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Updated: September 16, 2014



With training camps opening up this week, the TFP Power Rankings, presented by True Rivalry, get a head start on the upcoming 2014-15 season with our Pre-Season Rankings as we offer up a preview for the campaign. 

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1 - Two Cups in the last three seasons easily puts them atop the pack heading into the new season. They may not finish at the top of the standings by the end of the regular-season, but we're pretty sure they don't care.
2 - Two Cups in the last five seasons isn't too shabby, either. Chicago is one of the deepest teams in the NHL and healthy roster should put them atop the standings for most of the campaign.
3 - The addition of center Paul Stastny clearly gives the Blues some strength up the middle, but the biggest question for this team lies between the pipes.
4 - Acquiring Ryan Kesler gives the Ducks a bonafide 1-2 punch up the middle, with Ryan Getzlaf leading the charge. The Ducks improved up front, but questions about their defense and goaltending remain.
5 - The Sharks are another dominant team with plenty of questions. How much longer will Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau be around? Which Antti Niemi will we see this season? Do they have enough to get over the hump?
6 - Boston remains the top team in the Eastern Conference, but they're battling the salary cap and how they create space will play a big factor in how well they do come spring time.
7 - If goalie Ben Bishop has another great year, and the team's offense lights it up this season, as expected, expect Tampa Bay to grab a bunch of headlines this year.
8 - The Canadiens were arguably a healthy Carey Price away from making the Stanley Cup Final last spring. They'll miss Josh Gorges on the blueline, but if Nathan Beaulie and Jared Tinordi emerge, they should be in good shape.
9 - While we don't expect the Avs to have another 112-point season, they should compete for home ice advantage in the playoffs.
10 - We're anticipating a big season from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, and while Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will do their own respective thing (dominate), Pittsburgh's blueline raises some eyebrows.
11 - Tyler Seguin is poised to take a run at the scoring title this season, and adding two-thirds of a second-line in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky will make Dallas very dangerous this season.
12 - If the threat of Zach Parise wasn't enough to worry some teams, adding Thomas Vanek just made the Wild that much more dangerous.
13 - The Blue Jackets gave the Penguins a run for their money in the first-round last spring, and they're poised to move into round two this season. Granted, they need to get Ryan Johansen inked to a new deal.
14 - The Coyotes remain a well-rounded group, led by stud head coach Dave Tippett. They will need their offense to pick it up this season if they want to make some noise and get their newly-named arena bumping.
15 - We're expecting a big season from Alex Ovechkin this year. We have nothing to justify this hypothesis, mind you. Nevertheless, we're sticking by it.
16 - With a healthy Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk playing a full year with some of Detroit's young studs should easily put them back into the playoffs.
17 - Having Jonathan Bernier healthy this season is critical. The Leafs' offense is there, and their bottom-six has improved, but questions remain of the team's defense.
18 - We remain torn on how well the Flyers will do this season, but competing for a playoff spot is easily within reach.
19 - The Rangers lost a lot of bodies this off-season, though most of the core is still together. Led offensively by Martin St. Louis, the Rangers really need Rick Nash to step it up this season.
20 - Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff believes to much in his team, he barely made any changes this summer. Hopefully that confidence spreads to his players.
21 - It might be a rough year in Ottawa. Losing Spezza and Hemsky didn't help, and neither player was truly replaced.
22 - The Devils made plenty of moves this off-season, most notably adding sniper Mike Cammalleri. But this team will need Cory Schneider to be lights-out if they want to make the playoffs.
23 - We're not overly sure what to make of the Canucks this season. Ryan Miller's a stellar goalie, but the lack of depth up front is a question mark.
24 - Adding sniper James Neal gives the Predators a dynamic scorer for the first time in a long time. Now, who he plays with will determine his offensive numbers.
25 - The Hurricanes will be interesting to watch this season, as they need big efforts from forwards Eric and Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin, as well as their goaltending, if they want back into the playoff picture.
26 - It's the last season for the Islanders in Nassau, and it'll be an interesting one. John Tavares is starting to take control of his game and that should put him among the NHL's top scorers.
27 - Florida got a lot deeper this summer and added some championship talent to the roster by signing Dave Bolland, Shawn Thornton and Willie Mitchell. But all eyes will be on Roberto Luongo, as he'll dictate where they end up.
28 - How much longer can the higher-ups wait until significant changes take place? The Oilers have plenty of talent up front, but if this team can't gel quickly, you have to wonder how much longer coach Dallas Eakins has.
29 - Calgary has drafted well the last few years, but it might not pay much dividends this season. They'll be battling for top pick in next June's Draft.
30 - The Sabres will be a good team in a few years when their young studs develop, but until then, it's going to be a rough ride.

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