Western Conference Rankings: 1.0
Despite the delay, here are the Western Conference power rankings. Like the Eastern Conference rankings, they are determined by a voting system. Voters include various bloggers and team play-by-play men. Paul Figler of Figler Files tabulates the votes and voters maintain anonymity.
Keep in mind that these rankings are based on results up to this past Sunday night. The stats however, do reflect numbers since then. That is my fault as I have struggled to find time to finish the numbers and graphics for the West. We made the decision early on that voters in the East should not vote on the West and vise versa. As such, I had no say in how this week’s rankings came together and will have no say in the West moving forward.
Without further ado, the inaugural Western Conference Rankings.
1: Kelowna Rockets
Came home from a goal-filled Alberta road swing, then got shut out at home. Still look to the be the class of the West.
2: Victoria Royals
Vollrath shut out KEL, allowing only 4 goals in 4 games. His GAA is 1.17. Will be a huge part of their success this season.
3: Everett Silvertips
Tips get an OT winner from Laurencelle on Saturday and a 4 points game from Stadnyk on Sunday as their big guns come through.
4: Seattle Thunderbirds
T-birds eke out two big wins as Barzal (3 points) and Watson come back to the fold.
T5: Vancouver Giants
Poor defense and goaltending on Eastern swing does not bode well for Giants (26 goals against in 4 games this past week).
T5: Tri-City Americans
Outlook is good with more scoring coming in this year from the likes of Beau McCue (4 points this week) and co.
7: Spokane Chiefs
Helewka is in the AHL and the young Chiefs are struggling offensively without him. Anderson-Dolan is solid but a 16 year old, top line Center does not usually a contender make.
T8: Prince George Cougars
Split series at home vs. T.C. with the latter having a combined 108 penalty minutes.
T8: Portland Winterhawks
Loss of Ericson is huge but newfound chemistry with top line of Abols-Bittner-Schoenborn promising.
10: Kamloops Blazers
Hapless Blazers still seeking their first win and blowing a 3-0 lead to T.C. has to hurt.