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OFHL Regular $eason Ends; Playoffs Begin

REGULAR SEASON WRAP

  • Season ends with Cordy taking the Championship with a 0.813 winning percentage; 2nd highest since his 0.827 16 years ago.
  • Rolphy ended solidly in 2nd and gets to enjoy the Derko Cup all of next year. We expect to see it adorn one of the Horizons HVAC vans ripping around the Cariboo.
  • With Cordy wrapping up the OFHL Championship last weekend, there was really only one race left to decide: the Third Place money.

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  • In the end, Fulty stretched his lead over Derko in the final week and grabbed 3rd spot and the extra $40.
  • T-Man rounded out the 5th & final $ spot. It should be noted that T-Man finished ahead of Derko in player points. Just sayin’.
  • EZ jumped 2 spots in the final week to grab top loser spot and the last lottery spot (which actually belongs to  T-Man)
  • Stifler bests JBR in the Battle of Expansion Cousins
  • Orv finished 2nd last but that just means he will likely get a great lottery pick this yea… wait…what? He traded that pick to T-Man? Oh. Nevermind.
  • A more detailed wrap-up of each GMs season will be released at year end.

FINAL STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
1. Cordy $200 72 58 13 1 117 29 843 35.1 0.813
2. Rolphy $140 72 53 16 3 109 32 786 32.8 0.757
3. Fulty $100 72 48 20 4 100 44 778 32.4 0.694
4. Derko $60 72 48 24 0 96 29 733 30.5 0.667
5. T-Man $40 72 41 28 3 85 34 735 30.6 0.590
6. eZ 72 37 33 2 76 33 731 30.5 0.528
7. Haukster 72 36 34 2 74 30 686 28.6 0.514
8. Vinny 72 36 35 1 73 29 669 27.9 0.507
9. GoJo 72 30 38 4 64 27 647 27.0 0.444
10. Erty 72 29 40 3 61 34 615 25.6 0.424
11. Stifler 72 24 45 3 51 30 605 25.2 0.354
12. JBR 72 19 49 4 42 27 571 23.8 0.292
13. Orv 72 18 51 3 39 23 551 23.0 0.271
14. R&S 72 10 61 1 21 23 456 19.0 0.146

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Here are the leaders in each category:

Rookie: Matthews TO (Vinny) & Laine WPG (Stifler) 61 points

Vet: Zetterberg DT (Vinny) 62 pts

Forward: McDavid ED (Stifler) 88 pts

D-Man: Burns SJ (Rolphy) 99 pts

And for the 2nd year in a row…

Goal: Holtby WS (Rolphy) 100 pts

Holtby could have been a 3-peater if not for falling to Carey Price back in 2014-15

The Napkin Re-visited

It looked like the napkin would have some validity early in the season, but predicting the final standings of 14 teams seven months before the conclusion is tough work. While the prediction of finish within the top two tiers was relatively close, the bottom tier was almost perfect.

One thing is clear with this prediction business, time spent on the toilet is not directly proportional to your powers of prognostication.

LET THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN!

  • 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
  1. Tier one – all teams that finished in the money at the end of the regular season – Cordy, Rolphy, Fulty, Derko, & T-Man
  2. Tier two- those teams that finished out of the money but not in the bottom 4 – eZ, Haukster, Vinny, GoJo, Erty
  3. Tier three – the bottom 4 teams in regular season – Stifler, JBR, Orv, Ren & Stimpy

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

Turn your sound on to really enjoy this… or just imagine Vinny saying “Playoffs?” thirty times.

That’s it boys! Another great season. Let the playoffs begin!

Week 18 Wrap – Six More to Go

‘Nucks & Bruins renewed friendships Saturday morning so we thought we’d start off with a tribute to Rolphy’s favorite player…

Think he’d still do that if “Knuckles” was still patrolling Marchand’s side of the ice?

Great photo of the "angelic choir boy" Chris Nilan

Great photo of the “angelic choir boy” Chris Nilan

THE COACH CATEGORY

Apologies for my tirade last month about how the “Coach” category doesn’t reflect the real NHL in that coaches are never traded. That was, in fact, wrong.

