Oh, the placing isn't what bothers me at all, really. In fact if I had to use an example, I would say that Scott Burnside of ESPN's recent season preview sits well with me, despite the fact that he projects the Blue Jackets to finish 11th place overall in the West. Of course there are some things that I disagree with, but that's expected, right?
Now personally I'm no fan of making predictions. Those aren't my thing, and I'm about as superstitious as they come when it comes to saying I think my team of choice will finish high enough for the playoffs. But personally, I think the Jackets are being given too little credit. If I really had to choose a placing, I'd say it'd be in that 9th to 11th place spot. Yes, there are a lot of variables involved with the Blue Jackets this season that need answers, such as whether Leclaire can step up his game, whether the Blue Jackets can finally do something worthwhile on the special teams, and whether or not any of their off-season movements were on par with the rest of the league. Then there are other issues such as the patchwork defense which hinges on just a couple of good blue liners, and whether or not this year Nash is healthy all season, let alone other key players.
But right now the Jackets probably have one of the biggest gluts of player skill on the forward lines that they've ever seen, and I really think plenty of teams would be and maybe even are jealous of that. When you've got so many top six forwards that you'll probably very well end up playing a guy like Anson Carter or David Vyborny on the third line, it boggles your mind.
Since at the moment Fox Sports is acting a little crazy, I can't go and see the formula behind your Power Rankings. But what I do know is that whenever I have checked them, the placement of each team has relied simply on where they would be in a league-wide position of standings via points, or record if a team is tied. Where's the fun in that? You look at the power rankings churned out by TSN, ESPN, or even SI.com and while the records are certainly important, so is the current steam that a team has built up between the previous and current power rankings. Just because a team is 25th overall in the league doesn't mean it works in a power rankings. Look at the example that Fox Sports has for their NFL ones as well, with a 3-0 team like the Saints all the way at 11th based off of things besides a record. If that was the only variable (or most important one), they'd be at worst in 7th.
The truth is, I see your rankings, and it doesn't feel like personal commentary. It feels like I'm just reading a capsule of the past week. Maybe I'm different, though ... I prefer side comments, zingers, and some bite behind the rankings. There's no need to just review what the team's record was over the week.
I'm sorry for the attitude in the post, though. And I'm not just saying that because you came across my little neck of the woods on the blogosphere ... I definitely was out of line with the smart-ass comments. Yes, you definitely have a boatload more experience at this than me, so I can't argue that. And whether or not I agree with your power rankings or team preview, I respect and look at a lot of what you do write for Fox Sports. But I still have to disagree about those two things in particular.