1. (⇑1) Sarnia Sting (21-4-1-0 | 43 points) last week: 2nd
Sting have won five straight, scoring a league-high 130 goals in 26 games. Their 33 powerplay goals is also tops the OHL. The league has had no answer for Jordan Kyrou, who has 10 more points than the next highest scorer. In 24 games this season, he’s been held off the scoresheet twice. Sarnia still won both those games.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs North Bay Friday, at Saginaw Saturday, vs Oshawa Sunday
2. (⇓1) SSM Greyhounds (20-3-2-0 | 42 points) last week: 1st
11 straight wins for the Greyhounds as they sit a point behind Sarnia for top spot in the OHL. Boris Katchouk is tied for the league lead with 22 goals while Matthew Villalta leads all eligible goalies with a 2.38 goals against average.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Peterborough Thursday, at Kingston Friday, at Ottawa Sunday
3. (⇑3) Hamilton Bulldogs (14-6-2-3 | 33 points) last week: 5
Bulldogs have been one of the hottest teams in the OHL, which has been enough to earn a spot in the CHL Top 10 rankings for the first time this season. Especially with the additions of Nicholas Caamano and Ryan Moore from Flint, Hamilton has solidified themselves as the top team in the East.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Saginaw Thursday, at Flint Friday, vs Mississauga Sunday
4. (⇓1) Barrie Colts (14-7-2-1 | 31 points) last week: 3rd
The Colts still lead the Central Division despite being without Andrei Svechnikov for 14 games (and counting), Jason Willms, Zachary Magwood, Lucas Chiodo and Alexey Lipanov have really helped pick up the slack.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Mississauga Thursday, at Ottawa Saturday, at Kingston Sunday
5. (⇓1) Kitchener Rangers (16-9-2-0 | 34 points) last week: 4th
Adam Mascherin has four multi-point games in his last nine contests as it appears he’s found his offensive touch after an uncharacteristically slow start to the season. Logan Stanley has added some offense to his game, and Joseph Garreffa has a pair of four assist games in the last two weeks.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Owen Sound Friday, at Erie Sunday
6. (⇓1) Kingston Frontenacs (14-7-2-3 | 33 points) last week: 5th
No Eastern Conference team has taken more penalties than the Fronts, but their 75 goals against is among the lowest in the OHL. Strong goaltending can do wonders (see London), and that’s what Kingston’s been riding. Jason Robertson (17-18–35) and Linus Nyman (10-23–33) have been a great one-two punch offensively.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Sault Ste. Marie Friday, vs Barrie Sunday
7. (⇓2) Owen Sound Attack (13-10-0-2 | 26 points) last week: 6th
Owen Sound certainly has the fire power as the Attack are one of three OHL teams with more than 100 goals for, but they’ve allowed 99 against. Defence and goaltending will need an upgrade if Owen Sound looks to go on a lengthy run.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Kitchener Friday, vs Guelph Saturday
8. (⇑2) London Knights (12-11-2-0 | 26 points) last week: 10
Joseph Raaymakers has really helped steady the ship, allowing London’s offensive firepower to find their stride, and boy has it ever. The Knights are getting offensive production from the blue line as well, as the draft eligible Evan Bouchard (6-22–30) is third in the OHL in points by a defenseman, he has five goals and 18 points in his last ten games.
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Oshawa Friday, vs North Bay Saturday
9. (⇓1) Mississauga Steelheads (11-13-0-1 | 23 points) last week: 8th
With three straight losses, the Steelheads have taken a bit of a step back after a strong couple of weeks. Nicolas Hague leads all OHL defensemen with 13 goals. Albert Michnac has scored 14 goals, he potted 15 in 65 games with Guelph last year.
GAMES THIS WEEK: at Barrie Thursday, at Sudbury Friday, at Hamilton Sunday
10. (⇑) Saginaw Spirit (12-9-3-0 | 27 points) last week: —
How about those Saginaw Spirit. A lot of people (me included) thought it looked like a nother long year in Saginaw, but they have turned their season around in a big way. The slow start wasn’t overly surprising for the young Spirit squad, especially with a coaching change in late August. I sort of expected them to be slow out of the gate, but they’ve turned their season around in a big way. Here’s a plot twist, what if Saginaw are buyers this year?? More on that another time…
GAMES THIS WEEK: vs Hamilton Thursday, vs Sarnia Saturday, vs Niagara Sunday