In a most unique transaction back in 1987, the New York Rangers traded their 1988 first round draft pick to the Quebec Nordiques in exchange for the Nordiques’ coach Michel Bergeron.

And how did it turn out for Bergeron in New York? He missed the playoffs in his first season with a 36-34-10 record and was fired by Esposito with just two games remaining in his second season with the team at 37-33-8 and replaced by... Esposito himself, who proceeded to lose the last two games of the regular season and then got swept out of the playoffs in four straight by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bergeron missed the playoffs in his first season and was fired by Rangers GM Phil Esposito with just two games remaining in his second season and replaced by… Esposito himself, who proceeded to lose the last two games of the regular season and then got swept out of the playoffs in four straight by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And what became of the draft pick obtained by the Nordiques for Bergeron? With their second pick in the first round, and the 5th overall, the Nordiques selected Daniel Dore from Drummondville of the QMJHL. Dore played 17 NHL games, scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 career points. To select Dore, the Nordiques passed on Martin GelinasJeremy Roenick,  Rod Brind’Amour,  and Teemu Selanne, who were picks 7, 8, 9 and 10 that year. Recchi, Amonte, & Rob Blake were 4th rounders; Hedican went in the 10th round. Ah, hindsight.

So anyways, bring on the coach trades!

THE WEEK IN BULLETS

  • EZ’s all or nothing weeks continue as he hits the 50 point plateau this week.
  • Also going 3-0 with EZ were Haukster, Cordy & Rolphy
  • Rolphy’s 4 players on Sunday had a combined 9 points, giving him a one-point win over Derko & Fulty.
  • Haukster and T-Man switched spots in the standings as Haukster jumped up two spots to 5th & T-Man dropped from 5th to 7th.
  • EZ moved up one spot to 8th, but has the 5th best points per week avg.
  • Haukster is on a 9-2-1 run, Cordy’s on a 14-1 run
  • Stifler has grabbed points in each of the past 5 weeks.
  • The pick-up this week: R&S get 123, JBR gets 45, Orv gets 6…. and it’s a “1” so R& S can sit around the pool this week, accepting trade offers.
  • Player moves:
    • GoJo trades Anderson OT to Rolphy for a 4th.
    • Orv traded the pick-up to GoJo for a 4th, then GoJo selected Craig Berube and his 30+ fights from the 1990 Philadelphia Flyers (or the Islanders’ back-up, not sure which.)

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Trade of the week: In a wickedly evil-genius-type-move, Cordy grabbed Cam Ward from Orv for some magic beans. As Ward’s birthday falls on Feb 29th he is technically only 8 years old and Cordy can keep him for another century (and he’d still be better than Halak…*rimshot*)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

It goes to a D-man this week as eZ’s Roman Josi NS kicked out of his scoring funk big-time with 10 points. Card of the Week goes to a d-man who was eZ’s childhood hero. Dennis “the Menace” Kearns.

Either Dennis Kearns was 4'6" or this was just a great use of pink negative space.

Either Bracken’s dad was 4’6″ or this was just a great use of pink negative space.

SHRAPNEL

T-Man enjoying his “Snow Week.”

T-Man enjoying his "Snow Week"

 

STANDINGS After 18 Weeks (6 to go)

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
C 54 46 8 0 92 41 624 34.7 0.852
R 54 40 12 2 82 36 592 32.9 0.759
D 54 37 17 0 74 35 563 31.3 0.685
F 54 35 17 2 72 35 571 31.7 0.667
H 54 29 23 2 60 35 518 28.8 0.556
V 54 29 24 1 59 22 507 28.2 0.546
T 54 27 25 2 56 30 522 29.0 0.519
Z 54 26 27 1 53 50 546 30.3 0.491
G 54 25 26 3 53 32 497 27.6 0.491
E 54 22 31 1 45 16 444 24.7 0.417
S 54 16 36 2 34 33 433 24.1 0.315
O 54 14 37 3 31 23 422 23.4 0.287
J 54 13 39 2 28 10 406 22.6 0.259
& 54 8 45 1 17 18 321 17.8 0.157

Quick reminder of what we are playing for:

  • 1st place $200,
  • 2nd place $140,
  • 3rd place $100,
  • 4th place $60,
  • 5th place $40

PARTING SHOT

Going to the Beer Fest this weekend? Click the link below to find out who’ll be there.

