Whose top. Whose not.
1. JRC - DD knows how to recruit. He solidified his back end with a smart and skilled D-man from DMFs, got one of the top goalies in the league, and secured one of the best two-way players from OR.
2. TM - RP did his homework before taking over. Overhauled the forward position with some top talent and secured the top goalie in the league. Only question is whether new D-men wean make an impact.
3. Reps - Core stayed. Have two of the strongest forwards in the league and Defensive game is solid. However, overplaying two studs may hurt them.
4. MM - KC has done it again. Pried CT from EOW. Secured CH from Barrie and added more size with AA kid and Kitchener kid. Their offence will make up for their defensive liabilities.
5. VK - Most improved back end with the additions of AW from Sens and WB from Niagara. Have deep bench were each offensive line can contribute. Only issue - their undisciplined play.
6. TT - team has certainly added speed with addition of CB from Rebs. D continues to improve with Brampton addition. Team still small and soft.
7. Nats - have arguably the best D in the league. New coach will help the team. Even though they lost a few players, still have a lot of skill. Offence will be lead by JH.
8. NYR - team is big, strong and hard working. Will not be a pushover. Upgraded their goaltending with OR goalie.
9. Rebels - not the same team as last year. Secured VK cast offs. Defensive side of the game will be their achillles heel.
10. DMFs - lost two of their best D and a few forwards. Not sure if team has what it takes to compete for final playoff spot.
11. TRW - New coach, new team. Kids are big, but slow. Goaltending may be an issue and team has no offensive depth.
12. Sens. Lost some pretty impactful players and replaced them with REbels castoffs. Team looks small and weak. Will have a very hard time competing at this level.