This will be a weekly feature of the Center Ice blog. We had some games to go off last night, but no, the Leafs have not jumped into the top 5, nor are the Penguins headed for the basement after their loss last night.
On with the meaningless rankings!
1. Canucks -- It appears they will name a new captain tomorrow night, during pregame introductions. Sounds like it's Henrik Sedin; Ryan Kesler would've been my choice.
2. Capitals -- Lots of experts on the D.C. bandwagon, and they'll be the usual class of the Southeast.
3. Wings -- About to race off to another strong regular season.
4. Penguins (0-1-0) -- Not sure I'd have Mr. Hilary Duff, aka Mike Comrie, on a line with Evgeni Malkin.
5. Kings -- Get ready for my dark horse Vezina pick, Jonathan Quick.
6. Sharks -- Joe Thornton is the new captain. Strongest test yet of his leadership skills (or lack thereof).
7. Sabres -- Everyone knows Ryan Miller. Everyone will know Tyler Myers once this season gets going.
8. Hawks -- Marty Turco isn't the answer. This should not be news to anyone.
9. Bruins -- Tyler Seguin jumps in with the Bs in Prague tomorrow.
10. Devils -- How many games is the right amount for Marty Brodeur -- 55? 60?
11. Predators -- League's most anonymous franchise will stay that way all year.
12. Blues -- Jaroslav Halak the next coming of... Glenn Hall? Grant Fuhr? Guy Hebert?
13. Rangers -- Remember when Ryan McDonagh was the rookie everyone wanted signed? Derek Stepan kind of stole the Wisconsin thunder.
14. Flyers -- Sergei Bobrovsky emerges to give Flyer fans hope in goal, and give Paul Holmgren a pass for not signing a veteran goaltender. Again.
15. Avalanche -- Still young, still fun to watch. Paul Stastny deserves a bigger audience.
16. Senators -- Still scratching my head over the $20-mil for Sergei Gonchar.
17. Thrashers -- Rick Dudley has reshaped the roster well, but that squad needed a major overhaul.
18. Coyotes -- A shame that they had such a great season and then have to stay put in Phoenix.
19. Lightning -- Steven Stamkos will have a big year, but will it matter if their D and goaltending still stink?
20. Ducks -- Cam Fowler fell sharply in the draft, but he's one of the few rookies who stuck.
21. Hurricanes -- Brandon Sutter's two goals in Helsinki kicked things off in fine fashion.
22. Wild -- They've got Niklas Backstrom and... Yeah, well.
23. Islanders -- Rick DiPietro starting tonight. First season opener for him since 2007.
24. Leafs -- Looked OK last night. Better than the Canadiens, which is a start.
25. Oilers -- They may have their ups and downs, but they will be fun to watch. If Nik Khabibulin gives them even two dozen games like last night's shutout, could be quite a turnaround.
26. Canadiens -- Things are not right for Les Habs.
27. Stars -- The Brad Richards countdown clock begins tonight in Newark.
28. Blue Jackets -- Rick Nash continues his solid, obscure career.
29. Flames -- Miikka Kiprusoff is the only thing they have going for them. He was brutal last night.
30. Panthers -- Dale Tallon wisely let Erik Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick, go back to juniors. Why waste a year in the league for a team that's not going anywhere?