2020-21 ECHL Power Rankings
2020-21 ECHL Power Rankings
The Florida Everblades remain the top team in the ECHL and, thus, the top team in our weekly ECHL Power Rankings. The rest of the top five, though? There’s plenty of movement thanks to the results of this past week’s games.
1) Florida Everblades (31-11-0-2) (Last Week: 1)
Florida became the first team in the league to reach the 30-win plateau with 3-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears on Thursday, and backed that up with another two points the next night against the same opponent.
2) Wichita Thunder (27-12-4-1) (Last Week: 4)
These power rankings are based on what’s happening lately, right? Well, there’s no hotter team in the league right now than the Thunder; their four-game points streak is currently the longest active one in the ECHL, and 14 points in their last 10 games is tied for the best over that stretch with the Everblades.
3) Allen Americans (24-13-2-1) (Last Week: 5)
Allen grabbed at least a point in each of their three games against Utah this past weekend, including a 3-0 shutout win on Friday night.
4) Fort Wayne Komets (14-6-2-1) (Last Week: 3)
The Komets slide down one spot despite two wins this past weekend. A 6-3 victory over Indy on Wednesday got their week off to a good start, but they nearly lost to lowly Jacksonville, and then fell at home to league cellar-dweller Wheeling.
5) Indy Fuel (25-14-3-0) (Last Week: 2)
Indy has cooled off considerably over the past several weeks. Their three-game stretch without a point is tied for the worst active streak in the league, and they’ve only accumulated seven points in their last ten games, tied with Tulsa for the fewest over that period of time.
6) South Carolina Stingrays (18-14-6-3) (Last Week: 8)
The up-and-down South Carolina Stingrays seem to be on the upswing again. They’ve got points in seven of their last nine games, including their last two, a shootout loss to Greenville on Friday night that was followed by a 4-3 win on Saturday.
7) Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-13-8-2) (Last Week: 6)
The Swamp Rabbits picked up a 5-3 win over South Carolina on Wednesday, and then split the remaining two games of the three-game set.
8) Utah Grizzlies (19-14-4-6) (Last Week: 9)
Utah did well to pick up points in two of their three games against Allen this past week, including a 3-2 shootout win in Saturday’s finale.
9) Kansas City Mavericks (19-16-6-2) (Last Week: 12)
It was a massive weekend for the Mavericks, who outscored the Tulsa Oilers by a combined 16-4 in a dominant showing over a three-in-three, capped off by a 7-1 rout in the finale.
10) Orlando Solar Bears (21-17-3-1) (Last Week: 10)
Orlando was in all three of their games against the top-ranked Everblades this past week, suffering consecutive one-goal defeats before coming out on top with a 4-2 over Florida on Saturday.
11) Wheeling Nailers (13-23-5-0) (Last Week: 14)
This is the 13th installment of these power rankings. To give you an indication of just how their season has gone, the Nailers have never been any higher than 10th . . . and that lone appearance in the top 10 came in the first week of the season. With that said, Wheeling made a well-deserved three-spot jump this week thanks to three straight wins, including quality victories on the road in both Indy and Fort Wayne.
12) Rapid City Rush (20-20-3-1) (Last Week: 7)
Arguably the league’s hottest team coming into the week, the Rush suffered a setback with two straight losses — both at home to Wichita — and have plummeted in the rankings as a result.
13) Jacksonville Icemen (16-17-3-3) (Last Week: 13)
Tim Tebow’s squad snapped a four-game slide with a solid 3-2 road win over the Indy Fuel on Saturday, but remain one of just three teams in the league under “hockey .500” as of press time.
14) Tulsa Oilers (20-21-3-1) (Last Week: 11)
Shutout win over the Mavericks on Wednesday be damned, when you get outscored 16-4 in your last three games, that’ll get you put in last in these rankings. Every single time.