2020-21 ECHL Power Rankings

2020-21 ECHL Power Rankings

Last week of the regular season, last week of our very unofficial but hopefully very fun FloHockey ECHL Power Rankings. 

It’s been fascinating to use this as a tool to follow the ups and downs of each team throughout the year, but if these have been of any importance at all, never are they more important than this week, when they serve as a gauge for which teams are the hottest heading into the playoffs.

1) Wichita Thunder (41-20-6-2) (Last Week: 1)

While not the best of weeks for the Thunder, it’s been a tremendous season, and one that’s put them in prime position to, at the very least, be considered one of the favorites to bring home the Kelly Cup. Wichita dropped two of their three games this past week but capped it off with a 4-3 overtime triumph over Tulsa.

2) Florida Everblades (40-19-4-3) (Last Week: 2)

Same as Wichita, the Everblades have not exactly been heading to the finish line in the best fashion; the early-season juggernaut lost three of their four games this past week, needing overtime to take their only win, a Friday victory in Orlando.

3) Greenville Swamp Rabbits (37-19-11-3) (Last Week: 4)

The Swamp Rabbits, however, are an example of a team getting hot at the right time. They’ve earned a playoff berth after a strong finish that’s included winning eight of their last 10 games as their regular season schedule comes to a close this week.

4) Allen Americans (42-23-3-1) (Last Week: 6)

Same as Greenville, Allen is finishing their season strong. They went to Rapid City and swept their three-game series there.

5) Utah Grizzlies (34-24-5-6) (Last Week: 3)

Arguably the hottest team in the league heading into last week, Utah rode that momentum to a playoff berth, but were sidetracked by a trip to Kansas City, where they fell in two out of their three contests against the Mavericks.

6) South Carolina Stingrays (32-23-10-3) (Last Week: 9)

Four games, four wins. Pretty simple formula for the Stingrays, who are still in a tight battle for a playoff spot, to move up three spots this week.

7) Indy Fuel (35-23-8-0) (Last Week: 7)

Indy maintains their somewhat disappointing middle-of-the-pack spot with another middle-of-the-pack week; they picked up points in two of the three games they played this past week, but won just once, a shootout victory against Fort Wayne.

8) Fort Wayne Komets (27-16-3-2) (Last Week: 5)

Fort Wayne falls a few spots, but mostly thanks to some teams that were behind them getting hot. They split a two-game set against the Fuel last week.

9) Orlando Solar Bears (36-26-6-1) (Last Week: 8)

In a tight race for one of the final playoff spots available, Orlando had a big week, picking at least one point in three of the four games they played.

10) Tulsa Oilers (30-27-11-3) (Last Week: 12)

Tulsa picked up points in all four games they played this past week but will miss out on a playoff spot given the league’s points percentage format that’s allowed Fort Wayne to get in despite playing a shorter schedule.

11) Kansas City Mavericks (29-30-8-2) (Last Week: 13)

Too little, too late for the Mavericks, who won three out of four this past week, but will miss out on the playoffs.

12) Jacksonville Icemen (33-29-3-4) (Last Week: 10)

A disappointing season in Jacksonville will end without a trip to the postseason, but the team is still playing relatively well to close out the slate; they scored back-to-back wins against Florida and Orlando early last week.

13) Rapid City Rush (32-33-3-1) (Last Week: 11)

The up-and-down season of the Rush appears to be ending on a down note; Rapid City dropped three straight at home to the Americans this past week.

14) Wheeling Nailers (21-38-6-1) (Last Week: 14)

It’s been a rough, rough year in Wheeling. They were at or near the bottom of these power rankings in nearly all of them, and they’ll finish in last both in the standings and in here this season.