There are still 2 weeks of the OFHL Regular Season remaining, but DERKO has wrapped up his 3rd OFHL title. A strong group of forwards & D-Men remained healthy for him this year. Previous wins came in 2010 & 2014 – he like the Winter Olympics years – so now all that’s left now is to see what Derko’s winning percentage will be. Currently, he is at 0.826, just .001 behind the highest winning % of all time.
A reminder of the prize $:
- 1st place $200 (all yours, Derko!)
- 2nd place $140
- 3rd place $100
- 4th place $60
- 5th place $40
THE WEEK THAT WAS
- There was more clinching going on in the OFHL as Ren & Stimpy just clinched the best odds at getting the #1 pick in next year’s draft… a pick that actually belongs to T-Man.
- Going 3-0 this week were T-Man & Cordy
- T-Man jumped up 2 spots from 5th to 3rd (could be a $60 jump in winnings)
- Fulty stays 6 points ahead of T-Man for 2nd
- T-Man is 1 point up on Haukster for 3rd
- Haukster is 4 up on Vinny for 4th
- Vinny is 6pts up on Cordy for the last $$ spot, and getting clear of the “Vinny Table”
- The SunPeaks golf foursomes are going for an overhaul as well.
- PLAYER OF THE WEEK honours are split as JBR’s Marchand BO, Cordy’s Malkin PT, and Fulty’s Jones CBJ, all hit 8 points this week.
More Reason’s for Derko to Celebrate
Patrick Laine adopted by Amish
NEW YORK, NY
The few Winnipeg Jets fans at Madison Square Gardens Tuesday night witnessed the young Finnish superstar, and wanna-be Anabaptist, Patrik Laine score three goals against the lowly Rangers. In honour of Laine’s growing interest in all things Mennonite and Amish, Jets fans threw black Amish hats onto the ice.
“I’ve always wanted one of these Amish hats,” said Laine after the game. “I’ve already got the beard. Now all I need is a nice pair of suspenders.”
“If he wants suspenders, we’ll give him suspenders. If he wants rubber boots, I’ll give him some. Heck, if Patrik Laine wants me to toss him my King James Bible or Mennonite hymnal on the ice, I’ll do that, too,” said Jets fan and Mennonite pastor Peter Friesen.
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UNTIL NEXT WEEK…
Enjoy it Derko. An OFHL Championship is indeed a Special Occasion.
Cordy: 2016-17 OFHL Champ!
There’s still a week to go in the regular season, but Cordy wrapped up his 10th OFHL Championship and first since 2011-12.
Cordy finally relinquishes his 3-year hold on The Derko Cup and will pass that down to Rolphy as The Big Rig has locked down 2nd spot.
There are still a few things to be decided this coming week. The battle for 3rd will be decided as Fulty sits just 2 points ahead of Derko.
T-Man (who had the top week with 50 points) will take the 5th money spot as with 79 points he can’t catch anyone or be caught. Pretty good for a guy who is managing his team from Thailand.
Here’s a refresher on the $ spots:
- 1st place $200,
- 2nd place $140,
- 3rd place $100,
- 4th place $60,
- 5th place $40
These five teams will also be in the playoffs together for the 5th round draft pick.
The Second Tier:
Looks like this level is set with Haukster, Vinny, EZ, and GoJo all solidly in the Lottery spots. There is a mathematical chance that Erty could be caught by a late-surging Stifler, but a lot of things would have to align for that to happen. This tier will playoff for a 4th round pick.
JBR jumped ahead of Orv this week as Orv’s parabolic season continues (and it’s a negative parabola)
Ren & Stimpy hold down the basement spot and will round out the bottom 4 who will playoff for the 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JBR had a huge week with the help of 8 points from Talbot ED, but it was Marchand BO who helped JBR jump over ORV in the standings with a 9 point week
HOCKEY CARD OF THE WEEK
It’s been a rumor amongst NHL forwards that Nik Kronwall suffers from a severely odoriferous case of on-ice flatulence, brought on by his pre-game routine of raw broccoli, coffee, and crab cakes. He vehemently disputes it, but the truth is evident.
