With every team having played at least 10 games and no team having played more than 11 (seriously good scheduling this year, Commish!), we're already seeing what we love to see - the power rankings gurus getting it wrong, outrageous results, good teams doing badly, bad teams doing goodly and, above all, knee-jerk reactions and future prognostications that will be as accurate as the pre-season power rankings bonanza. Let's go!
I know Pat will hate this, but what do you want from me, Mr. Booth? You're the best team in the league and you know it. Most points, a seven game win streak, Karlsson is a monster right off the bat...oh sure, Eriksson is out for a week, but that doesn't seem to be a drop in the bucket.
For all the surprises of the first ten games, the Mustang's success shouldn't be one of them. We had them slated third, and here they are at 2nd spot. They have fourteen different players with at least one goal. Ben Bishop is a rockstar, playing every game so far and sporting a 0.929 save percentage. Yikes.
Rule of Acquisition supplemental - Norm is a jerkface with no regard for other people's feelings. He's on a four game win streak and is tearing up the World Conference. Now imagine if his powerplay was even remotely decent. It's unfair, I tell you. I'm taking this all the way to the Federation, they'll listen to me!
The top is VERY tight and the Aces could very well make a case for being the best team in the league. Their roster is ridiculous, they have the goaltending (81 for Mike Smith?...my precious Mike Smith, come join your brothers Craig and Brendan on the Gladiators. I'm sorry I let you go!!!), they have the tsar power, they have nobody as a minus, they have a 91.67% penalty kill and aren't interested in anything except busting your house.
Oh, what, you thought pre-season didn't mean anything? Clearly, Corey is onto something. He's beaten some good teams and only have two regulation losses so far. Special teams look great, Dubnyk hasn't lost in regulation at all yet, scoring is spread out...sounds like a top five spot to me.
Hehe, Google Translate asked if I needed translating on Matt's roster page. I have no idea why - no translating needed, it's just the Sim has finally given up and admitted that Matt's roster is incredible and that he SHOULD be the top of the league. But, it also remember it was the SIM, a nasty, vile, unfair creation and now Keith and Erik Johnson are injured and Matt's lost a few games. Giveth and taketh!
McJesus is off to a pretty good start - 8 points and a plus 4 with zero penalty minutes. Jeff has to be happy with a one-two punch of McDavid and Seguin down the middle. Very few teams have that kind of two headed monster. Unless you're the Golden Bears, then you're a hyrda or something. No losing streaks yet, either! Look for a classic home-at-home series with their bitter rivals, the Hamburglars on days 25 and 26!
I know Eric will be fuming at losing to Kasim, but he's 6-3-1 in a tough division and has taken down Quebec and Winnipeg once each. I'm sure the Schooners would love to face the Titans every game - they've played them four times and won every time so far! Hmm...perhaps I should have factored this into the rankings...nah, it's past midnight and I'm tired. 8th it is!
Welcome back, Bob! What a way to start your first season back - with outstanding production from STeen, Bergeron and Boedker, oustanding powerplay results and not having two losses in a row yet. Nicely done.
I suppose this constitutes a "slump" for Guy, but the Golden Bears are still finding their footing while starting off their championship defense. Couturier going down doesn't help, but with four wins in their last five games, I have a sinking feeling that they'll once again be in the top five before long.
Ooooh boy. The Falcons should be way higher - they've taken down the Norsemen and the Mustangs, and are already showing that they can go on multiple win streaks. But those injuries - ouch! Brandon Saad out for two weeks and Letang nearly a month.
Blarg. Why do so many teams have good, young players? Ooooh it's because they draft well an don't overspend on useless free agents. Huh. I wish I'd learned that 13 years ago. Cue Ryan Johansen mention, who is performing admirably and you'd think a 74 OV rating will be the lowest he's rated in the future. No injuries and a solid special teams score makes me, a fellow World Conference member, a sad panda.
How about Barkov? 13 points, ZERO penalty minutes and a plus 3. That's the kind of stats I like to see. Tarasenko remains "quiet", although I hardly think leading the team in goals with 4 is bad, I just see him skyrocketing soon. 82 rated Steve Mason will surely get above a 0.882 save percentage too.
