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NHL Power Rankings: Every team’s biggest surprise

This is the fourth edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings for the 2020-21 season. Check back for updated rankings every second Monday during the regular season.

In this edition, we examine the biggest surprise for each team thus far.

1. Toronto Maple Leafs (14-3-2)

Previous rank: 4th

The Leafs have been carried by a dominant attack for the entirety of the Auston Matthews era, and while Toronto's offense is still quite potent, ranking top-10 in shots against per game is a significant shake-up.

2. Carolina Hurricanes (12-3-1)

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Previous rank: 8th

After scoring 31 goals and 75 points in 2017-18, Vincent Trocheck seems to have finally regained his scoring touch with the Hurricanes. He's currently tied for both the team-lead in goals (9) and points (16) and his 82-game pace has him on track to have the best season of his career.

3. Colorado Avalanche (9-4-1)

Previous rank: 6th

Goaltending was considered the Avalanche's weakness entering the season, but Philipp Grubauer has silenced the critics. He's posted a .936 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average while starting all but two of Colorado's games with backup Pavel Francouz sidelined.

4. Tampa Bay Lightning (10-4-1)

Previous rank: 1st

The defending champs have suffered injuries to numerous key forwards this season, but Mikhail Sergachev emerging as an offensive contributor is a notable surprise. The 22-year-old defenseman ranks fifth on the club in scoring and currently boasts a career-best 0.73 points per game.

5. Boston Bruins (11-3-2)

Previous rank: 3rd

Despite losing defensemen Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara, the Bruins remarkably entered Sunday as the league's best shot-suppressing team at five-on-five.

6. Florida Panthers (11-3-2)

Previous rank: 7th

Carter Verhaeghe's hot start is one of the most surprising in the NHL. The 25-year-old entered the campaign with only 52 career regular-season games under his belt - most of which were spent on the Lightning's fourth line. He's now tallied seven goals and six assists in 16 games while riding shotgun on the top line with Aleksander Barkov. Not bad for a two-year, $2-million UFA signing.

7. Vegas Golden Knights (10-4-1)

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Previous rank: 2nd

Everybody pegged Robin Lehner as the Golden Knights' new No. 1 netminder, but Marc-Andre Fleury turning back the clock and posting a .935 save percentage through 10 starts is the unexpected story of the season thus far in Sin City.

8. Edmonton Oilers (12-8-0)

Previous rank: 23rd

It appears Darnell Nurse may have finally blossomed into the bonafide No. 1 defenseman the Oilers have been hoping for. He's tied for the lead among all defensemen in goals (6), tied for second in points (16), ranks sixth in time on ice (25:30), and fifth in hits (52).

9. St. Louis Blues (10-6-2)

Previous rank: 13th

Jordan Kyrou has established himself as a key player for the Blues this season, ranking second on a team full of veteran stars with 17 points in 18 games despite averaging under 15 minutes per contest.

10. Winnipeg Jets (11-6-1)

Previous rank: 9th

Andrew Copp was predominately used as a bottom-six checking winger during his first five NHL seasons, but he's performed well with top-line minutes, driving play at a high rate and chipping in offensively.

11. Montreal Canadiens (9-5-3)

Previous rank: 5th

Many thought Jake Allen would provide Carey Price some breathing room to flourish in the crease, but the backup netminder has actually heavily outplayed the former Hart Trophy winner thus far. Allen's .932 save percentage and 2.14 goals-against average in seven games is dazzling compared to Price's .893 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average.

12. Philadelphia Flyers (8-4-3)

Previous rank: 10th

Travis Konecny looked like a star in the making with a breakout 2019-20 campaign, but the Flyers' feisty winger has slumped to the tune of just eight points in 12 games so far. He's been held off the scoresheet in seven contests and was a surprise healthy scratch this season.

13. Pittsburgh Penguins (9-6-1)

Previous rank: 17th

If you thought Teddy Blueger would have as many points (10) as Evgeni Malkin through 16 games, you're a liar. Blueger has been excellent, posting strong underlying numbers despite an offensive zone start percentage of just 26.2% while centering Pittsburgh's checking line.

14. Washington Capitals (9-5-3)

Previous rank: 11th

Goaltending was the Capitals' biggest question mark entering the season, and that was with a duo of Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist. With the former spending most of the campaign on the COVID-19 list and the latter sitting out due to a heart condition, Vitek Vanecek has been thrust into action. He's kept the team afloat with reliable play (.907 save percentage, 2.92 goals-against average).

15. Chicago Blackhawks (9-6-4)

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Previous rank: 25th

Undrafted rookie goaltender Kevin Lankinen has compiled a 7-3-3 record with a sparkling .927 save percentage and 2.43 goals-against average and has helped the Blackhawks remain competitive this season.

16. New York Islanders (8-6-3)

Previous rank: 20th

Many expected blue-chip goalie prospect Ilya Sorokin to make an instant impact on Long Island, but a .895 save percentage through four starts was not in New York's plans. We'll give the youngster some more time to figure out life in the NHL, though.

17. Minnesota Wild (8-6-0)

Previous rank: 16th

Minnesota's power play is clicking at an awfully low rate of 7.7% this season, having just scored four times so far.

18. Los Angeles Kings (7-6-3)

Previous rank: 29th

Calvin Petersen is quietly putting up some sparkling numbers in Tinsel Town this season. The Kings' young netminder has only won three of nine appearances, but owns a .926 save percentage and 5.3 goals saved above average - good for seventh among all goalies this season.

19. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-7-4)

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Previous rank: 14th

Jack Roslovic was viewed by many as an afterthought in the Pierre-Luc Dubois-Patrik Laine trade, but the former first-round pick has found his game with his hometown team, notching 10 points in 12 contests with the Blue Jackets.

20. Arizona Coyotes (7-7-3)

Previous rank: 21st

While his progression may not surprise those who follow the Coyotes closely, Conor Garland is establishing himself as a serious offensive threat every time he steps on the ice. The former fifth-round pick is playing at a 72-point pace (over 82 games) and his underlying numbers are tremendous.

21. Calgary Flames (8-9-1)

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Previous rank: 15th

Even after bringing in Jacob Markstrom and reinforcing their blue line in the offseason, the struggling Flames rank 22nd in goals against this season and own a minus-7 goal differential. Not good enough for a team that was expected to be a contender in the North Division.

