Weeks 10 & 11 - The Midway MVP 5.0

The Insider SWEARS that the Rank-Inator 3000 is the most accurate, flawless prognosticator and analyzer on the planet. Wow! Just my luck, since the Power Rankings for Weeks 10 & 11 are due! What are the odds? It's a new tool specifically designed for one purpise, which was to produce the SICHL mid-season rankings. I've been told that the tool take several data elements and spits out a near perfect ranking based on team and player statistics. And since we're at the haflway point of the season (can you believe it?) the Rank-Inator 3000 also spewed out its recommendations for each team's MVP thus far. 


A MASSIVE thank you to the Insider for sourcing this wonderful, error-less tool that we will, no doubt, use again when I'm too lazy to do the Power Rankings myself. Let's go!

Havana Revolution
Previous: 1 Trend: --
The defending champs currently sit 3rd in the World Conference and are the 3rd best team in the overall standings! Mid-Season MVP - The offense will continue to come from McDavid and Draisaitl and these guys are obvious candidates, but have to give the nod to the indestructible Connor Hellebuyck, who had 31 wins in 41 games played. Hellebuyck leads near all goalie statistical categories!
Hamburg Gladiators
Previous: 5 Trend: 3
A real Cinderella story going from last place to first place in the entire league in one season! Surely, that should get him the #1 mid-season ranking? 66 percent of the time, the Rank-Inator is correct every time! The MVP for Hamburg must go to the offensive defenseman Charlie McAvoy with 50 points! He also leads the league with 38 assists! A close second would be the backstopper Jeremy Swayman and his 28 wins!
Banff Rockies
Previous: 4 Trend: 1
The Rockies are still near the top of this mountain with their high-octane offensive roster. They currently sit near the top of the overall standings in 4th place. Speaking of offense, they also have the 2nd most goals for in the league! Ian is never afraid to make a big splash as evidenced by an in-season deal that saw him trade Nick Suzuki to Regina to get the porn-stash goal scoring superstar Auston Matthews with one 'h'! The mid-season MVP has to be Aleksander Barkov, who leads the team currently in goals and overall team points with 44! Another guy that could easily take home this honor is Alex Pietrangelo and his team leading 31 assists and a plus 24 on defense!
Philadelphia Fire Ants
Previous: 2 Trend: 2
The Fire Ants, you say, are 7th overall in the league! Yes, this is true, and a closer look at some of the team and player statistics explain the reasoning behind the Rank-Inator's bump to #4 in the our mid-season ranking! The Ants made a few deals early in the season acquiring Kyle Okposo, Max Domi and Tyson Barrie which seemed to have helped in rounding out this team's offense. MVP? Well, we have to give the nod to longtime Philly stalwart Steven Stamkos who is among the top scorers in the SICHL with 53 points!
Montréal Millionaires
Previous: 3 Trend: 2
We all wish we had a million bucks, right? Well this team they call the Millionaires is sitting 5th in this midterm ranking and ironically 5th overall in the league standings! Montreal has the most goals for in the league with 170! Is there anyone more likeable than Kasim? Well, maybe his team's MVP! The part time DJ and team's leading scorer, by miles, is Mika Zibanejad with a sweet 63 points at the halfway mark. The team has received solid goaltending from Jacob Markstrom and that is scary given their best goalie is cooking in the GHA!
Fredericton Express
Previous: 6 Trend: --
Wait, how can the team of the esteemed Commish which is now leading the Canadian Conference and is sitting 2 overall in the SICHL standing be ranked 6th? Is there a glitch in the Rank-Inator 3000? Nope, this app is 100% bang on in its assessment. Don't question it! Only one in-season deal and that was to bring in defensive d-man Justin Holl from Hamilton! Another easy choice for team MVP is leading goal and point scorer for the Express in David Pastrnak. If only the Colonials kept him? One could also consider the ever-reliable Andrei Vasilevsky and his 26 wins in net as another MVP candidate. Of note, the Express have the 5th most goals for int he league!
Edmonton Supersonics
Previous: 9 Trend: 2
Coming in at 7 behind the Commish's team is our Deputy Commish's team! The Sonics are top 10 in the overall standings and have been pretty stingy about letting in goal, with the 4th fewest goals against! Team MVP Bo Horvat continues to be a leader for this team and once again is amongst the league top scorers with 51 points! A special shout-out to rookie Connor Ingram and a solid defensive core led by Cale Makar, Vince Dunn and Noah Dobson.
St. Louis Spartans
Previous: 8 Trend: --
Sean's team comes in at 8 and no surprise given the recent winning streak! Some days this teams feels like a juggernaut that can't be stopped! While it would be easy to give the MVP to Jared McCann, we have to give the mid-season team award to veteran T.J. Oshie and his 309 points, +10 and 8 powerplay goals! Plus, the guy hits everything in sight, with 132 hits so far this season!
