Chirps from Center Ice

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

AHL Power Rankings: Week 1

Back for another season on a different day are the Chirps from Center Ice AHL Power Rankings.

In the short term, we are going to run these on Thursday’s. They debuted at 10 am today because of the later Penguins game in Cleveland tonight, but that time may change to noon or sometime in the afternoon. I may stick with 10 am or go with noon. I may not even like Thursday’s, but it seems to work because it is one of the lightest days on the AHL schedule.

Anyway, I hope you like the new change.

So to this weeks Rankings, don’t look at the top. We have the Charlotte Checkers as the number one team over the only 3-0 team in the AHL in Cleveland. These early Rankings are just setups for 10 weeks from now and onward. Is Lehigh Valley really a mid-table team? No. I will tell you that right now. Are we overestimating Springfield? Probably, but that’s not for me to say for certain as these teams get into their schedules.

Iowa debuts at third. They dismantled a Moose team that did the same to Central Division foes last season.

A surprising Binghamton team is fourth followed by San Jose in fifth who lead their, “they don’t play as many games as we do” division.

After the Barracuda, jump through to see the rest if you didn’t link in direct. Enjoy!

1

Last Week: CHA 6 @ RCH 2, CHA 4 @ RCH 2
Impressive start for the Checkers, who rolled into Rochester and took away all four points. Trip through New York continues this week with Utica and Syracuse.

This Week: @ UTI 10/12, @ SYR 10/13
Record: 2-0-0-0

2

Last Week: RFD 1 @ CLE 4, RFD 2 @ CLE 5, CLE 5 @ TOR 3
Cleveland off to surprising 3-0 start. Big test coming this weekend when Wilkes-Barre stops by for the first time in a long while.

This Week: vs. WBS 10/11, vs. WBS 10/13
Record: 3-0-0-0

3

Last Week: MTB 1 @ IA 4, MTB 1 @ IA 8
Tim Army’s group is 2-0 after week one and smoked the Moose quite handedly in both contests last weekend. Light schedule this week when Texas comes in Friday.

This Week: vs. TEX 10/12
Record: 2-0-0-0

4

Last Week: TOR 5 @ BNG 7, HFD 3 @ BNG 5
Something is brewing in Binghamton, who are off to a 2-0 start. Three on the road this week.

This Week: @ LAV 10/12, @ LAV 10/13, @ BEL 10/17
Record: 2-0-0-0

5

Last Week: ONT 1 @ SJ 4, SJ 5 @ BAK 1, BAK 3 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Good start for Roy Sommer’s crew. Barracuda sit atop the Pacific after the first week.

This Week: @ STK 10/13, vs. TUC 10/15
Record: 2-0-0-1

6

Last Week: CHI 3 @ COL 2 (OT), CHI 5 @ COL 1
Good way to start the season for the Wolves in unfamiliar territory in front of a raucous crowd for two nights at an expansion side in Colorado.

This Week: vs. GR 10/13, vs. MIL 10/14
Record: 2-0-0-0

7

Last Week: MIL 4 @ TEX 3 (OT), MIL 4 @ SA 3
Admirals off to 2-0 start, picking up wins in Texas last week against the Stars and Rampage.

This Week: vs. HER 10/13, @ CHI 10/14, @ ONT 10/17
Record: 2-0-0-0

8

Last Week: SPR 2 @ WBS 3 (SO)
Played to a shootout win against upstart Springfield Saturday. Make a trip to Cleveland this weekend before welcoming in the Bears for a Wednesday home game.

This Week: @ CLE 10/11, @ CLE 10/13, vs. HER 10/17
Record: 1-0-0-0

9

Last Week: SPR 2 @ WBS 3 (SO)
Looked impressive in their first game of the season in Wilkes-Barre Saturday. Big early test coming this weekend with the Phantoms.

This Week: @ LV 10/12, vs. LV 10/13, vs. PRO 10/14
Record: 0-0-0-1

10

Last Week: PRO 2 @ HFD 4, LAV 1 @ HFD 3, HFD 3 @ BNG 5
Good start at home but couldn’t keep up with the run and gun style Binghamton exhibited Wednesday on the Southern Tier. Repeating last weekends opponents again this week.

This Week: vs. PRO 10/12, @ PRO 10/13, @ LAV 10/17
Record: 2-1-0-0

11

Last Week: SD 4 @ TUC 6
Pacific Division champs pick up where they left off last season, in comeback fashion against the San Diego Gulls.

This Week: @ SD 10/12, @ BAK 10/13, @ SJ 10/15
Record: 1-0-0-0

12

Last Week: BRI 3 @ LV 6
Good way to start for the defending Atlantic Division champions Saturday at home against an improved Bridgeport offense. Two this weekend with a dangerously good Springfield team.

This Week: vs. SPR 10/12, @ SPR 10/13
Record: 1-0-0-0

13

Last Week: STK 1 @ BAK 8, SJ 5 @ BAK 1, BAK 3 @ SJ 2 (SO)
Off to an okay start in Bakersfield. Going to be tough to gauge this team because they are featured in just one game next week.

This Week: vs. TUC 10/13
Record: 2-1-0-0

14

Last Week: BRI 3 @ LV 6, BRI 2 @ HER 1
Sound Tigers split the weekend in Pennsylvania. Host what should be a pissed off Rochester side this weekend.