22. Dallas Stars (5-3-4)

Previous rank: 12th

Joe Pavelski had a quiet regular season in his first with the Stars last year but really came alive during the postseason. His magnificent play carried over to this campaign, as he's racked up 17 points in his first 12 games - putting him on pace to shatter his career-high numbers.

23. New Jersey Devils (6-5-2)

Previous rank: 19th

The Devils allow the fewest goals against per 60 minutes at five-on-five (1.54) in the entire NHL. The team ranked 29th in that regard a year ago, and starting goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood has been limited to just six games.

24. San Jose Sharks (7-7-2)

Previous rank: 27th

On a blue line full of aging veterans with big contracts, Mario Ferraro has been a pleasant surprise. The 22-year-old has not looked overmatched while averaging over 23 minutes per contest.

25. New York Rangers (6-7-3)

Previous rank: 22nd

Mika Zibanejad led the NHL with 0.72 goals per game last season, yet somehow only has two tallies and two assists through 16 games in 2021. His dreadful start is one of the biggest surprises league-wide, and it's hurting the Rangers.

26. Vancouver Canucks (8-12-2)

Previous rank: 28th

The Canucks' season hasn't gone according to plan, but rookie Nils Hoglander has been a bright spot. The 20-year-old is the only player chosen beyond the first round of the 2019 draft to play more than one NHL game. He also ranks fourth in the entire draft in career points.

27. Anaheim Ducks (6-9-3)

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Previous rank: 26th

We knew the Ducks would struggle to score this season, but it's still quite shocking they're the only team in the league without a double-digit point producer.

28. Nashville Predators (7-10-0)

Previous rank: 24th

Only two Predators players (Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok) have scored more than three goals this season. The overall offensive futility from a team that won the Presidents' Trophy only three years ago is truly mind-boggling.

29. Buffalo Sabres (5-7-2)

Previous rank: 18th

Since inking an eight-year, $72-million deal with the Sabres, Jeff Skinner has been unable to get anything going. He finished last season with 14 goals and nine assists in 59 games and is faring even worse this campaign, with just one assist through 14 contests.

30. Detroit Red Wings (5-12-3)

Previous rank: 30th

The Red Wings are awful, but Jonathan Bernier's .910 save percentage and 2.74 goals-against average is surprisingly impressive. Detroit allowed a league-worst 3.73 goals against per game last season but has improved slightly this year, reducing that to 3.20 - good for 23rd in the league.

31. Ottawa Senators (5-14-1)

Previous rank: 31st

The Senators are in for another long year, but Ottawa's up-and-coming outfit surprisingly ranks fourth in the NHL with 31.9 shots per game.

(Analytics source: Natural Stat Trick)

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NHL Power Rankings: One eye-popping stat from every team

This is the third edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings for the 2020-21 season. Check back for updated rankings every second Monday during the regular season.

In this edition, we provide one incredible stat from each team during the early part of the season.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (7-1-1)

Previous rank: 3

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been a workhorse this campaign, as he's played every minute of the Lightning's nine games. The Bolts lead the NHL with a .949 save percentage at five-on-five.

2. Vegas Golden Knights (7-1-1)

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Previous rank: 1

Sophomore blue-liner Nic Hague is turning into a stud for the high-powered Golden Knights. The club owns a 73.29% share of expected goals for at five-on-five when he's on the ice this season, which is the best mark among all defensemen.

3. Boston Bruins (8-1-2)

Previous rank: 5

The Bruins are the NHL's best faceoff team, winning 56.7% of their draws.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs (9-2-1)

Previous rank: 4

The Maple Leafs' power play is operating at a league-best 38.5%. They've scored on the man advantage in 11 of their 12 games this season.

5. Montreal Canadiens (8-2-2)

Previous rank: 2

You could make the case the Habs should be higher on this list, as they lead the NHL with a plus-17 goal differential.

6. Colorado Avalanche (7-3-1)

Previous rank: 6

The Avs own the NHL's best penalty kill at 89.7%.

7. Florida Panthers (6-1-2)

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Previous rank: 19

With Sergei Bobrovsky struggling in net once again, goaltender Chris Driedger has been red hot. Despite entering the season with 15 career appearances, he has a minuscule 1.97 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in five games this year.

8. Carolina Hurricanes (7-2-0)

Previous rank: 11

The budding Hurricanes are off to a torrid start. They won six of their opening seven contests in consecutive seasons for the first time since the franchise moved to Carolina in 1997-98.

9. Winnipeg Jets (7-3-1)

Previous rank: 12

Adam Lowry has enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Jets. The 27-year-old had four goals and 10 points through 49 games in 2019-20 and has already tallied four goals and nine points through 11 contests this season.

10. Philadelphia Flyers (8-3-2)

Previous rank: 15

James van Riemsdyk was a healthy scratch at times last campaign, but he's collected 18 points in his first 13 games of 2020-21, putting him on pace for 114 in 82 games. The 31-year-old's best season of his career was 62 points in 2016-17 with Toronto.

11. Washington Capitals (6-3-3)

Previous rank: 10

After blasting the 710th goal of his career past Carter Hart on Sunday, Alex Ovechkin has now scored against 144 different goaltenders since breaking into the league.

12. Dallas Stars (5-2-2)

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Previous rank: 13

The Stars entered Sunday with the fewest slap shots taken in the NHL (17), but they've converted on them at a league-best 17.7%.

13. St. Louis Blues (7-4-1)

Previous rank: 7

The Blues have the worst net penalties in the league with a minus-14 rating. They've drawn 45 penalties but have taken 59.

14. Columbus Blue Jackets (5-5-3)

Previous rank: 18

The Blue Jackets have been outshot in all five of their wins this season. In fact, Columbus has outshot its opponent just once in 13 outings.

15. Calgary Flames (5-5-1)

Previous rank: 14

Johnny Gaudreau became the fifth-fastest left winger in NHL history to reach 300 career assists on Saturday.

16. Minnesota Wild (6-5-0)

Previous rank: 17

Minnesota's defense has been rock solid at limiting opponents' opportunities to start the season. At even-strength, the Wild have allowed the second-least amount of high-danger scoring chances against (56).

