Published April 10, 2009
Tags: #1 pick, Avalanche, Bracket, Canucks, H, Islanders, NHL, NHL Draft, NHL playoffs, Tavares
This year’s race to the #1 draft pick has underlined the fact that teams do their best to improve their chances at getting the #1 pick. Case in point- Tampa Bay lightning icing Vincent Lecavalier with an eighth of the season to go. With the playoffs out of reach, Tampa decided it was best to schedule their best player for surgery so that he has time to rehab for next season. I don’t see it as that, I see it as a way to improve their chances to the #1 draft pick. I think this tanking of your team is against the idea of sport, a slap in the face to your fanbase and just generally uncool and square.
What do I propose? A playdown for draft seeding. This would happen immediately after the regular season and involve the teams that missed the playoffs. It would take a week to complete and allow the playoff bound teams some rest before the grind of the playoffs. Seeding would be based on how teams performed in the regular season and home ice advantage would always default to the team with the worst record. When everything is said and done the draft positions would be based on how far teams made it in the playdown.
The bracket would set up in an eastern and western bracket and teams would be reverse seeded based on how they finished in the regular season. This is what I propose with teams for the 2009 season to show the seeding (click on image for larger view):
NHL DRAFT BRACKET
A draft playdown has some great possibilities:
- Gives fan bases of poor teams something to cheer for
- Opens up hockey to a fanbase that loves brackets
- Reduces the risk of teams tanking it and resting their best players to get a good draft seed
- Gives all non playoff bound teams a chance at the # 1 pick
- Generate more revenue for non-playoff bound teams
- Allows teams to try-out prospects in their farm system
- Gambling potential!!!
I like it and I hope you do to.
Published February 11, 2009
Tags: Canucks, Goalies, H, Luongo
From the province:
…the Canucks have dressed 27 stoppers since Jan. 2, 1998 when Kirk McLean was traded.
So lets let the naming game start…
1) Alex Auld
2) Dan Cloutier
3) Bob Essensa
4) Peter Skudra
5) Artrus Irbe
6) Roberto Luongo
7) Garth Snow
8 ) Cory Schenider
9) Curtis Sanford
10) Jason Labarberra
11) Johan Hedberg
12) Kevin Weekes
13) Danny Sabourin
14) Martin Brochu
15) Sean Burke
16) Chris McIntyre (UBC guy)
17) Felix Potvin
Give me a little help with the remaining ten please…
Jesus! That is a lot of goalies.
Published January 28, 2009
I have always thought the Sedins are good to great hockey players with bad to poor support from the fans.
Instead of a picture of the Sedins and trying to guess which is which, lets change the game a bit and put some stats of some top players and now match the stat lines to Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin:
Ready? And try not to look at a stats page for the answers… that is just lazy. (Answers in the comment section)
GP G A PTS +/- PIM ATOI HT BS SOG SPCT PPG PPA SHG SHA
a) 47 17 43 60 3 61 22:13 48 23 142 12 3 20 0 1
b) 48 8 36 44 6 30 19:55 12 13 80 10 2 14 0 0
c) 46 19 34 53 1 25 21:22 41 10 163 11.7 9 14 0 0
d) 49 20 29 49 -10 31 21:26 20 9 163 12.3 5 16 0 0
e) 48 22 24 46 6 33 19:59 70 17 182 12.1 7 7 1 1
f) 46 26 26 52 22 10 21:32 47 7 164 15.9 6 5 3 1
g) 44 22 24 46 12 36 21:03 45 20 143 15.4 4 6 3 1
h) 48 28 28 56 22 20 19:01 38 7 197 14.2 7 7 0 3
i) 46 16 28 44 7 66 18:21 75 9 165 9.7 6 11 0 0
j) 46 11 30 41 -5 18 20:49 52 18 88 12.5 4 9 0 0
k) 45 12 27 39 -6 4 21:02 9 20 142 8.5 4 11 0 1
l) 48 22 26 48 11 22 19:16 5 9 168 13.1 4 11 0 0
The players whose stats are included above are as follows:
Some pretty heavy hitters in that list and I don’t think that the Sedins stats stand out as anomolies on that list. So why all the hate on for the Sedins?
