AOHL Power Rankings / Junior Hockey

AOHL Power Rankings (Oct 9)

1. (⇔)  Kitchener Rangers (4-0-2-0 | 10 points) last week: 1

Luke Richardson (2.18gaa .931sv%) has been a big reason for Kitchener’s early success. Goalie is about the only position that Joseph Garreffa (4g 7a) hasn’t played. He spend most of last year on the wing, but has also played centre and defense in the past. He’s played all three at times this season.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Friday at Sault Ste. Marie, Saturday at Flint, Sunday at Saginaw

2. (⇑1)  Peterborough Petes (5-2-0-0 | 10 points) last week: 3

Hunter Jones has started every game for the Petes so far, and although Peterborough will have to turn to rookie Tye Austin sooner or later, they will rely heavily on Jones. After four points in his first three games, Liam Kirk has been held off the score sheet in four straight.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday vs Erie, Friday at Oshawa, Saturday vs Windsor 

3. (⇑)  Guelph Storm (4-1-1-0 | 6 points) last week: not ranked

Nate Schnarr has a point in every game this season, and has three goals and five points in his last two games. Isaac Ratcliffe is following up a 41 goal season nicely with six goals in his first six games. With 8 goals in 21 opportunities, the Storm have the best powerplay in the OHL at 38.1%.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Friday vs Owen Sound, Saturday at Sarnia, Sunday vs Guelph

 4. (⇑4)  Sudbury Wolves (6-2-0-0 | 12 points) last week: 8

Remarkable how a team is four games above .500 with just A +1 goal differential. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has won all five of his starts this season, boasting a 1.78GAA and a .944sv%. Taken with the third overall pick in the latest CHL Import Draft. Luukkonen might want to be careful how good he plays or the CHL might ban European goalies again.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Friday vs Barrie, Sunday vs Niagara

5. (⇓3)  London Knights (3-2-0-0 | 6 points) last week: 5

The London Knights are 0/16 on the PP to start the season, Flint is the only other team without a powerplay goal. On the flip side, the Knights have only allowed a single power play goal in 16 opportunities.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Friday vs Sarnia, Saturday at Owen Sound, Sunday at Guelph

6. (⇑)  Ottawa 67’s (5-3-0-0 | 10 points) last week: honourable mention

After stumbling out of the gate, the 67’s are making the most of their current five-game home stand. Tye Felhaber (8g 6a) and Austen Keating (3g 11a) have been leading the way offensively, while Marco Rossi (4g 3a) is tied for the rookie scoring lead.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Wednesday vs Kingston, Friday vs Windsor, Sunday vs Erie

7. (⇓5)  Niagara IceDogs (3-2-1-0 | 7 points) last week: 2

Kirill Maksimov (8g 5a) and Akil Thomas (3g 10a) have both enjoyed fantastic starts to the season and will be relied on to continue to pace the team’s offense. Stephen Dhillon has been a little inconsistent to start the year, but I imagine he’ll settle in as we go forward.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Thursday vs Barrie, Saturday at Barrie, Sunday at Sudbury

8. (⇑)  Saginaw Spirit (4-2-1-0 | 9 points) last week: not ranked

Cole Perfetti (4g 3a) is tied for the most points among OHL rookies during the first few weeks of the season. He’s given the Spirit a solid secondary scoring option behind Cole Coskey (4g 6a), Albert Michnac (4g 6a) and Nicholas Porco (7g 1a).

GAMES THIS WEEK: Saturday vs North Bay, Sunday vs Kitchener

9(⇓2)  SSM Greyhounds (3-3-1-0 | 7 points) last week: 7

After playing 6 of their first 8 games on the road, the Greyhounds will play their next 6 games at home. Barrett Hayton will make his season debut this week after a lengthy stay with the Arizona Coyotes. Morgan Frost continues to torch the league, with three goals and seven points in his last four games.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Wednesday vs Flint, Friday vs Kitchener, Sunday vs North Bay

10. (⇔)  Missauga Steelheads (4-1-1-0 | 9 points) last week: 10

Here’s an odd early season stat: Mississauga has scored 6 power play goals at home, but zero on the road. Captain Cole Carter has goals in five straight games, and leads the team with nine points. Dman Thomas Hartley is enjoying a nice start to his sophomore season, with a goal and seven points in six games. He had just a goal and 15 points in 62 games as a rookie last season.

GAMES THIS WEEK: Friday vs Hamilton, Saturday at Hamilton, Sunday at Sarnia

Honourable Mentions:

Hamilton, Oshawa, Barrie

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