17. Pittsburgh Penguins (5-5-1)

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Previous rank: 9

The Penguins have saved their best hockey for last. Pittsburgh has won three of its five games when trailing after two periods, which is the most in the league.

18. Buffalo Sabres (4-4-2)

Previous rank: 23

Jeff Skinner has managed to collect just one assist and no goals through his first 10 games of 2020-21. Since his rookie year, he's averaged 8.4 points over the first 10 games of a season.

19. New Jersey Devils (4-3-2)

Previous rank: 16

Mackenzie Blackwood's .982 save percentage at five-on-five leads all goaltenders.

20. New York Islanders (4-4-2)

Previous rank: 8

The Islanders are one of the best at closing out games. In 10 contests, they've allowed just four goals in the third period, which tops the NHL.

21. Arizona Coyotes (5-5-1)

Previous rank: 20

The Coyotes own the best penalty kill on the road (96%), giving up just one power-play goal away from home.

22. New York Rangers (4-4-2)

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Previous rank: 24

The Rangers aren't going anywhere this season if they can't muster more offense late in games. Of the club's six third-period tallies, a pair has been deposited into an empty net, and only two have come at even strength.

23. Edmonton Oilers (6-7-0)

Previous rank: 21

Connor McDavid leads the NHL with 26 points in 13 games. This puts him on pace for 112 over 56 contests or 164 over 82 games. The latter would be the most in a season since Wayne Gretzky (168) and Mario Lemieux (199) in 1988-89.

24. Nashville Predators (5-6-0)

Previous rank: 22

The Predators' offense has been almost non-existent until the final frame on most nights. Nashville has scored just five goals in each of the first and second periods compared to 16 in the third.

25. Chicago Blackhawks (5-4-4)

Previous rank: 29

Rookie puck-stopper Kevin Lankinen's sparkling .928 save percentage has kept the Blackhawks afloat early on this season.

26. Anaheim Ducks (5-5-3)

Previous rank: 27

Ducks goalie John Gibson has been busy to start the campaign. He's faced the most high-danger shots against (102) in the league and has the second-highest expected goals against (28.68).

27. San Jose Sharks (4-5-1)

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Previous rank: 25

Patrick Marleau can move into sole possession of third place on the NHL's all-time games played list on Tuesday.

28. Vancouver Canucks (6-9-0)

Previous rank: 28

The Canucks have allowed the most goals against (60) and shots per game (35.7) in the entire league so far but have also scored the most at five-on-five (35).

29. Los Angeles Kings (3-6-2)

Previous rank: 26

Anze Kopitar entered the season needing 50 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone. His scorching start has seen him rack up 14 points in 11 games, putting him on pace to easily get the mark.

30. Detroit Red Wings (3-8-2)

Previous rank: 30

The last time a goaltender other than Jonathan Bernier won a game for the Red Wings was on Oct. 29, 2019 - or 467 days ago. Thomas Greiss helped snap that streak Sunday with a win against the Panthers.

31. Ottawa Senators (2-9-1)

Previous rank: 31

Brady Tkachuk continues to be the focal point of Ottawa's offense, leading the team with seven points. His continuous effort on the ice is evident, and he leads the league in shots on goal (51) and has also drawn the most penalties (15).

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Top 100 NHL players: 60-41

Leading up to the start of the 2021 season, theScore is counting down the top 100 players in the game today, as voted on by our NHL editors. Injuries affecting players entering the season have been taken into consideration. We'll reveal 20 players every day until the top 20 is unveiled Jan. 12.

100-81 | 80-61 | 60-41 | 40-21 | 20-1

60. Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues

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Tarasenko played 10 games before requiring shoulder surgery last season, and he underwent shoulder surgery again this offseason. When healthy, he's one of the game's most dangerous snipers. Whether he can return to that form remains to be seen.

59. William Nylander, Maple Leafs

Nylander redeemed his delayed 2018-19 season with a career-best 31-goal campaign. The Swedish winger is already one of the more crafty playmakers and can push his ceiling even higher if he continues to score at such a rapid rate.

58. Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche

Landeskog is a versatile forward capable of providing physicality, goal-scoring, and sound defensive play. If he ends up on the open market as an unrestricted free agent after this season, he's going to have plenty of suitors.

57. Zach Werenski, Blue Jackets

Werenski turned in the best season of his career last year and led all defensemen in goals (20). His offensive game is sublime, and playing alongside Seth Jones means he should continue to deliver at an elite rate.

56. Carter Hart, Flyers

At 22 years old, Hart has quickly become one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. He played well while getting the bulk of the starts last season, proving more than capable of handling the workload.

55. Charlie McAvoy, Bruins

McAvoy is poised beyond his years. The 23-year-old hasn't broken out offensively yet, but he's already one of the league's top shutdown defensemen.

54. Shea Weber, Canadiens

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Father Time doesn't appear to be an issue for the Montreal Canadiens captain. Weber, 35, remains one of the league's most dominant forces on the blue line and continues to score goals at an elite rate for a defenseman.

53. Robin Lehner, Golden Knights

Over 215 games in the last five seasons, Lehner owns a .920 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average. Playing on a true Cup contender with the Vegas Golden Knights this season, he should be on the early short list of Vezina Trophy candidates.

52. Andrei Svechnikov, Hurricanes

Svechnikov showed his potential last season, scoring 24 goals and adding 37 assists playing alongside Sebastian Aho. Svechnikov is just 20 years old, and the No. 2 pick from the 2018 draft has plenty of room to grow as he looks to build on his promising sophomore season.

51. Jaccob Slavin, Hurricanes

Slavin is perhaps the most underrated player in the NHL and would have produced 55 points over an 82-game schedule last season. The defensive specialist led all Hurricanes skaters in ice time in 2019-20 and has been incredibly durable in his career, suiting up for every regular-season game over the last four campaigns.

50. Johnny Gaudreau, Flames

Gaudreau is coming off the worst season of his career. We believe he can bounce back, but if he doesn't, he could find himself off this list next year.

49. Anze Kopitar, Kings

The two-time Selke Trophy winner continues to produce at a high level while also taking care of business on the defensive side of the puck. Kopitar is poised to be among the league's top pivots once again in year No. 15 with the Los Angeles Kings.

