2013 Power Rankings

These are the Bulldog Country Power Rankings for the start of 2013.  Each team is topped up with it's own summary of play along with leading scorers and other fun stats, because stats are fun!  :)  In all seriousness, enjoy.  If you disagree, tell me!

(Photo: David Brewster - Star Tribune)

2013 WCHA POWER RANKINGS

1) University of Minnesota Golden Gophers  13-3-3 (6-3-3)

It's really no decision for me on this one.  I know these are conference power rankings but I have to take into consideration the butt kicking the Gophs gave to Boston College, the former number 1 team.  We've known this team has had the talent all along, but struggled to let it glow.  In the BC game they were on fire.  If the fire continues to stay lit, this team will start its march towards the top of the WCHA standings real, real quickly.

Pos.
Year
(GP)  G-A-Pts
(+/-)
NHL Prosepect
Erik Haula
F
Jr
(19) 9-17-26
+6
MIN
Nick Bjugstad
F
Jr
(19) 10-9-19
+4
FLA
Kyle Rau
F
So
(19) 9-10-19
+7
FLA
Nate Schmidt
D
Jr
(19) 3-13-16
+6
Mike Reilly
D
Fr
(17) 2-8-10
+5
CLB
Adam Wilcox
G
Fr
1.63 / .927
+18
TBL


2) University of North Dakota  10-5-3 (7-2-3)

North Dakota played very well in the start of the season, which hasn't been their strength in the past few years, but they earned their position in the standings.  A team led by Corban Knight has been producing and tallying points in North Dakota and all over the country.  Coming off a huge sweep at Michigan Tech should allow them to carry that play to Holy Cross this weekend, where I assume UND will tear them apart.

Pos.
Year
(GP)  G-A-Pts
(+/-)
NHL Prosepect
Corban Knight
F
Sr
(17) 8-15-23
+11
FLA
Danny Kristo
F
Sr
(16) 8-13-21
+10
MTL
Rocco Grimaldi
F
Fr
(18) 7-9-16
+7
FLA
Derek Forbort
D
Jr
(18) 4-6-10
+3
LOS
Dillon Simpson
D
Jr
(18) 2-6-8
+5
EDM
Clarke Saunders
G
Jr
2.19 / .925
+14


3) University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks  11-8-1 (7-4-1)

I don't think very many people expected Dean Blaise's boys to be playing as well as they have been, I know I didn't expect this.  UNO was under a little bit of fire a couple weeks ago about their TUC record and schedule difficulty but with great play against Mankato State and FDASFDAS recently, I think you can count that fire extinguished.

Pos.
Year
(GP)  G-A-Pts
(+/-)
NHL Prosepect
Ryan Walters
F
Jr
(20) 12-16-28
+13
Dominic Zombo
F
So
(20) 7-12-19
+11
Josh Archibald
F
So
(20) 7-10-17
+11
PIT
Bryce Aneloski
D
Sr
(20) 3-11-14
+13
OTT
Andrej Sustr
D
Jr
(20) 4-9-13
+9
John Faulkner
G
Sr
2.65 / .900
+14


4) St. Cloud State Huskies  12-8-0 (9-5-0)

The long haired, successful lines the Huskies have been able to put together have been able to compete with every opponent they've been matched up against.  Having two guys with 20+ points each is never a bad thing as well.  Add all this and the fact that Joey Benik is now healthy and playing; this is going to be one tough team to beat during the final stretch here.

Pos.
Year
(GP)  G-A-Pts
(+/-)
NHL Prosepect
Drew LeBlanc
F
Sr
(20) 6-22-28
+8
Nic Dowd
F
Jr
(20) 9-15-24
+3
LOS
Kalle Kossila
F
Fr
(18) 11-6-17
+13
Nick Jensen
D
Jr
(20) 1-14-15
+6
DET
Andrew Prochno
D
So
(19) 2-10-12
+5
Ryan Faragher
G
So
2.40 / .895
+7


5) University of Denver Pioneers  10-6-3 (7-4-3)

There is no doubt in any college hockey fan's mind that Pioneers took one hell of a bumpy road in their last few WCHA series, enough for me to push them all the way down to the 5th spot at this point.  But with all the negativity Denver has battled lately, they did just defeat Boston University by a margin of 6 to 0 in their last game.  Is Denver ready to start playing against?  Or was this just a fluke...

Pos.
Year
(GP)  G-A-Pts
(+/-)
NHL Prosepect
Nick Shore
F
Jr
(19) 8-14-22
+1
LOS
Chris Knowlton
F
Sr
(19) 11-8-19
+9
Shawn Ostrow
F
Sr
(19) 5-7-12
+11
Joey LeLeggia
D
So
(19) 7-10-17
-3
EDM
David Makowski
D
Jr
(19) 5-7-12
+7
Juho Olkinuora
G
So
1.69 / .944
+8


6) Mankato State University Mavericks  12-6-2 (8-6-0)

Mankato State has been hot, everyone knows that, and taking nothing away from them, if you look at the teams recent sweeps, its not against quality opponents.  I like this team, I really do.  A split with UNO a few weeks ago proved that they are here to play, but I'm excited to see how hungry this team really is.

