The NHL is a game of skill and speed, so it’s no surprise that the best players in the world have put on skates. But what about those who don’t share their love for ice? In this ranking we’ll be looking at which athletes are dominating both their sport and esports as well

The “nhl conference standings” is a list of the NHL’s conferences and their current standings. It is updated daily to show the teams in each conference and their current rank.

With little than a week before the NHL trade deadline in 2021-22, we’ve already had a taste of all the moved players suiting up for their new clubs, for better or worse.

We’ve included remarks on how the players acquired this trade season have fared in this way-too-early period in this week’s Power Rankings.

How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey pundits, analysts, reporters, and editors rank teams against one another based on game results, injuries, and the upcoming schedule, and the results are collated to generate the list seen above.

Note: For each team, the previous rating corresponds to the most recent edition, which was released on March 16. The following are the point totals for Tuesday’s games.


1 Points Percentage: 0.742 Previous ranking: 1 Previous ranking: 1 Previous ranking: 1 Previous ranking: 1 Previous ranking: The following games are scheduled for the next seven days: against. SJ (March 31), vs. PIT (April 2), and At PIT (Apr. 5)

Due to immigration issues, the Artturi Lehkonen period in Colorado has been postponed, thus a complete assessment of his influence will have to wait. Josh Manson’s adjustment to the Avalanche’s blue line has been rough, with several huge plays surrendered at inopportune times. Fortunately, there is still time to find the correct rhythm. What’s functioning right now? Nico Sturm, who has carved out a comfortable niche for himself in the bottom six.


Previously ranked: 5 points, 0.720 percentile The following games are scheduled for the next seven days: against. MTL (March 31), vs. MIN (April 2), and At BUF (Apr. 5)

The Hurricanes have benefited greatly from the signing of Max Domi. He’s skilled enough to play with their forwards, but he’s also tenacious, tough, and biting. Domi was thrust into the action last Saturday after a late hit on Carolina rookie Seth Jarvis, and he followed it up with an assist for his first point in the red and black. It seems to be a home run.


Previous position: 4 points, 0.677 percentile The following games are scheduled for the next seven days: vs. LA (March 31), vs. STL (April 2), and At LA (Apr. 4)

Early in February, the Flames made the Tyler Toffoli deal, and he’s been fantastic, scoring eight goals and 17 points in his first 20 games. Darryl Sutter’s ideal player, Calle Jarnkrok is so flexible, irritating, and skillful that he fits in perfectly while also providing the grit that Calgary needs in the playoffs.


Previously ranked: 2 points, 0.723 percentile against. CHI (March 31), At NJ (April 2), @ BUF (April 3), vs. TOR (April 7). (Apr. 5)

In Florida, the Claude Giroux era has gotten off to a fast start. Giroux has played on the Panthers’ top line and has four points in his first three games. He’s also a fantastic face-off man. Ben Chiarot has been less enticing — he was minus-two in Florida’s overtime victory against Ottawa on Saturday — but he hasn’t been bad either. Do the Panthers have a clear idea of how he’ll fit in? Is there a focus on special teams in particular? TBD.


Previous position: 3 points, 0.674 percentile Next seven days: against. DET (March 30), vs. NYI (April 1), vs. PHI (April 3), @ NJ (April 7). (Apr. 5)

So far, the Rangers’ newcomers have performed well. Tyler Motte has been a tough addition up front and on New York’s penalty kill. Andrew Copp had a goal and five points in his first three games. Justin Braun has been in and out on the back end thus far, but given his age (35) and experience, he may shine most in the playoffs.

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Previously ranked at #7, with a percentage of 0.672. Next seven days: against. MIN (March 31), vs. COL (April 2), @ MIN (March 31). (Apr. 5)

Pittsburgh is in a panic! Rickard Rakell’s first three games with the Penguins were pointless. Is there a trade war? It’s as if. Rakell took his time settling in before scoring a goal and contributing two assists in Pittsburgh’s defeat of Detroit. Rakell was brought in to help the Penguins improve their offensive depth, and that’s precisely what he’ll accomplish.


Previously ranked at 6 points, with a percentage of 0.677. Next seven days: against. CHI (Apr. 1), vs. MTL (Apr. 2), vs. TOR (Apr. 4) (Apr. 4)

Given what Tampa Bay spent for Brandon Hagel (two first-round selections and two roster players, in case you forgot), there were high hopes for a quick payoff. And probably implausible. Hagel scored in his Lightning’s second game and has been OK so far, averaging roughly 12 minutes of ice time each game. Will that job grow in scope over time? It would seem that it must. Nick Paul has also pushed his way into the team, scoring a goal in his debut appearance.


