AHL Power Rankings: 1/7/2013

With the NHL lockout finally resolved, player movement between leagues will have a huge impact on the American Hockey League. Goalies that could spend time in the NHL such as Braden Holtby or Ben Scrivens will cause goalies from the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) to become a part of AHL teams. The Oklahoma City Barons will lose key pieces in Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz to the Edmonton Oilers, likely pushing them out of contention for the Calder Cup. With the potential roster movement taken into effect, take a look at the first AHL power rankings of 2013.

Power Rankings

1. Syracuse Crunch (34 GP, 22-7-2-3, 49 points)

2. Binghamton Senators (32 GP, 21-8-1-2, 45 points)

3. Springfield Falcons (33 GP, 19-9-2-3, 43 points)

4. Toronto Marlies (33 GP, 21-9-1-2, 45 points)

5. Grand Rapids Griffins (33 GP, 20-10-1-2, 43 points)

6. Charlotte Checkers (36 GP, 20-11-2-3, 45 points)

7. Portland Pirates (34 GP, 20-12-1-1, 42 points)

8. Texas Stars (35 GP, 19-11-3-2, 43 points)

9. Abbotsford Heat (34 GP, 17-10-3-4, 41 points)

10. Houston Aeros (35 GP, 18-11-3-3, 42 points)

11. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (34 GP, 17-14-1-2, 37 points)

12.. Worcester Sharks (33 GP, 18-12-1-2, 39 points)

13. Milwuakee Admirals (34 GP, 17-13-2-, 38 points)

14. Lake Erie Monsters (36 GP, 18-15-2-1, 39 points)

15. Providence Bruins (32 GP, 17-13,0-2, 36 points)

16. Chicago Wolves (32 GP, 15-12-3-2, 35 points)

17. Rockford IceHogs (35 GP, 17-16-1-1, 36 points)

18. Manchester Monarchs (35 GP, 16-15-2-2, 36 points)

19. Rochester Americans (33 GP, 17-13-2-1, 37 points)

20. Hershey Bears (34 GP, 16-16-1-1, 34 points)

21. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (34 GP, 15-16-2-1, 33 points)

22. Connecticut Whale (35 GP, 15-17-3-0, 33 points)

23. Albany Devils (31 GP, 13-11-1-6, 33 points)

24. Oklahoma City Barons (35 GP, 18-13-1-3, 40 points)

25. San Antonio Rampage (37 GP, 15-18-0-4, 34 points)

26. Peoria Rivermen (35 GP, 14-14-2-2, 32 points)

27. St. John’s IceCaps (36 GP, 15-19-1-1, 32 points)

28. Norfolk Admirals (33 GP, 14-17-2-0, 30 points)

29. Adirondack Phantoms (33 GP, 14-17-1-1, 30 points)

30. Hamilton Bulldogs (34 GP, 12-18-1-3, 28 points)

Scoring LeadersĀ 

1. Jordan Eberle (34 GP, 25 goals, 26 assists, 51 points)

2. Justin Schultz (34 GP, 18 goals, 30 assists, 48 points)

3. Cam Atkinson (3 GP, 17 goals, 21 assists, 38 points)

Goalie Leaders

1. Barry Brust (15 GP, 8-5-2, 1.54 goals against average, .944 save percentage)

2. Robin Lehner (20 GP, 13-5-1, 1.94 goals against average, .944 save percentage)

3. Danny Taylor (16 GP, 7-6-1, 1.95 goals against average, .924 save percentage)

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