OHL Power Rankings Feb 28th - March 6th
1. Owen Sound Attack (1st Midwest, 1st West)
The Bayshore boys are full marks for their performance last weekend. Even after dropping a game to the London Knights and coming within a point of losing their division lead, they regrouped with wins over Guelph and Oshawa. They're now five points up on Kitchener for the lead in the tumultuous Midwest.
Last Week's Rank: 2
Key Match-Up This Week: vs. Peterborough (03/05/2011)
2. Oshawa Generals (2nd East Division, 4th Eastern Conference)
The Generals are the hottest team in the OHL. They have gone seven games without a regulation loss and it seems like they're finally figuring things out. With so much talent on this team and it's goaltending situation finally figured out, they're a nightmare for any team who comes across them in the playoffs.
Last Week's Rank: 6
Key Match-Up This Week: vs. Mississauga (03/05/2011)
3. Kitchener Rangers (2nd Midwest, 3rd West)
The Rangers could have taken over the first seed in the West if they have managed to overcome Erie on Saturday night. Kitchener seems to have become one of the most well rounded teams in the League in recent weeks and they could feasibly make life difficult for anyone who crosses them in the postseason.
Last Week's Rank: 1
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Ottawa (03/06/2011)
4. Mississauga Majors (1st Central, 1st East)
The Majors have looked very, very shaky in recent weeks. Goaltender JP Anderson looks overworked and his reactions seem delayed in making key saves. If Anderson is not given some rest, goaltending may prove to be the Achilles heel of the Memorial Cup hosts as the season draws to a close and the playoffs begin.
Last Week's Rank: 3
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Oshawa (03/05/2011)
5. Niagara Ice Dogs (2nd Central, 3rd East)
The Dogs are a very well rounded team as they head down the stretch into the playoffs. They're a young team who seem almost better positioned for a run next season than they are this year. Their youth will make them inconsistent by nature but it'll also make them prone to being world beaters if they click at the right time.
Last Week's Rank: 7
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Erie (03/02/2011)
6. Ottawa 67s (1st East Division, 2nd Eastern Conference)
The 67s still boast one of the top lines in all Major Junior and a quality backstopper in Petr Mrazek. They're starting to produce on a regular basis. They might still give up the division lead to the Oshawa Generals before the end of the season. The worry with the 67s is if they run into a team that can shutdown the Toffoli - Prince - Martindale line.
Last Week's Rank: 5
Key Match-Up This Week: vs. Kitchener (03/05/2011)
7. Saginaw Spirit (1st West Division, 2nd Western Conference)
The Spirit seem to have lost the magic that made them so potent a foe earlier in the season. They dropped all three games last weekend. The only good news in Saginaw seems to be the return of top sniper Brandon Saad to the lineup. The mercurial play of goaltender Mavric Parks is still cause for serious concern.
Last Week's Rank: 3
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Plymouth (03/04/2011)
8. Plymouth Whalers (3rd West Division, 5th Western Conference)
The Whalers are one of the West's hottest teams and have been since the trade deadline. Coach and General Manager Mike Vellucci is full marks for taking a group that most people expected middling results from and making them serious contenders. The Whale are a tough, rough and ready group capable of serious physical punishment.
Last Week's Rank: 9
Key Match Up this Week: vs. Windsor (03/05/2011)
9. Erie Otters (4th Midwest, 7th Western Conference)
The Otters are capable of being giant killers. They proved this on Saturday night when they held the Kitchener Rangers to only one goal. Erie's attack is deep and they're frequently the recipients of fortuitous goaltending which makes them a nightmare as a playoff opponent.
Last Week's Rank: 8
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Guelph (03/04/2011)
10. Windsor Spitfires (2nd West Division, 4th Western Conference)
The Spits had a great weekend last weekend but they've flipped the fourth and fifth spots with the Plymouth Whalers a lot lately. This is a team that a lot of people believe is failing to live up to its talent level. Many thought the Spits would be among the giants of the West after the acquisitions made at the deadline but they're only four points out of seventh.