Ah, fart jokes. Always funny.
The Hockey News came out with their Future Watch 2017 last week. Here’s how each OFHL franchise rates:
|THN FUTURE WATCH|
|TOP 10||PLAYER||OFHL TEAM|
|5||Eriksson Ek MN||Vinny|
Ren & Stimpy have 3 of the Top 10 (drafted one, traded for the other 2.) Orv & Haukster also have reason to think things are looking up with 2 each in the Top 10.
Here’s a look at the number of Top 100 Prospects each team has, and how many Top 50 each has.
|Prospects in the Top 100||In the Top 50|
R&S have a stable full of prospects, while GoJo looks like he could use a solid draft; grab more Bjorkstrand’s and stay away from the Luongos and Sedins.
THE END IS NIGH
One week left, then playoffs:
- Playoffs will run for the last two weeks of the NHL season
- Teams will continue to submit weekly rosters for duration of the playoffs
- Total points for all playoff weeks used to determine playoff winners
- Playoffs will be tiered based on OFHL regular season final standings
- Tier one – all teams that finished in the money at the end of the regular season
- Tier two- those teams that finished out of the money but not in the bottom 4
- Tier three – the bottom 4 teams in regular season
The winners of each playoff tier will win the following
- Tier one – a draft pick at the end of the 5th round in the next year
- Tier two – a draft pick at the end of the 4th round in the next year
- Tier three – a draft pick at the end of the 3rd round in the next year
That’s it. Have a good week, and….
He did it! Again.
#1 FULTY becomes the first GM to win back to back championships since Cordy did so in 2000 & 2001. It took the last week of the season to finally wrap it up. Fulty took over first from Cordy on week 24 and never looked back, going 12-0 in the last month. Congrats Fulty! Well played. The payout: $190
#2 CORDY’s never one to blame it on injuries, but……..He’s going to blame it on injuries: Price, Halak, Crawford, Seguin, Malkin…and Pouliot didn’t help either. Here Cordy reacts after hearing of his team’s final week collapse and a third straight Derko Cup.
#3 DERKO polevaulted past Rolphy for 3rd. They tied in points and Rolphy actually had 2 more wins, but the first tie-break is player points and Derko took that by 62. Payout: $90
#4 ROLPHY had a solid year and finishes in the $ again. Impressive stuff from the 5th year franchise who was actually last in his 1st and 3rd years. A lesson in team building for you youngsters. Payout: $50 (and a warm blanket)
(at this point it should be noted that the Napkin had the top 2 places correct, had 3rd and 4th flipped, and nailed 9th, 12th, & 13th. Getting better every year)
#5 TMAN took 5th and $40 in what was the biggest charge of the final 2 months. He sat in 8th at that point and only grabbed the last money spot over GoJo on the final week. That Craig Smith no-goal could have made the difference.
#6 GOJO improves on his 10th place finish from last year but is still really happy with his team. What’s going to fix this?
One word: Bracelets.
#7 ERTY improves on a 9th place position last year. Would have been higher but drank a case of home brew every Sunday night and it screwed up his changes
#8 ORV Was challenging for some bottom money spots, and was only 8 points back with 2 months to go, but faltered at the end and had the worst record in the OFHL over the final 6 weeks. At least that helped his draft lottery pick.
#9 HAUKSTER dropped four places and 29 points in the standings this year. It was a tough year for the 2009 Champion, but 2016 OFHL FutureWatch says things are rockin’ for the future of this program
#10 EZ, like Haukster, dropped four places and 28 points from last year. Started and ended fine, but had a 2 month stretch where he only won 4 games. Tough to recover from that.
#11 VINNY has never finished this low in the standings. Needs to build on his drafts or The Vinny Table may be in jeopardy
#12 JBR moved up one spot and 18 points in the standings from his rookie season. Plus he has McDavid.
