2020-21 ECHL Power Rankings
2020-21 ECHL Power Rankings
The Wichita Thunder would not be denied.
For the first time this season, the Thunder find themselves on top of FloHockey’s ECHL Power Rankings, which comes on the heels of a four-game streak of earning at least one point, a stretch in which some of the other top teams in the league have faltered.
1) Wichita Thunder (33-15-5-1) (Last Week: 3)
As mentioned at the top, Wichita has picked up at least a point in each of their last four games. However, all four of those games came over the last week, and only the most recent, a 3-2 overtime loss in Kansas City on Saturday, didn’t end with a win.
2) Fort Wayne Komets (20-9-3-1) (Last Week: 1)
The Komets slot in at No. 2 after taking two of three against the Wheeling Nailers this past weekend, including blowout wins at home on Friday and Saturday.
3) Allen Americans (30-18-2-1) (Last Week: 2)
Allen slides down in the weekly power rankings after a tough weekend at home against the Utah Grizzlies, one in which they dropped two of the three games they played.
4) Greenville Swamp Rabbits (25-15-10-3) (Last Week: 6)
In a time of the season where which team is the hottest really starts to matter, there’s been nobody better than the Swamp Rabbits, who have a league-best five-game stretch without losing in regulation.
5) Florida Everblades (33-17-1-2) (Last Week: 4)
The Everblades will be OK. Right? In a shocker for the first-half powerhouse, no team in the league has fewer wins than Florida’s two over their last 10 games, which includes back-to-back losses to Jacksonville this past weekend.
6) Orlando Solar Bears (28-19-4-1) (Last Week: 5)
Orlando was set to crack the top five before a big, 8-2 setback in Indy on Sunday. They’ve still racked up seven wins in their last 10 games.
7) Jacksonville Icemen (24-19-3-3) (Last Week: 10)
The Icemen are not the top gunners. Not yet, anyway. But they’re finally trending in the right direction, moving up to a season-high seventh in these rankings after an impressive weekend against the Everblades.
8) Indy Fuel (28-19-4-0) (Last Week: 7)
Ice issues aside, the Fuel’s slow slide has seemed to continue; they split the first two games of their series with the Solar Bears this past weekend. They’ve collected just three wins in their last 10 contests.
9) Utah Grizzlies (23-18-5-6) (Last Week: 12)
The Grizzlies move up three spots to ninth after taking two of three from Allen on the road the past weekend.
10) Rapid City Rush (27-22-3-1) (Last Week: 11)
Three road games in Tulsa for the Rush this past weekend, three wins. That’s a recipe to move back into the top 10.
11) South Carolina Stingrays (21-18-9-3) (Last Week: 8)
The up-and-down Stingrays season continues, and they’ve slid down three spots after losses – albeit with one of them coming in overtime – in three of their four games this past week.
12) Wheeling Nailers (17-26-5-1) (Last Week: 13)
Wheeling recovered from an awful start to their three-game slate against Fort Wayne; they dropped the first two in blowout fashion on the road, but came back at home on Sunday with a 5-3 win that marked Derek Army’s first victory as interim head coach.
13) Kansas City Mavericks (22-22-7-2) (Last Week: 14)
The Mavericks allowed 15 goals over a three-game stretch against Wichita and still walked away with a win, a 3-2 overtime triumph over the Thunder on Saturday.
14) Tulsa Oilers (23-24-5-2) (Last Week: 9)
If three wins on the road in Tulsa for Rapid City is a recipe to get back into the top ten, being on the bad end of that is a recipe for…well, you see where the Oilers are this week.