Monday, November 30, 2009

This Weeks Rankings: 11/30

As we get passed Thanksgiving, the rankings for the Major Junior and NCAA as we start to get near the midway point of the Major Junior and Junior A seasons. Currently, the Windsor Spitfires are the top team in the Major Junior Rankings at a 21-3-3 record and have been in the top for basically the entire season so far, while the St. John Seadogs unreal winning streak has them on top of the QMJHL and are at #2 right now.

Overall the top 5 haven't changed much over the last couple of weeks. While the bottom part of the top 10 has seen a few changes so far where no team has jumped and fell more then 2 places in recent weeks. What this is telling me is that the Major Junior Leagues have been top heavy so far this season and the teams that are in the rankings are the ones that you could see for the most part to challenge for the Memorial Cup this season.

1 (1). Windsor Spitfires (OHL) (24-3-3)

2 (2). St. John Seadogs (QMJHL) (25-4-1)

3 (5). Barrie Colts (OHL) (22-4-1)

4 (3). Saskatoon Blades (WHL) (20-4-3)

5 (4). Drummondville Voltiguers (QMJHL) (20-7-2)

6 (6). Mississauga St. Micheals Majors (OHL) (20-5-2)

7 (8). Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL) (20-8-1)

8 (9). Calgary Hitmen (WHL) (20-8-1)

9 (7). Tri-City Americans (WHL) (19-8-0)

10 (NR). Quebec City Ramparts (QMJHL) (19-6-5)

Honorable Mentions

Kitchener Rangers (OHL) (18-7-3)

Vancouver Giants (WHL) (18-8-3)

Rouyn-Nornda Huskies (QMJHL) (17-12-3)

League Codes: The Numbers in the brackets is the number of teams in the Rankings. This is also includes the Honorable Mentions.

Ontario Hockey League (OHL)

Western Hockey League (WHL)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)

Canadiean Junior A Rankings

The top 2 teams right now in the Vernon Vipers and Spruce Grove Saints remain in the top 2 spots as the AJHL contuines to be among one of the strongest leagues in the rankings right now with several spots right now. Dauphin from the Manitoba League and the Kingston from the OJAHL switched the #3 and #4 spots while the Penticton Vees round out the top 5 this week.

The rest of the top 10 has the Pembrooke Lumber Kings have moved up a spot while the Georgetown Raiders drop 2 spots to #7. Rounding out the top 10 are the Oakville Blades, Cornwall Colts and the Woodstock Slammers who are slowly moving up the rankings at #10 this week.

The biggest jumper this week is the Flin Foln Bombers who are at #14 after being an Honorable Mentions the last couple of weeks. As for this weeks big faller is the Camrose Kodiaks who fell 7 spots to #17 while the Surrey Eagles have dropped 5 spots to #18 after being at #13 last week. As for the Honorable Mentions, the BCHL have 2 teams have the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Westside Warriors.

From the MJHL, the Swan Valley Stampeders are starting to improve and could be a pontential darkhorse in Manitoba and in the West Region. Finally, 2 teams in the Ontario Region make the Honorable Mentions as the Soo Thunderbirds and Brockville Braves make the list.

1 (1). Vernon Vipers (BCHL)

2 (2). Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)

3 (4). Dauphin Kings (MJHL)

4 (3). Kingston Voyageurs (OJAHL)

5 (6). Penticton Vees (BCHL)

6 (7). Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJAHL)

7 (5). Georgetown Raiders (OJAHL)

8 (8). Oakville Blades (OJAHL)

9 (12). Cornwall Colts (CJAHL)

10 (11). Woodstock Slammers (MJAHL)

11 (9). Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL)

12 (14). Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)

13 (15). Ft. Mcmurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

14 (NR). Flin Foln Bombers (SJHL)

15 (16). Abitibi Eskimos (NOJHL)

16 (18). Ft. William North Stars (SIJHL)

17 (10). Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

18 (13). Surrey Eagles (BCHL)

