With news of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement finally being agreed to by the NHL owners and the NHLPA, it's time to focus on what the 2013 season will bring. What better way to do that than looking at team power rankings for the Eastern and Western Conferences?
While a 48 game season isn't what fans (or teams) wanted, it's hard to argue that half a season of hockey isn't better than none at all. It seems like ages ago that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter teamed up to play for the Wild, or that Nick Lidstrom retired from a stellar, hall of fame career. But once the first puck drops on Jan. 19, most grudges will be forgiven and the game we all love will be be back in full force.
A shorter season poses many new and exciting opportunities for teams around the league, and this year's Stanley Cup race could be wide open as a result. Teams still have plenty of time to improve before Jan. 19 strikes and rosters could still change quite a bit. The following slide show discusses my rankings for each conference, Eastern and Western, as of today and how I see the rosters in terms of talent, promise and current standing. Where will your team land?
With all of that being said, let's jump into the team rankings in this year's NHL Power Rankings: Post Lockout Edition.