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Conference - North Division
1508 (H -
1547, L -
Best Pick #223 E. Staal Ė Worst
Moves Ė 6
Best - Florida (Marcel) Trades
Duchene, Ekblad, Jan 7th Waiver, 2017/18 1st Rounder #32, 2018/19 3rd
#101 and 2019/20 4th #137 to Philadelphia (Scott) for Rackell, Little,
2017/18 Waiver, and Picks #20,#88 and #130
Worst - Philadelphia (Scott)
Trades Klingberg and 2018/19 6th Rounder #210 to Florida (Marcel) for
Gallagher and Pick #188
GM Marcel has the best team in
the North Division. The GM has 7 sure playoff players
and strong scoring team led by Staal, Koivu Rakell and Radulov.
This is not a team that anyone will want to face in Round one of
the playoffs. Unless Montreal goes to the Cup, the
best Florida can do is hit their Eastern
Conference players. Unless Montreal runs, it is very
unlikely if Minnesota does not make the finals that Marcel will win it
all. Rakell, Hamilton and Hossa are all decent
individual scorers. For Hossa,
weíd be hard pressed to think heíd be the only Hawk
in the finals on a Hawks run, limiting the Panthers
chances for another cup. Overall we like the team and
they can easily represent the North in the Conference Finals.
A nice move up the CTR thanks
mostly to the team putting 25 points between them and 5th as
well as top players Staal, Koivu and Hossa all on top NHL rated teams.
Rakell was a solid addition. A big trade will
have to occur at some point for Seguin, Little and Klingberg appear 93
non-playoff points. GM Marcel likely isnít one to
move quickly trading Seguin, but ultimately that might make the team
weaker if it comes down to ďget what you canĒ mode as replacements.
Not the way winning GMís usually roll. The
flip side is moving too soon here could show his cards in an ultra-tough
Division. Marcel would love nothing more than Dallas
to turn it on, but with 60% of the season gone alternatives might need
to soon be looked into.
Staal might have been the best
pick in this yearís draft, for a 7th rounder.
The Wild are the NHLís top Western Conference team and Staal has
29 points leading GM Marcelís Panthers in CTR value with Koivu not far
behind. Seguin is scoring as usual, but Dallas is
looking more like a team to miss then make the NHLís playoffs.
Hossa and Gallagher are solid while Duchene and Ekblad are out
and slow respectively. With such a good Wild duo,
Marcel can compete in the North, but things
are not going to be easy. Every other GM must get his
team in and we know 5, let alone 6, all
can't make it. Some
monster team here, that thinks they can get in, wonít come
1505 (H -
(Central - North)
Best Pick #1 Ė Crosby,
Worst #73 Boedker
Moves Ė 7
Best Ė Cleveland (Tyson) Trades
Backes to Chicago (Andrew) for Cogliano
Worst Ė Cleveland (Tyson) Drops
Laine (13), Miller (13), Hoffman (11), Brouwer (13) and Yakupov
(12), Adds, Anisimov (13), Hossa (13), Seabrook (11), Marleau (13) and
The entire season was set in
motion for Cleveland with the first overall
pick and first overall Waiver of the NHLP season.
Having Crosby has worked out for Tyson. If
they run to the NHL Finals again, it might help win him his third Cup.
If Crosby does not have a big first round, this team will likely
be gone early as overall it cannot score without Crosby.
The team didnít make any great or bad moves, but in hindsight
only, we might say that the first Waiver of
the season turned out to unfortunately not work in the end.
Laine went on to score like crazy and Miller and Hoffman are
great playoff guys who are scoring well. The team
added Anisimov, and until his injury the Waiver might have been a great
move. Rust died off and had to be moved.
It is a tough call. The team still has Marleau,
Hossa and Seabrook, parts that can help win it all.
In the Furyís final move they
dropped the teams second Backes that they had
just picked up twice, while dropping the
injured Anisimov. If Boston misses the playoffs, the
team would have penalties out, so as of writing this, dropping Backes
might have been a move that saves Tysonís chances for a third NHLP
Championship. We say if Crosby has a good first round
and Chicago advances with Pittsburgh, Cleveland has a good shot.
If Crosby has a mediocre, say 4 point first round, this team is
likely out just like that.
The best news for Cleveland is
now they have put 19 points between them and 5th place.
The team is solid, top to bottom. Led by
Crosby who is averaging 1.35 PPG while line mate Rust is a desirable
asset. Pittsburgh, as great as they are, still canít
catch top dogs Washington or Columbus. GM Tyson never
made a move at the Winter Meeting and with 19 points to work with, can
fire away at will. Steen is the question mark with
the Blues in struggle mode. If the Fury can get in,
runs by Chicago or Pittsburgh, to NHLP powerhouses, could make for an
unstoppable combination, on Tyson will find hard to move away from.
Crosby seems to never move. So it appears this
team is basically set for the playoffs, as moving Rust while keeping
Crosby makes little logic. They are good.
Easily threats to win it all.
GM Tyson not only has the top
team in the North Division, but also the entire NHLP.
Led by Crosby who has simply been sensational after missing a few
games to start the season. The supporting cast here
will be hard to beat for any other Divisional team. A
second Pen is a nice touch with Rust who is holding his own.
A potential league best Chicago trio of
Anisimov, Hossa, and Seabrook, and in total
five players off the leagueís top four teams. The
bottom two arenít very bottomish at all with Steen and Marleau, both off
teams that would start the playoffs in the top four in their Conference.
This team is full of assets but they are going to struggle,
believe it or not, just to make the playoffs. This
Division is tough but building on here wonít be easy as Tyson must for
sure get a playoff spot where some weaker teams in the Division will
just be happy to get in.
1438 (L - 1040)
Best Picks #193 Anisimov, Worst
Moves Ė 10
Best Ė Boston (Ryan) Drops Kadri
(11), Steen (10), Toffoli (11) and Gaborik (12), Adds Eaves (11), Josi
(10), Hanzal (11) and Hanzal (12)
Worst Ė None
Looking at all 10 moves the
Boston Bruins made this season, we cannot pick out one that we can even
make a case was a bad move. Karlsson was a good first
overall pick 24th overall and his scoring has helped Boston
all season long. Eaves, Josi and Hanzal are all
around from the best teams move of the season.
Trading the second Hanzal at the deadline for Carlson could turn into a
big, small deal, for
GM Ryan. The team hung onto Anisimov and his high
scoring. The NHLP Bruins
look securely in, so a non move was a huge great move for the GM, as
long as Anisimov returns by game one of the playoffs.
If he does not, it might end up something Ryan regrets.
Boston is very strong. Has distance players
and can score. The CTR has them slightly behind
Florida (Marcel) and Cleveland (Tyson) but we donít think they will have
any problems scoring in the first round if Anisimov plays, something we
canít say for Cleveland. Until we know the playoff
matchups we canít say who will represent the North but right now it is
easily a three team race.
GM Ryan hasnít made a single
move since the previous CTR, with a slight drop. The
team is 7 points out of 4th, which isnít anything to hit the
panic button about just yet. Most value here is
Anisimov while Kelser, Karlsson, Silfverberg and Lucic are all easy to
move parts. The biggest issue appears scoring, which
hasnít been there of late. This is a solid Division
and two teams will be very disappointed here, a tough break for the GMís
involved, but reality of the NHLP Divisional structure where good teams
miss out in tough Divisions. If you give your assets
away, you likely drop your odds of winning it all.
Keeping them, you likely donít make the playoffs.
Ryan needs to be wise and make the right moves to get in with the best
team possible, every GMís goal, but always easier said than done.