48. Blake Wheeler, Jets

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Wheeler took a step back last season, managing 65 points in 71 games after reaching 91 in each of the two campaigns prior. Make no mistake, though, the Winnipeg Jets captain is still an elite playmaker and is a strong candidate to bounce back in 2021.

47. Max Pacioretty, Golden Knights

After a quiet first season in Vegas, Pacioretty turned on the jets last year, leading the team in both goals (32) and points (66). The sniper has found some great chemistry with linemate Mark Stone and the duo will continue to terrorize opponents this year.

46. Miro Heiskanen, Stars

Heiskanen was one of the biggest reasons for the Dallas Stars' improbable Stanley Cup Final run last season. The 21-year-old already possesses abilities far beyond his years, and should have been a Calder Trophy finalist in 2018-19. The Finnish defenseman has already done plenty to justify the Stars picking him third overall in 2017.

45. Tuukka Rask, Bruins

The Boston Bruins will count on Rask more than ever this season after losing two staples on defense - Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara - in free agency. The netminder finished second in Vezina Trophy voting last year.

44. John Carlson, Capitals

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Carlson has established himself as the league's top offensive defenseman. The 31-year-old has set career scoring highs in three consecutive seasons and ranks first in points among all blue-liners (213) since the start of 2017-18.

43. Matthew Tkachuk, Flames

All 31 teams would do anything to have a Tkachuk on their roster. The 23-year-old has a point per game ceiling, leadership skills worthy of Calgary's future captaincy, and all his opponents hate him. His value to the Calgary Flames is immeasurable.

42. Quinn Hughes, Canucks

Hughes just missed out on the Calder last season, but that doesn't mean his performance wasn't stellar. His 25 power-play points ranked third among defensemen, and his 53 points tied him for third on the Vancouver Canucks. The 21-year-old figures to be a staple of Vancouver's high-flying offense for years to come, and his rookie campaign was just a glimpse at what he's capable of.

41. Cale Makar, Avalanche

Makar was the only reason Hughes didn't win the Calder, but the Colorado Avalanche phenom deserved the honor. He outplayed his Canucks counterpart on a per game basis while suiting up for 11 fewer contests. Makar is a franchise cornerstone, and he's already a vital component of Colorado's multipronged attack.

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Top 100 NHL players: 80-61

Leading up to the start of the 2021 season, theScore is counting down the top 100 players in the game today, as voted on by our NHL editors. Injuries affecting players entering the season have been taken into consideration. We'll reveal 20 players every day until the top 20 is unveiled Jan. 12.

100-81 | 80-61 | 60-41 | 40-21 | 20-1

80. Erik Karlsson, Sharks

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Injuries have set Karlsson back a step, but even his last three "down" seasons have resulted in an average of 67 points per 82 games. He claims his ailments are a thing of the past, but we'll have to see it before we believe it.

79. Tyler Seguin, Stars

Seguin further established himself as one of the league's elite pivots after leading the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup Final in September. The Stars' alternate captain will be sidelined for most of the regular season but should be healthy in time to help the club make another deep playoff push.

78. Anthony Cirelli, Lightning

Cirelli is blossoming into one of the NHL's finest two-way pivots. He showed the world what he can do by playing a crucial role in the Tampa Bay Lightning's Cup run this past summer. Just another mid-round gem unearthed by the Lightning's top-tier scouting department.

77. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals

Kuznetsov had a quiet season last year by his standards, but he was still on pace to put up a respectable 67 points. The Russian will need to do some heavy lifting this year as the Washington Capitals are set to face some stiff competition in a tough East Division.

76. Brady Tkachuk, Senators

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Don't mistake Tkachuk's underwhelming - but nearly identical - goal and point totals during his first two NHL seasons as an indicator of growing pains. The talented 21-year-old forward has already proven he can provide a highly coveted mix of skill and grit, just like his father and brother.

75. Jake Guentzel, Penguins

Those who thought Guentzel was merely a product of Sidney Crosby were proven wrong last season. Guentzel recorded 12 goals and 17 assists in the 22 games he played without Crosby.

74. Pierre-Luc Dubois, Blue Jackets

Dubois will look to carry his success in the bubble into his fourth NHL season. The 6-foot-3 pivot has a strong two-way game and could develop into a bona fide star if he can improve his scoring touch.

73. Ryan Ellis, Predators

Ellis is one of the league's best defenders by several advanced metrics. He's quietly been the rock on Nashville's deep blue line for years.

72. Ben Bishop, Stars

Bishop is expected to be sidelined for a decent chunk of the upcoming campaign, but he's among the league's best goalies when he's in Dallas' crease. His .927 save percentage is No. 1 among all netminders over the last two seasons.

71. Thomas Chabot, Senators

The Ottawa Senators have handed Chabot heavy minutes partly out of necessity, but that trust is also a testament to the 23-year-old's abilities. He's a franchise cornerstone and a dependable workhorse on the back end.

70. Claude Giroux, Flyers

Giroux has enjoyed a late-career offensive resurgence after moving from center to the wing prior to the 2017-18 campaign. However, his point total has declined in three straight seasons, so it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't make next year's list.

69. John Gibson, Ducks

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Gibson has been strong for the rebuilding Anaheim Ducks despite compiling the worst statistical season of his young career in 2019-20. The 27-year-old is an absolute horse between the pipes, logging the sixth-most minutes among all netminders since the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

68. Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

Now well into his 30s, Backstrom is still as smooth and reliable as ever. The Capitals pivot, who's a major catalyst in the team's attack, is rapidly approaching 1,000 career points.

67. Kris Letang, Penguins

Letang isn't often talked about when discussing the league's top defensemen anymore, but the 33-year-old is quietly still putting up big numbers with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He averaged 0.72 points per game last season, which was good for 11th among all blue-liners.

66. Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are now in rebuilding mode, but that won't stop the ultra-competitive Toews from producing or playing at a high level. Chicago's captain is no longer one of the best at his position, but the 32-year-old remains a skilled two-way center who racked up 60 points across 70 games last season.

65. Bo Horvat, Canucks

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Horvat proved just how much of a force he can be in the playoffs, potting 10 goals in 17 contests. He often draws tough defensive matchups and typically isn't flanked by Vancouver's most talented wingers, but he still manages to produce strong underlying numbers.

