WCHA Power Rankings

First off, let me say that the WCHA is the toughest league in college hockey.  Any of the teams below can beat each other if they're play hot.  The rankings I have them at now are based off recent results and where I think they stand currently.  The players below each team are the ones that are at 14 or more points (about a point a game) on the season, the italicized names are the teams leading scorer if they do not have a player that produces that high.  Enjoy!

1) Denver 7-2-1 (9-4-1 overall)

Denver sits at the top of the list despite a hiccup in play with the Badgers.  It was tough ranking them at the top due to this, but hey, every team has a down weekend.  Overall, they have a 5-3 record against opponents with a record of .500 or better but the loses are ones that they should have won.  They still have big wins in the WCHA and currently sit atop of the standings.

Nick Shore (LOS) - 6-12-18
Chris Knowlton - 8-7-15
Joey LaLeggia (EDM) - 6-8-14

(Nick Shore)

2) North Dakota 4-2-2 (7-5-2 overall)

North Dakota recently made the trip back from Colorado College with 2 points, a successful weekend for UND as CC has shown to be a difficult team to slow down.  UND lost the first night only to come back and win in OT the second night.  Their record doesn't give them very much credit, bus as the halfway point of the season draws nearer and nearer, UND becomes more and more powerful.

Danny Kristo (MTL) - 5-9-14
Corban Knight (FLA) - 3-11-14

3) Nebraska Omaha 5-2-1 (9-4-1 overall)

My decision for third was between UNO and UMTC, which I gave to Omaha because they recently split with the Gophers in Minneapolis as the two simply traded scores between nights.  UNO is currently 1-2 against quality opponents, which is iffy, but they have proved they can score, especially Ryan Walters.

Ryan Walters - 6-14-20
Dominic Zombo - 5-9-14

(Ryan Walters)

4) Minnesota 5-3-2 (10-3-2 overall)

The Gophers, as mentioned above, split with Omaha last weekend which I why I put this team down so far.  Unfortunately, Minnesota wasn't tested until last weekend, and are currently 1-1 against TUC teams.  The Gophers have no reason not to be ranked farther towards the top this season, but under performing players are holding them back.  Nick Bjugstad, who finished last year with 25 goals and 43 points, has only 13 points so far this year, 3rd on his team.

Erik Haula (MIN) - 7-12-19
Kyle Rau (FLA) - 6-8-14

5) St. Cloud State 6-4-0 (8-6-0 overall)

St. Cloud State has definitely got some talent.  The 80's-rock-hair guys like Nic Down, Ben Hanowski and Nick Jensen have the talent to take this team far, but defensive consistency holds them back.  At home, these guys are unstoppable, losing only 1 game all year, but on the road they only stand at 3-5.  If the defense can hold up on the road this team can push for a placement into the big tourney.

Drew LeBlanc - 5-13-18
Nic Dowd (LOS) - 8-9-17

6) Colorado College 5-3-0 (8-7-1 overall)

Colorado College has a difficult schedule to say the least.  They played at cornell, Denver and just finished a home series with New Hampshire and Yale before their last split with UND lat weekend.  CC has seen all types of offenses and defenses from playing these different teams and in the long run it will only benefit them.  This team averages 3.69 goals per game with 4 players averaging around a point per game or higher.

Rylan Schwartz - 8-11-19
William Rapuzzi - 8-11-19
Scott Winkler (DAL) - 10-8-18
Alexander Krushelnyski - 6-10-16
Archie Skalbeck - 6-8-14

7) Minnesota Duluth 2-5-3 (4-7-3 overall)

The Bulldogs have recently found some traction to a season that started out rocky.  I overviewed the last 4 games HERE so take a look if you don't want to believe it.  The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-point weekend on the road against Michigan Tech where Caleb Herbert was finally able to end his scoring drought.  The Bulldogs are outshooting and outscoring opponents in their last couple of series, averaging 3.5 goals per game.  If they can figure out the goalie situation look for them to push for home ice this season.

Mike Seidel - 10-7-17
Austin Farley - 7-8-15
Tony Cameranesi (TOR) - 6-9-15

(Mike Seidel)

8) Mankato State 5-5-0 (7-5-2 overall)

The Mavericks are playing their best hockey that i've seen in quite some time.  They are currently on a 4-game win streak sweeping Wisconsin in Madison and then sweeping the Beavers at home.  In those 4 games they've outscored their opponents 17-5, averaging over 4 goals per game.  The quality opponents they have faced (Denver, Minnesota and St. Cloud) they are not skating so hot, with a record like 1-5.  They should continue their success this weekend in Anchorage.

Matt Leitner - 4-14-18

9) Wisconsin 2-5-3 (2-7-3 overall)

Wisconsin has had a tough run this year.  Kicking things off was they delayed start of freshman sensation Nic Kerdiles who dealt with suspension issues.  Following that incident, returning WCHA scoring leader Mark Zengerle broke his finger and an assistant coach left the team for ministry reasons.  Normally I would have put them lower, but with the return of Kerdiles and a 3-point weekend in Denver, it's hard to put this team much lower.

Michael Mersch (LOS) - 9-0-9

10) Michigan Tech 3-6-1 (4-8-1 overall)

This team was suppose to be "legit" this year after they beat the Gophers 5-3 on that Friday night so long ago.  But, since that date, their only victories have came over a hurting Bemidji State team.  Michigan Tech does have some talent, including a hand full of freshman that can score, they just need to finish games and keep the puck out of their own.

Alex Petan 4-9-13

11) Bemidji State 2-6-2 (3-7-2 overall)

The Beavers can be described as a very inconsistent team.  They've beat a pretty decent Nebraska Omaha team as well as Alaska Anchorage, but thats about all in the "W" category.  Goalie Andrew Walsh has shown glimpses of greatness against many teams but his offense just cannot get it going. The schedule doesn't look to get any easier as they travel to Minnesota Duluth and host Denver.

Jordan George 3-7-10

(Andrew Walsh)

12) Alaska Anchorage 1-4-3 (3-5-4 overall)

It's hard for a team that has a difficult time scoring, defending and making use of special teams pick up wins.  This is just another typical year for Alaska Anchorage.  But, even with all the negative, they did manage to beat a pretty good St. Cloud State team on the road.  They have played well with some quality teams, don't get me wrong, but their game is going to have to take a big turn if they want to play a WCHA playoff game in Alaska.

Blake Tatchell - 3-7-10