GM Ryan will not agree with
this, but the CTR says the Bruins, although very good, still have the
worst of the 6 teams in the North Division. Anisimov
is on a top four NHL team, so will be in high demand if Ryan ever feels
something must be done to battle for a playoff spot, joining a crowd of
five other GMís who know they have assets as well.
Kesler and Silverberg, Lucic, Toffoli and Gaborik, all more
assets to join Karlsson of the playoff hopeful Senators.
With this many assets, you would not expect to be the weakest
team in the Divisional, likely more a compliment to the Division then a
knock against Ryan here. It is going to be enjoyable
watching this battle unfold. For some
Cup threats here that would normally
be around to see a first round matchup,
sadly, it simply isnít possible to happen
for all 6 teams. Who does the best
job to build the best team and keep the most assets while staying in the
top 4? That will be the difference, so donít fall
asleep in the North Division.
1040 (L -
Best Pick Ė # 15 Malkin, Worst
Best Ė Dallas (Jr) Drops
Pearson, Faksa and Dumba, Adds Hedman, Point and Slepyshev
Worst Ė Dallas (Jr)
Drops Stone (11), Bjugstad (11) and Bjugstad (12), Adds Dumba (11),
Faksa (11) and Andrighetto (12)
Anytime you draft Malkin from
the top seeded Pens and have to trade him just to make the playoffs, you
arenít going to win anything that year. Dallas likely
wonít make the playoffs but they are hanging on by a thin thread with
Tampa Bay playing 9 games remaining and must get in.
The teamís worst move is a three for three and adding nothing, no assets
or moveable parts. That directly results in not
having the points later and having to trade Malkin, for a fringe guy
Kucherov. The teams best move was a hail mary, adding
more Bolts that are likely out anyway. All in all,
starting with Malkin, the Dallas season surely went downhill after that.
Is there any hope? Well, if Tampa Gets into a
playoff spot, and Dallas hangs onto a NHLP spot, the CTR for the
playoffs might show them a high scoring first round team.
After that it would be a Bolts miracle run or help from Columbus
or Pittsburgh on this 6 player Eastern Conference team.
Bottom line is not enough solid moves early were made to savage
keeping Malkin who had an outstanding season.
Teams that stay above 1500 in
the CTR are the leagueís top rated teams. Three
Penguins, a Jacket, Wild and Hab. This team has all
the makings of a potential Championship team. As was
the case prior, it is a serious battle for a playoff spot but with studs
like Malkin, Foligno, Schultz and Hornqvist, Gm Jr can do what he wants
at any time. Obviously this team appears set on a
Pens run, the defending NHL champs, so we donít see any changes there.
No issues here on a full 7 playoff players. Jr
will just have to tweak things to get in, or make a move someone else
forces him to make, which either way is a piece of cake with these
monsters. Dallas already has a legitimate opportunity
to be the first NHLP team to win a third team Cup.
They are that good, but likely canít get a whole lot better by the looks
GM Jr may have saved himself
with a Waiver. Way back of the pack in the North, the
Stars have all they need to move into the top four at any moment.
There is no NHLP team that has this good of Penguins built team
and ironically, Cleveland (Tyson) is built around Crosby.
What a potential battle this could be if Jr can keep it together
by the end. The team has Foligno, off the NHLís top
rated Blue Jackets that can be used as bait with Bjugstadís low number
twice to grab the points needed to move up 20 and into the mix.
A Penguin could go, likely a Schultz
and Jr could still ice the best Pens team. This
Division is so tough that even if Jr comes up, it will be a battle as
others are strong here as well.
922 (H - 1306)
Best Pick - #199
Worst Ė #18 Barkov
Moves Ė 7
Best Move Ė New Orleans (Shawn)
Trades Dubinsky to Toronto (Chad) for Fabbri
Worst Move Ė Miami (Charlie)
Trades Kopitar and Saad to Toronto (Chad) for Shattenkirk and
The Toronto season went downhill
from the draft and GM Chad could never truly
recover from picking Barkov and his 48 non-playoff
points 18th overall.
Anytime you start with a non playoff player, you are chasing the rest of
the season. Chad could still grab a playoff spot, but
is out if Boston misses the playoffs. Chadís lone
Western Conference player is Giordano, so outside of Calgary he can do
at best two players in the NHLP Finals, Pastrnak and Krug or Radulov and
Gallagher. Chad did well on the early deal for
Dubinsky, 11 ahead getting rid of Fabbri but all season didnít do enough
to help the scoring, having to end at the deadline trading Shattenkirk
and Parise, very valued players for nothing but Saad and points.
There seems zero hope of a repeat here. Least
last year we said watch out for Toronto if they get in and San Jose
runs. This is not that team and in the end, wonít be
Champions and likely wonít even make the NHLP playoffs.
GM Chad may need every single
point of the 17 he has moved in front of 5th place.
The CTR has taken a hit, mostly due to the mighty fall of the
Blues. Schwartz, Shattenkirk and Fabbri are wavering
on 90 points to the Minors. Most thought the Blues
were a solid NHL playoff team. That is not reality
anymore and has cost the Maple Leafs. The big assets
now are Coyle and Eberle, leaving the other 5 just battling to be around
come round one. Something Chad may yet do himself if
he canít exchange these guys out if required. His
fellow Divisional rival in Cincinnati (Matt) moved out his Blues and has
been rewarded for doing so. Not many GMís will likely
believe in their hearts that all is lost in St Louis.
But following you heart often leads to devastation.
Chad will tell us he followed his heart right to an NHLP Championship
last season. Be interesting where Toronto goes from
GM Chad just won the Cup with
three San Jose players and now will likely try his hand with three
Blues. The third best team in a very tough Division,
Chad like his fellow GM in Cincinnati (Matt) have solid Blues teams in a
Division with two teams with solid Pens teams. It is
likely these four GMís, if they can get into the playoffs will may be
their own demise as only one can come out of the Division, killing some
great Pens and Blues built teams along the way
if those teams run. Shattenkirk, Fabbri and Schwartz
are a nice trio while Coyle plays on the NHLís second top team in
Minnesota. Two Oilers get rated and Barkovís scoring
helps, on a team that could still be playoffs
if Florida came alive. Making the
playoffs wonít be easy, but it is a must to get this team in and
go for the repeat.
894 (H -
(Central - North)
Best Pick #149 Stepan
Worst #221 - Brouwer
Best/Worst - Cincinnati (Matt)
Trades Tarasenko, Stepan, Schwartz and 2017/18 Waiver to Halifax (Shawn)
for Atkinson, Wennberg and Monahan. The Deal has a Condition that
if the St Louis Blues fail to make the NHL Playoffs this season
Cincinnati will pay 2019/20 First Rounder #6 for #14 to Halifax.
GM Matt started with a decent
draft. Is the best pick Tarasenko with 64 points 5th
overall or Stepan with 49 at #149? The worst is a 22
point guy drafted in the 7th round. All in
all, Matt canít fault his drafting for
Cincinnati's season. The team made
14 moves with none really standing out but the huge three for three with
GM Shawn. The teams top two
remaining scorers are from that deal, Atkinson and Monahan with Wennberg
turning into Backlund. Was the trade a good or bad
deal? That is still for debate. St
Louis appears in, so no more picks should move, but a Waiver was given
up next year, a huge price for Atkinson and Monahan.
The lone East player on the roster is Atkinson.
If Cincinnati gets in, and they will be
automatically if both Boston and Tampa Bay miss,
the only way they can get two players to the finals
is a Flames or Blues run. Neither of those teams are
big favorites in the West, so things would be bleak even if the
Rage get in. Overall, this is the
weakest of the 6 North Division teams. GM Matt said
just get in and let the cards fall where they may.
Best case might be just getting in.
A disappointing season for the Rage who now start
next year without a Waiver to boot.