64. Morgan Rielly, Maple Leafs

The smooth-skating rearguard is the backbone of an improved Toronto Maple Leafs blue line. Rielly ranks eighth among all defensemen with 151 points over the last three seasons. He'll be looking to bounce back after an injury-riddled campaign in 2019-20.

63. Torey Krug, Blues

Krug ranks seventh among all defenders in points since becoming an NHL regular in 2013-14. He's averaged over 20 minutes per night over that span, too, proving himself deserving of the big contract the St. Louis Blues gave him this offseason as a true top-pairing blue-liner.

62. Jacob Markstrom, Flames

Markstrom will look to replicate last season's Vezina-worthy campaign in his first year with the Calgary Flames. His .838 high-danger save percentage was sixth among goalies, while his .924 even-strength save percentage ranked 10th.

61. Patrik Laine, Jets

The Winnipeg Jets' best offseason move was holding onto Laine amid rampant speculation about the Finnish forward's future. It would be understandable if the 22-year-old felt slighted on a deep Winnipeg squad, but he's one of the league's most promising goal-scorers.

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Top 100 NHL players: 100-81

Leading up to the start of the 2020-21 season, theScore is counting down the top 100 players in the game today, as voted on by our NHL editors. Injuries affecting players entering the season have been taken into consideration. We'll reveal 20 players every day until the top 20 is unveiled Jan. 12.

100-81 | 80-61 | 60-41 | 40-21 | 20-1

100. Sean Monahan, Flames

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Monahan is coming off his worst season since his rookie year. He'll need a bounce-back campaign to crack next year's list.

99. Jordan Binnington, Blues

Binnington continues to prove he's among the league's top netminders. He finished top seven in Vezina Trophy voting for a second straight season in 2019-20 and is still only 27 years old.

98. Nico Hischier, Devils

Hischier hasn't blossomed into a superstar just yet, but 2017's No. 1 overall pick is steadily developing into a solid two-way center. A better New Jersey Devils supporting cast would likely help him climb this list.

97. Ryan Suter, Wild

Suter may be turning 36 later in January, but the veteran proved last year that he can still play at an elite level. His 48-point total last season was the third-highest of his career, and he could have easily eclipsed his career-high of 51 if the campaign wasn't cut short.

96. Jamie Benn, Stars

Benn's game has noticeably declined over the last couple of seasons, and his production has diminished accordingly. The Dallas Stars captain still needs to be monitored by opposing defenses, but at 31 years old, he's far from the player he once was.

95. Filip Forsberg, Predators

It's hard to believe that Forsberg's career-high in points is just 64 despite all of the skill he possesses. Perhaps his age-26 season will be the year he puts it all together.

94. Aaron Ekblad, Panthers

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Ekblad is still just 24 years old as he heads into his seventh NHL season. The 2014 first overall pick put up a career-best 41 points in 2019-20 and continues to improve in all areas.

93. Brendan Gallagher, Canadiens

Gallagher is a player all 31 teams would love to have. He's a relentless forechecker, a pest to opponents, and is capable of putting up goals in bunches. One of the NHL's most underrated wingers.

92. Ivan Provorov, Flyers

With the sudden retirement of Matt Niskanen, Provorov will have to do even more heavy lifting for the Philadelphia Flyers this season than he did in the last campaign. He led the team in 2019-20 with 24:51 minutes of ice time per game, 189:30 shorthanded minutes, and was second with 210:05 on the power play.

91. Brent Burns, Sharks

It's easy to forget Burns is 35 years old, but the versatile defenseman's strong play is a big reason that happens. The San Jose Sharks blue-liner showed last season that he still had something left in the tank, ranking among the league leaders at his position with 12 goals and 45 points in 70 games.

90. Mark Giordano, Flames

Giordano continues to age like a fine wine. Though he didn't put up the points in 2019-20 like he did during his Norris Trophy-winning season the year prior, he remains one of the smartest two-way defenders in the league.

89. Colton Parayko, Blues

At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Parayko is one of the league's most menacing blue-liners and has cemented his status as a valuable two-way defenseman who's capable of logging top-pairing minutes.

88. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oilers

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Nugent-Hopkins is coming off the most productive season of his nine-year career and is a terrific complementary piece to the Edmonton Oilers' superstar-led attack.

87. Drew Doughty, Kings

It feels like a lifetime ago that Doughty was a perennial Norris Trophy contender and among the best defensemen in the league. Despite some lackluster play the last few seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, the 31-year-old remains solid and will look for a big bounce-back season.

86. Logan Couture, Sharks

Couture remains one of the league's more underrated players, and it didn't help his cause that his 2019-20 campaign was derailed by injuries. Playing for the Sharks also contributes to the skilled forward being overlooked. While he certainly isn't one of the NHL's biggest stars, he does deserve some recognition.

85. J.T. Miller, Canucks

It's amazing that even a team as deep as the Lightning couldn't find a way to utilize Miller's strengths. The versatile forward became an integral part of the Vancouver Canucks during his first season in Vancouver, leading the team with 72 points (yes, more than Elias Pettersson) in 69 games.

84. Dylan Larkin, Red Wings

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Larkin has produced 0.82 points per game over the last three seasons while also picking up recognition for his defensive efforts. The Detroit Ded Wings are in good hands with the 24-year-old as one of their main pillars going forward.

83. Rasmus Dahlin, Sabres

It's hard to fathom Dahlin is only 20. The Buffalo Sabres' youngster plays with poise and instincts well beyond his years and appears to be on the cusp of becoming one of the league's most dynamic defenseman.

82. Darcy Kuemper, Coyotes

Kuemper looked like a legitimate Vezina Trophy candidate last season before an injury derailed his season. He finished third in the league in save percentage (.928) and goals-against average (2.22) but was limited to just 29 games. If the 30-year-old can stay healthy, he can be one of the league's best.

81. John Klingberg, Stars

Klingberg was overshadowed by Stars phenom Miro Heiskanen throughout Dallas' run to the Stanley Cup Final last season. However, Klingberg is still a very solid blue-liner in his own right. He would've topped 40 points in an 82-game campaign based on his 2019-20 output, and he's only 28.

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NHL Power Rankings: A 🎁 for all 31 teams this holiday season

This is the first edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings for the 2021 season. Check back for updated rankings every second Monday during the regular season.

