NHL – 2017-18 Power Rankings – Players from each team who we … – ESPN

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Greg WyshynskiESPN

Olympic hockey is on everyone’s mind this week, what with the Russia drama, which means many fans are crying into an entirely new bucket of tears over the fact that the NHL isn’t participating in the 2018 Winter Games.

For this week’s Power Rankings — voted on, as always, by ESPN’s panel of experts — we focus on one player from each team who we truly, deeply lament will not be taking part in the men’s hockey tournament in South Korea. Many because they haven’t gotten the chance before. Others because we’ve never had the chance to see them with gold around their necks.

How we rank: We use a panel of voters, and these rankings reflect which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams are favored over lower-ranked teams. A run of wins doesn’t guarantee a jump, and a couple of losses doesn’t guarantee a fall.

Previous rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

Record: 19-6-2
Week 7 Ranking: No. 1

Steven Stamkos. Sigh. He was a snub in 2010, and then his broken leg kept him out in 2014, with Team Canada winning gold in both. He’ll still be young enough in 2022 to participate if the NHL goes to Beijing as expected. But as Stamkos knows, there are no guarantees.

Record: 18-7-3
Week 7 Ranking: No. 6

Filip Forsberg. The 23-year-old forward was too young to make the squad for Team Sweden in Sochi in 2014, but his point-per-game season — as well as the aging out of other Swedish forwards — would have earned him a top role in the upcoming Olympics, which would have afforded him a

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