NHL Blog Beat – October 3, 2013.

Power rankings, thoughts on the NHL’s opening night, analysis of Phil Kessel’s new contract, NHL team measurements and much more.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert with his unique “power rankings” for the opening week of the NHL season.

BACKHAND SHELF:  Former minor league player Justin Bourne has mixed feelings about fighting in hockey.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe’s thoughts on the opening night of the new NHL season.

Expect more big contracts like Phil Kessel's under the new CBA.

Expect more big contracts like Phil Kessel’s under the new CBA.

JAMES MIRTLE: ranks the NHL teams by height, weight and age.

FIVE MINUTES FOR FIGHTING: Why Phil Kessel’s big contract is the norm under the new CBA.

HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Joe Bouley on the NHL’s new hybrid icing rule.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow with three questions for the Edmonton Oilers this season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on former NHL goalie Gilles Villemure’s passion for harness racing.