There is no official “quarter mark” in the NHL season, but now that 31 of the 32 teams have played 20 or more games, it’s time to give them all marks at the start.
We took a look at what each team got right and wrong and compared their current pace in the standings with what the bookies predicted for them in pre-season before giving a letter score.
Who is in charge of the class? Who is at risk of failure? Read our ratings.
Note: Ryan S. Clarke judged the Pacific and Central Division teams, and Kristen Shilton judged the Capital and Atlantic Division teams. Pre-Season Over/Under courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
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
GO | HCV | VS | vpg
Pre-season over/under: 80
Current Score Rate: 48
What is done right: Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras. They are both on pace for what will be a couple of 30-goal seasons. Terry scored 37 goals in 2021/22 during his breakout campaign while Zegras had to score his first try with 30 goals. Both of them are players who are central to the Ducks’ long-term goals, and what they do is because they are also under consideration as restricted free agents.
Something went wrong: Almost everything else. They lost Jamie Drysdale to injury at the end of the season. They lack consistent secondary evaluation. They lead the NHL in penalty minutes among teams. Their goaltenders average over 4.00 goals while they allow almost 16 chances in 60 minutes, one of the highest in the league. Perhaps the most damning detail of all may be that the Ducks were the last team to win the main game, which only happened on November 24th.
Focusing on the future seems to be the Ducks’ priority, unless there’s a major turnaround. They have unrestricted free agents like John Klingberg and Kevin Shattenkirk. It’s entirely possible that the Ducks could try to move some of those pending UFAs in order to get additional draft capital in a season in which they could contend for the No. 1 pick.