I believe that they are top players in the NHL and I think once bias is removed it is clear that statiscally this is the case. If only they weren’t swedish twins…
Published December 21, 2008
I am going to take a brief blogging hiatus for the next week or so, as I am heading home to Vancouver for the holidays.
Among other activities planned, H and I – the proprietors of this infrequently visited blog – will be attending the Canucks-Oilers game on Boxing Day. If we’re not too drunk by the time we get to the game, we might take some pictures.
Sadly, now that I work and live full-time in Toronto, I don’t get home to Vancouver much anymore. And I get the opportunity to attend Canucks games at GM Place even less. Needless to say, the trip has me excited.
Well, I was excited; now I am nervously analyzing worst-case scenarios. Rather unsurprisingly, Toronto has been buried by a relentless winter storm over the past few days, wreaking havoc on travel arrangements in-and-out of the city. Considerably more shocking is that Vancouver, too, is being blanketed by a deluge of snow, making travel in-and-out of the city similarly challenging.
I trust that with my flight scheduled for Monday night, I’ll make it by Boxing Day for the game. I’d like to make it back for Christmas and all, but as long as I’m sat in my seat at the Garage on Friday, I’ll be happy.
As you are no doubt already aware, Mats Sundin has signed with the Canucks for the remainder of the 2008-2009 season.
Unfortunately, I was tied up playing Santa Claus for these lovely ladies at their show in Toronto last night and the co-author of this blog was happily celebrating his anniversary. Neither of us is equipped with BlackBerries or anything, so suffice it to say that we are a little late on the draw when it comes to Sundin.
Since a lot of people have already weighed in on the transaction, let me get down to business and identify what I think are the positives and potential negatives associated with Sundin coming to Vancouver.
- The addition of a proven point-a-game player like Sundin, even at his age, gives the Canucks two bona fide scoring lines. As I have been at pains to point out, the Canucks have had no trouble scoring this season (the team is currently ninth overall in goals-per-game, with a ratio of 3.03). Sundin, you would imagine, will only further solidify the Canucks’ scoring credentials.
- One area of glaring weakness for the Canucks this season has been the power play. Currently 16th overall at 18.6 per cent, the Canucks will be helped immensely by a player such as Sundin, who is a proven power play producer.
- The addition of Sundin gives the Canucks the top-line centre the team has sorely lacked in recent years.
- With fellow Swedes Mattias Ohlund, the Sedin twins, and Alexander Edler already on the roster, and former Leaf teammate – and linemate – Kyle Wellwood playing in Vancouver, Sundin should integrate into the dressing room well (see below for my caveat).
- Mike Gillis’s resolve to wait for the player he thought would make this team a legitimate contender further persuades me that the man has a fully considered plan in place that he is unwaveringly committed to, and that he is not going to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants GM.
- I can’t help but wonder, notwithstanding Gillis’s stoic claims to the contrary, that Sundin chose to come to Vancouver ultimately because his preferred team, the New York Rangers, could not make room for him. The fact he only signed a one-year deal – and not the two-year deal on the table from the Canucks initially – lends some credence to this notion.
- If my concern about Sundin’s motivation is valid, then I also wonder how committed he will be to the cause in Vancouver. Admittedly, I don’t have the impression (based on Sundin’s history) that he is a man out to collect paycheques, but the possibility exists that he might be here mainly for the money.
- I wonder how well the dressing room will adjust to a player walking into the team as the putative ‘star’ player, especially since it appears that the Canucks are such a tight-knit team this season. (Let’s not forget that the last time the Canucks tried something like this – cough – it was a spectacular failure and wreaked havoc in the dressing room.)
- The Sundin deal is only for the remainder of this season. If it doesn’t work out, no harm done – Sundin leaves after the season and the Canucks have given up nothing except cap space.
- Sundinhas a reputation for being an amiable – if sometimes quiet – member of the dressing room with the Leafs. I can’t imagine that his personality could unleash the terror that, say, Messier’s did after he arrived.
- Sundin wears the label of someone who ‘hasn’t won anything’ (in the NHL) around his neck like an anchor. That may be motivation enough to ensure that Sundin is a valuable asset come playoff time.
On the whole, I think the positives outweigh the potential negatives by a significant margin.
I, for one, can’t wait to see Sundin in a Canucks uniform. (I also have all the more reason now to find myself some tickets on Ebay for the Canucks’ visit to the Air Canada Centre in February.)