NHL Power Rankings - Columbus Making Moves
The Power Rankings are now out. Keep in mind they were posted within the last day or two so they don't reflect the current record of the league.
Most writers are starting to take notice. The Blue Jackets are a team to be reckoned with! The majority of these pieces have Columbus in their top 10!!!
To this point, SB Nation and Yahoo! Sports haven't released their newest rankings, we'll skip those for now. When (if) they become available, I'll keep you guys updated!
ESPN - 8th out of 30 (Last week: 16th, updated 11/8/10)
"The Blue Jackets are full value for a top-10 ranking this week, as they've won seven of their past 10 games. Not sure how long they can keep this up, but good for rookie coach Scott Arniel for getting more out of this squad than many anticipated. Mathieu Garon has been terrific in goal."
CBS Sports - 11th out of 30 (Last week: 28th, updated 11/8/10)
"Much better on the road than at home so far, although Derrick Brassard's seven-game point streak cuts across geography."
TSN - 17th out of 30 (Last week: 25th, updated 11/8/10)
"G Mathieu Garon appears to have nudged Steve Mason aside, starting three straight games, but it's understandable when Garon has stopped 95.1% of shots faced this season.
Key Injuries: LW Kristian Huselius (lower body)."
The Dispatch - 11th out of 30 (Last week:16th, updated 11/8/10)
"Until the Blue Jackets' top offensive talents get going -- we're talking to you, Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette -- it's going to be a bumpy ride."
The Hockey News - 8th out of 30 (Last week: 10th, updated 11/11/10)
"Jackets are super-tight defensively, thanks in no small part to MVP-type play from Mathieu Garon (1.28 GAA, .951 save percentage)"
Fox Sports - 8 out of 30 (Last week: 11th, updated 11/9/10)
"(.615) Mathieu Garon backstopped Columbus into the top 10 in the rankings by pitching shutouts in two of his three starts last week. Garon turned away all 54 shots he faced in wins over Montreal and Atlanta."
The Bleacher Report - 7th out of 30 (updated 11/11/10)
"So the leader in GAA isn’t Tim Thomas right now. It’s actually Mathieu Garon at 1.28."
A few more games under our belts, and the team is rolling. What say you, fans, are the latest rankings fair, unfair, or...