In this edition, we identify one holiday gift each team could use for this upcoming campaign or the future.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

🎁A speedy recovery for Kucherov. For most of the offseason, the Lightning's biggest concern was whether they'd get all of their free agents signed under the salary cap. In a cruel twist of fate, that now appears feasible in the wake of Nikita Kucherov's nagging hip injury. Tampa Bay isn't expecting him back during the regular season, but what a gift an early return would be.

2. Colorado Avalanche

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🎁 A horseshoe for better injury luck. The Avalanche may have been able to get their hands on the Stanley Cup if they hadn't hit injury trouble last season. Injuries to top players like Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog during the regular season and goaltenders Phillipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz in the postseason derailed hopes of winning it all. However, the team will surely be a top threat if players can stay healthy this year.

3. Vegas Golden Knights

🎁 A trade partner. The Golden Knights arguably received the greatest gift of the offseason when Alex Pietrangelo chose Sin City, but Vegas needs to offload some salary to become cap compliant before puck drop.

4. Boston Bruins

🎁 Depth scoring. The Bruins will likely begin the year without superstar forwards David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. The early-season omissions wouldn't warrant alarm bells under normal circumstances, but Boston's realigned East Division is deep and the Bruins can't afford for their offense to dry up and fall behind early in the standings with far less room for error in a 56-game schedule.

5. Dallas Stars

🎁 Healthy recoveries. The Stars had a long list of injuries after their grueling run to the Stanley Cup Final. The club expects Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop to miss the start of the campaign - two integral parts of the club's quest to return to the postseason in a competitive Central Division.

6. St. Louis Blues

🎁 An experienced backup goalie. Going from Pietrangelo to Torey Krug has worked out better than it could have for the Blues and they may ultimately be more vulnerable in the crease than on the blue line. St. Louis traded reliable No. 2 netminder Jake Allen away in the offseason, entrusting backup duties to the unproven Ville Husso. If Jordan Binnington keeps regressing or gets hurt, it could be a long season in Missouri without a battle-tested backup.

7. Washington Capitals

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🎁 An extension for Ovi. The Capitals are entering unknown territory this season. Alex Ovechkin has just one season remaining on his contract - the same one he inked back in 2008 after his rookie deal expired. The sniper continues to be the heart and soul of the Capitals. Although the 35-year-old has indicated he has absolutely no desire to play for another NHL team at any point, the threat of him leaving to play in Russia always looms.

8. Carolina Hurricanes

🎁 An extension for Rod Brind'Amour. The Hurricanes bench boss is in the final season of his contract and a new deal would be a perfect holiday bonus. Brind'Amour's crew is 84-52-12 since he's taken over in Carolina.

9. Philadelphia Flyers

🎁 A healthy Nolan Patrick: The 2017 second overall pick lost a year in his development after missing the entire 2019-20 campaign due to a migraine disorder. The Flyers' forward core is already deep and Patrick's return would add even more offensive grit to possibly take Philadelphia up another level.

10. Toronto Maple Leafs

🎁A hot start for Frederik Andersen. The Maple Leafs netminder is a notoriously slow starter, which isn't ideal in a 56-game campaign. We know Toronto will score and the defense is vastly improved, so if Andersen bounces back after a down season in 2019-20, Toronto should win the North Division.

11. New York Islanders

🎁 A way to get Mathew Barzal signed. The Islanders are in a bit of a cap crunch thanks to several of Lou Lamoriello's questionable deals. Worse still, the squad's most exciting player still needs a new contract. On the bright side, New York has about $4 million of wiggle room, but it'll take more than that to get Barzal's signature on the dotted line.

12. Pittsburgh Penguins

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🎁 The Neuralyzer from Men in Black. The Penguins were one of the league's best teams last year but fell flat against the Montreal Canadiens in the league's return to play and ultimately failed to make the playoffs. With Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang still producing at elite levels, the franchise needs to quickly erase its memory of the summer and set its eyes on nabbing another Cup to add to the collection.

13. Calgary Flames

🎁 A time machine. The Flames are poised to contend in the North Division, but a gift that could return Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan to their 2018-19 forms may send Calgary to the top.

14. Edmonton Oilers

🎁 Jesse Puljujarvi: The missing ingredient. It's no secret the Oilers are still in need of scoring depth, so if Puljujarvi can emerge as the lottery pick Edmonton thought he was when the team selected him in 2016, look out. The dynamic winger led Karpat of the Finnish League with 24 goals and 53 points in 56 games last season and hopes his improved game translates to the NHL this time around.

15. Vancouver Canucks

🎁 A way to bury Loui Eriksson's contract. Even Santa probably doesn't have enough magic to make this come true, but making Eriksson's contract miraculously disappear would make it much easier to extend Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes.

16. Montreal Canadiens

🎁 A true contender in front of Carey Price. The Canadiens have long boasted one of the NHL's best goaltenders, but Price can't do it all himself. Montreal made some key additions in the offseason after showing promise in 2019-20, but the new faces will need to jell quickly with the core amid a shortened schedule.

17. New York Rangers

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🎁 A flawless transition for Alexis Lafreniere. We've seen just how hard it can be for young players to make the jump to the NHL after lackluster performances from top picks Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko last season. The Rangers possess a roster ready to make some noise and a dominant rookie season by this year's No. 1 pick would go a long way.

18. Columbus Blue Jackets

🎁Long-term security for Pierre-Luc Dubois. With the season fast approaching, the Blue Jackets have one major piece of business still to take care of: signing their leading scorer. The sooner the better.

19. Nashville Predators

🎁 The Mikael Granlund they traded for. The Predators clearly still believe the Finnish forward can be an important piece after bringing him back on a one-year, $3.75-million deal Wednesday. Granlund has averaged just 0.43 points per game since joining Nashville at the 2019 trade deadline after mustering 0.83 per contest over his previous three seasons with the Wild.

20. Buffalo Sabres

🎁 A Rasmus Dahlin emergence. This is not a slight to the 2018 first overall pick. Dahlin's been excellent as a teenager in his first two NHL seasons, but the Sabres are going to need a bit of a miracle to contend in the loaded East Division - even with the addition of Taylor Hall. A Josh Allen-style rapid development from Dahlin into a Norris Trophy contender would be huge.