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Not sure about craft beer yet? Follow the chart to discover your style.

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Just six weeks remaining in the regular season and then the playoffs. Here’s a quick refresher:

  • 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
  1. Tier one – all teams that finished in the money at the end of the regular season
  2. Tier two- those teams that finished out of the money but not in the bottom 4
  3. 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

So let the race (or sewering) begin!

That’s it. Enjoy Family Day at home, on the slopes, or, like Ren & Stimpy, on a nice warm holiday…

California holiday for R&S

Week 25 – The Penultimate Week

(that’s the one before the Ultimate)

“The White Buffalo” is up this week. Coincidentally, that’s what the little Mexicans were calling me on the beaches last vacation.

The video is actually footage of Rolphy dancing at the cowboy/biker bar in Phoenix a few years back.

Sorry, Rolphy. Just sayin'.

Sorry, Rolphy. Just sayin’.

RAMBLINGS

  • Fulty shows the way with a 44 point week; goes 3-0
  • Holds on to his 2 point lead over Cordy who also went 3-0
  • Only fitting that Fulty and Cordy go head-to-head this week
  • Fulty also plays S & G; Cordy plays R & Z
  • Rolphy rolls on and jumps ahead of Derko into 3rd
  • Rolphy had a 10-1-1 month
  • T-Man’s 40 points only good for a 1-2 week
  • Haukster jumps past eZ; EZ won’t slide much lower unless Vinny packs it in
  • Orv has had a disappointing month with a 3-9-0 run, but JBR went full “Thomas the tank” with a 1-11-0 month

thomas-tank-engine

Final week coming up. Your Sunday nights will finally be free for family again.

For those of you who were able to attend Horty’s Friday this past week, you were witness to a discussion on how to add some life to the regular season (and if you stayed later, you witnessed some first class sh*t slinging between two GMs – sorry you had to see that GoJo & ertz, but when a guy starts off with “F* You!” ya gotta represent.)

Anyways, kmsh proposed a playoff structure and we discussed merits/problems/changes about it. Here is the Playoff Proposal. Peruse it, and feel free to add your comments/questions on the board. (already one modification – GoJo suggested winner of level 3 playoff gets an end-of-2nd-round pick instead of 1st round.) That’s no April Fools joke either – in case some were wondering.

Speaking of April Fools, potential new GM Chad Matthies showed up at Horty’s Friday and told us that Virtanen and McCann had been returned to their junior teams. We all bit. But so did Chad. Could be good having another gullible GM in the pool. Speaking of April Fools….

  • Devils announce name and uniform change
Bigger joke is that nobody recognized these players as New Jersey Devils

Bigger joke is that nobody recognized these players as New Jersey Devils

GET TO KNOW ME!

Time to get to know your OFHL Franchises. This week’s spotlight…. TEAM CORDY

  • 24th season of operation (last of the “Original 5”)
  • 1st season: 1992-3 (1st place – total points)
  • First player selected: Kevin Stevens PT (4th overall) – selected Gretzky in later round. Convinced a fellow GM to take Wayne Grotski in an earlier round so other believed the “Great One” had already been selected)
  • Championship seasons: ’93, ’94, ’97, ’98, ’00, ’01, ’04, ’08, ’12
  • Best winning percentage: 0.827 – 2001
  • Worst finish: 10th (of 11) 2010 – 0.370
  • 1st “recorded” trade: Sent Iginla CY to Rob for Bonk OT & Koivu MT (Oct ’96) (Traded away 17 players that year – unlimited rosters)
  • 1st pick-up: Olaf Kolzig WS (Jan ’98)
  • Highest pick:
    • 2000 – Brian Boucher PH 1st overall
    • 2006 – Phil Kessel BO 1st overall
    • 2010 – Taylor Hall ED 1st overall
  • Derko Cup Wins: 7
This best describes the feeling that comes with winning The Derko Cup

This best describes the feeling that comes with winning The Derko Cup

TRUMPISMS 

The “Hair that talks” weighed in on the NHL recently.

