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Week 0.5 - Commencement Addressment (Early, Summit Edition 1.0)

I mean, we haven't even done the first round of UFA bidding. It would be improper to do the pre-season power rankings this early. Downright loopy. Insane, even.

....Have you met me?

OF COURSE WE'RE DOING THE PRE-SEASON POWER RANKINGS EARLY, HOW COULD WE NOT?

With the anticipation of the upcoming season, and all of us basking in the post-Summit glow, I couldn't help myself. Keep in mind that we haven't even STARTED Free Agency, so these rankings are about as loose as they can get. Hell, there have even been a few trades since we did these rankings, but that's not going to stop me. Join myself, Eric and more than half the crew LIVE from Mike's beautiful house in Edmonton, Alberta as we dig into draft decisions, the greatest weekend ever and...THE FUTURE! LET'S GO!

1
Acadia Golden Bears
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No surprises here, Guy's team on paper is the best. Among the best offense, the best defense and rock solid goaltending. He may not be the reigning champion, but much like Taz in ECW "Beat him if you can, survive if he lets you"
2
Nova Scotia Schooners
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Is there a better rivalry in the SICHL right now (other than Norm and Matt MacInnis?) Not for my money. Eric is chomping at the heels with, once again, an absolutely stellar lineup from top to bottom.
3
Whitehorse Huskies
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Not so fast, everybody complaining about the rankings so far, Don is not too far behind Guy and Eric and is solidly in 3rd. The Mad Scientist from up north knows his stuff and is a hell of a guy. And LOOK at that defense corps, if you're not jealous, you 'aint right in the head.
4
Havana Revolution
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Jeff's t-shirt was right, Skey really is the best something something.
5
Las Vegas Aces
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Was there a busier GM than Dustin over the weekend? Not only did he get himself out of debt, but somehow managed to re-scure a 1st round pick AND trade half his team. And he's STILL in the top 5 for the rankings, how do you like that? (Answer I DON'T!)
6
Denver Rapids
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Alright, next up we certainly can't have Denver since they're still rebuilding and...(checks notes) hooooly crap, Sam has been busy. His draft picks are now certifiably stars and Sam wheeled and dealed like no other expansion team in memory. Sam is a force in the World Conference and will unquestionably be a playoff team this year. Sam, teach me!
7
Québec Canons
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The Canons ALWAYS do this, one of the most unassuming teams in the league. Their offense may not be elite, but their D and goaltending will make short work of that drawback.
8
Reykjavik Riders
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Remember the days when the Gladiators were good and the Riders were bad? I miss those days.
9
Calgary Mustangs
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Matt now has BOTH Kanes on his side. I'm scared. Also, our Kane deal means that I can never, EVER put him first in the rankings this year.
10
Boston Colonials
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Gary felt like he was at the Summit, despite not being physically present. The insider was as busy as ever, tweeting out rumors galore. And possibly Twooping too.
11
Edmonton Supersonics
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Mike has THREE first round picks in the upcoming draft AND is at spot number 11. Surely, this is a man whose plan has come to fruition. Is there anything he can't do???
12
St. Louis Spartans
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This may be among the highest rankings Sean finds himself prior to season start. Will we see an aggressive free agency?
13
Kansas City Krunch
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Kirk picked a VERY good time to get back to back 1st overall picks and is no longer in the passenger seat in the World Conference. I expect big things from the Krunch this year!
14
Vancouver Island Norsemen
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Matt won't end up 14th overall in the league. He may have lost in the finals, but I can't possibly count them out this early. Any team that has Benn, Crosby, etc. will be a perennial threat.
15
Brandon Wheat Kings
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Doug had his first draft pick in years and it was AWESOME. Naturally, he got a couple of good ol' boys from Manitoba. Great to have you Doug, best of luck this year!
16
Philadelphia Fire Ants
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Don't let Norm fool you - a weekend of drinking, scheming and looking us all in the eye has only made him colder, sharper, more...championship-Y. The Hamburglar, indeed, is alive and well.
17
Ottawa Slammers
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Pat admittedly is going through a bit of a re-tooling, but he still has a team to compete. I mean, it could be worse, he could have my lineup...
18
Stockholm Cougars
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Tom's ranking is a bit unfair. He's VERY top heavy, but a great top offense and starting 4. He may want an upgrade in goaltending to secure a playoff spot, but beyond depth, the Cougars look pretty good. Check out Eric Staal's re-rate!
19
Vancouver Vipers
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Since Bryce drove us around Edmonton and was a consummate professional the whole weekend, I can't say anything bad about his team. No, literally, I can't. Signed a contract and everything.
20
Fredericton Express
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Mark didn't try too hard to grab McAvoy from me this weekend, probably because he's the Commish and can just tell Mike to put McAvoy on his lineup in some clandestine deal.
21
London Monarchs
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Michael had an amazing weekend and was kind enough to host SICHL's first live 8-team trade, inspired by Fireball and shenanigans.
22
Toronto Metropolitans
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You know, for an expansion team, Toronto super is 3 spots higher than the Gladiators. Poop. Welcome, Chris!
23
Banff Rockies
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Ian picked me up from the airport, despite never meeting me and I'll be very grateful for that until his team is much better than mine, which is already. Thanks for nothing, Ian!
24
Chicago Tigers
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Sheetal is moving out east, but he's taking Turris with him. I think this is probably the last year we see Sheetal and Kasim in the bottom 5 at the start of the year, but what do I know?
25
Hamburg Gladiators
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It's rebuild time! Turris, Kane and Luongo out, Cody Glass, Lucas Wallmark, Dmitry Sokolov and Sam's 1st rounder next year in. It's going to be a long year.
26
Montréal Millionaires
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Kasim's team can actually score now! Kasim's team can't actually prevent others from scoring yet. One more year, Kaz, one more year!
27
Brno Barons
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The hell? Another World Conference team worse than me! How is that possible?
28
Dublin Shamrocks
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Ah, so it's a race to the bottom, is it Ryan? YOU'RE ON!

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