Vancouver Island Norsemen
Previous: 16 Trend: 7
Well, 9th place in this ranking may not be as sexy as gold points, but pretty darn close! The team has 24 wins and 52 points on the season. It has been getting solid starts from Ilya Sorokin and the ageless wonder Sid the Kid is leading his team in scoring with 52 points! While Sid is a worthy candidate, we are giving a slight edge to Adrian Kempe as team MVP at the half! Kempe leads the team in goals with 22 and has 51 points, just one behind Crosby!
Acadia Grizzly Bears
Previous: 7 Trend: 3
Da bears! the Grizz round out the top 10 at the midseason point with a 25-17 record and a tidy 56 points. The team hasn't made any in-season deals and don't really need to with offense coming from the likes of Chris Kreider, Mikko Rantanen and Claude Giroux! This team also likes to shoot as evident by putting 1688 shots on goal so far this season, which is good for 2nd best in the SICHL. Will have to go with Kreider over Rants in the battle for MVP as Kreider has a comparable point total, but holds the edge in goals, powerplay goals and game winning goals!
Hamilton Steelhawks
Previous: 10 Trend: 1
A very worthy turnaround for the Steelhawks this year, as Chris and his trading has put them in the playoff threat conversation. The Hawks made a crap ton of off-season moves and apparently 17 more in-season deals, mostly involving picks and cash. But one deal stood out which was the addition of Tomas Hertl! Team MVP in our books has been rookie Jake Sanderson on the backend with 38 points. Although one could also make a case for Travis Konecny and Jason Roberston.
Boston Colonials
Previous: 14 Trend: 2
Coming in at 12 in our rankings is the rebuilding Boston Colonials. A basement dweller the past few seasons now sees itself as a potential playoff team! Currently sitting 7th in the World Conference, the team is still scratching out wins where needed. Boston made a few deals since the season began to tighten up the defensive core bringing in Jacob Middleton and Ian Cole and more recently, puck mover Tony DeAngelo! The team defense has been a strength on the special teams side, as the team has the 5th best penalty kill! Team MVP is clearly Tim Stuetzle and his team leading 50 points!
London Monarchs
Previous: 11 Trend: 2
The Monarchs are 13th overall in the SICHL standings and also hold that same spot on the mid-season ranking! Coincidence? Maybe. The Monarchs made a big splash in November acquiring Patty Kane to help their offensive attack and keep them in a hunt for a playoff berth and a shot at the elusive cup for Alex Ovechkin! Turns out to be a good pickup so far, as Kane has 32 points in 34 games. Sebastian Aho is clearly "the guy" now in London and the MVP of this team in the midterm ranking, with a team leading 20 goals and 49 points.
Portland Buckaroos
Previous: 15 Trend: 1
Why, howdy pardner! The Buckaroos are 14th according to the best mid-season rankings app ever! Is JD really ever out of it? The team has been teetering on 8th place for a while now and with an offense lead by JT Miller (55 points) and Dylan Larkin (53 points) who can stop them? Demko has also been good, so I can't see this team sitting on the outside when the season ends. Big acquisition for the Bucks is Filip Forsberg, who has 26 points in 41 games played! Toss up on the MVP so we are sharing the aware between Miller and Larkin!
Seattle Grunge
Previous: 13 Trend: 2
Here is another team that has walked the playoff berth line for most of the season thus far! This team should not be a "mid" team as the kids would say. It is just too good and have one of the better ranked goalies per SICHL scouting in Jake Oettinger. The team also has the best power play in the league and is ranked #1 on special teams! We can see this team rising up the ranking ladder as the team starts to get its footing (HSkey editorial - the Grunge just beat both the Revolution AND the Hamburglars in back to back nights). If Oettinger plays the way he can, he may end up being the team MVP by season's end, but for now, we give that honour to the captain Brady Tkachuk, who leads in many of the team's offensive categories. Should also highlight the 19 goals by Nick Schmaltz!
Chicago Tigers
Previous: 12 Trend: 4
This is kind of an offense by committee team with one sweet mama jama of a goalie in Alexander Georgiev, who is sporting some sweet goalie stats and 23 wins. Maybe the Russian Connor Hellebuyck in the number of games this guy can start! With that said, Georgiev is the easy choice to hand out the team's midway MVP distinction!
Ottawa Slammers
Previous: 19 Trend: 2
Ottawa did storm out of the gate early but has since fallen off slightly. They are not just on the outside looking in on a playoff spot. With a number one prospect in Matthew Hill, there is some work to do, but there are some great pieces coming along in Will Smith, Matthew Wood and Jonathan Lekkerimaki! Team MVP to date would have to be shared between David Perron and Connor Garland with very similar offensive numbers.
