Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

AHL Power Rankings: Week 27

It’s the final version of the 2016-17 Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings. Another year of doing this thing. It seems to be really popular and something that you guys seem to like so let’s keep it going for next year, shall we?

How I do the final Power Rankings edition is that the team that won the regular season is number one, followed by runner up in the opposite conference, then all the division champions in the top four then the other 12 playoff teams. All 16 teams that qualified are in the top 16 then the rank and file all the way to 30.

I won’t keep you here. Click through the jump if you didn’t link in direct…

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Wilkes-Barre is rightfully a heavy favorite when it comes to the teams at the top of every persons list for Cup contenders. Coming up empty after a banner regular season will be a massive, massive disappointment.
Rank: 1
Last Week: 2nd
Change: Up 1
Record:
51-20-3-2
Last Week:
LV 2 @ WBS 1 (SO)
HER 2 @ LV 1
BRI 4 @ WBS 5
Playoffs?
vs. A4 PRO

14tex_500

Missed out on the top overall spot in the AHL by going 0-1-2-0. Take on Stockton, who they could easily sweep out of the playoffs.
Rank: 2
Last Week: 1st
Change: Down 1
Record:
43-16-4-5
Last Week:
TUC 2 @ SJ 1
TUC 4 @ SJ 3 (OT)
SJ 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
Playoffs?
vs. P4 STK

14tex_500

Wolves were constantly the best team in the Central and slowly crept up past Grand Rapids and Milwaukee for the top spot. They take on a dangerous Charlotte side.
Rank: 3
Last Week: 6th
Change: Up 3
Record:
44-19-8-5
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ IA 1
CHI 2 @ IA 3 (OT)
CHA 3 @ CHI 4 (OT)
Playoffs?
vs. C4 CHA

14tex_500

Crunch rightfully claim the North Division Championship. It’s something that they almost deserved based off of all the call-ups to Tampa, who are back and ready to rumble.
Rank: 4
Last Week: 9th
Change: Up 5
Record:
38-24-7-7
Last Week:
SYR 7 @ UTI 2
BNG 1 @ SYR 4
UTI 2 @ SYR 5
Playoffs?
vs. N4 STJ

14tex_500

No team hotter than the Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins may be the favorite, but they may have a collision course inbound with Hershey in the second round.
Rank: 5
Last Week: 10th
Change: Up 5
Record:
43-22-8-3
Last Week:
HER 2 @ WBS 1
PRO 0 @ HER 3
Playoffs?
vs. A2 LV

14tex_500

That series with Ontario looks like it is setting out to be a war.
Rank: 6
Last Week: 11th
Change: Up 5
Record:
43-20-3-2
Last Week:
BAK 1 @ SD 5
SD 4 @ ONT 3 (SO)
ONT 3 @ SD 5
Playoffs?
vs. P3 ONT

14tex_500

Marlies charge out of the depths of the North Division chasm to claim second in the North. Matchup with Albany is pretty even.
Rank: 7
Last Week: 3rd
Change: Down 4
Record:
42-29-4-1
Last Week:
TOR 5 @ STJ 3
TOR 1 @ STJ 4
Playoffs?
vs. N3 ALB

14lv_500

Phantoms have their hands full with the Bears coming up and missing their number one goaltender in Anthony Stolarz. Lehigh Valley may be one and done.
Rank: 8
Last Week: 13th
Change: Up 5
Record:
48-23-5-0
Last Week:
LV 2 @ WBS 1 (SO)
PRO 4 @ LV 5 (OT)
LV 4 @ BNG 1
Playoffs?
vs. A3 HER

14tex_500

Checkers get in on the last weekend, the last day even, and look to give the one seed Chicago fits. They beat out the defending champions in Cleveland in the process.
Rank: 9
Last Week: 5th
Change: Down 4
Record:
39-29-7-1
Last Week:
CHA 1 @ GR 2 (SO)
CHA 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
CHA 3 @ CHI 4 (OT)
Playoffs?
vs. C1 CHI

14tex_500

Griffins loosened their grip on the top spot in the Central and lost out to the the Chicago Wolves. They take on a dangerous Milwaukee Admirals team.
Rank: 10
Last Week: 8th
Change: Down 2
Record:
47-23-1-5
Last Week:
CHA 1 @ GR 2 (SO)
CHA 2 @ GR 3 (OT)
GR 5 @ MIL 1
Playoffs?
vs. C3 MIL

14tex_500

Milwaukee is set out with something to prove as the three seed in the Central. The Admirals are better than this, aren’t they?
Rank: 11
Last Week: 7th
Change: Up 4
Record:
43-26-4-3
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ RFD 1
RFD 2 @ MIL 6
GR 5 @ MIL 1
Playoffs?
vs. C2 GR

14tex_500

Devils could never catch Syracuse for the top spot in the North, faltered a bit and were caught by the Marlies. Underrated matchup between the Devils and Toronto coming up.
Rank: 12
Last Week: 16th
Change: Up 4
Record:
39-32-2-3
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ ALB 6
ALB 4 @ RCH 5
RCH 0 @ ALB 3
Playoffs?
vs. N2 TOR

14tex_500

IceCaps get in on the final day and play the Syracuse Crunch. Should be a fun matchup, but not one we at the Politburo think St. John’s can win.
Rank: 13
Last Week: 17th
Change: Up 4
Record:
36-30-8-2
Last Week:
TOR 5 @ STJ 3
TOR 1 @ STJ 4
Playoffs?
vs. N1 SYR