Previous position: 15 points, 0.656 percentile Next seven days: vs. PIT on March 31, At CAR on April 2, @ WSH on April 3, and @ NSH on April 4. (Apr. 5)

After his Wild debut on Saturday, a 3-2 OT victory against Columbus, Marc-Andre Fleury received flowers (courtesy of a fan who tossed a bouquet on the ice). As predicted, the trade has paid off handsomely thus far. Along with Nicolas Deslauriers, Tyson Jost has been a nice addition to the Wild’s bottom six. Minnesota has won five consecutive games since general manager Bill Guerin began making adjustments.


Previously ranked at 9 points, with a percentage of 0.669. Next seven days: March 31 against. WPG, April 2 vs. PHI, April 4 vs. TB, April 5 vs. FLA (Apr. 5)

With the Mark Giordano deal, the Maple Leafs got it right. They’re easing him into his role as a third-pairing defenseman, and almost everything Giordano does is on point: he’s cool, he clears the zone, he controls play, and he can provide some offensive spice. Colin Blackwell, who arrived with Giordano and has shown to be the tough, grinding forward Toronto has been missing? It gets even better.


Previously ranked at 8 points, with a percentage of 0.669. Next seven days: against. NJ on March 31, vs. CBJ on April 2, At CBJ on April 4, and @ DET on April 5. (Apr. 5)

Just as Hampus Lindholm joined the conversation, the Bruins embarked on a fantastic post-deadline run. Before the deadline, Boston’s key move was to shore up the blue line, and Lindholm is already at home. He speeds the Bruins up the ice, attacks the zone, and makes a great first pass. Boston got exactly what they needed, just when they needed it.


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Previously ranked at 12 points, with a percentage of 0.623. Next seven days: vs. ARI, vs. VAN, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, vs. EDM, v (Apr. 4)

At the deadline, the Blues acquired Nick Leddy. They should’ve gone for another blueliner as well. Leddy’s acquisition has been excellent, but he’s only a bandage over St. Louis’ massive defensive hole. Losing to Philadelphia by a score of 5-2? Bad. Losing 7-2 to the Carolina Panthers? Woof. If the Blues could go back in time, they’d have to be more proactive in filling their most evident need.


Previously ranked: 14 points, 0.618 percentile MIN vs. MIN over the next seven days (Apr. 3)

Marcus Johansson returned to the Capitals with a slot on the top line opposite Alex Ovechkin and over 16 minutes of ice time each game. It’s major stuff. Only Johansson hasn’t scored in four games, and Sebastian Aho treated him like a turnstile in Carolina’s thrashing on Monday. Is there a risk of buyer’s remorse? We’ll have to wait and see.


Previously ranked at 16 points, with a percentage of 0.596. Next seven days: vs. CGY (March 30), vs. EDM (March 31), vs. WPG (Apr. 2), @ EDM (March 30), @ CGY (March 31), @ WPG (Apr. 2) (Apr. 4)

At the deadline, the Kings did practically little to assist themselves (no disrespect to Troy Stecher, their only acquisition in a deal with Detroit). Because both Drew Doughty and Mikey Anderson are injured, it’s possible L.A. tried on Jakob Chychrun. GM Rob Blake, on the other hand, looks to be a firm believer in the group as is. That’s admirable, but it’s also perilous, particularly if the injuries persist and there’s no insurance to cover the gaps.


Previously ranked at 13 points, with a percentage of 0.606 Next seven days: vs. MIN (Apr. 1), @ BUF (Apr. 1). (Apr. 5)

On the night of the trade deadline, Filip Forsberg had a five-point performance. That’s why GM David Poile decided to keep him on the team. Forsberg is a game-changing, difference-maker, and Nashville hasn’t given up hope of reaching the playoffs. Despite recent back-to-back 6-1 defeats, Poile did nothing else except remain with his existing lineup, and having Forsberg still gives Nashville hope.


Previously ranked: 10 points, 0.590 percentile Next seven days: March 30 against. LA, April 1 vs. STL, April 3 vs. ANA, April 4 vs. SJ (Apr. 5)

The Oilers did not make a goaltender deal. So it’s either Mikko Koskinen or Mike Smith or nothing. That’s a dangerous path to take. Since the deadline, Edmonton is 2-2-1, and their goaltending has been subpar (Koskinen has an .859 save percentage; Smith is .897). Edmonton’s playoff chances were not improved by adding Brett Kulak and Derick Brassard. Having greater confidence in your goalkeeper’s abilities? That would have been the case.