This Week: vs. RCH 10/13, vs. RCH 10/14
Record: 1-1-0-0

15

Last Week: GR 1 @ TEX 3, MIL 4 @ TEX 3 (OT)
Stars look to be fine, getting at least a point out of each contest last week.

This Week: @ IA 10/12, @ RFD 10/13, @ GR 10/17
Record: 1-0-1-0

16

Last Week: GR 0 @ SA 4, MIL 4 @ SA 3
Shutout what is primed to be an offensive juggernaut Griffins team and let one get away from them with Milwaukee. Two this week with some familiar faces in Colorado.

This Week: vs. COL 10/12, vs. COL 10/13
Record: 1-1-0-0

17

Last Week: ONT 1 @ SJ 4, ONT 6 @ STK 5 (OT)
Split a pair of road contests. Open at home against the Heat, Gulls and Admirals this week.

This Week: vs. STK 10/12, vs. SD 10/13, vs. MIL 10/17
Record: 1-1-0-0

18

Last Week: SYR 3 @ HER 2, SYR 3 @ RCH 6
Split a week. One of the teams that will be hard to get a read on early with just one game in the second week of the season coming up.

This Week: vs. CHA 10/13
Record: 1-1-0-0

19

Last Week: LAV 3 @ PRO 2, LAV 1 @ HFD 3
Split the week. Hey, it’s better than most.

This Week: vs. BNG 10/12, vs. BNG 10/13, vs. HFD 10/17
Record: 1-1-0-0

20

Last Week: TOR 7 @ UTI 3, BEL 1 @ UTI 3
Comets split a pair against elite and not so elite competition. Busy week ahead.

This Week: vs. CHA 10/12, @ TOR 10/13, @ TOR 10/14, vs. RCH 10/17
Record: 1-1-0-0

21

Last Week: TOR 7 @ UTI 3, TOR 5 @ BNG 7, CLE 5 @ TOR 3
We aren’t believers of Calder Cup hangovers because the rosters turn over more than in insomniac in bed, but the Marlies have to be looking to get back to what got them a banner raising this past Monday starting this Saturday against Utica.

This Week: vs. UTI 10/13, vs. UTI 10/14
Record: 1-2-0-0

22

Last Week: CHA 6 @ RCH 2, CHA 4 @ RCH 2, SYR 3 @ RCH 6
Amerks don’t really need to worry about out of division foes like Charlotte as much as they need to worry about picking up wins against division foes like Syracuse who they beat Wednesday.

This Week: @ BRI 10/13, @ BRI 10/14, @ UTI 10/17
Record: 1-2-0-0

23

Last Week: CHI 3 @ COL 2 (OT), CHI 5 @ COL 1
Growing pains for the expansion Eagles or a sign of things to come in Loveland?

This Week: @ SA 10/12, @ SA 10/13
Record: 0-1-1-0

24

Last Week: STK 1 @ BAK 8, ONT 6 @ STK 5 (OT)
Heat played run and gun this weekend and it cost them big (against Bakersfield) and played to their advantage (OT win vs. Ontario) Will need to buckle down against Ontario again and San Jose this week.

This Week: @ ONT 10/12, vs. SJ 10/13
Record: 0-1-1-0

25

Last Week: BEL 1 @ UTI 3
Can’t take anything on how a season is going to go with one game, so the Politburo is going to reserve judgement on Belleville until after at least next week.

This Week: @ MTB 10/12, @ MTB 10/13, vs. BNG 10/17
Record: 0-1-0-0

26

Last Week: SD 4 @ TUC 6
Lost a lead on the road in Tucson Saturday. A whole week to sit on that before trying to exact some revenge on the Roadrunners Friday night at home.

This Week: vs. TUC 10/12, @ ONT 10/13
Record: 0-1-0-0

27

Last Week: SYR 3 @ HER 2, BRI 2 @ HER 1
Bears are 0-2 to start the season. Spencer Carbery’s group has their work cut out for them.

This Week: @ GR 10/12, @ MIL 10/13, @ RFD 10/14, @ WBS 10/17
Record: 0-2-0-0

28

Last Week: PRO 2 @ HFD 4, LAV 3 @ PRO 2
Certainly not the way Jay Leach and his Providence Bruins wanted to start their 2018-19 campaign against two teams they were favored to beat.

This Week: @ HFD 10/12, vs. HFD 10/13, @ SPR 10/14
Record: 0-2-0-0

29

Last Week: RFD 1 @ CLE 4, RFD 2 @ CLE 5
Western Conference runners up are in a 0-2 hole to start the season.

This Week: vs. TEX 10/13, vs. HER 10/14
Record: 0-2-0-0

30

Last Week: GR 1 @ TEX 3, GR 0 @ SA 4
This high powered Griffins offense rendered but one goal in two contests last week.

This Week: vs. HER 10/12, @ CHI 10/13, vs. TEX 10/17
Record: 0-2-0-0

31

Last Week: MTB 1 @ IA 4, MTB 1 @ IA 8
It’s bad when you give up 12 goals in two games. Moose get a chance to right the ship when Belleville stops by for the home opener.

This Week: vs. BEL 10/12, vs. BEL 10/13
Record: 0-2-0-0

See you back here next Thursday for the Week 2 edition!

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