Coyotes 4 Wild 3         Stars 2 Devils 3         Avalanche 5 Rangers 1         Panthers 3 Flyers 4         Canucks 2 Penguins 3         Hurricanes 4 Lightning 5         Sabres 6 Knights 5         Oilers 1 Jets 5         Islanders 3 Ducks 2         Bruins 1 Flames 2         Blues 4 Canadiens 1         
Anaheim Ducks Arizona Coyotes Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Nashville Predators New Jersey Devils New York Islanders New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins San Jose Sharks St-Louis Blues Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks Vegas Golden Knights Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets

I knew there were some good teams in the West, and I knew there were a few rebuilding teams in the East, but I did not realize going into these, just how much better the Western Conference is this season. It should probably skew the rankings as inevitably, since the West will play more Western games, they will drop down the final rankings. 

With the trimming we did this off-season, I did not think we'd be the top ranked team in the East, but, the competition is light at the moment. 

Those top western teams have all done a good job of building on assets and will remain threats for many seasons I imagine. 

LA, who is ranked 12th overall in the league, would be out of a playoff spot. Whereas the Panthers, ranked13th would be taking their division. 

The Atlantic Division is particularly terrible, probably worst division ever. 

Vancouver is cup pick at this time. 

Here is how the standings will look based on these rankings:

WEST:

Vancouver*
Colorado*
Calgary
Chicago
Nashville
Dallas
Minnesota
Winnipeg
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Los Angeles
Arizona
San Jose
Edmonton
Anaheim
Vegas
St. Louis

 

EAST:

Philadelphia*
Florida*
Washington
NY Rangers
Detroit
New Jersey
Montreal
Carolina
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Toronto
Tampa Bay
Buffalo
Columbus
NY Islanders
Ottawa
Boston
Pittsburgh

 

Based on only Hoover Grade, the top 6 teams, to me, are all in the WEST! To point out a bias - I did rank all the teams by their scores prior to me assigning my own grades. 

1 Vancouver
2 Calgary
3 Minnesota
4 Colorado
5 Chicago
6 Nashville
7 Philadelphia
8 Dallas
9 Washington
10 Winnipeg
11 NY Rangers
12 Florida
13 Los Angeles
14 Montreal
15 Detroit
16 Carolina
17 Arizona
18 San Jose
19 New Jersey
20 Buffalo
21 Toronto
22 Tampa Bay
23 Columbus
24 NY Islanders
25 Edmonton
26 Anaheim
27 Ottawa
28 Vegas
29 Pittsburgh
30 Boston
31 St. Louis