Pos. Year (GP)  G-A-Pts (+/-) NHL Prosepect
Matt Leitner F So (20) 5-17-22 +4
Jean-Paul Lafontaine F So (20) 6-12-18 +1
Eriah Hayes F Sr (20) 10-6-16 +2
Zach Palmquist D So (20) 3-9-12 +2
Brett Stern D So (19) 1-5-6 +4
Stephon Williams G Fr 1.81 / .924 +9

7) University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs  7-10-3 (5-6-3)

For a team that ended the first half of conference play so well, no one expected them to be annihilated in the Florida College Classic by Maine and Ferris State.  It was a very depressing tournament for the Bulldogs who hoped to snatch an easy FCC title with the valvue of teams involved in the tourney.  But, the Bulldogs have proved before they CAN win games, they just need to KNOW they can.

Pos.
Year
(GP)  G-A-Pts
(+/-)
NHL Prosepect
Mike Seidel
F
Sr
(20) 11-8-19
E
Tony Cameranesi
F
Fr
(20) 8-11-19
+2
TOR
Austin Farley
F
Fr
(19) 7-9-16
+2
Wade Bergman
D
Sr
(20) 1-13-14
-7
Andy Welinski
D
Fr
(20) 2-9-11
-4
ANA
Matt McNeely
G
Fr
2.55 / .896
+1


8) Colorado College Tigers  8-10-2 (5-6-1)

Oh Colorado College...  The Tigers have had their fair share of ups and downs this year and honestly, I thought they'd have a much better record at this point.  The Tigers have had some under-the-radar players step up like William Rapuzzi and Alex Krushelnyski to give them the scoring they've received  but lack of defense has anchored their record.  Man, if these guys can figure out how to keep pucks out of the net, they're going to make one hell of a run for it.

Pos. Year (GP)  G-A-Pts (+/-) NHL Prosepect
Rylan Scwartz F Sr (19) 10-14-24 +3
William Rapuzzi F Sr (20) 10-13-23 +9
Alexander Krushelnyski F Jr (20) 8-13-21 +3
Mike Boivin D Sr (20) 6-9-15 +3
Eamonn McDermott D Jr (20) 2-11-13 +1
Joe Howe G Sr 3.42 / .901 +5

9) Michigan Tech Huskies  6-10-3 (3-8-3)

Well, Michigan Tech ended the season on a nasty, nasty note by being blown away two nights in a row by North Dakota.  So many were counting the Huskies out already, but gosh if their is one bi-polar team it has got to be these guys.  Over the holiday break, Tech WON the Great Lakes Invitational.  The triumphed over Michigan before taking down Western Michigan in the 'ship.  So what kind of noise will they make in 2013?  Who the heck knows.

Pos. Year (GP)  G-A-Pts (+/-) NHL Prosepect
Alex Petan F Fr (19) 6-9-15 E
David Johnstone F So (17) 4-11-15 +2
Jujhar Khaira F Fr (19) 4-11-15 E EDM
Steven Seigo D Sr (19) 4-4-8 -6
Brad Stebner D Jr (18) 1-4-5 +1
Kevin Genoe G Sr 3.28 / .902 -4

10) University of Wisconsin Badgers  4-7-5  (2-5-5)

The Badgers are slowly but surely playing better and better.  Their team is starting to finally re-assembling after the nightmares they have experienced before and during the season thus far.  The power play will come and the recent demolition of Alabama Huntsville should give the Badgers the momentum they need to start out the season right in Alaska Anchorage.

Pos. Year (GP)  G-A-Pts (+/-) NHL Prosepect
Michael Mersch F Jr (16) 11-4-15 +3 LOS
Derek Lee F Sr (14) 2-11-13 +7
Mark Zengerle F Jr (10) 2-6-8 -3
Jake McCabe D So (16) 2-7-9 +1 BUF
Frankie Simonelli D Jr (16) 1-2-3 +1
Landon Peterson G So 1.63 / .942 +8

11) Bemidji State University Beavers  5-10-3 (4-7-3)

The Beavers.  Tough team to predict these Beavers.  They actually performed pretty well in the Ledyard Bank Classic against New Hampshire and Massachusetts where they lost by one in each one of their games.  But besides from that, they took 3 points from Denver the week before and robbed a win from Duluth the week before.  The Beavers have a tough schedule ahead of them, they need to perform well if they want a shot at home ice.

Pos. Year (GP)  G-A-Pts (+/-) NHL Prosepect
Brance Orban F Sr (18) 5-10-15 +1
Jordan George F Sr (18) 7-6-13 +4
Danny Mattson F So (14) 2-9-11 -6
Matt Prapavessis D So (18) 0-6-6 -3
Brady Wacker D Sr (18) 0-4-4 -1
Andrew Walsh G So 2.38 / .923 +5

12) University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves  3-9-4 (1-8-3)

The struggle bus continues for Anchorage as it seems to do year after year.  No offense, but I feel like UAA is around to rob "guaranteed" wins from teams with excessive talent.  They're really not, but doesn't that seem right?  But the schedule difficulty will never let up for the Seawolves, who currently sit last in the conference.  As fans questions head coach Dave Shyiak's ability to guide the team to greatness, keep in mind the Seawolves have a couple of impressive wins this season.  This is the WCHA, count no one out.

Pos. Year (GP)  G-A-Pts (+/-) NHL Prosepect
Blake Tatchell F Fr (16) 3-7-10 +1
Scott Allen F So (16) 7-2-9 E
Matt Bailey F Jr (16) 2-7-9 E
Quinn Sproule D Jr (13) 1-3-4 -5
Scott Warner D Sr (16) 1-3-4 -2
Rob Gunderson G Jr 2.88 / .890 -1

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