The new NHL season is right around the corner. At this time of the year, fans of all 30 NHL teams carry new expectations, new hopes and new dreams. Everyone is a contender. The Cup is a possibility in any NHL city.
However, while a new season injects passion and optimism even in the most unrealistic of places, it's important to remember that at the end of the day there's a harsh divide in talent in the NHL. Someone has to finish last.
With that in mind, Sports Illustrated recently released their NHL rankings for 2013 and it's safe to say their placement of the Edmonton Oilers will surprise you.
Did SI really rank Edmonton third because that's what they truly believe or did they do it simply to create a debate and views for their site? That point is up for debate but we'll attempt to stick to analyzing their rankings rather than the business behind them.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers check in at the first and second spots, respe...