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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks the NHL teams from top to bottom

(Final rankings)

1 Vancouver Canucks. Late surge lifts defending conference champs into top spot. (2)

2 New York Rangers. Tortorella molds Blueshirts into contenders in three years. (1)

3 Pittsburgh Penguins. Opening series with Flyers could take a toll. (4)

4 St. Louis Blues. Coaching change made all the difference in the world. (3)

5 Nashville Predators. After so many moves, anything less than Cup is failure. (6)

6 Philadelphia Flyers. Briere has been elite player in playoffs since lockout. (5)

7 Boston Bruins. Not driven by thrill of winning but hatred of losing. (8)

8 New Jersey Devils. Parise will be big-ticket item come July 1. (9)

9 Detroit Red Wings. Could be nearing transition phase with older players. (7)

10 Chicago Blackhawks. What ever happened to major slide after Cup? (10)

11 Phoenix Coyotes. How about winning a playoff series, for a change? (13)

12 San Jose Sharks. They make changes but find way to contend year after year. (11)

13 Los Angeles Kings. If they can get past Canucks in first round, look out. (12)

14 Florida Panthers. Some called them alphabet soup. They can spell "p-l-a-y-o-f-f-s." (15)

15 Washington Capitals. Stumbling out of postseason before 6-2-2 finish. (16)

16 Ottawa Senators. Offseason changes actually turned into offseason upgrades. (14)

17 Dallas Stars. Late slump was fatal but Nieuwendyk maximized $49.8 million payoll. (17)

18 Calgary Flames. Feaster takes full responsibility for failure. Interesting. (18)

19 Buffalo Sabres. Talk of changes meant improvement, not seventh to ninth. (20)

20 Colorado Avalanche. Landeskog atop many ballots for Calder, but not mine. (19)

21 Tampa Bay Lightning. This team is a goalie away from being division winner. (22)

22 Winnipeg Jets. Now that the NHL is back, next step is reaching the postseason. (21)

23 Carolina Hurricanes. Wesley's kid headed for U.S. national development program. (23)

24 Minnesota Wild. Had 15-29-8 downfall after sitting first in NHL with 20-7-3 start. (24)

25 Anaheim Ducks. Doubts remain about Getzlaf's effectiveness, leadership ability. (25)

26 Toronto Maple Leafs. At least Burke stood up and faced intense scrutiny. (26)

27 New York Islanders. No major changes expected after missing postseason again. (27)

28 Montreal Canadiens. Should keep all options open for at least another month. (29)

29 Edmonton Oilers. If this keeps up, they'll expect the first pick overall every year. (28)

30 Columbus Blue Jackets. Finished season with five wins in six games. Yippee! (30)