Last Week's Rank: 10
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Plymouth (03/05/2011)
11. London Knights (3rd Midwest, 6th Western Conference)
The Knights are almost the definition of a middling team. Unreliable goaltending, a defence that runs hot and cold and a streaky collection of forwards. They got bumped into the 6th spot last weekend on a couple of strong performances by Russian sniper Vladislav Namestnikov.
Last Week's Rank: 13
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Kitchener (03/01/2011)
12. Guelph Storm (5th Midwest, 8th Western Conference)
The Storm have performed well lately but they've still got ground to make up if they want to dig their way out of that eighth spot in the West. They've also got to prove themselves against the top teams in the West if they want to prove that they're to be taken seriously in the playoffs.
Last Week's Rank: 12
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Windsor (03/06/2011)
13. Sudbury Wolves (4th Central, 7th Eastern Conference)
The Wolves have cooled down this week but they remain a team with the ability to scare the top teams in their conference. The management group in Sudbury has done a respectable job this season of combining veterans and young players to try and make this team competitive and gaining valuable experience for Sudbury's future.
Last Week's Rank: 11
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Mississauga (03/06/2011)
14. Kingston Frontenacs (3rd East Division, 5th Eastern Conference)
The Fronts played some good, close games last weekend particularly in their Friday match against Oshawa. With the whole team finally healthy, Kingston might finally start giving some show of what they're capable of. They can't hope to climb out of fifth place this season but the play of big defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Taylor Doherty recently is encouraging.
Last Week's Rank: 15
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Oshawa (03/03/2011)
15. Brampton Battalion (3rd Central, 6th Eastern Conference)
That the young Troops have done what they have this season is a testament to Stan Butler's coaching as much as anything. But the Battalion are starting to wane as young team's tend to down the stretch. The Wolves might pass them for sixth putting them in the unenviable position of having to play the East Division champ early in the playoffs.
Last Week's Rank: 14
Key Match-Up This Week: vs. Sudbury (03/04/2011)
16. Belleville Bulls (4th East Division, 8th Eastern Conference)
The Bulls responded to what was probably their weakest weekend of the year with a very strong showing this weekend. They thrashed Peterborough on Thursday night before toppling the Majors on Saturday. They earned strong performances from goaltender Tyson Teichmann on both occasions before he allowed a 200 foot blooper goal against Mississauga on Sunday.
Last Week's Rank: 20th
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Oshawa (03/06/2011)
17. Sarnia Sting (4th West Division, 9th Western Conference)
It almost seems unfair that the Sting should mis the playoffs in the West when they've performed much better all season than playoff bound teams in the East. The Sting won't make the playoffs this season but will likely add a very important piece to the puzzle in the Draft this May.
Last Week's Rank: 17th
Key Match-Up this Week: @ Erie (03/06/2011)
18. Soo Greyhounds (5th West Division, 10th Western Conference)
Things up in the Soo have seemed to fall short all season and the Soo beind mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture was just the final icing on the cake. Call the season a write off in the Soo.
Last Week's Rank: 19
Key Match-Up This Week: @ Sarnia (03/04/2011)
19. Peterborough Petes (5th East Division, 9th Eastern Conference)
The Petes received devastating news this week that top sniper Matt Puempel has a fractured hip and will be out for the season. While still technically in the playoff picture, tied with eighth place Belleville, the Petes goaltending has crashed back to earth.
Last Week's Rank: 16
Key Match-Up this Week: @ Brampton (02/06/2011)
20. Barrie Colts (5th Central Division, 10th Eastern Conference)
The Colts have hit the skids with six consecutive regulation losses. While the rebuilding team is going through the necessary growing pains, it'll be the first time in franchise history that there'll be no playoff hockey in Barrie.
Last Week's Rank: 18
Key Match-Up This Week: vs. Guelph (03/03/2011)