Hockey Twitter Bracket: The Sweet Sixteen

By @yakovmironov

At this point I admit I’m experiencing a bit of bracket fatigue. We’ve done a lot of voting this week. We’ve seen a lot of favourites fall, and this morning is no exception.

Having Dan Tencer’s Rearview Mirror tweet leave the competition is surprising and should be a sign that Taylor Hall tweets are a force to be reckoned with.

Personally I will be mourning the loss of the LA Kings goaltending tweet and the Kessel’s having a good time in their car.

Onward we go, we are now in the Sweet Sixteen and given my desire to take a few days away from this, voting will be 72 hours on this round before we wrap up next week.  Continue reading

NHL Draft Prospects in the OHL Playoffs: Niagara vs Peterborough

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

 

Niagara Ice Dogs

Stephen Dhillon – G – Ranked 19th (NA Goalie) by NHL Central Scouting

Technically, Dhillon is a second-time eligible prospect. The Ice Dogs netminder was eligible last year by one day and was overlooked – likely due to the fact that he only had 28 OHL games under his belt.

This year Dhillon has been one of the best goaltenders in the league while playing behind a very young, re-building team. He finished with a .914 sv% after facing more high-danger scoring chances than anyone in the OHL. After attending Boston’s rookie camp last summer, he’ll get drafted this year and should probably be ranked a lot higher than NHL CS currently has him.

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Hockey Twitter Bracket: Close Results and The Second Half of Round 2

By @yakovmironov

The first half of Round 2 gave us the most entertaining day of voting so far. At least half of the matchups stayed close right up until the end. And in three cases we had 50/50 splits in the final ten minutes. I’m beginning to suspect that some people are strategically voting at the last minute.

I’ve included the final scores from yesterday on the bracket, because I’m sure some of you will find it interesting how close it was.

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Hockey Twitter Bracket: Start of Round Two & Updated Results

By @yakovmironov

As the first round closed, I saw myself get bounced from my own bracket. That’s pretty harsh. Of course I also voted for “After Emerson Etem…” too, but I appreciate everyone who helped my Jim Benning tweet reach 48% and make for the closest matchup of day two.

Day two also saw our first “upset” as “Crosby passing the torch to Giroux” (11th seed) beat out Terry Jones’ excitement over pooping in the press box in Rexall Place (6th seed). The argument can and should be made that the Crosby/Giroux tweet was seeded far too low, but I admit I have a bias towards poop. Continue reading

OHL Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

**Check out my Western Conference predictions here

Eastern Conference – Round 1

Peterborough Petes (1) vs. Niagara IceDogs (8)

This series should be fun.
No team in the OHL playoff gave up more scoring chances during the regular season than Niagara and Peterborough. Both teams rely heavily on their goaltenders and as a result, an upset shouldn’t be surprising.

The Petes took off in the second half of the season but they still rely far too much on Dylan Wells bailing them out.

On the flip side, 2017 draft eligible Stephen Dhillon might be the most talented goaltender in the OHL and has the ability to steal a series on his own. If nothing else, this will be invaluable experience for Akil Thomas and a young Ice Dogs team that is at the early stages of a rebuild.

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