With Week 2 wrapping up, there are already a couple of surprise starts. I doubt anybody had Guelph winning 3 of their first 4 games, or that Ryan Moore on Flint would lead the league in scoring. While it’s too early to tell if these trends could be sustained for a full season, week three would indicate which teams have some staying power.
1. Flint Firebirds (LW:4) – Beat Sarnia and Ottawa, who are both off to a solid start, and have the leagues early season scoring leaders in Ryan Moore and Nicholas Caamano.
2. Hamilton Bulldogs (LW: 1) – Allowing seven goals to Owen Sound is a bit concerning, but beating a surprisingly strong Guelph team alleviates the concern.
3. Kitchener Rangers (LW: 7) – The league’s last undefeated team, and the only team to beat Flint, but like last year, wondering where the offence is (scoring nine on Sudbury doesn’t count).
4. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (LW: 10) – Tightened up the defence, and took down London, Windsor and Sarnia. Winners of their past four games.
5. Windsor Spitfires (LW: 2) – Starting to get some of their stars back from NHL camps. Crossing their fingers they get Mikhail Sergachev back soon.
6. Sarnia Sting (LW: 3) – Tough match-ups against Flint and Sault Ste. Marie, but still very much in the thick of things.
7. London Knights (LW: 6) – Tough 3-2 loss to Sault Ste. Marie, but should benefit from players being sent back very soon.
8. Guelph Storm (LW: 9) – Beating Owen Sound is nice, but still need to get one more big win to move up any higher in the rankings.
9. Ottawa 67’s (LW: 11) – Being second in the league in goals scored doesn’t mean much when you’re first in goals against.
10. Barrie Colts (LW: 8) – Should have beat Sudbury, losing in OT, although the London game was a different story.
11. Oshawa Generals (LW: 18) – Won a revenge game against Peterborough, then notched a 5-2 win over the Spitfires.
12. Sudbury Wolves (LW: 16) – Keep following up nice wins with big losses, but could move up if they ever find some consistency.
13. Peterborough Petes (LW: 15) – Traded 4-1 games with Oshawa, and beat Niagara. Could move up by beating either London or Sarnia this week.
14. North Bay Battalion (LW: 12) – Uncharacteristically won a game because of their offence, and lost a game due to a lack of defence.
15. Mississauga Steelheads (LW: 13) – May have players at NHL camps, but the defence corps is largely untouched, and currently bleeding goals. Major concern.
16. Erie Otters (LW: 17) – As mentioned last week, having troubles scoring. If only there were a small, dynamic 50-goal scoring winger coming back…
17. Owen Sound Attack (LW: 14) – How did they score seven goals against Hamilton, and then can only score a total of six in their other three games?
18. Niagara IceDogs (LW: 5) – Waaaaaaaaay too high last week. Put too much stock into a good opening night win, but at least their losses aren’t blowouts.
19. Kingston Frontenacs (LW: 19) – Aside from a 4-0 win against Niagara, Kingston hasn’t been able to kind any sort of scoring.
20. Saginaw Spirit (LW: 20) – Rough opening schedule, but five goals in four games isn’t even close to being good enough to cut it.