GM Matt started the New Year
with what on the surfaced looked like a head scratcher.
Out went Tarasenko, Swartz and Stepan for Atkinson, Wennberg and
Monahan. Although Calgary players arenít carrying
much weight, the top two players Atkinson and Wennberg are still on the
second highest rated team in the NHLís Eastern Conference.
Skinner and Lindholm, added at the Winter Meeting donít have
value yet as Carolina isnít sure if they are going to contend for a
playoff spot or not. The Rage have fallen from the
pack in the North Division, with the Peloton a three team race.
The Rage are in tough still, battling with Dallas (Jr) and Boston
(Ryan) in what should still be a 6 team race in the very end.
The CTR hasnít moved either way, but the New Years Day deal is
favoring Matt as the St Louis Blues struggle to find themselves.
GM Matt is in first place and is
in a battle just for a playoff spot.
That is life in the North Division where the first place team is
only 6 points up on 5th. With the best
built Divisional teams sitting with Penguins, the Rage are strong thanks
to their three Blues, Tarasenko, Schwartz and Pietrangelo.
You would think GM Shawn drafted that team!
Cincinnati is solid everywhere with Stepan, Shaw and Dubinsky looking
like sure things and a top scorer in Wheeler who on the fringe Jets
could still be a playoff player. Matt knows he must
be strong to compete and will be another team here who battles hard for
a playoff spot. In this Division, in the end with
these 6 teams, the race will be a tough one.
Central Conference - South Division
1684 (H -
1776, L -
Best Pick #3 - Kane
Worst #214 Pouliot
Orleans (Shawn) Trades Pouliot, Nov 17th Waiver, 2018/19 1st Rounder #34
and 2017/18 3rd Rounder #103 to Philadelphia (Scott) for Bjorkstrand,
February 7th Waiver and Picks #16 and #92
Orleans (Shawn) Trades Keith, Stastny and Fowler to Calgary (Jr) for
Toews, Parise, Stafford and 2017/18 Waiver
GM Shawn had an outstanding
season in New Orleans and it is very possible they go on to win the NHLP
Championship. They will be hard to beat.
What started out well, an awesome draft just did not slow down.
Good deal after good deal. Across the board a
hell of a draft with Kane, Keith, Hedman and Schenn, depth and scoring
from the first four. Pouliot only had 13 points, a
horrible 6th rounder but Shawn traded Pouliot for a player
who was an injury pick in 4 days, Bjorkstanrd, adding Ekblad,
but more so #16 overall in round one for #34.
Seriously, he did that. It is what he didnít do, and
what everyone already flagged. Certainly trading
Keith, Stastny and Fowler for Toews, Parise, Stafford and a Waiver next
year, are you kidding us? Worst move?
Hardly, it is a Championship winning move.
Shawn did not make a bad move all season, by our accounts.
He did however, make a very bad decision. The
CTR thinks it could cost New Orleans a serious shot at the Cup.
The Wolverines held onto Stafford. If Boston
misses the NHL playoffs, the first round
scoring drops to a CTR predicted 24 for the Wolverines.
San Fran (Scott) 27, Buffalo (Joel) 25, and Miami (Charlie) 24,
even without Vatrano, are all better or as good first round
scoring teams, without Stafford.
It is early, but looking ahead if Boston misses everything could be more
difficult in round one than it should have been.
The good side is Boston isn't out yet
and Shawn hasnít lost round one. Hardly.
This team is feared and rightly so. Likely
unstoppable on a Blackhawks run with other distance guys Couture, Parise
and Gallagher. Winning it all here will be deserved.
Shawn likely hands down was GM of the year in the NHLP for his
work right here in New Orleans.
GM Shawn was able to get better,
adding Galchenyuk and Weber in deals for Hedman and the loss of Schenn.
Those two added with Kane, Keith and Gallagher, plus 32 points to
work with have the CTR feeling even better about the Wolverines
potential this season. Trocheck is labeled for the
next playoff player that comes in and his hot scoring and 33 points cane
help bring in whatever GM Shawn fancies.
Opportunities to win everything arenít something that should be taken
lightly in the NHLP. It is hard to win.
Shawn never has. If that isnít motivation
enough nothing will be.
The runaway CTR top rated team
in the South Division. New Orleans not only
has 40 points to work with over 5th, but
Kane and Keith of the top rated Blackhawks. That is
an awesome start. Galchenyuk and Schenn are in while
Hedman, Wilson and Ekblad are in battles on their teams.
We think this team will be active moving points as the year winds
along. A blockbuster is sitting here and we can only
guess on who could come in here. Give GM Shawn all
the credit. He did this. He put
himself in a spot to be great. With such a weak
Division, according to the CTR, there is no reason to believe Shawn
cannot build the winning team to come out of the
South. Who else can compete?
1650 (L - 784)
Best Pick #197 Kreider
Worst #20 Kopitar
(Charlie) Trades Kopitar and Saad to Toronto (Chad) for
Shattenkirk and Parise
Worst - None
From where GM Charlie started to
where he ended up, this is an awesome example of how to build a
Championship team. Charlieís first three picks were
Kopitar, Bergeron and Krejci. He turned that into a
top three of Kreider, Shattenkirk and Shattenkirk.
The team didnít really make a bad move. Once again,
as did GM Shawn in New Orleans, Charlie hung on to a Bruin.
Sure everyone can say, but the Bruins were in at the deadline.
True. But it was known
their next four games were Leafs, Sens, Lightning and Islanders and they
are 0-3 as we write this. That was a known.
A bad streak over 4 games and they likely would be out.
Charlie kept Vatrano. Will it mean anything,
likely, but maybe not. We
will wait and see. As far as what else is here, this
team is every bit as good and some might say better then New Orleans.
You read that right.
Two Washington, two Minnesota and two Rangers.
All distance players and decent scoring. When
it comes to the first round, when points are needed most and the CTR has
it 24-24. Will Charlie have Vatrano extra and
needed few more points?
His season might depend on it.
The Surfís CTR climbed nicely
thanks mostly to 23 points of potential. Kreider and
Stepan are runaway team leaders while Kadri and Nylander, although not
threats for playoff runs according to the CTR, are looking like solid
playoff players. Will Shattenkirk get moved?
It would appear very likely, which would help the teams CTR.
There is no shortage of work to be done here and as is, likely no
real threat to be the final team standing in the NHLP Semi-Finals from
the South, but nothing is impossible. Charlie must
get stronger for that to be realistic.
Kreider and Stepan are the
bright spots and building blocks. Krejic, Bergeron,
Kopitar and Rielly all could still be in or out, making a lot of work
here for GM Charlie to set a playoff team when the time comes.
Overall this is a weaker NHLP Division, so anything can happen if
you get in. Can Charlie make something stronger?
That will be the biggest question moving forward.
1550 (H -
1660, L -
(Central - South)
Best Pick #205 Perron
Worst #106 J. Jokinen
Best Buffalo (Joel) Drops Barkov
(9), Jagr (11), Byfuglien (12), Perron (12), Cammalleri (13) and
Soderberg (13), Adds Hayes (9), Miller (11), Zucker (12), Suter (12),
Cogliano (13) and Huberdeau (13).
GM Joel really had a horrendous
draft in Buffalo. Of the 7 drafted players, only
Perron, in the 6th round from the St Louis Blues
turned into a playoff player. That means, he made
absolutely nothing to start with, into
something great, because this team is a great team right now.
The top three teams in the South are
all so close and this team is right there.
Miller, Hayes, Zucker and Panik twice is a solid
team. We canít say Joel made a bad move all year.
His best move, could be Panik twice but
the first Waiver, he completely revamped the team and set it up early
for what it is now. That is how you do it.
