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Power Rankings - Nov. 10

Mikhail Grabovski skates up ice against the Ottawa Senators. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Mikhail Grabovski skates up ice against the Ottawa Senators. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ positive, pesky play has caught many people off guard, including this scribe.

Mikhail Grabovski’s early-season success, however, has not.

Hey, when you get one right, you’ve got to ride it for all it’s worth.

Grabovski’s seven goals topped all rookies after last weekend’s action and his work on a line with Niklas Hagman and fellow freshman Nikolai Kulemin is a big reason the Leafs have been a fun team to watch this year.

Nobody ever questioned Grabovski’s skill, but the 24-year-old never proved he could play without the puck in Montreal and the Canadiens couldn’t find a spot for him behind Saku Koivu and Tomas Plekanec.

However, Toronto coach Ron Wilson has gotten through to Grabovski, who’s no longer a liability in his own zone.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
THE SCOOP
1
Detroit Red Wings
2
9-2-2
Little surprising to see Wings give up 3.08 goals per game, which puts them 19th overall in the league
2
San Jose Sharks
1
13-3-0
Looks like Nabokov won't miss too much time with his leg injury
3
Boston Bruins
10
8-3-3
Right now, there's a huge discrepancy between this spot in the power rankings and the top two slots
4
New York Rangers
4
11-5-1
At $550,000, defenseman Dan Girardi is one of the league's best bargains
5
Montreal Canadiens
3
8-2-2
Captain Saku Koivu says this team is lucky to have the points and wins it does
6
Chicago Blackhawks
14
7-3-3
The Hawks host Boston on Wednesday; when is the last time that was a game to get excited about?
7
Buffalo Sabres
7
8-3-3
Just two goals in 14 games for Derek Roy; Sabres need much more production than that
8
Anaheim Ducks
5
9-7-1
Pronger showing he's still a force with 14 points through 17 contests
9
Washington Capitals
16
7-4-2
Both of Ovechkin's goals came in the same game; he's been held scoreless in 10 contests this year
10
Vancouver Canucks
19
9-6-0
Sweet Bobby Lou, Canucks fans are so in love with you
11
Minnesota Wild
6
8-4-1
Niklas Backstrom is playing well in goal and eligible to be a UFA come July
12
Pittsburgh Penguins
11
8-4-2
Sid obviously isn't right heading into big Cup final rematch in Detroit
13
Carolina Hurricanes
15
8-5-2
So is Eric Staal an elite point-producer in this league or not? So far this year, the answer is not
14
Toronto Maple Leafs
20
6-5-4
People thought Vesa Toskala would have to stand on his head for this team to win, but he's got an .884 save percentage
15
Calgary Flames
8
8-7-1
Won one game in last five and nearly blew a five-goal lead in that one
16
Ottawa Senators
17
6-6-2
The last Northeast team on this list, but actually playing pretty stingy 'D' of late
17
New Jersey Devils
9
7-5-2
Brodeur is just one name on a long, long list of injured Devils
18
Dallas Stars
21
5-7-2
Turco's puck-playing blunder against San Jose a sure sign he and the Stars are pressing too hard
19
Phoenix Coyotes
25
7-6-0
Three goals and five points in past two games for Olli Jokinen
20
Columbus Blue Jackets
27
7-6-2
20-year-old Steve Mason makes his case for crease time by winning the first three starts of his NHL career
21
Edmonton Oilers
18
7-6-1
No goals and two assists for Sam Gagner all year? That's not a jinx, that's a sophomore catastrophe
22
Philadelphia Flyers
13
4-6-3
Is his third team a charm for 24-year-old Hobey Baker winner Matt Carle?
23
Nashville Predators
12
7-6-1
Only three players (Erat, Arnott and Weber) have more than two goals
24
Atlanta Thrashers
29
6-7-2
Four-game winning streak shows team isn't a complete lost cause
25
Tampa Bay Lightning
24
5-4-4
Newcomer Steve Downie is good along the boards and can play a madman in owner Oren Koules' next film production
26
Colorado Avalanche
22
6-8-0
Hejduk shows there's some life left in his hands; after 14 games he's on pace for 47 goals
27
Florida Panthers
26
5-8-1
Looks like they'll be requiring another one of those patented late-season Panther pushes
28
Los Angeles Kings
28
5-6-2
Erik Ersberg making a case to take over No. 1 goalie spot
29
St. Louis Blues
23
5-7-1
Lost five in a row and play next seven of 10 on the road, where they have just one win all year
30
New York Islanders
30
4-8-2
Trent Hunter, a Calder finalist in 2004 you'll recall, had five goals and 11 points through 14 games

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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