AOHL Power Rankings / Junior Hockey

AOHL Power Rankings (Oct 2)

1. (⇑)  Kitchener Rangers (3-0-0-0 | 6 points) last week: HM

Just four goals against in three games, and successfully killing off all seven powerplays they’ve faced so far on the young season. Still very early in the season but the Rangers have had a much better start than many expected, me included.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Friday vs Saginaw, Saturday at Sarnia, Sunday vs Sudbury

2. (⇓1)  Niagara IceDogs (3-1-0-0 | 6 points) last week: 1

Ivan Lodnia has chipped in nicely to start is IceDogs career, with three goals and two assists in his first five games. Kirill Maksimov (3g 3a) and captain Ben Thomas (3g 3a) have also enjoyed strong starts. Stephen Dhillon has struggled a bit in net, but don’t expect that to continue for too much longer.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday vs Sudbury, Friday at Mississauga

3. (⇑1)  Peterborough Petes (3-1-0-0 | 6 points) last week: 4

The Petes have been a really nice surprise to start the season. They’ve had fairly balanced scoring, with four players scoring at least three goals. Hunter Jones has also been great in net, other than a rough start against Hamilton.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday vs Sault Ste. Marie, Saturday at Hamilton

4. (⇑4)  Sarnia Sting (3-0-0-0 | 6 points) last week: 8

Unbeaten through their first three games, The Sting have only allowed four goals against. They’ve also yet to allow a powerplay goal against in ten opportunities.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Wednesday at Owen Sound, Friday at Guelph, Saturday vs Kitchener

5. (⇓3)  London Knights (2-2-0-0 | 4 points) last week: 2

The Knights will continue to get better as their NHL guys work their way backs into the line up. Evan Bouchard and Alex Formenton are still with their NHL teams, obviously two very key guys.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday at Windsor, Friday vs Owen Sound

6. (⇓3) Barrie Colts (2-1-1-0 | 5 points) last week: 3

Barrie hasn’t had much difficulty scoring goals, Ryan Suzuki (4g 7a), Matej Pekar (3g 5a) and Lucas Chiodo (4g 4a) have been pacing the offense nicely through the first four games.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday vs Mississauga, Saturday at Ottawa, Sunday at Kingston

7(⇑2)  SSM Greyhounds (2-1-1-0 | 5 points) last week: 9

Morgan Frost is the go-to guy for the Greyhounds this season, and that has been the case through the first handful of games. With 65 OHL wins coming in to this season, Matthew Villalta will be relied on heavily in the Soo net.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday at Peterborough, Friday at Kingston, Sunday at Ottawa

 8. (⇑)  Sudbury Wolves (3-2-0-0 | 6 points) last week: not ranked

No OHL team is more thankful for the return of European goalies. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has won every game he’s started do far. Quinton Byfield has had a good start to his OHL career with three goals and six points in five games.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday at Niagara, Friday at Erie, Sunday at Kitchener

9. (⇑1) Hamilton Bulldogs (2-1-1-0 | 5 points) last week: 10

Arthur Kaliyev has a goal in all four games he’s played this season, and isn’t showing much signs of slowing down. The same can be said for Brandon Saigeon, who has ten points in four games. Overage Dman Nicolas Mattinen has enjoyed a good start, with three goals and six points in four games.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Friday vs Oshawa, Saturday vs Hamilton, Sunday at Windsor

10. (⇑)  Missauga Steelheads (2-1-1-0 | 7 points) last week: not ranked

Back-to-back wins for the fish. Captain Cole Carter has led the way offensively in the early going, while Owen Tippett and Ryan McLeod have made immediate impacts since their return from NHL camps.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday at Barrie, Friday vs Niagara

Honourable Mentions:

Owen Sound, Ottawa, Windsor

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