19 (19). Burlington Cougars (CCHL)

20 (20). Le College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)

Honorable Mentions

Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)

Westside Warriors (BCHL)

Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL)

Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)

Brockville Braves (CJAHL)

The Numbers in the Brackets rep. the number of teams in the Rankings for the different leagues. This does include the Honorable Mentions

British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) (5)

Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) (4)

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) (2)

Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) (2)

Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) (1)

Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJAHL) (3)

Central Canadiean Hockey League (CCHL) (1)

Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) (2)

Central Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL) (3)

Quebec Junior A Hockey League (LHJAAAQ) (1)

Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL) (1)

NCAA Rankings

After a rare rocky week, Miami of Ohio lead as the top team in the country is starting to shrink big time. Right now, just 11 points seperate the Redhawks from the 2nd seeded Denver Pioneers as for the first time this season, a team other then Miami of Ohio has gotten double digit first place votes with 14 right now. North Dakota and Quinnipiac both got 7 first place votes, and then a win over top ranked Miami of Ohio in the Holiday Classic have got them up to 5th.

As for the top 10, Colorado College is fighting it out with Denver for the top spot in the WCHA. Cornell, Mass.-Lowell, U-Mass and Yale have rounded out the top 10 this week in the rankings.

Not many big jumpers or big fallers this week. Mass-Lowell dropped 5 spots from #3 to #8 after a rough week after losses to Providence and Maine this week in Hockey East. As for new teams, St. Cloud State has jumped into the rankings at #20 while Colgate fell out after having the week off. Colgate dosen't hit the ice again until December 4 when they play on the road against Union and Rensselaer this week.

1 (1). Miami of Ohio (CCHA) (20) (9-2-5) 934 PTS

2 (2). Denver (WCHA) (14) (9-4-1) 923 PTS

3 (4). North Dakota (WCHA) (7) (8-4-2) 900 PTS

4 (9). Quinnipiac (ECAC) (7) (12-1-0) 799 PTS

5 (6). Bemidji State (CHA) (2) (11-2-1) 784 PTS

6 (5). Colorado College (WCHA) (10-3-1) 766 PTS

7 (7). Cornell (ECAC) (6-2-1) 708 PTS

8 (3). Mass-Lowell (Hockey East) (8-4-1) 647 PTS

9 (10). U-Mass (Hockey East) (9-3-0) 573 PTS

10 (11). Yale (ECAC) (5-2-2) 497 PTS

11 (8). Michigan State (CCHA) (9-5-2) 441 PTS

12 (12). Alaska (CCHA) (8-3-3) 426 PTS

13 (12). Minn-Duluth (WCHA) (9-4-1) 426 PTS

14 (13). Norte Dame (CCHA) (7-5-4) 323 PTS

15 (16). Boston College (Hockey East) (6-3-2) 321 PTS

16 (15). Wisconsin (WCHA) (8-5-1) 308 PTS

17 (17). Ferris State (CCHA) (9-3-2) 265 PTS

18 (19). Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) (7-4-3) 146 PTS

19 (18). Vermont (Hockey East) (5-5-1) 83 PTS

20 (NR). St. Cloud State (WCHA) (6-6-2) 80 PTS

Other Teams getting Votes: Michigan 66 PTS, RIT 21 PTS, Colgate 20 PTS, Union 19 PTS, New Hampshire 9 PTS, Northern Michigan 7 PTS, Rensselaer 3 PTS, Boston University 1 PTS, Minnesota 1 PTS, Princeton 1 PTS

Conference Code, the Number of Teams in the brackets is how many teams are in the Top 20.

Atlantic Hockey (Atlantic Hockey) (0)

Central Collegeaite Hockey Assiocation (CCHA) (6)

College Hockey America (CHA) (1)

East Coast Atheltic Conference (ECAC) (3)

Hockey East (Hockey East) (4)

Western Collegeaite Hockey Assocation (WCHA) (6)

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