Whitehorse Huskies
Previous: 21 Trend: 3
This is a team which is surprisingly low at the midway point. A team with a set of forwards and defensemen that would be the envy of most! is it due to lack of goaltending? Is this why Don's drafting strategy has changed in recent years to select a minimum of 15 goalies per draft? A very tight race for the mid season MVP but have to give the award to the other Tkachuk! Matty has the team lead in goals and hits and is among the best offensive players on this offensively blessed team!
Okanagan Sun Devils
Previous: 17 Trend: 2
The Sun Devils are a team that is building form the backend with Igor Shesterkin in goal! Their offence is coming from two offensive defensemen in Kris Letang and John CArlson. Not much else offensively to write about, but give it time! Although the Sun Devils did add Ilya Mikheyev and Kyle Palmieri to help boost the team offence. Shesty for mid-season MVP wth 17 wins, a 2.56 GAA and a 0.912 save percentage!
Brno Barons
Previous: 18 Trend: 2
Brno is also one of those teams flirting with a playoff spot, sitting 2 points back of Seattle at the moment with 49 points. They have one of the worst power plays in the league, but they have the 2nd best penalty kill! Brno traded goaltender Stuart Skinner (76) earlier this season for Korpisalo (75) and Benning (73)! The MVP at the half is defenseman Gustav Forsling! Forsling leads the team with 22 assists and has chipped in with 9 goals.
Vancouver Vipers
Previous: 20 Trend: 1
The Vipers come in at #21 based on the Rank-Inator 3000's expert analysis! This is a team that will do damage in the future with young players on the way in Adam Fantilli, Mason McTavish, Jack Quinn and Cole Perfetti, but not this day! Jake Guentzel is the easy choice for mid-season MVP as he has the most goals with 19, most assists (tied with 18) and most points with 37!
Stockholm Cougars
Previous: 23 Trend: 1
The Cougars come in at #22 and are another team building for the future with prospects like Luke Hughes, Shane Wright and David Reinbacher! For now, their rookie Lukas Reichel gets the team MVP nod at the halfway point! The rookie has 26 points in 41 games and is tied for the team lead in goals with 12!
Toronto Rex
Previous: 25 Trend: 2
The T-Rex is a team that will be in the lottery mix this season. Connor Bedard is not here just yet! Their biggest need is to get a jersey designed and start earning some cash on the merch side! The team MVP is a toss up for me between the team leader Nico Hischier and the offensive d-man Sean Durzi, but we will give the edge to Hischier with his 36 points!
Las Vegas Aces
Previous: 26 Trend: 2
Strange not seeing Dusty in the playoff mix, but this is a team that is on the rebuild path...well at least for now. I would expect some deadline moves to deal off some aging vets. Team MVP at this point in the season has to be Evgeni Malkin, if anything but to boost his stock with the trade deadline approaching.
Jacksonville Gators
Previous: 24 Trend: 1
Drain the swamp! Let's get this team out of the basement, Dusty #2! Lots of prospects in the system and more to come. This could be another mover/shaker at the trade deadline with the mid-season MVP Mikael Granlund possibly moving out of Florida. Granlund leads the team with 34 points which includes 25 assists.
Regina Bisons
Previous: 22 Trend: 4
A bottom 5 team that won't stay here forever. Bold move, dealing Auston Matthew early this season and it looks like it is paying off landing Nick Suzuki, Olen Zellweger and Jimmy Snuggerud! They also deal Cam Fowler for Liam Ohgren and Carson Soucy! Team MVP is none other than Nick Suzuki who is currently leading the league in points!
Reykjavik Riders
Previous: 27 Trend: --
No bones about it, the Riders are rebuilding and would love Celebrini in this coming draft! Team MVP is Anthony Cirelli with his team leading 40 points.
Dublin Shamrocks
Previous: 30 Trend: 2
The Shamrocks own their own 1st round pick this season, so they love to be at the bottom of the pack. This is a team that needs a lottery win! MVP? Why none other than Evgeni Dadonov and his team leading 19, yes, 19 points!
Calgary Mustangs
Previous: 28 Trend: 1
A plethora of prospects and maybe a Celebrinin on the way! Calgary will eventually be scary good, and they are also a team that won't mind this ranking! this is Robert Thomas' team and he will gladly be called MVP in Stampedeland!
Nova Scotia Schooners
Previous: 29 Trend: 1
This team has the most goals against in the league! By design? Of course! The team MVP at the half is definitely not a goalie! Giving the nod to Mitch Marner and his team leading 40 points with EP coming in as a close second...uh oh! The Rank-Inator 3000 crashed after crunching the bad statistical input generated by the Schooners. Hopefully, it can be repaired soon!


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