At the Deadline Joel held on firm to what he had, as actually did
the team right in front in San Fran (Scott). They
choose to keep their best playoff teams and
race. For Joel he is going to have a tough pill to
swallow knowing lowly Chicago (Andrew), after all the talk of building a
winner, steals a spot with what appears a 6 man team.
If Buffalo can get in, this team is solid. If they
canít, Joel did an outstanding job and his determination to hold strong
and go for a Cup, just as Andrew said you should,
cost him a playoff spot to a clearly weaker team(s).
grabbed our attention. Well done!!!
GM Joel basically made the South Division a race.
He acquired Matthews in a trade and made a huge Waiver adding
Hayes, Miller, Zucker, Suter and Cogliano. The team
still have 31 points to work with and no longer are the Wolverinesí
little bitches. The Sabres now have their own genuine
opportunity. Now that Joel is in it to win, who can
maximize their teamís growth with the same amount of points to work
with? Points mean nothing after the NHLP Trading
Deadline, as they are no longer a reflection of a teamís potential and
how they can make the team better. Buffalo isnít that
far behind New Orleans for the Divisions best team and has the same
amount of points to get better with.
No shortage of points for GM
Joel to work with, 24 up on 5th. Those
points will be in use as, as many as 4 players, could be non playoff
players here. The teams is strong in Philadelphia
with Voracek and Giroux, 66 points between
them and sitting in the playoffs in the NHL standings.
The CTR isnít giving much hope for something like a Championship
here just yet, not with such a mediocre CTR
number. Joel can make it better, and we are sure he
will. Can it get to be a threatening number that
grabs our attention? The second half will tell.
1064 (H -
Best Pick #32 Burns
Worst #167 R. Smith
Best Move San
Fran (Scott) Drops van Riemsdyk (13), Pastrnak (12), Skinner (11),
Spezza (10), Stastny (11), Guentzel (12) and MacArthur (13), Adds Turris
(13), Arvidsson (12), Arvidsson (11), Leddy (10), Pominville (11), Orlov
(12) and Hertl (13)
Worst Move NY
Islanders (Ryan) Trade Sharp and 2018/19 7th Rounder #227 to San Fran
(Scott) for Horvat and Pick #252
GM Scott turned a good drafted
into a team on January 24th, less than 7 weeks from the NHLP
Trading Deadline, into a team with 4 players under 10 points.
It was deals like trading Horvat 47 for Sharp 18, minus 30 points
that cost GM Scott. This ended with having to trade Burns.
However, it is still a
little baffling how on January 24th four guys under 10 points
turned into a team of 6 players of 30+ points, but the GM did it.
The Titan clearly donít have the teams New Orleans (Shawn), Miami
(Charlie) or (Buffalo (Joel) have, but early CTR projections, without
knowing the matchups yet, have the
Titan getting 27 points, outscoring all other teams
if the Bruins miss the playoffs. So we canít say the
Titan wonít be heard from, but we can say they should not be winning
their third team Championship outside a Predators march to the Cup
Finals. Overall, a poor showing for the Titan
This team drafted Burns,
Trocheck, Monahan, Monahan, R. Smith, Vanek and Horvat = 224 points.
The team has 146 points. Usually when you
strip it down, you make it better. If GMís got fired,
GM Scott would be hanging onto past performance only to keep his job.
With four players under 10 points, something that may have never
been done in 27 NHLP seasons, come January 24th, one has to
question how the CTR has this team ranked at 1140, sitting 23 points out
of 4th. It is a head scratcher.
Well it is complicated, just the way the CTR has always been.
Burns is an asset, as is Hayes, Guentzel, Guentzel, Hertl and
JVR. MacArthur, just one of several miscalculations
Scott made this season will eventually sit the team at 18 out.
Even if somehow Scott can find a way to trade in, assets going
out mean the CTR likely falls, meaning a worse team.
That is how the NHLP works. You donít make trades,
add points and get better players. Well, unless you
rape someone. It should not happen.
Truly the Titan should be no threat no matter what they do.
Logic says no matter what they do, they canít make a good team
that can compete. Donít tell that to GM Scott, as
clearly by what he has done to this team so far this year, he isnít
listening to logic anyhow.
A decent CTR for a last place team, 20 points out.
The second top team in the Division, strength wise, only has 4 active
players. Burns, Hayes and Miller, are all assets that
the GM surely knows he will have to trade to get in.
For GM Scott he has three players under 4 points, so he can take on more
points than likely any other team in trade and be able to use the Minors
to move those points. For now the GM is holding onto
Guentzel, Guentzel and Huberdeau. Why?
The appearance is the Titan are waving the white flag, conceding
and giving up. Scott things differently,
saying he feels Guentzel will return to the
NHL from leading the AHL in scoring if the Penguins suffer any injury to
any forward. What if it doesnít happen?
"How can a team not suffer an injury" asked Scott?
Huberdeau could be a five point player, but he is
back Feb 9th and the GM said he is keeping him around just
for at least one good birthday gift this year. Good
luck with that.
829 (L -
(Central - South)
Best Pick #10 Pavelski
Worst #56 Huberdeau
Vegas (Vinnie) Trades February 4th Waiver, 2018/19 1st Rounder #26,
2019/20 1st #4 and 2017/18 7th #238 to Edmonton (Scott) for Picks #1,
#35 and #220. As a Condition to this deal, Edmonton retains the
right to give Las Vegas 48 hours notice next season and use the Las
Vegas Waiver, giving Las Vegas Edmonton's Waiver, so basically swapping
Waivers with Las Vegas
Vancouver (Joel) Trades Forsberg and Bozak To Las Vegas (Vinnie) for
Pavelski and Ryan
Most likely Las Vegas misses the
playoffs. GM Vinnie could not get a deal done for Pavalski
all season and the night before the NHLP Trading Deadline, minutes after
GM Matt took over the team because Vinnie would be absent, Pavalski
gets traded. Now the deal itself wasnít horrible,
adding Forsberg and Bozak for Pavelski and Ryan, but the issue is there
was no time left. The Strip were
still too far back and had to trade Forsberg for Marchand, and
may still likely will miss on shear points.
Because not enough was done early, they were forced to exchange
Pavalski for Marchand, who is out of the
playoffs as this is being written.
If somehow the Strip can find a way in, they have the second
worst scoring team in the NHLP, even with Marchand at over a point a
game, and he might not be in their first round lineup.
Disaster. This team isnít winning a Cup.
If you truly care to win, more needs to be done, before, the day
before, the final day.
Pavelski, Ryan, Ryan and Jenner
are the strongest rated players while JVR has solid value to be a
playoff player. Landeskog could yet be moved in the
NHL, as Colorado is believed to be a major player by the NHL Trading
Deadline on February 28th. GM Vinnie has a
Waiver coming up, but what does the GM do to improve?
Well, with a CTR of 813, things arenít roses.
Improvement should be easy, but will Vinnie be willing to do something,
something aggressive and better than the current? If
we were in Vegas placing a bet, weíd say the Waiver wonít improve this
team much. Based solely on the GMís past performance.
However, maybe just maybe the Strip can find a way to be a real
team in the South and not just a team.
Pavelski is a solid start for
the Strip who have potentially four non playoff players in Little,
Wheeler, Landeskog and Ellis. Ryan and Ryan are
looking like assets. Vinnie hasnít done much yet this
season and if that trait continues, we surely see no hope Vegas wins a
third team Cup, a first for Vinnie. Sitting and
enjoying the view gets little done.