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ottawa trump trump leafs trump oilers trump blue jacketstrump canuckstrump avalanchetrump flames

POTW

Burnsy again gets POTW honours with 8 points, but this time he has to share with Artemi Panarin, GoJo’s astute 1st round selection this past draft.

Remember this? 2011 WJC. Canada led 3-0 after two periods. Russians scored five unanswered goals in the third period to win the game 5–3 and capture gold.

Remember this? 2011 WJC. Canada led 3-0 after two periods. Russians scored five unanswered goals in the third period to win the game 5–3 and capture gold.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
F 71 54 14 3 111 44 880 35.2 0.782
C 71 53 15 3 109 41 854 34.2 0.768
R 71 50 20 1 101 43 778 31.1 0.711
D 71 46 18 7 99 38 835 33.4 0.697
G 71 39 29 3 81 35 767 30.7 0.570
T 71 37 32 2 76 40 757 30.3 0.535
E 71 35 33 3 73 25 671 26.8 0.514
O 71 29 38 4 62 25 691 27.6 0.437
H 71 26 43 2 54 38 650 26.0 0.380
Z 71 25 44 2 52 29 646 25.8 0.366
V 71 22 44 5 49 38 684 27.4 0.345
J 72 15 56 1 31 24 540 21.6 0.215
S 71 12 57 2 26 25 520 20.8 0.183

No matter the final outcomes, it’s been a great season boys. Thanks to Fulty & Erty for all their efforts this season.

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Keep the last weekend of September open for OFHL Draft ’16. 

Playoff chances: East all but settled, West remains wild

Playoff chances: East all but settled, West remains wild

With the National Hockey League’s All-Star Weekend now a thing of the past, all eyes turn towards the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Regular season play is set to resume Tuesday, and as many as 26 of the league’s 30 teams have a greater than zero percent chance of qualifying for the postseason, according to Sports Club Stats.

This information is gathered by collecting past results, and by generating random scores for each remaining game weighted by the scheduled opponents’ records and home-ice advantage – meaning the better team is more likely to be credited with the win.

Here’s a look at the playoff chances for each of those 26 clubs, divided by conference.

(Four teams have basically no shot at a playoff spot, meaning the Carolina HurricanesArizona CoyotesBuffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers will set their sights on the draft and Connor McDavid / Jack Eichel sweepstakes.)

Eastern Conference

TEAM PLAYOFF CHANCES
NY Islanders 99.6
Tampa Bay 99.5
NY Rangers 99.4
Detroit 98.9
Montreal 98.8
Pittsburgh 98.6
Washington 94.4
Boston 70.8
Ottawa 16.7
Florida 16.2
Toronto 4.5
Philadelphia 1.7
Columbus 0.4
New Jersey 0.4

As many as seven teams appear to be virtual locks for the playoffs, with seeding remaining the only thing to be settled.

The Boston Bruins have a seven-point advantage over the Florida Panthers for the second wild-card spot, with the latter holding four games in hand. If the Panthers can play that hand to their advantage, it could create some drama heading down the stretch.

As it stands, however, the current top eight teams in the East appear to be tracking towards postseason appearances.

Western Conference

TEAM PLAYOFF CHANCES
Nashville 100
St. Louis 99.8
Anaheim 99.8
Chicago 99.8
Winnipeg 92.4
Vancouver 92.4
Calgary 72.2
San Jose 67.6
Los Angeles 46.8
Dallas 14.1
Colorado 8.7
Minnesota 6.4

Out West, the top four teams have paved their way to the playoffs with strong starts, and a trio of Canadian teams have surprised many by sticking in the top eight for so long.

The Winnipeg Jets, who hold an eight-point advantage in the wild-card race, probably have the strongest case to remain in the playoff picture, while the Vancouver Canucks sit only three points up on the Los Angeles Kings (albeit with two games in hand).

The reigning Cup champions are traditionally late bloomers, meaning the Canucks, Flames and San Jose Sharks are officially on watch.

The much-hyped Dallas Stars have the next best shot at advancing, but have likely been done in by a disappointing first half of the season.

from the rolphyfiles