FULTY CROWNED 2014-15 OFHL CHAMPION!
THE 2014-2015 OFHL IN REVIEW
First time since 1994-95 that player points had to be used to choose the winner of the pool. Fulty and Cordy tied in points, but Fulty held a 14 player point advantage. Here’s a run-down of the teams and their plight.
1st: FULTY 118 pts, 921 player pts. Fulty took over 1st place in week 13 and only relinquished it for one week on his way to the Championship. He also finished 1st in player points, beating Cordy by 14. 34 point improvement over last year. Team looks solid for next year at goal, D and forwards. The early trade for Lundqvist & Zetterberg, the pick-up of Klingberg, and a late surge from Benn, solidified any weaknesses he had, and made up for the loss of Patrick Kane. Likely a favorite to repeat.(Payout: $190 & the OFHL Championship Trophy)
2nd: CORDY 118 pts, 907 player pts. 2nd year he’s finished 2nd. Was leading early, but a 2-6 run early in the new year lost him the lead and he could never recover. Solid goal and D, but loses a lot of vets and will have to make some decisions about aging forwards. Trading away high picks the past few years has hurt. Still, should be in the money next year. (Payout: $130 and another yerar to enhance the Derko Cup)
3rd: DERKO 91 pts, 875 player points. A year of bad luck. Was in the running for a repeat in the early parts of the season, but a weak January (3-8) hurt his chances. Still, his 875 player points should have given him a lot more wins (he was 1 pt ahead of Rolphy in the standings, yet almost 100 more player points.) Still owns one of the best groups of forwards in the OFHL. Goaltending always an issue. (Payout: $90 and doesn’t have to touch the Derko Cup)
4th: ROLPHY 90 pts, 778 player points. Fourth straight year his points have gone up; had league’s biggest improvement over last year as he jumped up 49 points from last year’s 41. Goaltending was a strength of the team. I guess he took the threat of a Unicorn tattoo seriously. (Payout: $50 and won’t have to sleep at the Sun Peaks Hostel)
5th: HAUKSTER 86 pts, 778 player points. Had some early success, then his team took December off and, well, 5th it is. Finished 3rd last year, and looks to be in the same range next year. Good goalies help. (Payout: $40)
6th: EZ 81 pts. Slipped a bit this year as he fell out of the money. Made a late charge but not enough; but at least he still has a lottery shot in this year’s draft.
7th: T-MAN 77 pts. Improvement over last year but too many ties. Some great young pieces that could challenge if it all comes together.
8th: VINNY 72 pts. Finished ahead of Erty by 19 player points. Good prospects need to arrive soon.
9th: ERTY 72 pts. Carbon copy of last year. Lots of kids coming up.
10th: GOJO 65 pts. Beat ORV by 36 player points. Still recovering from his 12-13 championship, but the rebuild shows flashes of brilliance.
11th: ORV 65 pts. This is what happens when your goalies get old, but it was an improvement over last years 52 pts.
12th: STIFLER 14 pts. Eichel or McDavid or ???
13th: JBR 13 pts. At worst, Eichel. or he trades it to Derko for 7 players, free contacts, and unlimited mushrooms at Tim Hortons.
Winners since the 2004-05 lock-out/strike season:
|Year||OFHL Winner||Winning %||Derko Cup Holder|
You’ll notice there have been a number of Champions since the lost season, but only 3 teams were worthy of holding Derko’s cup.
Fulty’s winning % of 79.7 is the highest since Cordy’s 0.827 in 2000-01 and Orv’s 0.810 in 2002-03.
We need to decide on the draft order for round one. Will post after final order is decided.
Thankfully for Fulty, Jamie Benn had 10 points in his attempt to win the scoring race (which he did.)
Welcome to the NHL, kid.
Keegan Lowe played in his first career game Thursday for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Philadelphia Flyers and made a good first impression. Lowe, the son of Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, fought veteran forward Vincent Lecavalier not once, but twice. The two dropped the gloves towards the end of the first period and it’s safe to say Lowe got the last laugh, or punch.
The two dropped the gloves again in the second period, this time with Lecavalier getting the better of the rookie.
When they heard, “Lecavalier hammers Lowe,” Oiler fans everywhere were hoping it was Kevin.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CAREY PRICE of TEAM CORDY takes it with 112 points. Here’s the breakdown of the top players at every position:
LA Kings become fifth defending Stanley Cup champion in the expansion era (post-1966) to miss the playoffs the following season.
Of the NHL’s last 46 champions, only the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1969 Montreal Canadiens, 1995 New Jersey Devils and 2006 Carolina Hurricanes have missed the playoffs the year after winning the Cup.
Last year’s Conn Smythe award winner, LA Kings forward Justin Williams, attains double notoriety. He played for the Hurricanes in 2006-07, when they finished 11th in the Eastern Conference and missed the postseason by four points. Anze Kopitar sums up his feelings after losing to the Oilers.
For one brief, shining moment Wikipedia thought Braden Holtby “owned” the Boston Bruins
The playoffs are upon us and it was great to see both of Atlanta’s franchises clinch playoff spots on Thursday night. The Winnipeg Jets waited 19 years to make the playoffs. In the words of Marshall Mathers, “It feels so empty without me.”
Enjoy the Playoffs!
Posted on April 12, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged bruins, Derko Cup, eminem, fulty, holtby, jets, kings, kopitar, lecavalier, lottery, lowe, OFHL Champion, ofhl draft, price, wikipedia. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.