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Previous position: 11; percentage: 0.586; previous ranking: 11; previous ranking: 11; previous ranking: 11; previous ranking: Next seven days: against. NYI (March 31), @ ANA (April 2), @ SJ (April 2), @ SEA (April 3). (Apr. 5)

There was no John Klingberg trade in Dallas, which has been a good thing for the past week. Klingberg scored three points in each of the Stars’ first two games after the deadline, which is terrific if the aim is to retain him in the lineup and strive for postseason success this year. When Klingberg becomes a UFA in the summer, we may revisit the choice.


Previously ranked at 17 points, with a percentage of 0.559. Next seven days: @ SEA (30 March), @ SEA (1 April), @ VAN (30 April), @ VAN (30 April), @ VAN (30 April), @ VAN (30 April), @ VAN (30 April), @ VAN (30 April), @ VAN (Apr. 3)

Vegas might be the first and only club in NHL history to profit from a canceled contract. The league nullified the transaction because Evgenii Dadonov’s no-trade list barred him from being moved to Anaheim… and the forward replied with five points in Vegas’ next two games. And now that Reilly Smith’s $5 million cap cost has been moved to LTIR, it’s not so horrible (in more ways than one) that Dadonov and his $5 million salary hit are still in play.


Previous position: 19th percentile: 0.537 Next seven days: against. STL (30 March), vs. VGK (30 April) (Apr. 3)

Before the trade window closed, some expected pyrotechnics from Vancouver, but J.T. Miller, Conor Garland, and Brock Boeser all remained put. Only Travis Dermott joined the team, and he’s an excellent third-pairing defenseman. Will the Canucks come to regret their decision? Vancouver has been inconsistent against a string of difficult opponents since the deadline. What’s going to happen next?


Previously ranked at number 18 with a percentage of 0.552. Next seven days: at BUF (March 30), vs. LA (March 31), At BUF (March 30), @ TOR (March 31). (Apr. 2)

The Jets were an odd case at the deadline, executing modest transactions that didn’t overcommit to one path or another (apart from the Andrew Copp decision). So far, it’s proven to be a successful method. Mason Appleton and Zach Sanford, Winnipeg’s newest recruits, have settled in nicely, and the Jets are 3-1-0 since their arrival. Did GM Kevin Cheveldayoff’s team gain confidence as a result of the absence of a big overhaul? Shrewd!


Previously ranked: 20 points, 0.485 percentile against. DAL (March 31), At ARI (April 1), vs. EDM (April 1). (Apr. 3)

GM Pat Verbeek wasn’t getting rid of all those pending UFAs for no reason. His deadline actions were all about securing the Ducks’ future (though having Evgenii Dadonov on the team now wouldn’t hurt either). As it stands, two of the players Verbeek acquired in the Rickard Rakell trade — Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon from Pittsburgh — have moved into the lineup and will continue to see action as the regular season progresses.

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Previously ranked: 21 points, 0.508 percentile The following games are scheduled for the next seven days: At ARI (March 30), @ COL (March 31), vs. DAL (April 2), and against. EDM (Apr. 5)

Tomas Hertl was signed to an eight-year agreement by the Sharks at the deadline. The addition of Kaapo Kahkonen to James Reimer’s net was another highlight. Kahkonen has only played in one game for San Jose, a 5-2 defeat to Edmonton, so he’s off to a bad start. The fact that San Jose didn’t sign any additional agreements indicates that the organization’s administration hasn’t completely embraced the notion of a rebuild. But… what if they did?


Previously ranked at 22 points, with a percentage of 0.508 Next seven days: March 31 vs. CBJ, April 1 vs. NYR, April 3 vs. NJ, April 4 vs. DAL (Apr. 5)

Before the deadline, GM Lou Lamoriello did absolutely nothing. He wants to take a look at the Islanders as they are and see where they go from there. New York has now lost both of its remaining games against playoff-bound clubs (Boston and Tampa Bay) by a combined score of 10-4, which does not reflect well on the Islanders’ current roster. But it may simply be a lousy week.


Previously ranked at 23 points, with a percentage of 0.523. The following games are scheduled for the next seven days: At NYI (March 31), @ BOS (April 2), vs. BOS (April 4), @ PHI (April 5). (Apr. 5)

The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, did not acquire any roster players via trade. Jarmo Kekalainen, the general manager, said that he would be more inclined to make changes in free agency. Columbus went 0-1-2 in their first three games after the deadline, which isn’t shocking. Kekalainen’s plan mirrors where Columbus stands at this point in the season, with little possibility of making the playoffs.


Previously ranked: 24 points, 0.433 percentile against. WPG (March 30), vs. NSH (April 1), vs. FLA (April 3), vs. CAR (April 7). (Apr. 5)

GM Kevyn Adams made his big trade in November (remember Jack Eichel?) and brought no one else in until March 21 (after Alex Tuch and Peyton Krebs, the return centerpieces of the Eichel transaction). The strategy has been to evaluate the Sabres’ current roster. And what did we all learn from Buffalo’s 6-5 victory against Chicago on Monday, when they came back from a 4-0 deficit? That the Sabres are still capable of surprising!