14tex_500

Ontario is an underrated three seed. We saw a nice little Calder Cup Preview this week with the San Diego Gulls. If last week was any indication, then expect that series to go the distance.
Rank: 14
Last Week: 15th
Change: Up 1
Record:
36-21-10-1
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ STK 2 (OT)
SD 4 @ ONT 3 (SO)
ONT 3 @ SD 5
Playoffs?
vs. P2 SD

14tex_500

Heat make playoffs. Looking to knock off the Western Conference Champion San Jose Barracuda.
Rank: 15
Last Week: 14th
Change: Down 1
Record:
34-25-7-2
Last Week:
ONT 3 @ STK 2 (OT)
BAK 1 @ STK 2
TUC 6 @ STK 5 (OT)
Playoffs?
vs. P1 SJ

14tex_500

Bruins nosedive to the four seed in the Atlantic and take on the one team they were looking to avoid in the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, a team which has owned them in the postseason.
Rank: 16
Last Week: 12th
Change: Down 4
Record:
43-23-6-4
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ SPR 4
PRO 4 @ LV 5 (OT)
PRO 0 @ HER 3
Playoffs?
vs. A1 WBS

14tex_500

Thunderbirds play upset to a few playoff teams and will be looking to make it count next season.
Rank: 17
Last Week: 22nd
Change: Up 5
Record:
32-33-9-2
Last Week:
PRO 3 @ SPR 4
BRI 0 @ SPR 7
HFD 1 @ SPR 5
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Condors miss out on playoffs barely for the second time in a row. Bakersfield’s slow starts in an ever competitive Pacific are this teams death knell.
Rank: 18
Last Week: 21st
Change: Up 3
Record:
33-29-5-1
Last Week:
BAK 1 @ SD 5
BAK 1 @ STK 2
SJ 2 @ BAK 3 (OT)
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Defending champs miss playoffs and don’t get to defend their title. This is after winning 13 of their last 16 games.
Rank: 19
Last Week: 4th
Change: Down 15
Record:
39-29-4-4
Last Week:
MTB 4 @ CLE 5
MTB 1 @ CLE 0
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Comets go 4-6 over their final ten games and miss playoffs for the first time in two years.
Rank: 20
Last Week: 24th
Change: Up 4
Record:
35-32-7-2
Last Week:
SYR 7 @ UTI 2
HFD 4 @ UTI 5
UTI 2 @ SYR 5
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

There was going to be one Atlantic Division team that would have ran away with the North Division had it played there and it happens to be the Bridgeport Sound Tigers who go out losing two straight, including a 7-0 throttling against the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Rank: 21
Last Week: 18th
Change: Down 3
Record:
44-28-3-1
Last Week:
BRI 0 @ SPR 7
BRI 4 @ WBS 5
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Roadrunners hit some adversity and weren’t able to recover. It was a young team to start with that impressed early and fizzled late.
Rank: 22
Last Week: 26th
Change: Up 4
Record:
29-31-8-0
Last Week:
TUC 2 @ SJ 1
TUC 4 @ SJ 3 (OT)
TUC 6 @ STK 5 (OT)
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Iowa got close, but fizzled at the end. This year was a success compared to last, and Wild fans need to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Rank: 23
Last Week: 20th
Change: Down 3
Record:
36-31-7-2
Last Week:
CHI 2 @ IA 1
CHI 2 @ IA 3 (OT)
IA 5 @ RFD 2
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Amerks were left understaffed and undermanned and it cost them their season from the start.
Rank: 24
Last Week: 19th
Change: Down 5
Record:
32-41-0-3
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ RCH 2 (SO)
ALB 4 @ RCH 5
RCH 0 @ ALB 3
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

B-Sens go out with a whimper. Maybe the team in Belleville is fielded more competitively next season.
Rank: 25
Last Week: 23rd
Change: Down 2
Record:
28-44-2-2
Last Week:
BNG 3 @ RCH 2 (SO)
BNG 1 @ SYR 4
LV 4 @ BNG 1
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Stars will look to come back with aplomb in 2017-18.
Rank: 26
Last Week: 28th
Change: Up 2
Record:
34-37-1-4
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 4
TEX 1 @ SA 0
SA 6 @ TEX 3
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Better than last year but still really bad for Manitoba in their second year. Seventh place in the Central.
Rank: 27
Last Week: 25th
Change: Down 2
Record:
29-37-5-5
Last Week:
MTB 4 @ CLE 5
MTB 1 @ CLE 0
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

San Antonio never got out of the block the right way and they never recovered.
Rank: 28
Last Week: 29th
Change: Up 1
Record:
27-42-5-2
Last Week:
SA 3 @ TEX 4
TEX 1 @ SA 0
SA 6 @ TEX 3
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

Let’s just be glad that we don’t have to write anything else about the Rockford IceHogs for the rest of the summer.
Rank: 29
Last Week: 30th
Change: Up 1
Record:
25-39-9-3
Last Week:
MIL 2 @ RFD 1
RFD 2 @ MIL 6
IA 5 @ RFD 2
Playoffs?
No.

14tex_500

It is inconceivable how bad the Wolf Pack were. Let’s just leave it at that.
Rank: 30
Last Week: 27th
Change: Down 3
Record:
24-46-4-2
Last Week:
HFD 3 @ ALB 6
HFD 4 @ UTI 5
HFD 1 @ SPR 5
Playoffs?
No.

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