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Golden Knights Rank Seventh In NHL's Power Rankings

Vegas was positioned higher than teams like the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Well we're movin' on up
To the east side
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.

Or something like that?

At least according to our friends over at NHL.com.

In the league's weekly Super 16 Power Rankings, the Golden Knights placed seventh in the NHL, after a week that saw Vegas stun conference powers St. Louis and Chicago at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas ranked ninth in last week's Super 16 rankings. Although it should be noted that power rankings aren't an exact science.

For example, St. Louis (5th) and Chicago (6th) both rank ahead of the Golden Knights, despite falling to Vegas and in the case of the Blackhawks, having fewer points in the standings.

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Rather than being a ranking of teams by their records, the NHL's Super 16 rankings are an attempt at ranking teams, based on the combination of their record, how they're currently playing and preseason expectations.

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The latter of those is the key.

There's no secret that there weren't many expectations placed on these Golden Knights, who were supposed to languish near the bottom of the standings as a first-year expansion team. As we know, at 7-1-0, the Golden Knights have been the surprise story in the NHL this October, with only Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Los Angeles having more points.

 

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This is why the Golden Knights being ranked seventh is impressive.

While there are still teams with fewer points ranked hire, NHL.com's experts who follow the league on a league-wide scale are willing to say that the Golden Knights are the seventh best team in the NHL right now.

This is ahead of teams like the two-time defending Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals and five-time reigning Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks. The Western Conference champion Nashville Predators and 2015-16 conference champion San Jose Sharks are also ranked behind the Golden Knights.

Which for a team still starting out new, says an awful lot to have made this much headway this quickly.

To read NHL.com's full rankings CLICK HERE.

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