Greetings! It is time again for another installment of the CHL Power Rankings. This week, the Missouri Mavericks lay claim to the top spot. Scott Hillman’s team is 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and are in first place in the league by five points over the Rapid City Rush headed into Tuesday’s slate of games. For more on where your team ranks, scroll down!
Here is some of our reasoning for this week’s rankings. This from Matthew Harding:
- Missouri split their series with Denver over the weekend, but given their 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games they stay #1.
- Denver moves up with the addition of AJ Gale to the roster and their 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games. If they get Soudek, Schumacher and others called up back, this could be a dangerous team in April.
- Quad City, despite a rash of injuries and Jim McKenzie being gone (still), the Mallards are still managing to win games. This is a huge homestand for the Mallards if they wish to make a run for home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
- Rapid’s post-Christmas slump continues, though they have shown signs of coming out of it with a weekend sweep of Arizona. Tim Boron seems to be rounding back into form.
- Allen’s problem remains their porous defense. If they get that fixed, this is a team that can win a second-straight Cup.
- Tulsa is 8-2-0 in their last 10. Gordon/Menei/Pleskach are on fire right now. And maybe, just maybe, the Madolora/Fogal combo can get Tulsa to the playoffs.
- Brampton seems to be in search of extra offense for stretch run–not sure they have enough to make a deep run this year.
- Arizona is in 8th. Their big problem right now is defense, -44 in their last 10 games.
- Wichita continues to hold firm in 9th. Inconsistency is this team’s biggest killer. Time is running out for them to put a run together.
Now its time for you to offer your opinion. Be sure to vote in our poll question.
Our thanks to the other writers from CHL markets who participate in this every week. One of those writers, is Barry Janssen, who writes a blog about the Allen Americans. You can follow Barry on twitter @AllenAmericans1, or visit his website at allenamericansblog.blogspot.com.