Ok, I've got a bunch of dmen that should be good at d-ing. And I've got the highest rated goalie in the league. But my forwards stink! Stands to reason I'm one of the top scoring teams in the league and can't stay out of the penalty box or stop any kind of shots from going in the net. I love SICHL!
How could you not be jealous of the Rider forward corps? Forsberg, Monahan, Voracek, Pacioretty, Stepan...it's just nasty up front. The Hamburglars might be one spot ahead for now, but in years to come, the Riders will be a top five team and I'll be lucky to be in the top twenty five.
No injuries, and a hell of a way to start the season (4-0-1, including being one of the few teams who have beaten Pat's Slammers!) But just 1 win since then. The powerplay needs improving (like I should talk!) at 6.67%, it's looking shaky. While there's no injuries to talk about, the Express have an up and down schedule in their next four - Golden Bears, Schooners, Titans and Vipers. So potential for improvement...or deprovement?
I blame Don's re-coloring. I mean purple and white was so awesome and ever since they changed to green and blue...I just don't even care to find out why they're underachieving Don. You broke my heart. Let's change this over 19 drinks this August say...25th and 26th...in, let's say, Edmonton. I think we could make that work, what say you?
Ok and next up we've got anybody but the Rapids, but there's no way such a young team would be in 18th and WHAAAAAA...T?? What are the Rapids doing so high? It's late. I had a few drinks. I must have made a mistake. (checks standings). Nope, the Rapids are in the midst of a four game winning streak, no injuries, respectable special teams and led by rookie sensation Dylan Larkin. Not bad, Sam! Not too bad at all.
Losing Edler hurts, for certain. Beating the Gladiators on opening day certainly hurt the Shamrocks' rankings. I mean, who do they think they are??? I was really excited about day 1! Shamrocks are surviving on their special teams, as nearly every player is a minus so far. Time to turn that into a positive!
Sheetal has an outrageous penalty kill, a never say die attitude, consistently beats teams weaker than him and keeps it close against better teams (save for an 8-2 drubbing against the Aces). How does he do it?
You take one look at the Monarchs' roster and you think - OK, this is bound to correct itself eventually. Huge names like the Thornton, Duchene, Josi, Ovechkin...I mean, sure they're top heavy, but what a top!
Hmmm, no injuries, very few players in the minus. What gives? (checks special teams). Ah. 7.41% power play, that'll do it. I don't think the Titans are as bad as their ranking shows. They've lost some very close games to good teams, including 1 goal losses to Nova Scotia (twice) and the Norsemen. Definitely a glass half full on the Titans, so far.
This is easily the tighest the rankings and standings have been in a long time. Sure, I've put the Wheat Kings at 23rd, but 1 win puts them in 7th in the entire league, points wise. It's THAT close. So don't feel too bad, Doug, your team clearly has the capability of winning games and making the playoffs. Just not in these rankings.
Hmm. Are the Krunch also on a course correction? I stand by my rankings, but Kirk's Krunch aren't off to the best start. Look out for that lethal power play (24!) and once his home record improves, he could be making a move. It might help if Zack Smith stops taking 3 PIMs per game too.
Wow...ok, talk about early season jitters. No significant injuries (although Ryan Kujawinski apparently had his right elbow separated from his body and won't be 100% for another 88 days)
Oof. We had the ol' Colonials at 13 before the season start and here they are, last in the World Conference. What the hell happened? Where to start? Well, primarily, Ryan Kesler and his 95 DF are injured for another 3 weeks at least. Mrazek is playing well, but you look at veterans like Alec Martinez, David Legwand, Ales Hemsky, David Perron and Jakob Silfverberg with THREE points combined and a minus 28...that's not going to win you hockey games.
See, this is what I love. Surprises. Think you can take a night off against the Millionaires? Tell that to the Schooners and Golden Bears, who both lost to Kasim's team so far. What other surprises are in store for us?
I don't think many people bet on Vancouver being dead last ten games in, and certainly with ZERO wins. What gives? We had the Vipers on the lower end, but not this low. I would imagine the powerplay would improve on its current 3.45% success rate and that Antti Niemi will have a save percentage above .903...but what do I know?