Winter Season Power Rankings - January 2020

Winter Season Power Rankings 2020

We're about two thirds into the season and it is time to see where every team is standing at this point. Hopefully everyone is having fun and be sure to stay safe on the roads as it is snowing around this time.

Division B1

Top Gun
(TG)
New team at the top rankings is Top Gun, who are on a tear since last ranking, beating Titanium Shafts in the last two meetings but surprisingly lost a close game against Eatery All-Stars. Hao Quan was riding hot in the month of November, as he collected 7 points in three games. Dan Horton also deserves some credit for the team’s performance as he holds the fort down with the absence of Peter Low, currently with a 7-0-1 record and a 2.73 GAA. Top Gun is a tough team to beat when they have the knowledge to shut the game down.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 5.4
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 43
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 29% (2nd in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 88% (T-2nd in Division)

Titanium Shafts
(TS)
Still one of the deadliest teams in the league is Titanium Shafts with Chang brothers leading as top scorers, nearly doubling the next top scorer on the team. They have been steam rolling most of the opponents they face, but has unable to find the answer against Top Gun recently. Braydon Kimmie may be the biggest riser for the team as he had four-point performances against Nighthawks and Fighting Squirrels. Look for Titanium Shafts to improve their "game" even further as the season progresses as they have more to prove now.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 7.1
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - +67
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 17% (3rd in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 88% (T-2nd in Division)

Masterbladers
(MTB)
They've been doing their best to be on the good list before Christmas and its showing, 5-3 record (6-3 division record) since last ranking. Last rankings pointed out that Evan Kraemer needed to step up his game and he's definitely proving it, grabbing 9 points (5G, 4A) between the months. Opponents are going to need to try their hardest if they want to take down Masterbladers who are improving by each game.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 4.6
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 15
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 11% (Last in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 92% (1st in Division)

Nighthawks
(NHK)
Nighthawks have been slumping in the past few months, as they've only won three games out of the eight, though majority of the games could had gone either way (one goal difference). They played (loss) a great back and forth thriller against Top Gun where Tim Shew was on another level making some great plays (1G, 2A), hopefully we will see more of those matchups. Nighthawks are going to need to avoid their costly mistakes if they want to get back to top form. Look for Caley Hui to be the solution as he is gets game winning goals (3) by clapping devastating rockets from the blue-line.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 5.1
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 24
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 48% (1st in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 82% (3rd in Division)

 Whalers
(WHA)
The trend is continuing for Whalers but with a slight increase in favourable results, winning only three games since last ranking. Whalers had a great win against Nighthawks and brought Titanium Shafts all the way to overtime, but also been losing badly to other division opponents. Branden Stewart may be a candidate to take Andrew Harts reign as goal scorer, as Branden scored 2 goals against Fighting Squirrels. Whalers may need to be a little selfish and try to shoot more rather than missing opportunities by looking for teammates (fewest goals for average in the division).

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 4.0
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 12
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 13% (4th in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 75% (Last in Division)

Division C1

Trailer Park Boys
(TPB)
Trailer Park Boys are looking unstoppable right now in this division, only losing one game since last ranking (7 game win streak). Steve Hrychuk is looking solid on the back end, making it tough for opponents to get by and had a fantastic 4-point performance against Nighthawks. Rising in the ranks is Sean Hallaren, scoring 8 points in 6 games played recently. Trailer Park Boys can make you pay off any turnovers and always put the heavy pressure in the offensive zone.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 5.4
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 30
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 28% (2nd in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 78% (3rd in Division)

Underwear Bears
(UWB)
The only team to beat recently beat Trailer Park Boys and put out a tough fight against Titanium Shafts is Underwear Bears, currently at 4-2 division record. Jimmy Wong showed some potentials against Trailer Park Boys, weaving and dealing some nice plays that game (1G,1A). Player who is having a heck a season would go to Mark Banda, totaling 12 points as of now (career season high). Underwear Bears can overwhelm team with their speed, the team just needs to be careful with the costly turnovers.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 3.8
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 4
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 16% (5th in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 86% (1st in Division)

Eatery All-Stars
(EAS)
Eatery All-Stars have started to dip down in performance as of late, riding a 3-5 record since last ranking but could had been better as they had a late comeback against Nighthawks but failed to tie with the time remaining. Two up-and-comers for the team are Sean Yang and Daniel Eliason, both playing great lately and both with 8 points since last ranking. The team definitely have the skills to be a good team and they've improved on their power-play (last ranking indication). They will just need to mesh well with the new faces.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 4.9
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 20
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 24% (3rd in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 70% (4th in Division)

Fighting Squirrels
(FSQ)
The tough challenge is finally over for Fighting Squirrels as they've lost all top division games and only been able to grab close wins against division C teams. Fighting Squirrels will need to invite Gulu Nanda to more game and give him some more ice time, as he got 2 points against Titanium Shafts (top team) and collected 3 points against Spartans. A drop in division may give the team more comfort and a spark in Jared Foulds offensive potential.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 3.8
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 19
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 0% (Last in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 82% (2nd in Division)

