Five teams are within 10 games of clinching Clark Cup Playoffs spots and we have an interesting race brewing in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference for the final spots. Third through seventh in the West are separated by five points, with Fargo and Sioux Falls making serious cases in recent weeks. Meanwhile in the East, Bloomington created space between itself and fifth, but Youngstown remains in striking distance for a fourth and final playoff spot.
One of the more interesting races that could go down to the wire is the battle for the Anderson Cup, awarded to the team(s) with the best overall regular season record. One game separates Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, and with the back and forth all season voters had just one point separating the two teams at the top of the Power Rankings, the closest vote in the two years USA Hockey Magazine has published USHL Power Rankings.
The usahockeymagazine.com March Power Rankings look ahead to Clark Cup Playoffs with less than 15 games to play for most teams. 13 media members rank the teams from 1st to 17th, and the votes are compiled into overall rankings. Power Rankings are decided on a monthly basis and will run until Clark Cup Playoffs. Listed below are the teams, their record and number of first place votes in parenthesis.
NOTE: All stats are current as of Tuesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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