21. Winnipeg Jets

🎁 A healthy defense. One of the biggest reasons Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy last season was his standout performance despite the departures and injuries that decimated the Jets' blue line. Winnipeg could use some good luck with the latter to save their star puck-stopper from being bombarded again.

22. Florida Panthers

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🎁 A scientist to ensure instant chemistry. The Panthers added quite a few new faces this offseason - Patric Hornqvist, Alex Wennberg, Anthony Duclair, and Vinnie Hinostroza, to name a few. The club has the pieces and talent to be a legitimate contender but will need to gain chemistry quickly - especially in a shortened season.

23. Minnesota Wild

🎁 A smooth transition for Kirill Kaprizov. The Wild have waited years for the Russian dynamo to come to North America after drafting him in 2015. The 23-year-old sniper could be a huge addition to Minnesota's offense if he lives up to the hype.

24. New Jersey Devils

🎁 Major leap from Jack Hughes. The 2019 first overall pick had a pedestrian rookie campaign during a rather tumultuous season with the Devils. However, New Jersey enters 2020-21 with a clean slate, and Hughes will look to take a massive step in his sophomore campaign with new head coach Lindy Ruff at the helm.

25. Arizona Coyotes

🎁 An offensive catalyst. We know the Coyotes are good at keeping goals out, but they've always struggled to score them. Whether Phil Kessel has a bounce-back season or Clayton Keller shows some serious progression, this club needs someone to step up and carry the offensive load. The fourth playoff spot in the West Division is very much there for the taking.

26. Los Angeles Kings

🎁 A reprieve on Jonathan Quick's contract. The organization will never admit it, but the Kings would surely prefer to get Quick's deal off their books, considering they'll be forced to absorb the 34-year-old's $5.8-million cap hit over the next three seasons. Buying him out would be embarrassing, but parting with him in any capacity would significantly aid the club's retooling efforts.

27. Chicago Blackhawks

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🎁 A "Goaltending for Dummies" book. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made a bold move this offseason, parting ways with longtime veteran Corey Crawford and entrusting the team's crease to the tandem of Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia - who have 84 games of NHL experience between them. The two goalies have to learn the starting netminder role quickly as Chicago transitions into rebuild mode while also trying to remain competitive with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane still chugging along.

28. San Jose Sharks

🎁 A garbage can. Put all memories and remnants of the Sharks' disastrous 2019-20 season inside and light them on fire. A fresh start is all San Jose can ask for this holiday season.

29. Ottawa Senators

🎁 A successful world juniors for Tim Stuetzle. The Senators selected the German phenom third overall at this year's draft, and they hope to see him thrive on the international stage while staying healthy at the world juniors.

30. Anaheim Ducks

🎁 Lottery luck. The Ducks are building a strong farm system, but landing the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft would help speed up the rebuild.

31. Detroit Red Wings

🎁 Patience. The Red Wings were truly horrible last season and likely won't be much better in 2020-21. However, with Steve Yzerman overseeing the front office and some promising prospects coming down the pipe, Detroit's rebuild is now on track. It just might be a while before the team starts to yield results at the highest level.

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NHL logo rankings: 30-21

50-41 | 40-31 | 20-11 | 10-1

Welcome to the theScore's NHL logo countdown. This list examines logos that date back to the inception of the Original Six and includes the main emblem for all 32 current teams, 11 clubs that moved or changed their name, and seven whose logo has undergone a significant redesign. Only primary ones were considered.

The five-part series concludes with the top 10 on Friday. Let's continue with Nos. 30-21.

30. Winnipeg Jets

When the Jets returned to Winnipeg, the team unveiled a brand new logo using the original Jets' colors. The emblem pays homage to the Royal Canadian Air Force by using its logo as inspiration with a jet plane placed over a red maple leaf. This is about as Canadian as it gets.

29. Ottawa Senators

Senators fans rejoiced when the club announced they're reverting back to their original 2D design this offseason, and for good reason. Ottawa's original logo is a gigantic upgrade over the in-your-face 3D Senator caricature the team used for so long. Simplifying a logo is almost never a bad thing.

28. Buffalo Sabres (1996-2006)

The Sabres' complete uniform overhaul in the '90s was certainly bold, but the red and black buffalo head was so menacing that it worked. The design lasted only a decade, but it's forever linked to Dominik Hasek's peak run of excellence and a surprise trip to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. Above all else, at least it's not the "Buffaslug" - the monstrosity of a primary logo that followed until Buffalo rightly returned to its roots in 2010.

27. New Jersey Devils

It's not immediately evident at first glance, but the Devils' incorporation of the "N" and "J" morphing into the image of a devil's tail and horns is fantastic. It's hard not to think of the glory days of Martin Brodeur and Co. when looking at this logo, which has gone mostly unchanged since its introduction in 1982.

26. Colorado Rockies

The ill-fated Rockies lasted just six seasons, but their logo lives on today. The Colorado state flag "C" used in this emblem can be seen on the shoulder patch of the Avalanche's jerseys, albeit with different colors. We love this '70s color scheme, and the logo might be more memorable had the Rockies enjoyed any sort of success during their brief tenure.

25. Seattle Kraken

The NHL's newest franchise knocked its logo selection out of the park. While we were disappointed to see green left out of the color scheme, the double blue and red works. The tentacle outline on the "S" is a nice touch, while the red eye adds to the intimidation of this sea creature.

24. Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas' logo was met with general approval upon its unveiling in 2017. The possibilities were endless for the team name and logo in Sin City, but ultimately the organization went with a safer choice. The color is a nod to Nevada being the highest gold-producing state in the U.S.

23. Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers' primary logo has gone completely untouched since the team's inception in 1967, and for good reason. It's just perfect: The slanted "P" with an orange dot in the middle to signify a puck, and the wings on the side to represent speed - hence the "Flyers." It's hard to imagine this logo ever changing.

22. Florida Panthers (1993-2016)

We agreed that the old Panthers logo is better than their current one, which came in at No. 37 on this list. While a bit cartoony, the original was much more fierce and intimidating.

21. San Jose Sharks

Logos don't get more unique than a vicious-looking shark demolishing a hockey stick with its teeth. The menacing graphic is one of the league's most distinct, but the incorporation of the beautiful teal color is what puts the cherry on top here.

