Ben and I were honoured with an invitation from Bob Coatsworth to participate in a hockey pool pitting the brilliant minds of Ottawa Senators bloggers against those of the Anaheim Ducks. Three pickers per side, and the Senators team also included Senator42 from sensfanintoronto.com. Our noble opponents included Finny from girlwithapuck.com, Anaheim Duck Fan from AnaheimDuckFan.blogspot.com, and Daniel from ducksblog.net.
The rules were as follows:
Each blogger drafted seven players (Ottawa and Anaheim drafts were held separately), but they could only draft players from the team they support. The blogger who accumulates the most points during the Stanley Cup wins the pool. Simple as that. Some cool 2007 Stanley Cup Champs merchandise is up for grabs for the winner, but the pool is mainly for pride. I'll update the standings after each game of the Finals.
Scoring: Goals and assists are worth one point each. Goalie wins are worth one point and a goalie shutouts are worth three points.
Tiebreakers: Should there be a tie at the end:
- Tiebreaker #1: Team has to have won the Stanley Cup.
- Tiebreaker #2: Total number of goals/wins.
So, without further ado, here are the picks (in order of draft position):
TorPeteO: Emery, Neil, Redden, Comrie, Schaefer, Volchenkov, Schubert
Senator42: Alfredsson, Fisher, Eaves, McAmmond, Preissing, Meszaros, Saprykin
Ben: Spezza, Heatley, Corvo, Phillips, Vermette, Kelly, Gerber
AnaheimDuckFan: Pronger, Selanne, Perry, R. Niedermayer, O'Donnell, Motzko, Carter
Daniel: Beauchemin, Penner, Giguere, Moen, Marchant, Huskins, Shannon
Finny: Getzlaf, S. Niedermayer, McDonald, Pahlsson, Jackman, May, S. Thornton
We'll try to update the pool rankings as often as possible, hopefully after every game. You can also visit thescore.ca and read Bob Coatsworth's blog for up-to-the-minute draft rankings.