at home. It was a home-and-away issue." 

This team needs to find a goaltender. And more offense. And better defense.

 

28. Toronto Maple Leafs (last week: 24)

The marketing department of the Toronto Maple Leafs should get an award. They set expectations so low for this team that anything less than forfeiting all 82 games was going to be considered a success. 

Never mind that the Leafs gave Mike Babcock the highest contract in NHL coaching history or that Lou Lamoriello brought his expertise from the New Jersey Devils. Neither could turn the Leafs into a winner. The future should be better, but that's not saying a lot. It can't get much worse.

 

27. Vancouver Canucks (last week: 30)

After a horrific stretch, the Vancouver Canucks salvaged some pride last week with a couple of wins. The fans who wanted the club to tank the rest of the way for a shot at Auston Matthews probably weren't happy, but good on the Canucks for being professional.

There is a lot to worry about going forward. The Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, aren't getting any younger, the defense is thoroughly mediocre and Ryan Miller might be nearing the end as a goalie.

 

26. Columbus Blue Jackets (last week: 29)

In a March 23 column for the Columbus Dispatch, columnist Michael Arace noted that no team, to that point, since 2000 had fewer cumulative points than the Columbus Blue Jackets' 1,106. Arace also noted the Blue Jackets are one of only two current teams to never have won an NHL playoff series (Atlanta/Winnipeg is the other). This proved another disappointing year.

The Jackets will bounce back next season under coach John Tortorella, but by no means will the mortgage be bet on it.

Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2629828-nhl-power-rankings-br-experts-week-27-poll

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