Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup

Fargo Force (LW)

9 GP: 8 goals, 2 assists

4. Fargo Force

5-2-1-1, Last Poll: 3

The Force are the hottest team in the USHL coming into November, having won each of their last four games and sitting tied atop the USHL standings. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup has been a powerhouse for Fargo through the first four weeks of the season. The Danish forward is tied atop the USHL scoring race with 10 points (8G, 2A) through nine games. He also comes into November on a six-game point streak, with eight points (7G, 1A) in that stretch, and was the first player this season to reach the double digit mark in points. An emerging player over the weekend for the Force was forward Griffin Loughran. The Northern Michigan commit put up seven points last weekend, including a six-point performance (3G, 3A) last Saturday against the Des Moines Buccaneers. He has recorded at least one point in four of his last five games, with nine points (4G, 5A) in that span. The story going into the season was how Fargo was going to replace last season's dynamic offensive attack, but it appears they have done so, at least a month into the season.

 

3. Team USA (3)

5-1-0-0, Last Poll: 14

It is rare to see rookies succeed in the USHL at 16-years old. It makes Team USA’s quick start even more impressive when a team comprised entirely of 16-year old rookies has outscored opponents 23-14 through four games. Jack Hughes is currently tied for the USHL lead in scoring with 10 points through four games, while Cole Caufield sits third in USHL goal scoring with seven through four games. Although the U17 squad has taken the bulk of early games, the U18 team has looked equally impressive in their first two games. Top NHL Draft prospect Oliver Wahlstrom scored a hat trick in his first game of the year, while Miami commit Jonathan Gruden picked up three points of his own in game number two of the season. Offensive contributions from Joel Farabee will be expected as well, as the Boston University commit has four points through two games. All of this talk of offense shadows the fact that the U18 defense has six players who were ranked on the Preliminary NHL Central Scout list including Bode WildeMattias Samuelsson and K’Andre Miller. For those wondering at home: yes, this is the highest Team USA has been ranked in a USHL Power Ranking (we started in 2014) and yes, this is the first time Team USA received a first place vote. It’s an exciting team to watch in Plymouth, MI.