610 (H -
Best Pick #19 Thornton
Worst #195 Donskoi
Seattle (Shawn) Trades Perry, Pearson and Cogliano to Chicago (Andrew)
for Thornton, Niskanen and Buchnevich
Chicago (Andrew) Drops Schenn (11), Hall (10), Krejci (10) and
Hudler (11), Adds Tavares (11), Niskanen (10), Brassard (10) and
It is hardly fair GM Andrew
attacks GM Matt at the Trading Deadline about building
a team that can win it all, yet hypocritically builds the lowest scoring
team in the NHLP and with Tavares and Backes,
on two teams that are almost impossible to
both make it, essentially just building a team to steal a spot from
another team. If you have a great team elsewhere, why
not. It is a great strategy to keep a good team out
while you have junk. Andrew clearly
thinks so. This team canít score, so if
they get in without Tavares, YIKES. Andrew had a
terrible draft here to start the season. We were hard
pressed to find a good pick, so settled on a 50 point playoff guy with
the 19th overall pick. Andrew compounded
his problem with a Waiver picking Tavares, by doing so
having to settle for a much
lesser three in a four for four. Once the Islanders
had no value, he essentially was forced to eat him.
Trading Thornton and getting Perry, might have been an upgrade, and just
the points needed to assure a playoff spot. Can this
team win it all as Andrew says he sets out to do?
It would take both the Bruins and Islanders in and a Ducks run to
the Cup. What is most likely is a better team is
praying for this first round matchup and Chicago will go out easily.
But as Matt says, get in and roll the dice.
Andrew may hope Matt is onto something with this team.
The three players who are
currently holding this team back, Schenn, Krejci and Hudler will likely
be gone from this team by the time GM Andrew reads this.
With a Waiver tonight the Blackhawks will undoubtedly be a much
improved team. Hartnell, Thornton, Parise and
Plekanec are sure playoff players, but Andrew may be inclined to make
one of them available in a pre-Waiver deal. The team
is ok. However, OK to Andrew is like a personal
insult. He donít take lightly to being average.
That is why he is the best of the best. That
is also why in the end, the South surely will include Chicago as one of
the top teams when that time of the year suddenly appears.
The Blackhawks have three
players, Drouin, Trocheck and Callahan, all currently battling to be
playoff players. Thornton, Schenn and Hartnell are
assets and Krejci is in currently with Boston. It
isnít GM Andrewís best work, but with 12 points and half
the season to be played, it could still be a
masterpiece, with Andrew running the show. Lots of
work to do, but just the way the GM likes things moving forward.
Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division
1744 (H -
1770, L -
Best Pick #183 Saad, Worst Pick
Memphis (Jr) Trades Letang to Halifax (Shawn) for Stepan
Memphis (Jr) Trades Parise, Plekanecs, 2017/18 6th Rounder #209 and
2018/19 5th #179 to Chicago (Andrew) For Drouin, Duchene and Picks #184,
GM Jrís draft was a good start,
even though Letang could have been much better help had he not been
injured so much. Jr did a good job replacing Letang
with almost a 20 point gain in Stepan. The worst deal
of the year was a point gain before the Waiver, but the Waiver didnít
bring much better than was traded away. Clearly Jr
did a lot of good with his 8 moves, as this team will enter the playoffs
the second best of the Conference and the best
in the Division. It will almost be impossible to win
the NHLP Championship if the Wild or Blue Jackets donít make the finals.
Either just might. They are good.
But Minnesota will have to get by Chicago and the Jackets both
the Caps and Pens. We arenít going to bet against the
Machine, but weíd need some odds to be betting for them.
A solid team. Great job getting them this far.
Next stop. Round OneÖ
One of the best NHLP teams the
Memphis Machine had a huge Waiver adding Gagner, Niederreiter and
Spurgeon, all top players on their top teams. With
Saad, Letang and Radulov already in the mix GM Jr can even now hope
Shark gets traded from the flickering Stars. The
Machine are serious contenders and an apparent battle could occur with
Philadelphia (Scott) on two like, similar built teams if they play in
the NHLP playoffs. So far, this team is good enough
to win it all and we know Jr, always looking to make it even better
GM Jr gets the nod for the top
ranked team in the Atlantic Division. The Machine are
led by Saad and his 29 points off the NHLís top ranked team.
The GM held onto Parise and now
Minnesota is the leading team in the Western Conference.
Letang is a top four team while Radulov and Plekanec are top 5 in
the Eastern Conference. GM Jr has potential here to
build a top team. The GM hasnít been doing a lot
early the last few years but we do expect Memphis involved as the season
turns into 2017.
1653 (H -
2276, L -
Best Pick #170 Ehlers, Worst
pick #47 Klingberg
Best Move Ė Philadelphia (Scott)
Drops Scheifele (11), Ehlers (12), Marchand (11), Trocheck (10), Tatar
(12), Gallagher (11) and Ekblad (12), Adds E. Staal (11), Coyle (12),
Gagner (11), Werenski (10), Werenski (12), Zibanejad (11) and Zibanejad
Worst Move Ė New Orleans (Shawn)
Trades Pouliot, Nov 17th Waiver, 2018/19 1st Rounder #34 and 2017/18 3rd
Rounder #103 to Philadelphia (Scott) for Bjorkstrand, February 7th
Waiver and Picks #16 and #92
Although GM Scott started out
with a bunch of non playoff players from the draft, he did find scoring
in Scheifele in the 3rd, Okposo, Nielsen and Ehlers.
The Flyer paid 18 spots in the first round for their first Waiver
on the season and did nothing with it in a three for three, clearly
making it the worst move. The second Waiver was much
better, changing the team for good with a massive 14 player switcheroo.
Staal, Coyle, Werenski and Zibanejad, even though those guys were
traded and acquired again, ended up on the final roster.
The Flyer are every bit the team the Machine (Jr) have and the
two just might meet in round one of the NHLP playoffs.
Both teams have three Wild and a Jacket.
Philadelphia can score with an early CTR first round of about 29,
meaning this team can win and run. If it isnít a Wild
run the team has decent scorers from Rangers, Jackets, Preds and Ducks,
so options that arenít limited. Overall
this was GM Scottís best work this year and he
always says he looks forward to at least having one team that can go all
the way. If he can somehow get into a playoff spot,
it just might be the Flyer are his one team in 2016.
If we have seen GM Scott kill a
team this season, we have also been witness to the seasons best Waiver.
Revamping the team, the Flyer have vaulted into without doubt the
best NHLP team there is. Five 5 players on the four
best teams in the NHL and with two Rangers not hurting the CTR in any
way, the Flyer are now deadly. The team still has 17
points to work with. Any GM can make the right move
to change the culture of their team. Not always do
GMís get it right. In the Flyer case, it was an
upper-deck walk-off grand slam. The Atlantic Division
has been served notice. The Orange are back!
The CTR is a numbers game.
With truly only two playoff players we wonder how a CTR of almost
a thousand can be possible. The team has 26 points to
work with and high scoring playoff players Rakell and Kreider.
The Flyer are hurt by the Winnipeg Jets NHL value, basically
nothing, although top Jets do the Flyer have. Subban
and Klingberg, the drafted top two are the worst valued players on the
team and rumors say a herniated disk could shelf Subban for months.
If the Jets cannot rebound the Flyer will suddenly have some
trouble unloading all the points they have with not much low numbers on
the team. The CTR sees more then the common eye and
says there is something here to work with. Letís see
1262 (H -
Bet Pick #206 Niederreiter,
Worst Pick #62 Hall
Best - Edmonton (Scott) Trades
Schwartz and 2019/20 7th Rounder #251 to NY Rangers (Charlie) for Fabbri
and Pick #236
Worst - NY Rangers (Charlie)
Drops Zetterberg (11), Niederreiter (12) and Stralman (13), Adds Perron
(11), Gostisbehere (12) and Fabbri (13)
Considering a mediocre draft and
only three transactions on the season, the end product is ok.
