After a one-year absence, the USHL Fall Classic returned giving scouts and media the chance to evaluate each of the 17 teams in both Omaha, NE and Pittsburgh, PA. Some teams have already jumped to impressive starts both in preseason and in the first two weeks of the season. The Tri-City Storm return to action this year as defending Clark Cup champions, and already are off to a quick 2-1-0-1 start. But it’s the Des Moines Buccaneers who sit atop the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Steel remain the top team in the Eastern Conference and are the only team left undefeated in the USHL this season. Team USA got out to a quick start, but three more teams sit one point behind with 2-1-0-0 records.
As a league, the USHL is off to one of its best starts. 68 players were named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List, including four A-rated prospects labeled as potential first round picks. This comes one year after the league had 30 or more NHL Draft selections in four consecutive seasons after the NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY. The league’s NCAA success continues to grow as well, with more than 285 NCAA Division I commits on opening day rosters. Last season the USHL had more than 400 NCAA commits play in the league.
The usahockeymagazine.com Power Rankings return with an eye for the possibilities in the 2016-17 USHL season. 21 media members ranked the teams from 1st to 17th, and the votes were compiled into an overall ranking. Power Rankings are decided on a monthly basis and will run until Clark Cup Playoffs. Listed below are the teams, their 2016-17 record and number of first place votes. The previous rankings listed are from the April USHL Power Rankings.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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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