Previously ranked: 25 points, 0.455 percentile against. NYR (March 30), vs. OTT (April 1), At OTT (April 3), vs. BOS (April 7). (Apr. 5)

Oskar Sundqvist had two goals and three points in his first three games, giving the Red Wings a good return on their investment. Jake Walman has also been a standout on defense, logging over 20 minutes in Detroit’s overtime defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend. The Red Wings were going to be devastated without Nick Leddy, but the quick Walman has filled in well to keep Detroit competitive.


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Previously ranked: 29 points, 0.402 percentile vs. TOR (Apr. 2), At NYR (Apr. 3), vs. CBJ (Apr. 7). (Apr. 5)

Things in Philadelphia weren’t going to get much better after the Flyers traded away their best player (Claude Giroux). Owen Tippett is on the field and making the most of a new start. That’s a good thing. The Flyers are well aware that this season is a wash, and none of their previous additions were intended to assist them right away. As a result, the slipping continues.


Previously ranked: 26 points, 0.402 percentile Next seven days: at BOS (March 31), at FLA (April 2), at NYI (April 3), at NYR (April 4). (Apr. 5)

After the deadline, I called the Devils out for making no meaningful changes. It’s possible that GM Tom Fitzgerald is saving his money for summer trades and free agency. In the present, New Jersey hasn’t fared any better in the past ten days than it had in the preceding five months. Andrew Hammond was the Devils’ sole newcomer, and he just had his first team session on Tuesday. In the last month, we’ll see how the experienced goalie is deployed.


Previously ranked at 28 points with a percentage of 0.341. against. SJ (March 30), vs. ANA (April 1), At CHI (April 3), @ STL (April 7) (Apr. 4)

Arizona’s biggest move was getting Nick Ritchie from Toronto only weeks before the deadline. He’s come in, worked hard, put up good numbers, and can play almost anywhere in the lineup. Otherwise, the Coyotes haven’t done much to improve themselves this season, as seen by their current seven-game losing streak. Now, let’s go on.


Previously ranked at 27 points with a percentage of 0.433. The next seven days include games against FLA (March 31), TB (April 1), and ARI (April 1). (Apr. 3)

Taylor Raddysh was acquired from Tampa Bay in the Brandon Hagel trade, and he hasn’t wasted any time putting himself on Jonathan Toews’ flank, scoring two goals and adding five points in his first six games. For the Blackhawks, that’s been a wonderful bright light. Is it any less fantastic? In its previous two games, Chicago has blown back-to-back three-goal leads, both of which have resulted in defeats. Ouch.


Previously ranked at 32 points, with a percentage of 0.356. Next seven days: vs. OTT (March 31), At CAR (March 31), @ TB (March 2) (Apr. 5)

The Canadiens have gone from being in the Stanley Cup Final last season to becoming the first club to be officially eliminated from the playoffs this season. Life slams on you like a ton of bricks. Montreal’s deadline moves by general manager Kent Hughes set the team up advantageously for the next two drafts, and he acquired a handful of fascinating possibilities. Tyler Pitlick (who arrived from Calgary as part of the Tyler Toffoli trade) has also seen some game action this season. But all eyes are on the Habs’ next move.


Prior ranking: 30 points; percentage: 0.400; previous ranking: 30 points; previous ranking: 30 points; previous ranking: 30 The following games are scheduled for the next seven days: At DET (Apr. 1), vs. DET (Apr. 3), and @ MTL (Apr. 5)

The Senators’ perplexing transaction for Travis Hamonic (in which Ottawa assumed the whole of Hamonic’s $3 million salary burden in exchange for a third-round selection from Vancouver) hasn’t been a complete failure. Hamonic is a calming influence on the blue line, according to coach DJ Smith. But, then again, why Hamonic for that part? Mathieu Joseph, a pending RFA who might be re-signed, seems to be a solid fit for this team. He’s a fantastic Swiss-army knife for the Senators, with speed, skill, and playmaking ability.


Previous position: 31 0.364 percentile points The following games are scheduled for the next seven days: vs. VGK (March 30), against. VGK (April 1), and vs. DAL (Apr. 3)

After being acquired in the Marcus Johansson trade with Washington, Daniel Sprong scored three goals in his first three games with the Kraken (for context, Sprong had eight goals through 47 games pre-trade with the Capitals). GM Ron Francis made a great little acquisition in him, prioritizing draft selections over lineup players at the deadline.

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