NHL Top 10: Nov. 15

Story posted November 15, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by Joshua Bartosik

Another week has come and gone in the NHL, and there has been some shakeup in the top teams in the league. Here are this week’s top 10.

10. Florida Panthers
Despite a rough start to their season, the Florida Panthers have regained the form everyone expected them to have coming into the new campaign.

The Matthew Tkachuk trade has worked wonders for the Panthers, as the former Calgary Flame has 17 points in 13 games. On the back end, Florida is led by Brendan Montour. His 15 points are good for fourth among all defensemen.

9. Colorado Avalanche
The defending Stanley Cup champions are fresh off a recently snapped 4-game win streak and continue to show why they are one of the best teams in the league.

The top dogs for the Avalanche are doing it once again, as Rantanen has 25 points in 14 games while MacKinnon has 24. Former Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar makes his own highlight reel seemingly every game.

Alexandar Georgiev has been quite reliable in net, posting a 2.66 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. With solid play from their offense, defense, and goaltending, the Avalanche are threatening to repeat.

8. Seattle Kraken
The Kraken are one of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season, currently sitting third in the Pacific Division.

A lot of their success comes from the amount of depth scoring throughout their lineup. 14 players have multiple goals in the early going of the season, including a team-best five goals from Calder Trophy candidate Matty Beniers.

The resurgence of the career of Martin Jones has also played a vital role in the surprise run of the Kraken. Jones has a 2.38 goals against average and a .909 save percentage, filling in for the injured Philipp Grubauer.

7. New York Islanders
The Islanders have proven that last year’s disastrous performance was merely a fluke.

Brock Nelson is off to one of the hottest starts of his career, with nine goals and nine assists in 17 games. Mathew Barzal has a whopping 18 assists despite not scoring a goal.

In net, Ilya Sorokin is putting on a Vezina Trophy campaign, with a 2.17 goals against average and a .937 save percentage, making him one of the toughest goalies to score against. 

6. Winnipeg Jets
The Jets are another surprising team, sitting atop the Central Division. Winners of four of their last five, first-year head coach Rick Bowness has taken a meddling Jets team and made them a potential contender.

Mark Scheifele’s 10 goals are tied for fourth in the league, and Connor Hellebuyck is putting up another stellar season.

It’s unsure whether or not the Jets can keep up their current form, but they are one of the hottest teams in the league as of late.

5. Carolina Hurricanes
Despite their increasing amount of injuries, the Hurricanes continue to be one of the best teams in the NHL.

Andrei Svechnikov is second in the league with 12 goals and Martin Necas is sixth in the league with 19 points.

With both Teuvo Teravainen and Frederik Andersen out with injuries, Carolina will have to use a “next man up” mentality for the near future.

4. Dallas Stars
The Stars are looking like the team that made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2020.

Joe Pavelski continues to age like fine wine, and both Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are having major bounce-back seasons.

Not to mention they have one of the best goaltenders in the league, Jake Oettinger, who leads the league in both save percentage and goals against average.

3. New Jersey Devils
The Devils are the hottest team in the NHL right now, winning nine straight games dating back to Oct. 25.

Jesper Bratt, Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier are molding into one of the best young cores in the league, with each player already hitting the 15 point mark on the season.

With a revitalized Vitek Vanicek in net, the Devils may have finally reached their potential.

2. Boston Bruins
The Bruins just refuse to go away every year.

Sitting atop the Atlantic Division, the Bruins have been led by another monster season from David Pastrnak. His 25 points are good for third in the league.

Linus Ullmark has been a near perfect Tukka Rask replacement, with a .936 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against average.

With a mix of young stars and grizzled veterans, the Bruins could once again make a deep playoff push.

1. Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas has shocked the world by regaining their title as one of the best teams in the league.

After trading for Jack Eichel last season, the former Buffalo Sabre has finally broken onto the scene, with 19 points in 16 games.

Yet the real story has been in net. Both Adin Hill and Logan Thompson have been pleasant surprises for the Golden Knights, each hovering around a 2.30 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

Once Vegas gets fully healthy, they could become an even bigger threat to the NHL than they already are.

Joshua Bartosik is a second-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jsb6137@psu.edu