Beyond The Benches

Top 5 ECHL Eastern Conference Teams

We are a little over halfway through the ECHL season, the All-Star game is around the corner and teams are really showing just how good they are. We a getting a real picture of who the top teams in the league are. With that, here are the top 5 Eastern Conference teams to this point.

 

5. Reading Royals (21-13-1-1)

The Royals are fifth in the standings and firth in these power rankings. Led by Pat Mullane (23 A, 36 Pts), the Royals have played solid hockey. The have not had the top notch play they would have liked in net so far this year but it has been good enough to be where they are. It will need to be better in the playoffs.

4. Greenville Road Warriors (24-14-0-1)

Greenville has been steady all year only losing three in a row once. They have been led by the strong play of Vinny Saponari (20 A, 31 Pts) and Trevor Parkes (11 G, 28 Pts). In net they are led by All-Star Jeff Malcolm, who is one of the main reasons the Road Warriors are currently in the playoffs contention.

3. Florida Everblades (25-5-0-3)

Florida is second in the Eastern Conference, four points behind Fort Wayne, but they have four games in hand. Florida has a balanced attack with nine player having 20 points or more. Goaltending and defense have been solid. The Everblades are just a solid team who could do some damage come playoff time.

2. Fort Wayne Komets (27-6-1-2)

The Komets have been at the top of the standings all season. They are third in the league in goals scored with 140. There problem is they are not the most sound defensive team letting in 105 goals so far this season. They have been able to outscore opponents to victory but come playoff time that is not always so easy.

1. Toledo Walleye  (24-5-2-2)

Toledo currently sits in third in the Eastern Conference with 52 point, five points behind first place Fort Wayne, but they have four games in hand over the top two teams. They are first in the power rankings because they are second in the league in goals scored (141) and goals against (89). Toledo’s balanced attack offensively means anybody on any night can lead them to victory.

 

Writer: Sean Cahill is an Assignment Editor at ABC 6 In Providence, RI. A New England native, Sean is a huge fan of everything hockey, especially the Boston Bruins. He is also part of a radio show, The Sports Exchange, on Sunday nights. He can be reached on Twitter @CahillSean33.