AHL Power Rankings: 10/23/12

The AHL season is two weeks underway, a few teams have jumped to the top of the league standings, with a few teams yet to record a regulation win. Inside Hockey aims to bring you a power rankings update each week, including team records and thoughts on the past week and the upcoming schedule. Power Rankings are based on current standings, who the team has played and projections for the remaining regular season schedule. Team records in this week’s power rankings are recorded through the night of October 22nd.

1. Norfolk Admirals (4 GP, 4-0, 8 points)-The defending Calder Cup Champions have gotten off to a hot start as many expected.

2. Syracuse Crunch (5 GP, 4-0-0-1, 9 points)-Following their new affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks, the Crunch have gotten off to a fast start.

3. Chicago Wolves (5 GP, 4-1, 8 points)-Chicago will be one of the top teams in the Western Conference and are off to a hot start this season.

4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (3 GP, 3-0, 6 points)-The Islanders’ minor league affiliate looks to use their young talent to climb to the top of the Eastern Conference.

5. Abbotsford Heat (4 GP, 3-0-0-1, 7 points)-The Heat have 7 points in four games, but don’t expect them at the top of the standings at season’s end.

6. Lake Erie Monsters (5 GP, 4-1, 8 points)-Lake Erie has been a big surprise through two weeks, owning the top seed of the Western Conference.

7. Manchester Monarchs (4 GP, 3-1, 6 points)-The Monarchs, minor league affiliate of the Stanley Cup champions L.A. Kings, look to use their young talent to rise towards the top of the standings.

8. Charlotte Checkers (5 GP, 3-1-0-1, 7 points)-Charlotte will have a tough time competing in the Western Conference, but are off to a good start this season.

9. Rochester Americans (5 GP, 3-2, 6 points)-Led by Marcus Foligno and Cody Hodgson, Rochester could be a tough opponent in the AHL this season.

10. Binghamton Senators (5 GP, 3-1-1-0, 7 points)-Goalie Robin Lehner has lead the charge for the Senators, including a goalie fight against the Syracuse Crunch last weekend.

11. Springfield Falcons (4 GP, 3-1, 6 points)-The Falcons are off to a hot start, but don’t expect them to keep this up all season.

12. Toronto Marlies (5 GP, 2-2-0-1, 5 points)-Toronto, led by some young talent, should have a chance to contend for the Calder Cup finals.

13. Houston Aeros (5 GP, 2-2-1-0, 5 points)-Houston is teetering around a winning record, something expected for the Aeros this season.

14. Oklahoma City Barons (4 GP, 2-2, 4 points)-The Barons are only 2-2 so far this season, but expect them to climb to the top of the Western Conference.

15. St. John’s IceCaps (4 GP, 2-2, 4 points)-Led by Eddie Pasquale in net, expect the minor league affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets to contend for the Calder Cup this season.

16. Hamilton Bulldogs (3 GP, 2-1, 4 points)-Through three games this year, Hamilton has recorded three wins. The Bulldogs could sneak into the playoffs this season.

17. Adirondack Phantoms (4 GP, 2-2, 4 points)-With the addition of Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, Adirondack is filled with NHL talent until the lockout ends.

18. Providence Bruins (4 GP, 2-2, 4 points)-Providence is .500 so far this season like Adirondack and will battle for a playoff in the Eastern Conference this season.

19. Albany Devils (3 GP, 1-2, 2 points)-With Adam Henrique and company down in Albany, expect a different Devils’ team this season.

20. Milwaukee Admirals (4 GP, 2-2, 4 points)-Even at 2-2 through four games, Milwaukee aims to sneak into the playoffs this season.

21. Hershey Bears (4 GP, 1-2-1-0, 3 points)-Entering their 75th season, Hershey looks to do something big this season.

22. San Antonio Rampage (4 GP, 2-2, 4 points)-Through four games this season, the Rampage are in the bottom of the pack, where they will likely stay this season.

23. Texas Stars (5 GP, 2-3, 4 points)-With the addition of Cody Eakin, The Texas Stars look to make strides this season in the Western Conference.

24. Grand Rapids Griffins (4 GP, 1-2-0-1, 3 points)-Grand Rapids has three points in four games thus-far  but are expected to stay at the bottom of the standings this year.

25. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (4 GP, 0-4, 0 points)-The Penguins have yet to record a win, but face their biggest rival, the Hershey Bears this weekend.

26. Portland Pirates (3 GP, 1-2, 2 points)-Portland has one win through three games this season, as they attempt to stay out of the cellar of the standings this season.

27. Peoria Rivermen (4 GP, 1-2-1-0, 3 points)-The minor league affiliation of the St. Louis Blues has one win in three games played this season.

28. Rockford IceHogs (5 GP, 1-3-0-1, 3 points)-With only three points in five games this season, Rockford is not off to the start they would like, but there’s a long season still ahead of them.

29. Connecticut Whale (4 GP, 0-3-1-0, 1 point)-Even with the addition of Chris Kreider, the Whale only have one point this season through four games.

30. Worcester Sharks (4 GP, 0-3-0-1, 1 point)-Worcester has one point on the year like Connecticut, but don’t expect any change from their performance in the future.

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