2005-Birth Year with a big shake-up at the top of the world rankings

The Chicago Mission has proved to be without question one of top teams in the world at the ‘05 age group. The team debuted at No. 3 on our initial rankings back in November, and held strong in that position for the next eight weeks thanks to an undefeated record. 

Now 20 games into its season, Chicago has just one blemish in regulation — a 5-1 loss to No. 14 Compuware — producing a nearly flawless 18-1-1 record. The one defeat over the weekend is quite the anomaly, because it was Mission defeating Compuware 5-1 less than 24 hours prior to the upset on Sunday. 

With a 14-year NHL veteran behind the bench in Yanic Perreault, his son Gabriel Perreault and forward Carter Slaggert lead the team in scoring, according to Elite Prospects. Mission has also gotten stellar goaltending from both Max Weilandt and John Gedraitis, combining for a 1.70 goals-against average. 

Chicago has been in the mix among top teams all season long, and now that they’ve climbed to the top spot it begs the question, “Can anyone out there challenge them for the top spot?” 

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