AOHL This Week

Around The OHL This Week (January 14)

Week 16 Power Rankings:

  1. Erie Otters (1) – Strome catching fire after strong WJC, Williams keeps doing his thing, no signs of the Otters slowing down.
  2. Kitchener Rangers (3) – Have struggled a bit with the absence of Opilka, no cause for concern long term
  3. London Knights (2) – Performed well with top players at WJC but were also shutout by Guelph
  4. Kingston Frontenacs (5) – Adding Dal Colle is huge, and lightens the load on Crouse and company. Solidyfying themselves as East favourites
  5. Sarnia Sting (6) – Big pick ups at deadline have them believing they can compete with OHL’s best, points in nine straights suggests that could be the case
  6. Windsor Spitfires (4) – Back on track after some tinkering from GM Warren Rychel, now we’ll see if they can hold their spot. Though I like Luke Kirwan, they stole Connor Chatham from Flint
  7. Barrie Colts (7) – Picking up Sadowy was a big move, putting them in the conversation with Kingston
  8. Niagara IceDogs (11) – Nedeljkovic returns from an excellent WJC, Harper may have been one of the most underrated pick ups of the deadline
  9. North Bay Battalion (8) – Smith, Dineen and Amadio have stood out on a team that continues to outperform expectations
  10. Mississauga Steelheads (9) – Things can settle down a bit after the trade deadline knowing Sean Day will stick around
  11. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (10) – Halverson will stay put in the Soo and Senyshyn/Speers lead a group of young talent
  12. Owen Sound Attack (13) – Failed to take advantage of teams that are missing players. Need an infusion of talent soon
  13. Peterborough Petes (15) – All the good vibes from their winning streak have evaporated, allowing the fourth most goals against in the league
  14. Saginaw Spirit (12) – Goalie Evan Cormier is 9-2-1 over his last twelve games. t
  15. Ottawa 67’s (16) – Team is far less dangerous without Konecny but Chmelevski has made an immediate impact
  16. Oshawa Generals (14) – Was able to restock the draft cupboard after back to back years atop the Eastern Conference
  17. Guelph Storm (20) – Storm are 5-2-1-0 since Jarrod Skalde took over as coach, finally starting to score
  18. Sudbury Wolves (19) – 5-4-0-1 in last 10 games is great for a team with only 10 wins all season. Can also start to look forward to Levin’s return
  19. Flint Firebirds (18) – Still a shot at the final playoff spot in the West, currently five points back of Saginaw
  20. Hamilton Bulldogs (17) – Losers of six straight, similar to Flint, Hamilton could struggle to make playoffs in first year since the move.

Biggest rise: Niagara/Guelph (up 4)
Biggest drop: Hamilton (down 4)

Top Performers of the week:

FORWARDS:
Kevin Labanc (Barrie): 3GP, 5G  4A  9Pts, +3
Dylan Strome (Erie): 3GP, 3G  5A  8Pts, +2
Michael Dal Colle (Kingston): 3GP, 3G  4A  7Pts, +5
Christian Fischer (Windsor): 3GP, 2G  4A  6Pts, +2

DMEN:
Stephen Desrocher (Kingston): 3GP, 2G  1A  3Pts, +2
Rasmus Andersson (Barrie): 3GP, 0G  5A  5Pts, +1

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