Sampo Ranta

Sioux City Musketeers (LW)

7 GP: 5 goals, 1 assist

17. Sioux City Musketeers

2-4-0-1, Last Poll: 9

Despite being two games under .500 early in the season, there have been some bright spots for the defending Anderson Cup champions. Sampo Ranta, a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's Players to Watch List, has been an exciting offensive player to watch. The University of Wisconsin commit leads the team with six points (5G, 1A) in seven games and is coming off a two-goal performance last Saturday against the Western Conference-leading Tri-City Storm. The Musketeers, who are averaging less than two goals per game through seven contests, are hoping Ranta can jump start the offense and lead the Musketeers to better results in November and beyond.

 

16. Youngstown Phantoms

2-4-1-1, Last Poll: 6

There was a lot of excitement around the Phantoms heading into the season, and there's still plenty of time for Youngstown to get back on track, but it's been a struggle through the first four weeks of the season. October did feature some tough competition, however, as the Phantoms faced Central Illinois, Fargo, Green Bay and Muskegon. Matthew Barry is leading the way offensively with seven points (2G, 5A) through eight games, including a two-point effort last Friday against the Lumberjacks. Veterans Eric EspositoChase Gresock and Curtis Hall have all recorded four points (2G, 2A each) and will look to produce even more in the coming weeks. Ivan Prosvetov has also been solid through the first month, posting a 2.35 GAA (T-8th in USHL) and a .927 SV% (9th in USHL). If the veterans for the Phantoms start scoring at the levels they are capable of along with Prosvetov continuing to be solid in goal, Youngstown could be back on track sooner rather than later.

 

15. Omaha Lancers

3-5-0-0, Last Poll: 10

Omaha is coming off a victory in their final game of October, a 3-0 shutout of the Des Moines Buccaneers, and the Lancers hope that victory will garner them some momentum heading into the second month of the regular season. Mick Kohler scored all three goals in the win over Des Moines and has become Omaha's top offensive weapon. The German forward leads the team with seven points (4G, 3A) and has four goals in his last two games. Zach Driscoll picked up his first career USHL shutout in that game as well and now sits with a respectable 2.14 GAA and .913 SV%. The upcoming slate of games is an interesting one for the Lancers, whose seven-game November schedule consists entirely of Eastern Conference opponents.