The Gentlemen
(GTM)
The spot could had been anywhere for The Gentlemen, they've had some pretty good wins these past few months but also had some very bad ones (3-5). A big pat on the back for Bernie Yao who shut the door against a very good team, earning a shutout this season. Rehan Jessa was on fire against Masterbladers scoring 4 goals that game. Jeffrey Chen skyrocketed to the team's top with an 8-point (3G,5A) game night. The Gentlemen have a lot of speed in their game, but consistency remains a big issue for the team.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 4.0
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 490
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 18% (4th in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 68% (5th in Division)

Jabba Da Puck
(JDP)Spartans
(SPT)
Is there anyone who get recognition on this team other than Richard or Farooq, both leading respectively with 37 points and 25 points, whereas majority of the team have less than 10 points so far this season. Bets are on Kenneth Wong to take over the scoring title as he begins the race with 2 goals against Eatery All-Stars (division C top team). Hopefully a change in match-ups with lower opponents may give a better competition for Jabba Da Puck.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 3.6
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 48
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 10% (6th in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 67% (6th in Division)

Spartans
(SPT)
Spartans season is looking like there will be some good nights for them along with some very unlucky ones as well, currently on a 3-5 record since last ranking. The team had a good win against Masterbladers, but unable to get by a win against Jabba Da Puck. David Grant had a night of giving before Christmas as he had 1 goal and 3 assists against Eatery All-Stars. Spartans may need to avoid getting in penalty trouble as it may likely end back for them (61% PK). (61% PK).

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 4.1
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 34
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 35% (1st in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 61% (Last in Division)

Division D1

Chicks & Sticks
(CNS)

The Chicks and Sticks are just unstoppable right now, there are seven players who have more than 15 points and is riding a 7-1 record since end of October.  One of the players who has a huge jump in the game this season is Kevin Yeung, scoring 6 goals and 6 assists in 8 games. A great accomplishment for Alan Leung in the game against Nighthawks 2, grabbing 5 points (1G, 4A), a play maker every team needs. This season is probably the one where everything is going the way Chicks and Sticks want it to go.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE - 6.5
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 55
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 18% (T-3rd in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 80% (4th in Division)

Flying Squirrels
(FLY)
Flying squirrels is revving up the engine now as they've been going on a 6-2 record since last ranking, soaring up the list after a horrendous start to the season. Erwin Horvath is having a spectacular season as he already tied his season total of 27 points (13G, 14A) and there are still plenty of games left. Jordan Vendiola is starting to learn the ways of being a goalie, stopping 17 of the 18 shots against Titans for the win (.94 sv %) and also starting the offense with 2 assists using his pads. The team's hot streak right now is likely going to continue throughout the season, opponents better be prepared.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 3.8
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 3
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 22% (1st in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 85% (3rd in Division)

Titans
(TTN)
Titans had a dip in results these past few months, but it was reasonable since they were up against some tough opponents in the upper division; concluding with a 3-5 record since last ranking. Clement Lau may be looking for some more ice time from the team as he got 5 points in the last 2 games he's played lately. Hopefully Chris Chan feeds the puck more to Dang Mai as he had a 4 goal performance against Vancouver Grizzlies. The team is looking like they'll be good form before playoffs as they've been playing the "right" hockey way the last two games.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 4.3
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - + 10
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 18% (T-3rd in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 75% (T-Last in Division)

Nighthawks 2
(NHK2)
Not a great few months for Nighthawks 2, who riding a 2-6 record since last ranking, but also had to face a couple challenging teams in the process. Puck possession has been a huge flaw for the team lately, as they unable to get the movement going or left chasing most of the game. With everything Mike Lee (7 points in the last 5 games played) trying to do, the odds were against the team. Special team is going very well for Nighthawks 2, but definitely needs a lot of work on the even strength.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE – 4.3
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 15
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 21% (2nd in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 88% (2nd in Division)

Vancouver Grizzlies
(VG)

Probably the most inconsistent team in the league belongs to Vancouver Grizzlies, some players have the skillset to win but still unable to do so. Almost all the players on the team were able to get on the scoresheet, but also majority of them only total a couple of points each. Travis Mccrea had some practice before the holidays as he collected 4 assists (4 point season total) within this rankings. Vancouver Grizzlies may need to set a line for the power-play as they have not capitalize on the man advantage at all (0% PP).

GOALS FOR AVERAGE - 2.1
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 43
POWER PLAY PERCENT - 0% (Last in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 92% (1st in Division)

Killerbunnies
(KBI)
The bad luck is carrying over the new year for Killberbunnies who has lost seven games in a row, their last win was dated back in November 5 (2019). There's not much help (half the forwads less than five points) for Praneil Samy, who is leading the team with 19 points. Even Mark Mcneill (15 points - career season high) with the growth in offense is not enough to grab some favourable results. Killerbunnies may need to play better coverage in their own zone and hope for a good opportunity.

GOALS FOR AVERAGE - 2.5
GOAL DIFFERENTIAL - - 44
POWER PLAY PERCENT- 14% (4th in Division)
PENALTY KILL PERCENT - 75% (T-Last in Division)

** Ranking Projections as of January 15, 2020