It doesn’t sound right does it? To hear that the Edmonton Oilers have jumped up in the weekly TSN Power Rankings as calculated by Scott Cullen. But alas this is the case in this weeks’ rendition of who are the league’s elite and who are not.
The Oilers jumped three spots from 29 to 26 this week, but this is where the honeymoon ends given that the Oilers are still ranked in the bottom five in the league. There is still plenty of work to do, nothing new to Oilers’ fans.
Cullen points to the fine play of netminder Devan Dubnyk for the Oilers successes last week and as a result the climb from the bottom two in the league.
Edmonton is ahead of the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers, all teams that oddly enough are in the Eastern Conference.
So perhaps the cloud that accompanies this silver lining is that the Oilers are the lowest ranked team in the Western Conference. As they should be given they sit in 14th place after the team’s first nine games and did we mention there are only 14 teams in the west this year?
None the less, the Oilers have played better hockey of late, well aside from the stinker in Ottawa that Dubnyk stole for them they played better against the Islanders. As a result they managed to get some respect from Cullen and his ranking methodology which is as confusing as molecular theory to this cowboy.
In any event, it’s a small positive for Oilers fans albeit it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans other than to give us something to write about and dissect.
Not surprisingly the San Jose Sharks sit atop the rankings which can be found here. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins round out the top five and to prove that this list is anything but completely accurate, the Anaheim Ducks sit sixth after winning seven straight. One could argue they deserve to be ahead of Boston and possibly St. Louis, but for now we’ll rejoice in the simple fact that the Oilers are climbing. A couple more wins this week and lookout power rankings, we’ll be moving on up again.