After a three-week hiatus, the OHL Power Rankings is back and running. The World Junior Championships and the OHL Trade Deadline is another season away and that means that all 20 teams are back and focusing on the rest of the season. Let's take a look at the rankings as we look at the 20 OHL clubs.
1. Erie Otters (previously ranked: 1)-League-leader in scoring Connor Brown has 20 points (7-13-20) in his last five games...Those are NHL '94 stats.
2. Guelph Storm (3)-At least with the trade of Hunter Garlent to Peterborough, they'll be getting second round picks to compensate the ones they traded in last month's blockbuster deal.
3. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (4)-The Greyhounds finally crack the top three spot in the rankings, which was dominated by the Midwest Division most of the season.
4. London Knights (2)-The Knights traded some of their future for the present, (i.e. Gemel Smith). Their three-game losing streak comes at the wrong time.
5. Sudbury Wolves (6)-With the acquisition of Trevor Carrick, the Wolves should be arguably among the feared teams to come out of the east
6. Oshawa Generals (5)-The Generals biggest test came on Sunday as they beat their potential foe for the Eastern Conference Crown...and were successful.
7. Kingston Frontenacs (9)-Good news: Sam Bennett cracked the top spot in the latest NHL's Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. Bad News: He's out with a lower-body injury.
8. Windsor Sptifires (7)-The team suffered their worst loss of the season; a 9-0 whitewashing by the Erie Otters. This week's games against the Soo, Sudbury, Plymouth will be their litmus test.
9. Saginaw Spirit (11)-Just what the doctor ordered; the return of Jake Paterson and a four-game winning streak, including a 2-0 blanking of the Knights.
10. Barrie Colts (10)-To quote Matt Foley "I can't see too well, is that Bobby Orr I see over there?" referring to Aaron Ekblad's four-goal performance this past Saturday.
11. Owen Sound Attack (8)-The team at the Bayshore is eyeing the future with the acquistions of Kyle Platzer and Santino Centorame.
12. North Bay Battalion (12)-Marcus McIvor is one of six Battalion players with a plus rating and the only one on the team in double-digits (+14).
13. Peterborough Petes (13)-Nick Ritchie, along with Eric Cornel, is entering Calgary's BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game with three goals and five assists in his last six games.
14. Plymouth Whalers (16)-In Alex Nedeljkovic's last five wins, he's made 192 saves, which averages it out to 38.4 saves per game. He's the Whalers' difference maker.
15. Mississauga Steelheads (14)-Out of all the regulars in the Steelhead lineup this season, rookie Everett Clark is the only player on the plus side in the plus/minus rating (+4).
16. Niagara IceDogs (18)-Brendan Perlini has been on a tear when it's been coming to scoring goals in which he has 12 of them in his last 11 games.
17. Sarnia Sting (15)-Draft-Eligible prospect Nikolay Goldobin is certainly under the radar with his current 22-game point scoring streak (21-22-43 in 22 games).
18. Ottawa 67's (17)-The 67's plans between the pipes are set for the next couple of years with the acquisitions of Connor Hughes and Liam Herbst.
19. Kitchener Rangers (19)-The last time the Rangers missed the playoffs was in 2009 and their top pick turned out to be Ryan Murphy, who was taken third overall.
20. Belleville Bulls (20)-After his burst-out seven-point performance in Kingston, Remi Elie has two goals and two assists in his last six games, three of them came against Windsor.
Photo of the Sudbury Wovles courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images, 2013
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