The Canadian Hockey League today announced the final edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
Leading all Western Hockey League member Clubs, the Portland Winterhawks were ranked fourth. Friday, the 45-11-3-4 Winterhawks were awarded the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as WHL Regular Season champions for the first time since 2012-13. As part of their impressive regular season, the Winterhawks posted a 26-2-2-2 record on home ice for a 0.875 winning percentage to lead the league.
Right behind them in fifth place, the Everett Silvertips enjoyed a strong close to their regular season. Ending the season on a 9-1-0-0 run, the Silvertips allowed just 142 goals to lead the WHL this season. Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Wolf played a large part in the team’s stingy defensive play, recording nine shutouts to lead all WHL goaltenders. Wolf also led the league with a 1.88 goals-against average, 0.935 save percentage, and tied for first with 34 wins.
In the eighth spot, the Edmonton Oil Kings clinched back-to-back Central Division titles with the conclusion of the regular season. For the first time since the 2013-14 WHL Regular Season, the Oil Kings also rose to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 42-12-6-4 record. As part of their outstanding season, goaltender Beck Warm provided the team with a strong second half. In 15 games, Warm compiled an 11-2-0-2 record, 2.30 GAA, 0.915 SV%, and one shutout.
The Spokane Chiefs rounded out a quartet of WHL member Clubs in the final rankings, appearing in the 10th spot. Finishing with a 41-18-4-1 record, the Chiefs placed third in the U.S. Division. Friday, Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman was recognized with the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s scoring champion for the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season. Beckman posted 107 points (48G-59A) in 63 games and was the lone WHL skater to surpass the 100-point plateau.
Earning an honourable mention, the Kamloops Blazers claimed the B.C. Division title with a record of 41-18-3-1. A strong performance by captain Zane Franklin powered the Blazers to the division title. He led the team with 91 points (29G-62A) in 63 games to set new career-high totals in all three major offensive categories. Those totals placed him second in assists for all WHL skaters fourth in overall scoring.
Final Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
|Rank:||Team:||Last Week Ranked:||Total Weeks Ranked:|
|1||Sherbrooke Phoenix (51-8-3-1)||1||26|
|2||Ottawa 67’s (50-11-0-1)||2||24|
|3||Moncton Wildcats (50-13-1-0)||3||20|
|4||Portland Winterhawks (45-11-3-4)||4||16|
|5||Everett Silvertips (46-13-3-1)||5||20|
|6||London Knights (45-15-1-1)||6||12|
|7||Chicoutimi Sagueneens (45-12-5-1)||7||26|
|8||Edmonton Oil Kings (42-12-6-4)||8||23|
|9||Saginaw Spirit (41-16-3-2)||9||5|
|10||Spokane Chiefs (41-18-4-1)||10||2|
|Kitchener Rangers (40-16-5-2)||–||5|
|Kamloops Blazers (41-18-3-1)||–||5|
|Cape Breton Eagles (40-20-2-1)||–||6|