#13 STIFLER improved 13 points over the rookie season and will add a great prospect again this draft.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Here’s the Top 10 OFHL point getters from each position (fights not included)
|Patrick Kane, RW||106|
|Sidney Crosby, C||85|
|Joe Pavelski, C||78|
|Blake Wheeler, RW||78|
|Evgeny Kuznetsov, C||77|
|Anze Kopitar, C||74|
|Erik Karlsson, D||98|
|Kris Letang, D||83|
|Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D||76|
|Shea Weber, D||71|
|John Klingberg, D||68|
|Artemi Panarin, LW||77|
|Max Domi, C||52|
|Dylan Larkin, C||45|
|Anthony Duclair, LW||44|
|Nikolaj Ehlers, LW||38|
|Braden Holtby, G||109|
|Martin Jones, G||90|
|Corey Crawford, G||89|
|Pekka Rinne, G||86|
|Roberto Luongo, G||84|
Oh, and Tavares got the last POTW with 9 points. You’re welcome, T-Man.
That’s it! Beauty year, boys. Keep social on the board and we’ll do the draft lottery soon.
Enjoy the playoffs.
- Cordy & Fulty tie for the Big Week with 37
- Cordy’s in first at 8-0, Fulty also undefeated at 7-0-1
- Derko & GoJo went 3-0
- Stifler has the stinky week with 13
- JBR leads the “Great Auston Matthews Turtle Race” with an 0-9 record
- JBR grabbed Tobias Reider AZ with the pick up
- Week 3 pick up went to a Lottery – JBR got #1,2,3 – Durand got 4,5 – Haukster got #6 — and a “4” was rolled so Stifler gets this week’s pick-up
- Cut-Down Day is Nov 1. Make sure you know the rules/age limits for prospects, etc…
The Canadian Election is over and we are now blessed to have a drama teacher leading our country. Yes, a “drama teacher.” Bad enough we elected a “teacher,” but a “DRAMA TEACHER?” These are the people who never attend staff meetings unless they need to bitch about who borrowed the box set of Downton Abbey; or that they’re feeling “harassed” because the Chemistry teacher in the room beside them asks if the drama kids could “keep it down a bit” during “Primal Scream Therapy” sessions. C’mon Canada! In what important sector of Canadian society would we say, “We could have a lawyer or an economist lead our organization, but I think it’s time we tried the drama teacher. Oh, and he was also a rafting instructor and camp counselor. Sounds like the perfect leader.”
Oh well, to be fair, it was time for a change and we will see what the future brings. Besides, his father was pseudo-smart. A having a smart daddy who once was a leader has gotta count for something. No?
Blue Jays are done and we can now forget about that distraction called baseball, unless you’re a fan of The Simpsons & The World Series? Check out the ad below.
Derko forgot to bring the OFHL Championship trophy to the draft, but he did present it to Fulty at Horty’s last week. Here Fulty celebrates in his typical “low-key” style.
But it will take Fulty a while to get as many titles as Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Ever feel bad when your team does an embarrassing screw-up? Check out the 20 WORST PLAYS IN SPORT. Consider Derkos’ collapse in 2008 wedged in there between Greg Norman’s 1996 Masters collapse at #8 and Bayern Munich’s 3 minutes of hell in the 1999 Champions League final (to ManU supporters, this was more of an epic comeback than a Bayern collapse.)
The Kids Are Alright – This year ranks as one of the best rookie classes in a while. Here, SI ranks the NHL’S 10 GREATEST ROOKIE CLASSES SINCE EXPANSION
Here’s another ranking. TOP 30 NHL PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCERS. ‘Nucks Shorthouse came in at 19. Thanks alot, John Garrett.
Another lovable guy…. Torts is back in the league with the CBJs. If you forgot about him, here’s a nice reminder.
Habs, Habs, Habs…
They’re the hottest team in the league, had last week’s POTW and have two players tie for the honor this week. PK and Markov each had 7 points.
In NHL gossip news……More kudos to last weeks’ POTW. He’s going to be a daddy.
Oh, and he also donated thousands of dollars of equipment to WLMHA. CBC.ca Good kid; Good kid.
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!