Raiders enter 2019 at helm of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

WHL Network

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 15 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Entering 2019, the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders remained the top team in the CHL, occupying the number one spot. Leading the Raiders in scoring during the month of December was WHL On the Run Player of the Week Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks), who had 23 points (12G-11A) and a plus-16 rating in 11 games. Also playing a strong role in the Raiders’ success during December were Cole Fonstad (Montreal Canadiens), who had 19 points (5G-14A), rookie Ozzy Wiesblatt, who had 11 points (3G-8A), and Max Martin, who had 11 points (1G-10A) as well. The Raiders play to home games this weekend. First is the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night followed by the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday. Tickets for both games are available at the Raider Office and online here.

Retaining the fifth spot for another week were the Everett Silvertips, who continued to lead the WHL’s Western Conference with a 16-game undefeated streak (14-0-1-1). 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf was recognized with the WHL Vaughn Goaltender of the Month award Wednesday following a 6-0-0-1 record, 1.27 goals-against-average, 0.955 save percentage, and one shutout during December. The Silvertips also made a big splash in the trade market earlier this week, acquiring Zack Andrusiak from the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Silvertips are on the road next against the Tri-City Americans on Friday, January 4 (7:05 p.m. PT).

Also earning a spot in the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings this week were the Vancouver Giants, who came in at the 10 spot. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram led the Giants in scoring with eight points (2G-6A) in the month of December. Despite the low scoring totals, the Giants still posted a favourable 6-3-0-0 record in December, keeping them in the lead in the B.C. Division and second place in the Western Conference. The Giants are in action Wednesday against the Medicine Hat Tigers and continue their Central Division road trip Friday, January 4 (7:00 p.m. MT) against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Earning an honourable mention this week were the Moose Jaw Warriors. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brayden Tracey earned his second-straight WHL Rookie of the Month honours Wednesday after posting 14 points (5G-9A) during December. Tristin Langan,  Justin Almeida (Pittsburgh Penguins), and Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks) also posted strong months in December with 22, 21, and 17 points respectively. The Warriors next challenge will see them head north to take on the Prince Albert Raiders Friday, January 4 (7:00 p.m. CT) at the Art Hauser Centre.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 15:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Prince Albert Raiders (34-3-0-1) 1 13
2 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (30-7-0-1) 2 12
3 Ottawa 67’s (27-7-3-1) 3 12
4 London Knights (25-5-3-1) 4 11
5 Everett Silvertips (29-7-1-1) 5 6
6 Drummondville Voltigeurs (27-8-1-0) 6 10
7 Halifax Mooseheads (26-8-1-1) 7 15
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (25-9-2-1) 9 13
9 Niagara IceDogs (22-8-5-0) 10 5
10 Vancouver Giants (23-10-2-0) 8 13
Honourable Mention:
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (22-9-4-1) 3
Charlottetown Islanders (23-10-2-1) 1
Moose Jaw Warriors (20-8-5-1) 0

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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