The SZN

By James Gleason  (@Gleasonavenue)

The NBA is a pretty star driven league, and has been for a good while. Yes there are 5 players on the court all with some level of amazing nba talent, but few teams have real star studded, no doubters superstars players on their teams that they can lean on. Players that can carry a team of role players and 10 day contracts to the top or near the top of their respective conferences. The Cavs have Lebron, the Pacers have Paul George ( though for how long who knows) The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard, the Celtics have Isiah Thomas and the OKC Thunder have this machine of destruction called Russel Westbrook. A man on a mission to prove doubters wrong and, although he won’t admit it, is on a revenge tour of the decade after his teammate Kevin Durant left him in the dust to join the megazord known as the Golden State Warriors. If this is what pissed of Russ looks like it is a  damn exciting thing to watch, even if his team struggles in the meantime.

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HOCKEY TWITTER CHAMPIONSHIP!!!1

By @yakovmironov

No need to dress this one up too much. We’ve got ourselves a classic Kessel vs. Simmons matchup. It couldn’t have been scripted any better. (Actually it would have been better if my favourite tweets made it further.)

Anyway, here we are closing down what has been the most work I’ve put into hockey since I decided to blog less and troll more.

I’d like to thank everyone who submitted tweets for the initial field of 64. I’d especially like to thank everyone who submitted tweets after the bracket had already started and would get upset with me for not adding them.

I’d like to thank everyone who shared the polls, but I’d also like to thank everyone who accused me of making their favourite tweet lose.

It’s been a fun journey and it will be back next year. NOW VOTE… Continue reading

Hockey Twitter Bracket: Elite 8

By @yakovmironov

I think I speak for most people when I say that it’s nice to be nearing the end of this. It’s been a long process, but the idea of having closure this week is exciting.

The weekend saw the first of our #1 seeds fall, as Taylor Hall’s Boat Exam was upset by Taylor Hall playing Hangman with Jordan Eberle. While the Boat Exam is a personal favourite of mine, knowing that Hall is still well represented here makes the loss easier to deal with.

Some might feel robbed that Jamie Benn prevented us from having a Cox vs. Simmons dueling DM Fails matchup, but I’ve come around to appreciate that Elite 8 has more variety because of this. And after defeating Simmons, and Kypreos, there is no doubt that Benn’s tweet has had to fight hard to get to this point. Continue reading

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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