2021-22 ECHL Power Rankings

Growlers Reign, Walleye Take Off

The Newfoundland Growlers find themselves at the top of the league standings after the completion of another week in the ECHL, and to no one’s surprise, also remain in the top spot in FloHockey’s power rankings.

There has been some shuffling underneath them, however, particularly with the Toledo Walleye jumping up to the second spot, backed by strong starts to the season from the league’s two highest-scoring forwards in Matt Berry and former NHL’er T.J. Hensick.

1. Newfoundland Growlers (Last Week: 1)

(10-2-0-0)

The Growlers keep on rolling, and are doing so without star goaltender Keith Petruzzelli, who was summoned to the American Hockey League after winning four of his five starts while posting a 1.60 goals against average and .952 save percentage that was best among goaltenders who has played in five or more games. Evan Cormier has won six of his first seven starts, while the team has used a balanced scoring attack to post a +17 scoring differential that’s good for second best in the ECHL.

2. Toledo Walleye (Last Week: 3)

(8-4-0-0)

Best goal differential in the league? That would belong to the Walleye, who are averaging over four goals scored per game (55 goals in 12 games) compared to having allowed just 30 goals so far this year. While Berry and Hensick have combined for 17 of those 55 goals scored so far, Toledo recently lost goaltender Kaden Fulcher to an AHL call-up.

3. Florida Everblades (Last Week: 6)

(7-3-1-2)

The Everblades had a relatively light, yet still successful past week of play; they captured points in both games they played, both of them coming against in-state competition at home. A 3-2 win over the Orlando Solar Bears on Wednesday night was backed up by a shootout loss to the Jacksonville Icemen three nights later.

4. Utah Grizzlies (Last Week: 7)

(9-5-0-0)

Utah remains near the top of the league standings after another strong showing this past weekend; they captured two out of the three games they played against the Kansas City Mavericks, sweeping the weekend with back-to-back 4-2 wins.

5. Fort Wayne Komets (Last Week: 2)

(8-3-1-0)

The defending league champions slide down a few spots in this week’s rankings after a busy week in which they managed two wins in the four games they played. An up-and-down stretch was capped off with a disappointing 5-1 home loss to the expansion Iowa Heartlanders on Sunday.

6. Reading Royals (Last Week: 4)

(6-2-3-1)

Capping off a lengthy six-game homestand, the Royals held their own this past weekend, suffering back-to-back one-goal losses to the powerhouse Growlers, including capturing a point in a 2-1 overtime defeat on Saturday. They rebounded nicely a day later, when Hayden Hawkey stopped 23 out of the 24 shots he faced in his team debut to lead Reading to a 2-1 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday.

7. Idaho Steelheads (Last Week: 12)

(8-6-0-0)

The Steelheads actually come into this upcoming week of games in a three-way tie for the fifth-most points in the league with 16, despite coming off a Saturday loss to the Adirondack Thunder. Third-year pro Jake Kupsky remains one of the hottest goaltenders in the league, and leads the circuit with a 1.33 goals against average in his first four appearances.

8. Wichita Thunder (Last Week: 19)

(6-5-0-0)

Four straight games without a regulation loss is the current active streak in the ECHL, and it belongs to the Wichita Thunder, who have regulation wins in every game they’ve played since a shutout road loss to Kansas City on November 9.

9. Norfolk Admirals (Last Week: 11)

(7-5-0-0)

The Admirals jump into the back end of the top ten after a solid showing this past week; Beck Warm posted a 23-save shutout for Norfolk over South Carolina on Wednesday before the team suffered a one-goal loss in Reading on Sunday.

10. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (Last Week: 20)

(5-6-0-0)

While it may seem a bit odd for a sub .500 team to be in the top ten in the league power rankings five weeks into the season, it seems unlikely that Greenville will be in that category for very long. One of the league’s least penalized teams, the Swamp Rabbits have now rattled off three consecutive wins, including victories over South Carolina and Atlanta this past weekend.

Rankings for the remainder of ECHL Teams: 

11. Cincinnati Cyclones (Last Week: 10)

(7-5-0-0)

12. Tulsa Oilers (Last Week: 5)

(6-3-0-1)

13. Orlando Solar Bears (Last Week: 15)

(6-5-1-0)

14. Kalamazoo Wings (Last Week: 9)

(6-4-0-0)

15. Jacksonville Icemen (Last Week: 24)

(5-6-1-1)

16. Kansas City Mavericks (Last Week: 16)

(6-7-0-0)

17. Atlanta Gladiators (Last Week: 8)

(6-4-0-0)

18. Maine Mariners (Last Week: 14)

(5-4-2-0)

19. Rapid City Rush (Last Week: 22)

(4-6-1-1)

20. Adirondack Thunder (Last Week: 18)

(5-6-1-0) 

21. Worcester Railers (Last Week: 26)

(4-6-0-1)

22. Allen Americans (Last Week: 23)

(4-6-2-0)

23. Indy Fuel (Last Week: 27)

(4-7-0-1)

24. Wheeling Nailers (Last Week: 17)

(5-6-0-0)

25. South Carolina Stingrays (Last Week: 13)

(5-5-0-0)

26. Trois-Rivieres Lions (Last Week: 25)

(4-7-0-0)

27. Iowa Heartlanders (Last Week: 21)

(3-8-0-2)