It was around this time last year that the folks who write for The Hockey News decided that they’d like to give all the AHL teams pre-season rankings. So they did, and we made a post explaining why we thought it was stupid.
How did those predictions turn out?
– The Calder Cup finalists were ranked 16th and 27th overall.
– The division winners were ranked 19th, 3rd, 14th, and 18th.
– Four of their top 10 didn’t make the playoffs (Chicago, Worcester, San Antonio, Grand Rapids)
The Hockey News writers won’t be mistaken for Carnac The Magnificent.
And really, ranking AHL teams this time of the year is such a silly exercise. This is a developmental league, and there are so many things that can go right or wrong for a team over the course of a 76 game season. By just basing your rankings off of how many names you happen to recognize on a pre-season roster, you are setting yourself up for failure, and wasting your time and our time.
Yet, they elected to try their hands at ranking the AHL again this pre-season, and their editor thought it was good enough to publish in this week’s print edition of The Hockey News. They decided to separate and then rank the teams by conference, and Kevin Oklobzija (from Rochester) had the honors of penning the masterpiece.
Your Milwaukee Admirals are ranked dead last in the conference.
Now, I’m not going to say that the Admirals are going to rock everyone’s world again this year, and it looks like many teams in the division/conference have improved. But here’s the thing — the organization has had over 40 wins and over 90 points the last eight seasons. They had the best record in the Western Conference last season. They haven’t had a losing record since the 01-02 season, their first in the AHL. Hockey-types laud the Predators for excellent drafting and scouting.
So what exactly are they basing this first to worst freefall on? Not buying Coach Muller maybe? Think we’ll really miss Andreas Thuresson? What else did they say about Milwaukee to support the ranking?
Just one oddly constructed sentence: “Rookie Ryan Ellis the next in Nashville’s never-ending defenseman pipeline.”
Just in case you are wondering…..here’s how they ranked our division in the conference:
Kevin is probably a great writer, but I think he’s way offbase with this list. Ah well. One of these years I’ll stop being surprised.
Carnac: “Nate Silver, Miss Cleo, and Julius Caesar”
Carnac: “Name three people who are better at predicting the future than The Hockey News.”