WESTERN CONFERENCE RANKINGS 3.0
We’re back! Canes Domain, in conjunction with numerous other sites, is happy to present the third bi-weekly power rankings of the season. The Western Conference has been strange to say the least. Whether the Western voters just see things differently, or the dramatic swings of a few teams have caused some turbulence, the rankings have changed notably every two weeks. Version 3.0 doesn’t disappoint.
We have a new top dog, a new bottom dog (Is that a thing?), and movement everywhere.
Only one team maintained the same ranking as they were assigned two weeks ago.
Take a look at how the voters currently see things in the West. Agree? Disagree? Drop a comment with your thoughts on the West. Remember this ranking is intended to be fun and start conversations. If you don’t like how it turned out, leave your thoughts on where we got it wrong.
Canes Domain presents Western Conference Rankings 3.0…
1: victoria royals
66 pts. Going into the WHL’s East Division and winning all 6 games is not easy. Is it time to take the surprising Royals seriously as a title contender? UP 2
2: Kelowna Rockets
65 pts. Nick Merkley appears to have rounded into form with 6 points in two games versus Portland. DOWN 1
3: seattle thunderbirds
56 pts. Defense and goaltending appear to be weaknesses in an otherwise great team. Blowing 2 straight 3rd period 3-1 leads is not a great sign. DOWN 1
4: everett silvertips
48 pts. Five straight 1 goal games. It’s clear the defense and goaltending will always keep them in a gave, but their lack of offense will always keep you in it too. UP 1
5: Spokane Chiefs
38 pts. Kailer Yamamoto had 9 points over 4 games and appears primed for a break out season. UP 2
6: prince george cougars
35 pts. Cougars need more from Jansen Harkins, who somehow only has 1 goal this season. The Winnipeg Jets’ 2nd rounder has the talent but where are the points? EVEN
7: Portland Winterhawks
31 pts. Lower in the rankings than deserved? The team’s strengths of defense, goaltending and penalty killing were put to the test last weekend vs. Kelowna. EVEN
8: Kamloops Blazers
Deven Sideroff and Collin Shirley capped off a great week by being named to the WHL select team that takes on Russia. UP 2
9: Tri-City Americans
Injury bug is going again in Kennewick this season. They are down to 5 healthy defensemen including Brandon Carlo, who was hurt during a fight vs Portland. DOWN 1
10: Vancouver Giants
Trades galore as GM Scott Bonner tries to fix what’s wrong with his team. More players have left the team and trades have been made to no avail. DOWN 1
Boom! Wow. Serious movement in the West (again). Some expected a drop off from the Royals but here they are at the top at the quarter mark in the season! Portland has been riding a red hot Adin Hill but still fell back down to earth, while Spokane and Kamloops made some big upward movement thanks to a few big wins. Everett is a strange team and a statistical outlier. They have scored far less than anyone else in the league, yet play such a structured defensive game that they are able to have success. It will be interesting to see them evolve throughout the season.
We will be back in two weeks with version 4.0. In the meantime, there will be lots of Eastern Conference conversation here this week. Be sure to check back if you’re interested in taking a look at Eastern Conference statistics. We have already reached the quarter mark of the season and teams are starting to settle in. 18 games is enough of a sample size to draw some general conclusions on the strengths and weaknesses of teams around the East.
Our quarterly review will still very much be Hurricanes focused, but some of the underlying numbers in the conference will likely be of interest to fans in other cities. Sorry to fans in the Western Conference. I didn’t feel that adding statistics from the West was worth the extra hours when focusing on the Hurricanes. I am hoping to do a league wide review at the half-way mark and you can be sure the West will be included in that.
Thanks again for reading.
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