Not great by any means, but certainly average or better.
The GM found Niederreiter and 49 points in the 6th
round from a top Minnesota team but traded his scoring, along with
Zetterbergís for a whole lot of nothing. Thank god
the GM fleeced GM Scott for 20 points in his best move of the season.
The team does have three Ducks, so will be strong if Anaheim can
come along for the ride. Getzlaf, Silverberg and
Fowler would likely be the best Ducks team in the finals.
The Rangers do have Keith and Niskanen if they hit the
Chicago-Washington NHL finals, alone likely not enough to win but
together just might be the favorites by then depending on the two
others left. All in all this is a
good job for Charlie considering not a Deadline move was made and only
three measly moves all season.
With 21 points to work with the
Rangers look solid with only Fabbri and Perron holding back the CTR.
The team has a solid Ducks mix of Getzlaf, Silfverberg and Fowler
while Keith and Niskanen backline the best teams in the NHL.
GM Charlie can compete for the Divisional title, but using his
points will be the best way to improve the team for come playoff time.
Moving points isnít always something the GM feels comfortable
doing, although he has improved greatly in cutting umbilical cords the
past few seasons.
With 30 points to work with GM
Charlie is the second strongest team of the Division.
Will he use the points wisely and in time to cash in is always a
question for the GM. Hallís number likely must go but
everyone else is looking playoffs. Getzlaf and
Silfverberg are a nice Ducks entry while Fabbri and Perron are one of
the best Blues duos outside the North. Keith can be
kept or traded for a shiny object as all Hawks,
all the time, are wanted elsewhere.
We canít say the GM is known for building but with so many points
we hope a bully shows his face at some point and takes down a
Blockbuster of a deal.
1001 (L -
Best Pick #163 Granlund, Worst
Pick #42 Hertl
Atlantic City (Vinnie) Drops Drouin (11), Adds Jones (11)
Worst Move Ė None
Atlantic City were saved at the
draft with Granland, a top playoff performer found in the 5th
round with 66 points. With just four moves on the
season it wasnít a surprise that Granlund is still around.
On a GM Vinnie team if you can skate and are relatively healthy,
say a Karlsson for example, you stick around. Now,
albeit Karlsson, isnít the Ottawa guy, but rather the San Jose
0.32 PPG, 19 points, out since March 11th guy.
But he can skate and was relatively healthy before he got hurt.
The Gamblers are going to make it in. We wonít say they stole a
good teams spot. You have a team with 4 Bruins
(Pittsburgh, Chad) and maybe the worst team in the league in Montreal
(Marcel) who still clings to the Kings and Panthers Cup run hopes.
Vinnie has at least 6 playoff guys and a 7th if
Spooner has any hope of his name on the Cup this year, the real cup of
course. Does Vinnie have a shot here?
The Gamblers can actually score. Granlund and
maybe Jones do have long distance, outside any surprise
for the Flames, Leafs, Blues or Bruins. Well, canít
forget Karlssonís Sharks. See, it isnít really
horrible. But little, very little was done to try and
make good, great. Karlsson typlifies a GM Vinnie
built team. The one time his team that has a great
guy to build around and winning it all, the GM
is happy to carry Karlsson and his average
0.06 PPTOI into battle for the NHLP Championship.
Outside of Granlund you are hard
pressed to see something beautiful in Atlantic City.
The team does in fact have 140 points to work with and Kardri, Nylander
and M. Karlsson are playoff players. Held back by
Drouin, Stastny and Yandle, the Gamblers have a ton of work to do if
they want to play with the big boys of the Division.
There could be great news on the way for GM Vinnie.
If the league does expand and GM Johnny runs a few teams next year,
maybe the CTR will have another GM to pick on whoís actually worse.
But that might not be fair to Johnny.
Granlund is clearly the big
asset here for GM Vinnie. MacKinnon must go at some
point and it is possible Drouin, Kadri and Green all follow suit.
The GM has hung onto Hertl, but least if he returns the Sharks
are a playoff team and Stastny has been solid with the Blues.
Vinnie has work to do and if he gets aggressive, the Division
isnít that strong. It is open. How
bad does this GM want a Cup?
549 (H -
554, L -
Best Pick #248 Rask, Worst Pick
#99 J. Jokinen
Pittsburgh (Chad) Drops Backlund (12), Schenn (11), Pearson (13) and
Backes (12), Adds Hoffman (12), Krejci (11), Krejci (13) and Subban (12)
Pittsburgh (Chad) Drops Rask (13), Nyquist (12) and Jokinen (11), Adds
Pearson (13), Fowler (12) and Desharnais (11)
GM Chadís drafting did not help
his cause, getting off to a poor start. The GM tried
his best, but in the end is left with a team that might not even score
in with 4 Bruins and 3 Preds. The scoring is enough
to do some early damage and then hope for a Preds or Bruins run.
Not out of the realm of possibilities, but very much improbable.
We do think Chad can play a spoiler if he can get in.
The team he faces wonít like this team in round one with any long
series with the Bruins and Preds. Chad has three Cups
and this isnít a team we would like to think he is proud of.
We expect more from certain GMís and this clearly isnít the GMís
best work in recent memory.
This isnít GM Chadwicks best
work. Chad builds a lot of solid teams, but trying to
think this can be one of them is a struggle for the best of
imaginations. When the teamís best asset could be
scoring half a point per game, Fowler, and Johansen now finally showing
life, but barely, there isnít a lot to work with.
Most of the other 5 are fringe players with a Flyer, Flame, King and
Bruin. We donít see a serious threat here unless it
is torn down and built back up. Chad can do it.
But will he?
GM Chad cannot be happy with
this Pittsburgh team. After you take Weber out of the
equation, what player left does anyone want? Backes,
Johansen and Palat could turn into players in demand but right now they
are just chances.
There is a chance Boston makes it. There is a chance
Nashville makes it. There is a chance Tampa Bay makes it.
Just chances, not sure things yet. There
are enough GMís willing to take chances on these fringe teams
while they still have a chance. Chad likely
just cannot sit on this team as is and hope it becomes something.
The CTR isnít liking it but Chad will remind us we didnít like
Toronto last year andÖ.ya. We get it.
350 (H -
Best Pick #105 Marchand, worst
Pick #112 Plekanec
Best Move - None
Philadelphia (Scott) Trades Matthews and Klingberg to Montreal (Marcel)
for Marchand, Tatar and March 2nd Waiver
Imagine your third pick being
Marchand who has 80 points and 7 picks later you pick Plekanec who has
25. The way it goes, kind of like Montrealís season.
Shit happens. The team didnít make a
good move all year but their bad moves werenít horrible.
Even what we have as the worst, Marcel still ended with the most
points by a couple, but because it was only a couple, the Waiver thrown
in killed Marcel winning the deal. There seemed
little hope all year for Montreal who could never get going.
We usually see Marcel with a strong draft, but not here, not in
2016, it just was not his year.
The team has a nice scoring
potential playoff player in Matthews. Although his
CTR value shows no playoff distance, round one scoring is promising.
There appears some hope Duchene goes from a CTR 0 valued player
to a huge playoff team and massive help in the teamís strength.
Being 14 points out without the most desired players in the NHLP,
GM Marcel is going to struggle. Struggle to make the
playoffs. Struggle to make a solid playoff team
capable of winning and moving on. You canít sit back
and pray the door magically just opens. Well, you
can, but that approach likely losses to the more aggressive kick the
fucking door down approach. Just saying.
For GM Marcel things get weak in
a hurry after Plekanec and Lehkonen. Well, maybe just
Plekanec. Jenner is solid playoffs but not lighting
it up and Gaudreau could be just as playoff as Marchand, meaning both
can easily go either way. Duchene must move but the
team has two lows to work with to make that happen.
