Teams at the bottom see the future as a way to rise higher than their current position. Teams in the middle see the future as a way to break through and reach the elite. The teams at the top see the future as a chance to maintain their success or prevent an inevitable return to the bottom.
That’s why the future matters. It can make a promise, it can bring results, or it can bring a team to its knees if it’s not careful.
With the 2022-23 NHL season premiere approaching October 11th, it’s time for another edition of the Future Power Rankings.
To determine which NHL clubs will be in the best shape over the next three seasons, a team of writers and editors ranked each team in four categories: roster (focusing on players under 26); perspectives; cap situation and contracts; and front office, ownership and coaching using this scale:
100: A+ (Elite)
90: A (excellent)
80: V (Very good)
70: S (Medium)
60: D (Very bad)
After averaging panelists’ results, each of the four categories was weighted to obtain an overall score: lineup (35%), prospects (25%), constraints/contracts (20%), and owner/GM/coach (20%). . The result is a comprehensive ranking based on how well each team is positioned for the future, as well as opinions about each team from Ryan S. Clarke, Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshinsky.
Read the entire file from #1 to #32, or jump to your team using the quick links below:
Go to command:
ANA | ARI | BOSS | BUF
CGY | CAR | CHI | COLOR
CBD | VALLEY | TO | EDM
FLA | Los Angeles | MIN | MTL
NS | New Jersey | New York | New York
OTT | FI | PIT | SJ
SEA | STL | TB | TK
FROM | VGK | VS | HSV
1. Carolina Hurricanes
Total score: 85.2
Why are they here: The No. 1 team in the Sportzshala Future Power Rankings has a championship-caliber lineup, a strong pool of young reinforcements, and an enviable management staff. The Hurricanes are third on the current roster, having made the playoffs for four straight seasons and a .700-plus scoring percentage for two in a row. They are ranked ninth in terms of prospects thanks to young players on the roster and other players like AHL forward Jack Drury and KHL defenseman Alexander Nikishin who are on the way. Coach Rod Brind’Amour and the analytics-driven front office finished 7th overall, although the Reeds’ prospects were average (16th). However, all of this resulted in Carolina having the brightest future in the league. — Vyshinsky
Problems: Canes GM Don Waddell and his team will have to make a decision in the next two seasons. They have eight players waiting to move to the UFA at the end of the 2022/23 season, which will force Max Pacioretti and Jordan Staal to make a decision. Defining a plan in goal will also be a priority because Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta are also UFA at the end of the season. The Kanese are projected to have $30.7 million next summer, but they should also remain cautious with Sebastian Aho, Brent Pesce, Brady Skay and Teuvo Teravainen all looking to the UFA after the 2023-24 campaign. Meanwhile, Seth Jarvis will walk away from his rookie deal and Martin Necas will be under review by the RFA. — Clark
Reason for hope: The Carolinas struck an enviable balance: the Hurricanes are a great team that will be a great team in the future. What could be more attractive? The Hurricanes can maximize their limited cap space by bringing in players who want opportunities with a great coach, a consistent lineup and a chance to win every night. It is the core of the Carolinas that does the real job of keeping the top spot in the standings and makes Raleigh a desirable destination to move forward. — Shilton