Welcome to our consolidated NHL rankings at the 2022–23 midseason. We’ve now ranked all four major positions; centre, winger, defence, and goaltending. If you’ve missed the detailed positional rankings, you can catch up through the following links:
2022-23 midseason NHL centre rankings
2022-23 midseason NHL winger rankings
2022-23 midseason NHL defence rankings
2022-23 midseason NHL goaltending rankings
The consolidated rankings have changed a lot from our preseason rankings. This shows that some teams that are playing better than expected, and others that are playing worse than expected. Let’s get to our rankings, which has a new number one team!
Midseason NHL consolidated ranking chart
The chart below has our given rankings inputted for the four positions. We then took an average of the four, and gave a ranking based on that consolidated rankings. The chart has been organized to show the highest ranking first, going all the way down to the lowest ranking. The chart also looks at the change from our preseason ranking to our midseason ranking, to demonstrate which teams have moved up or down.
|TEAM||Winger Ranking||Centre Ranking||Defence Ranking||Goalie Ranking||Average Ranking||Overall||Change from previous ranking|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||1||9||15||1||6.5||2||–|
|New York Rangers||13||10||4||1||7||4||-1|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||11||2||13||10||9||5||+7|
|Vegas Golden Knights||22||4||2||19||11.75||9||+9|
|New York Islanders||21||15||9||3||12||10||-1|
|New Jersey Devils||17||13||8||15||13.25||13||+2|
|St Louis Blues||4||8||19||27||14.5||17||-7|
|Detroit Red Wings||27||25||23||23||24.5||25||–|
|San Jose Sharks||30||21||28||32||27.75||27||+1|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||26||30||27||30||28.25||30||-4|
The Boston Bruins move up to #1
The best team in the NHL is now the best team in our rankings. They moved up in all four categories, in part due to the strong years from David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk, Hampus Lindholm, and Linus Ullmark. We thought the Bruins were going to be good, but not this good. They look like an unbeatable force every night, led by Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Charlie McAvoy.
The Flames fall
The Flames haven’t impressed much on the ice this season, so they fall in our rankings by five spots. Adding a bona-fide top-six winger and Jacob Markstrom rebounding would help to send them back up in our rankings. Jonathan Huberdeau and Andrew Mangiapane returning to their 2021–22 forms would help them even more.
The Golden Knights were our biggest risers, moving up nine spots. This is due to a variety of reasons, like the play of Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson, a terrific defence group, and the goaltending being better than expected. Josh Morrissey and the Jets also rise up nine spots, due to everyone playing better than they showed last year. Kyle Connor is still a stud, Pierre-Luc Dubois is playing his best hockey, Morrissey is in the Norris contention, and Connor Hellebuyck looks like old Hellebuyck.
Goaltending was the deterrent for the Maple Leafs in our preseason rankings. However, the gamble by Kyle Dubas has paid off so far, and it jumps them up seven spots. The Stars also rise seven spots, due to young players like Jake Oettinger and Jason Robertson taking further steps to being among the league’s best, and veterans like Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin having resurgent seasons. The Sabres rose up six spots, in large part due to the tremendous seasons from both Tage Thompson and Rasmus Dahlin.
The Oilers are our biggest fallers, due to the rough start for Jack Campbell, and a defence that is playing very poorly. I have no doubt they will fix things and return to the team we saw in the 2021–22 playoffs. There were a ton of career years for the Predators last year, and they haven’t been the same. Luckily, they still have one of the best goalies and defensive groups in the league. An opposite thing is happening with the Blues, who drop to the same spot as the Predators. Their offence has been mostly fine with the exception of a down year from Ryan O’Reilly, but the defensive group and Jordan Binnington have struggled. The Penguins fall from our number one team in preseason rankings to number seven, due to worse seasons from their wingers and defence.
Our consolidated rankings give the following playoff picture:
- Pacific Division: Golden Knights (9th), Flames (11th), Oilers (15th)
- Central Division: Avalanche (5th), Jets (11th), Stars (14th), Wild (16th), Predators (17th)
- Metropolitan Division: Hurricanes (3rd), Rangers (4th), Penguins (7th), Capitals (8th), Islanders (10th)
- Atlantic Division: Bruins (1st), Lightning (2nd), Maple Leafs (5th)
Battle for the bottom
The Blackhawks were 32nd in our rankings to start, and they stay there midseason. They suck. But it’s all in hopes of landing Connor Bedard. The Ducks fall seven spots to 31st, because they have just been awful in every aspect. The Blue Jackets drop four spots to land in 30th spot. Probably a large part due to injuries and underperformances, but they’ve got a bright future. The Canadiens, Coyotes, and Sharks are also swimming near the bottom. See what I did there?
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