The past week was a higher the climb, the more that is exposed week among major junior hockey's best teams. A heavy slate of big-time matchups meant next to no one got through the week unscathed. Even the Portland Winterhawks. It's like the sport turned into college basketball, where whoever has climbed to the top of the AP Top 25 this season seems to immediately lose.
That led to some shakeup in the rankings, with only Seth Jones' team and Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin's teams holding on to the same rung. The Edmonton Oil Kings, thanks to their own strong past few weeks and a surge from their frenemies down Hwy. 2 in Calgary, snuck into second spot. Cue the images of an Edmonton-Portland rematch in May for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. I would say we should not think too far ahead, but everyone's been thinking it since the start of the season.Read More »from Portland Winterhawks, Edmonton Oil Kings 1-2 in BTN Dynamic Dozen