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NHL logo rankings: 10-1

50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11

Welcome to the theScore's NHL logo countdown. This list examines logos that date back to the inception of the Original Six and includes the main emblem for all 32 current teams, 11 clubs that moved or changed their name, and seven whose logo has undergone a significant redesign. Only the primary ones were considered.

Here are the top 10 logos.

10. Minnesota North Stars

So simple yet so effective. The unique blend of green and yellow is synonymous with the North Stars, and the sharp design still holds up decades after the club's relocation to Dallas, who ironically could use a new look.

9. St. Louis Blues

If a team's logo stays roughly the same for over 50 years, it means they did something right. Aside from a few wordmarks and color tweaks, the famous "Blue note" has mostly stayed the same since the team's inception in 1967. The logo perfectly captures the jazz and blues scene St. Louis is known for.

8. Montreal Canadiens

One of the oldest and most recognizable logos in all of pro sports, the Canadiens' crest is still one of the best in the league. The red, white, and blue along with the 'C' and 'H' are so simple but work so well. The logo hasn't changed much since its introduction in 1917, and rightly so.

7. Boston Bruins

The Bruins are the NHL's oldest American team, and while they didn't introduce the spoked B until 25 years into their history, it's become iconic ever since. This logo has only undergone slight changes over the years, and for a good reason. It's a simple yet eye-catching look.

6. Quebec Nordiques

It's not the most thrilling design, but we adore the classic look Quebec rocked before the franchise moved to Denver. The lowercase "N" is extremely '70s, but the fact it forms an igloo is a perfect touch. We always appreciate incorporating a stick and a puck, and the dynamic shades of red and blue tie everything together perfectly. Surely we aren't alone in hoping to see this logo on the ice again one day.

5. Buffalo Sabres

At last, the Sabres have it right again. After multiple redesigns from their original logo, Buffalo finally brought back its first crest this offseason with the proper shade of royal blue - rather than the navy that's diminished the iconic look's luster over recent years. Let's hope this beauty never disappears again.

4. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

This logo is a cult classic for an entire generation of hockey fans. It would likely be criticized if it were released today without a beloved movie franchise attached to it, but the Mighty Ducks' crest is one of the most admired in the sport more than 10 years since Anaheim moved on to its current drab logo and uniform combination.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs logo has varied over the years, but switching to this iconic masterpiece - similar to what the club wore from 1938-63 - for the 2016-17 campaign was definitely the right move. Former team owner Conn Smythe originally gave the franchise the Maple Leafs logo in 1927 to honor the badge worn by Canadian soldiers in the First World War.

2. Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings' classic look is one of the greatest in all of sports. Not only is the logo a masterpiece aesthetically, but the wheeled wing perfectly represents the heart of the Motor City. The timeless design has remained virtually the same since the team adopted its name in 1932, which is a testament to how connected it is to the history of the city and the sport.

1. Hartford Whalers

This logo is so simple yet complex at the same time. The green "W" for Whalers and the blue whale's tail are obvious, but it may require a second glance to realize the negative space between those two makes up the "H" in Hartford. Even though the Whalers relocated to Carolina in 1997, it remains the greatest NHL logo of all time and one of the best in sports history.

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NHL logo rankings: 20-11

50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 10-1 (Nov. 13)

Welcome to theScore's NHL logo countdown. This list examines logos that date back to the inception of the Original Six, and it includes the main emblem for all 32 current teams, 11 clubs that moved or went through a name change, and seven logos that have undergone a significant redesign. Only primary ones were considered.

The five-part series concludes with the top 10 on Friday. Let's continue with Nos. 20-11.

20. Phoenix Coyotes

Opinions on this logo are often split. Some think it's too busy, while others love the creativity. The Kachina design is unique, and it ties the team nicely to the Arizona area. However, the emblem seems to be more popular now after making its return on the Coyotes' throwback jerseys than during the late '90s and early 2000s, when it was the club's primary logo. Don't be surprised if it becomes the primary again in due time.

19. Calgary Flames

What else could you really ask for other than a flaming "C" in Calgary? The club has stuck with this base design through slightly different iterations since its inception, and the recent simplification of the logo - removing a black outline - makes it look flawless on one of the sport's best uniform sets.

18. Vancouver Canucks (1978-1992)

The Canucks' flying-skate logo is the franchise's best. It's a bold, intricate, and cleanly executed concept that still holds up as one of the league's top emblems. The clash of black, yellow, and orange is unique and works well with the design, as opposed to the first time the club applied the flashy color scheme.

17. New York Rangers

The Rangers' shield-style logo is among the best of its kind. The team needed a few tries before settling on this font and design, and it's been in use since the '70s. The logo is simple with bold colors, but complex doesn't always mean good.

16. Pittsburgh Penguins

A golden triangle to represent the downtown Pittsburgh area and a fierce-looking Penguin on skates is an iconic look for the franchise that's donned this crest for all five of its championships. Classic, simple, and effective.

15. Edmonton Oilers

We love a unique wordmark, and the Oilers' droopy font has stood the test of time. Edmonton has never shifted from the base design of this logo - save for one ultra-bold alternate jersey - and we don't see a reason why the club ever would.

14. Winnipeg Jets (1979-90)

Many were calling for the Jets to bring back this sublime design when the team returned to Winnipeg, and rightfully so. The colors are bold, the letters pop out, and it's a delight for the eyes. The "J" being in the shape of a hockey stick is also a nice touch on one of the most timeless logos in NHL history.

13. Colorado Avalanche

There's a reason this logo has gone untouched throughout the Avalanche's existence. The puck-led avalanche around the mountain perfectly forms the letter "A," and the swoop of snow also creates a subtle "C." The logo connects nicely to Denver's roots, too.

12. Minnesota Wild

How long did it take you to learn that this picturesque forest landscape also forms the shape of a wild animal? The path is the mouth, the shooting star (an ode to the Minnesota North Stars) is an eye, and the sun is an ear. This logo gets bonus points for uniqueness and creativity.

11. Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks' classic logo has undergone very minor changes over the franchise's near century-long existence. An artistic side profile of Black Hawk, a Native American of the Sauk nation and a prominent historical figure in Illinois, has been central to Chicago's look since the beginning. It's one of the most colorful and detailed logos in all of sports.

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