All in all it isnít the worst team in the league, but that isnít saying
too much either.
Conference - East Division
1756 (L -
Best Pick #98 Radulov, Worst
Pick #29 Johnson
Philadelphia (Scott) Trades Werenski, Werenski, Gagner and Doughty to
Hartford (Andrew) for Vrbata, Vrbata, Duchene and Jagr. The deal
includes a player to be named later.
Hartford (Andrew) Drops Seguin (9), Vorachek (10), Simmonds (12),
Klingberg (10) and Ennis (11), Adds Trocheck (9), Vrbata (10), Vrbata
(12), Jagr (10) and Duchene (11)
Although it is hard to build
every team into a championship team, GM Andrew has done it more often
than anyone else. Considering the horrible drafting
job Hartford did, and it was bad, the Whalers made mostly all the right
moves to build the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Andrew dug a hole in a Waiver in February, adding useless players
Trocheck, Vrbata, Vrbata, Jagr and Duchene, 5 non playoff guys come
seasons end but yet gets bailed out trading those deadbeats after given
a Waiver by none other than GM Matt in Quebec. Andrew
takes that Waiver and turns it into Werenski, Werenski, Gagner and
McDonagh, turning the season around from there on out in another rape of
GM Scott. In the end it is an awesome team of 7
Eastern Conference players. The entire team could
meet in the NHLís first round pitting Sheary vs. Wennberg and Gagner
while it is possible Hoffman plays Kreider, Stepan and McDonagh.
Andrew bought into the theory that the Rangers are a three round
team, even though the Wild Card, as they have more points than any of
the teams they will play before then in the playoffs.
Good work. So if Washington is out and the Rangers
are semi-finalists, it would appear Hartford has a good team in the NHLP
finals. This team has big scorers, distance players
and the make-up of a Champion. It is how you build
them. A fitting team for the NHLP King!
Sheary, Kreider and Radulov are
the teams heavyweights. Voracek, Simmonds, Johnson
and Ennis are not. Currently the Philadelphia Flyers
are in a playoff spot, but they are so close that they could be out and
that isnít good news for this team with 78 Flyer points.
That is where Ennisí three come in nicely. GM
Andrew has 10 points to work with and a Waiver in mid-February at which
time for certain Andrew will have to make some tough choices on if he is
banking on the Flyers to be a playoff team or points for the Minors.
Radulov, Sheary and Lucic are
the playoff players while the other four, including Matthews and
Matthews are sitting on the outside looking
in. GM Andrew has work to do to compete with the top dogs
in the East, but he usually does in the end so we wonít discount the
Whalers just yet. The CTR says there is something to
work with and Andrew is the best at seeing it through but he certainly
isnít in the mix just yet.
1634 (H -
Best Pick #224 Marner, Worst
Pick #65 Carlson
Best Move - Carolina (Joel)
Drops Marner (13), O'Reilly (12), Teravainen (13) and Ekman-Larsson
(12), Adds Draisaitl (13), Saad (12), Shattenkirk (13) and Gaborik (12)
Worst Move - Carolina (Joel)
Trades Foligno and Shattenkirk to NY Islanders (Ryan) For Johanson and
Carolina had one of the best
drafts in the NHLP ending with Backstrom and Stone still around after
the teams six moves. The Hurricanes were strong all
season and are not far behind Hartford (Andrew) for the best team in the
East Division. The NHLPís four top scoring teams in
the league are all from this same Division, so they will have to beat
each other to represent the Division, a good thing for the rest of the
NHLP. For Joel he has a great chance on a Washington
run. The odds of a West player are good with a player
off each of Edmonton, Anaheim and San Jose, with only the Wild Card team
able to prevent one of these three from seeing semi-finals action.
You do not want to play this team round one, but every East
Division team is fearing each other in round one which will certainly be
the highest scoring of the playoff Divisions round one this year.
The Washington Capitals are the
first overall top rated team in the NHL. GM Joel has
Backstrom and Johansson, but for good measure adds in Saad, Draisaitl,
Stone, and Marleau. The Hurricanes still have 22
points to work with, meaning Gaborik can be shipped out with anyone to
improve if GM Joel sees anything he likes. This team
is solid, has been all year now. With a Caps playoff
run, GM Joel would be solid. Suddenly the East
Division isnít looking near as close as it had early on.
GM Joel has the strongest team
in the Eastern Conference and second overall in the NHLP.
A very solid, high scoring squad with two Blue Jackets, Foligno
and Saad, two of their team leaders on the top rated NHL team.
The Hurricanes have 4 other players who
are serious assets down to Gaborik who is a fringe player and the worst
of the bunch. Backstrom is having a solid season and
the Capitals are right in the mix for the top four teams in the NHLís
Eastern Conference. Draisaitl, Stone and Shattenkirk
and a very healthy 19 points to work with leave Joel with many options
and routes to improve and make even the NHLPís strongest team, if
done right. Joel has never won a Championship but if
Columbus remains unbeatable, we like this teamís chances the rest of the
1589 (H -
1651, L - 1123)
Best Pick #13 Kucherov, Worst
Pick #168 Cammalleri
Best Move -
Halifax (Shawn) Drops Zajac (13), D. Sedin (11), Cammalleri (12), and
Larkin (12), Adds Atkinson (13), Wennberg (11), Monahan (12) and Hudler
Worst Move - Memphis (Jr) Trades
Letang to Halifax (Shawn) for Stepan
When GM Shawn drafted Kucherov
and Hedman 1-2 in this yearís draft, many GMís already knew Hailfax was
going to have an awesome season. Well, they truly did
but in the end those two players were long gone, replaced with Malkin,
Tarasenko, Letang, Zuccarello, Guentzel, Steen and Pietrangelo.
The team is close to the Divisions two best but is likely never
going to see the NHLP playoffs. With just 50 man
games to play, the team is missing their three Penguins.
Malkin got hurt and Guentzel has a severe concussion.
Letang is down 20 in the Stepan trade and GM Shawn will likely
regret making that move in about two more weeks. It
seems unlikely you rush any of the three back before the final week,
meaning the team is going to have to stay ahead of Quebec (Matt) with
only four players down the stretch. The good news is
Halifax is in automatically if the Boston Bruins miss out.
The Bad news is if Malkin plays 4, Letang 2 and Guentzal 2 over
the teamís final 8 games, the CTR has the team getting 29 more points,
or 364. GM Matt is on pace for 368.
If Halifax gets in, no one has a better Penguins or Blues team
and even Zuccarello could then play huge in a Cup run.
A good season with a promising potential finish.
It just looks like it is going to end on the wrong side of
the scorecard because of unforeseen injuries down the
This isnít something we seen
coming. If this was the second round of a three round
MMA fight, GM Shawn dominated round one and got his face pounded into
the Hexagon floor in round two. It is a three round
fight and Shawn hasnít been knocked out, just yet anyhow.
Still 17 points to work with it appears 95 points for three
players, Kucherov, Tarasenko and Hudler could all have to move out.
St Louis isnít dead, no team is, but they certainly arenít giving
their owners a lot of confidence. Atkinson and
Wennberg, along with Monahan went out to get Tarasenko, Swartz and
Stepan. How that deal plays out might decide the
third round of Shawnís MMA bout. Right now, losing on
the scorecard but with a round yet to play, Shawn could come back with a
knockout of his own.
When you have 32 points up on 5th
and two of the leagueís best players and most sought after assets, the
CTR is going to like your team. We love Halifax.
