With the OHL season only being one week old, there are a couple of names in the top group that nobody would have expected. The Hamilton Bulldogs, while a strong team, have steam rolled their opponents, while Guelph sits atop the Midwest division. It’s a crazy time as far as power rankings go, so don’t freak out if your team is too low for your liking, it just means they have a bit of work to do.
1. Hamilton Bulldogs – When you outscore your opponents 14-2, you make it very easy on the people who write lists like this
2. Windsor Spitfires – One of the favourites to win it all, the Spits had no issues dismantling Erie and Sault Ste. Marie.
3. Sarnia Sting – They have to be happy with beating London out of the gate, and have an easy schedule this week.
4. Flint Firebirds – Two shutouts in their first three games, and outshot Kitchener 30-17 in their one loss. Next game against Sarnia will be a test.
5. Niagara IceDogs – With questions abound about their forward corps, they go out and put up 41 shots against North Bay.
6. London Knights – Followed up a road loss to Sarnia by shelling Erie 6-2, and they just got Chris Martenet back to shore up the defence.
7. Kitchener Rangers – A win is a win, but they can’t bet on getting 4 goals on 17 shots in every game.
8. Barrie Colts – Beat Kingston in a close game, but then exploded for 7 goals against Ottawa. Maybe they’ll be better than thought after exodus of talent.
9. Guelph Storm – Yes, they’ve won their first two games, and that’s great, but they will have to beat someone other than Saginaw to climb higher.
10. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – Took a loss against Windsor, but bounced back by putting up 8 goals on Oshawa. Can’t keep giving up 5 goals a game.
11. Ottawa 67’s – This team will be in a lot of high scoring games, with a talented offence and a defence corps in shambles.
12. North Bay Battalion – It’s only been one game for the Troops, they likely won’t be down here for long. Tough schedule this week though, facing Kitchener and Mississauga.
13. Mississauga Steelheads – A preseason favourite, the Steelheads were crushed by Hamilton, and a 6-1 win over Sudbury isn’t enough for them to rejoin the top 10
14. Owen Sound Attack – Tough opening schedule, but stayed close in both games. They could shake up the Midwest a bit with a home win against Guelph this week.
15. Peterborough Petes – Only the one loss to Ottawa on their record, there’s plenty of time for the Petes to move right back up.
16. Sudbury Wolves – Nice win against Oshawa, but a big 6-1 loss to Mississauga brings them back down to earth.
17. Erie Otters – This should only be temporary, as the Otters are missing plenty of players. Faltering offence is concerning.
18. Oshawa Generals – One of the few teams at the bottom that is actually scoring, but will have to start stopping some pucks too.
19. Kingston Frontenacs – Followed a close game against Barrie by getting blown out by Hamilton. Putting more weight in the latter than the former.
20. Saginaw Spirit – Lost two straight to a Guelph team that isn’t supposed to be very strong at all this year.