It really becomes apparent that the hockey season is in full swing when the OHL releases their first set of rankings for the 2016 OHL Cup.
That’s exactly what happened today as the week one rankings were revealed. There were only a few surprises in the rankings and we saw two Alliance teams make the cut.
The rankings were as follows:
1. Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)
2. York Simcoe Express (OMHA)
3. Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
4. Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)
5. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs (OMHA)
6. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
7. Sudbury Wolves (GNML)
8. London Jr. Knights (Alliance)
9. Markham Majors (GTHL)
10. Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)
Barrie Colts (OHMA)
Kingston Frontenacs (OMHA)
Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
No real surprises when it comes to the fact that the GTHL is dominating the rankings with five of the 10 teams coming from the league.
The two Alliance teams is down from last year when London and Waterloo were regularly on the list alongside Kitchener.
I was somewhat disappointed to not see either Huron-Perth or Elgin-Middlesex as an honorable mention. While the Lakers have struggled as of late due to some key injuries, the Chiefs have been playing their best hockey of the season and are a top team in my opinion.
This weekend could signal some movement in the rankings with the Silver Stick tournament going down. All 10 ranked teams plus the three honorable mentions are all registered to take part.
A strong showing by either the Lakers or the Chiefs could see them jump into the honorable mentions slot while a poor showing by the Wolves or Knights could see them dropped from the rankings.