WESTERN CONFERENCE RANKINGS: 2.0
As some of you will remember, a variety of play by play announcers, media personalities, and hockey writers have combined to rank the WHL conferences bi-weekly. I am happy to be a part of the rankings and thrilled to provide these posts. Each voter anonymously submits his rankings to Paul Figler of Figler Files on the same night (every other Sunday). Paul then tabulates the votes, adds a quick sentence or two on each team (sometimes written by a variety of the voters), and emails us the results.
Voters can only vote once and only vote in the conference in which they live/provide coverage for.
Without further ado. Here are the second Western Conference rankings of the season.
1: Kelowna rockets
67 pts. – The Rockets’ team defense has improved since their roller coaster start and does not seem to be the weakness it looked like to start the year. Jackson Whistle shut out Calgary and is rounding into form. (EVEN)
2: seattle thunderbirds
66 pts. – The T-birds got Barzal back from the Islanders and they instantly won six games in a row. That streak was ended by Carter Hart and Everett, but it still has placed Seattle in first in the U.S. by a five point margin. (UP 3)
3: victoria royals
55 pts. – The Royals ended a four game skid with a shut out from Outhouse in his first start of the season. One has to think he will start spelling Vollrath a little more often. (DOWN 1)
4: portland winterhawks
45 pts. – The surging Winterhawks have won three in a row and WHL goalie of the week Adin Hill is a big reason why. He had two shut outs over the weekend and now leads the league with three on the season. (UP 4)
5: everett silvertips
43 pts. – Hart stoned Seattle on Sat. but more scoring from their younger, depth players is likely needed for the Tips to make a run this year. (DOWN 2)
6: prince george cougars
37 pts. – Jesse Gabrielle was named WHL player of the week this week after notching seven points this week. Could he be the star P.G. has been looking for ever since Brett Connolly was there? (UP 2)
7: spokane chiefs
25 pts. – Was the 2-1 defensive win last week over Victoria an anomaly? After giving up 12 goals over two games to P.A. and Kamloops, the Chiefs certainly hope not. (EVEN)
8: tri-city americans
20 pts. – The Americans are scoring more this year and never seem to be out of a game. But they need to stop falling behind big in the first place. (DOWN 2)
9: vancouver giants
19 pts. – The Giants got their star center Tyler Benson back, but still lost consecutive 3-1 games on the weekend and are struggling scoring goals and have now lost three in a row. (DOWN 4)
10: kamloops blazers
7pts. – The cellar dwellers once again on the list, and their GM resigned, so yeah, things are not looking good for the Blazers. Is it time for the fan-base to just concentrate on how many former Blazers they can get on the WHL’s Top 50 players of all time list? (EVEN)
There you have it. Some pretty dramatic movement in the West. Portland has made some massive strides and Vancouver took a pretty extreme turn for the worst. Both Kelowna and Kamloops hold firm at the top and bottom respectively.
Remember to take rankings with a grain of salt. I see them as more of a jumping off point for some fun discussion than a true indication of how good a team really is. Keep that in mind.
Also, to be clear, I have no say whatsoever in how the Western teams are ranked! Don’t shoot the messager friends!
Check back in two weeks for 3.0!