Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 16 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The Ottawa 67’s are new number one team in the Canadian Hockey League, unseating the Sherbrooke Phoenix after they spent 10 consecutive weeks in the top spot. The 67’s are in the midst of a remarkable 16-game winning streak that dates back to November 16th. Top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi has climbed into the OHL scoring lead with 69 points (26-43–69) over 29 games, an incredible 2.38 point-per-game pace. Teammate Austen Keating is approaching the 300-mark in both career points and games played for Ottawa while goaltender Cedrick Andree has been rock solid, posting a record of 21-5-0-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .921 save percentage over 27 games. The 67’s try and push their franchise-best winning streak further ahead this weekend with a three-in-three set against Guelph, Peterborough and Owen Sound.
The Windsor Spitfires are up into the eighth spot on this week’s rankings following a clean sweep of a northern road trip with wins in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and North Bay. The Spits are on a five-game run, with rookie netminder Xavier Medina filling in admirably for Kari Piiroinen who was off representing Finland at the 2020 World Juniors. Nashville Predators prospect Egor Afanasyev is on an 11-game point streak while third-year forward Daniel D’Amico had a night to remember on Friday, tying a single game franchise record with five goals in a 10-4 win over the Greyhounds.
The defending OHL champion Guelph Storm hold steady in the ninth slot, defeating the Peterborough Petes on Friday before suffering consecutive losses against Owen Sound and Kitchener. Storm winger Pavel Gogolev has risen to second in league scoring with 64 points (29-35–64) over 37 games, including points in his last 12 straight contests. Guelph has also received regular contributions from forward Eric Uba of late as the 19-year-old has 12 points over his last seven contests.
Though they had a rough weekend, the Peterborough Petes managed to hang around inside the Top-10, rounding out the list. The Petes fell to Erie, Guelph and Mississauga, surrendering a combined 17 goals over the weekend. Peterborough was without leading scorer Semyon Der-Arguchintsev while fellow Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson recently returned from representing the United States at the World Juniors. The Petes try and rebound when they square off with Owen Sound, Ottawa and Oshawa this weekend.
The Kitchener Rangers climbed into the honourable mention category after picking up five of a possible six points last weekend while the Saginaw Spirit are an honourable mention for the second straight week, sitting two points back of Windsor in the West Division.
The Week 16 Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings are (1) Ottawa 67’s, (2) Sherbrooke Phoenix, (3) Portland Winterhawks, (4) Chicoutimi Sagueneens, (5) Edmonton Oil Kings, (6) Moncton Wildcats, (7) Everett Silvertips, (8) Windsor Spitfires, (9) Guelph Storm, and (10) Peterborough Petes, with honourable mention to the Kitchener Rangers, Kamloops Blazers, and Saginaw Spirit.