This season, I’m going to track where the Kings are ranked through the different news sites. Since there has only been one week, there’s not going to be much change. But it should give fans a good idea where the Kings are in the minds of those who cover hockey.
• Yahoo! Power Rankings: 25. Even if they don’t win enough games to reach the playoffs, the Kingsshould be exciting to watch. Good young talent on display here. GM DeanLombardi better hope ownership has patience. (Obvious first week, so generic comment.)
• TSN’s NHL Power rankings: 25. The Kings continue to develop young players as rookies Drew Doughty, Oscar Moller, Wayne Simmonds and Jonathan Quick all played significant roles but, at some point, the process has to go beyond continually developing youthful talent. (Ed. note: Um, Moller’s not on the team)
• ESPN Power Rankings: 15 (!) Nice way to open a season full of high hopes: lose at home to the Coyotes. (Ed. note: they have L.A. ahead of Colorado at 2-0-0. Hmmm)
• Sportsnet Power ranking: 15. Big things are expected from a team that will make a push for its first playoff game in seven seasons, so a 6-3 loss to Phoenix is unacceptable.
• CBSSportsline Power Rankings:23. You never know how young players will react going forward, so you have to take the impressive steps many Kings took last season with a grain of salt. But veterans Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi are nice additions and the goaltending here could surprise people.
• The Hockey News Power Rankings: 27. Super sophomore Drew Doughty scores two points, but is a minus-2 in opening 6-3 loss to Coyotes.
I’ll take the average, and the official Hockeywood Power Ranking is…. 21. What’s that mean? Nothing. Then again, it’s the first week.
• Elliotte Friedman’s: 30 random thoughts.
1. Overreaction Award I: Kings fans who booed their team off the ice in the 6-3 Opening Night loss to Phoenix. Ridiculous. It’s only one game.
• Sports Illustrated Allan Muir Around the NHL: Third annual wheels off edition
11. The season’s first noteworthy trade will involve: Alexander Frolov.
Despite his prodigious talent, Frolov’s always starred in his own movie: The Fast and the Frustrating. With unrestricted free agency looming, GM Dean Lombardi has a tough decision to make on the 27-year-old winger. Is he really part of the solution or more valuable as a bargaining chip? Look for Lombardi to start making calls in December to gauge the market
And here’s Barry Melrose from ESPN, talking about the NHL’s breakout teams, and guess who he mentions…