Not unlike the North Division the top teams here are built around
the same NHL team. Where as Carolina (Joel) has
Foligno and Saad, a stronger Columbus duo of Atkinson and Wennberg are
Destroyers. Voracek and Monahan add playoff player
status and assets to the mix while Kucherov and Hedman, huge NHL names
whoís value is almost non existent as their NHL team has not shown they
are a sure playoff team, meaning these could be the guys Shawn moves to
try and improve his NHLP Cup chances. This is a good
team that will surely get better. Joel and Shawn are
the class of the Division but which one will make the best of the
Divisions teams will determine who represents the East Division in the
final 6 teams this season.
1143 (H -
907, L -
Best Pick #67 Oshie, Worst Pick
Best Move NY
Islanders (Ryan) Trade Sharp and 2018/19 7th Rounder #227 to San Fran
(Scott) for Horvat and Pick #252
Worst Move NY
Islanders (Ryan) Drops Benn, Leddy, Brown and Kunitz, Adds Hedman,
Johnson, Point and Orlov
Some GMís never win because they
canít get over the fact that their players arenít the best in the
league. Oshie is 57th overall in league
scoring. So even at 36 drafted once, that is still 78
players with more points. Maybe not better, but more
points. Then get into the two for two, three for
three, there are a million combinations of trades better than Oshie.
GM Ryan said ďIf I donít get 20 for him I will bury him with the
team.Ē Well he certainly is a GM of his word.
The worst move of the year highlights this entire issue.
Dropping Benn at the NHLP Trading Deadline.
Shit man, cut the string. These guys arenít God.
They are numbers. Trade Oshie, a little desire
is all it would have took, and drop the bucket
of shit you get in return with Bennís high number, or trade Oshie
for a playoff guy and re-trade that player for
more points again. The team had
Foligno the entire second half. You are 20+ out and
eat Foligno and Oshie and are carrying Benn?
A last place team that makes 5 moves all year.
No desire. First step for any NHLP GM is
"You gottta wanna to win".
You have to want it. You have to be willing to
part with any player, faster. There are always better
players in the Minors, even if it takes a 7 for 7 to improve overall.
GM Ryan was on the right track. We were
pulling hard for him. In the end, he wanted 20 for
Oshie or heíd eat him.
Give the guy credit.
He took a team that was 37 points out to 10 points out and he
still has Foligno, Oshie and Kunitz to move. Oshie is
like insane right now. Benn is a great scoring asset,
but Dallas isnít looking like they can recover meaning eating his 39
points just to get in. The lame way.
Or moving those points and building a team.
The Islanders came from nowhere. Donít stop now.
Oshie can be a huge, huge, blockbuster as the Capitals are
fucking insanely good. Then again, if you could
somehow keep him, what a great start to a playoff team.
Go Isles. Love a comeback story.
For a team that is 37 points out
we like the CTR. If GM Ryan sells his assets at the
Winter Meeting, gets aggressive, we think he can get back in.
Who is for sale? Johansson and Oshie off the
top 5 Eastern Conference Capitals. They should fetch
something. Kunitz should be in demand as all Pens
should be. Marleau and Lindholm are assets that will
be picked from the Minors if they go there, but is holding them
an option if they aren't traded soon?
Krug is currently in, and the biggest
name Benn, can be kept for scoring or moved if
another GM wants to build a strong Dallas team while they are out.
So will this be easy? No.
Is it possible to rebuild?
Just put in the work and the answer is yes.
1127 (H -
1195, L -
Best Pick #252 JT Miller, Worst
Pick #69 Doughty
Quebec (Matt) Drops Simmonds (12), Adds Stone (12)
Vancouver (Joel) Trades Nash to Quebec (Matt) for Turris
GM Matt started with a solid
draft, even the first to pick Marchand at 100th overall and
how about the last pick of the draft adding 50 point Rangers forward JT
Miller. Perry was a little let down at 22, but least
he is a playoff guy. Mattís trades were difficult to
find a good one but ended with a playoff guy and gain from a Winter
Meeting Minors move for Stone who with Turris are still on the Roster.
The team is three points out at press but it isnít even a
certainty they wonít penalty out with Marchand and Bergeron.
With a full 7 playoff guys the team can score, but unfortunately
in the East mostly everyone else is better. While
distance guys exists in Washington and Minny, Burakovsky and Dumba would
be hard pressed being the best remaining on those teams in any round.
Lucic and Dunba are the only West
players, so outside of Boston or Ottawa in the Finals, it isnít a
well-constructed NHLP team. The entire Division got
greedy and decided to all race for first overall in the league.
Why? Even the 5th
place team would be first in all other 5 Divisions.
That means they all had to be weaker, than they should have been.
The East should have all the top power houses, not the top
scoring, which in the NHLP isnít one the same. Matt
looks like a casualty of that circumstance and we donít expect Quebec
will last the inevitable two round shootout about to occur as the team
simply isnít that strong.
The lone bright spot just
might be another teams misfortunes last in the season might give the
Nordiques a playoff spot only to face arch nemesis GM Andrew.
The GMís CTR is up, but we are
not sure it was his huge New Yearís Day deal of trading Perry, Kelser
and Filppula for Carter, Simmonds and Neal. But it is
up. Burakovsky and Dumba, although low scoring
players are playing on top teams while Marchand and Carter are
questionable playoff players, but yet 86 points in two players.
The bright spot is GM Matt is 25 up on 5th place.
He can move those players out and surely improve his playoff
potential. Stone and Turris are studs to build
around. For a first place team it is a weak CTR but
Matt loves the deal. There is more to come here for
Kesler and Perry make the start
of a solid Ducks team but the power ranking just isnít there with 4
players sitting on the down side of the teeter totter.
Nash has been good and the Rangers decently strong but GM Matt is
another GM with Tampa Bay players. Are the Bolts
going to wake up? If an NHLP GM jumps on them,
they could be cheaper at the Winter Meeting then expected,
and here Filppula is another that may be available.
1107 (H -
951, L - 857)
Best Pick #113 Zuccarello, Worst
Pick #244 Beleskey
Hamilton (Tyson) Trades Couture, Seabrook, Fowler, 2017/18 4th Rounder
#132 and 2018/19 1st Rounder #15 to New Orleans (Shawn) for Wennberg,
Weber, Grabner and Picks #137 & #16. The Deal Includes two
Conditional picks. 1) If Hamilton advances further than New
Orleans in this years playoffs, Hamilton will give New Orleans 2018/19
3rd Rounder #87 for #106 2) If Hamilton wins NHLP Champions
this season, New Orleans will get Hamiltons 2017/18 Waiver
Hamilton (Tyson) Drops Beleskey (13), Adds Connolly (13)
When we have to go 244 picks
into the draft to find your worst pick, you did well.
A great start with Couture, but the Rangers team leader at 113 was well
done. The worst thing to happen for Hamilton was they
got caught up in the East Divisional race. No GM had
the balls to call the race off and drop points at any time.
As a casualty to just make it in, GM Tyson had to carry Hedmen.
Year after year we say the same thing and year after year it
happens over and over. If you make the playoffs
without your top scorer and have a 6 man team, you wasted your entire
season. You are done. You wonít
win. Who can be happy to
start in September, put in hundreds of hourís work, just to make it in
knowing you canít win? Without your top scorer in
round one, those 6 points he would get, your
odds likely sit around 10% of advancing. Without
Hedman, the team can score, which doesn't not
make it better, but just more obvious what
potentially got thrown away here. It sure looks like
the Hitmen are in. Hedman isn't
officially out yet either. It donít look
like the Hitmen will put up much fight without Hedman so everything
is riding on just two weeks of play.
Zuccarello, Couture and Seabrook
may be what entices another GM to help Hamilton out when GM Tyson
decides to move up. Carter, Simmonds and Killorn
likely arenít those attractions. When the NHL
standings are so close, it stops you from dumping fringe players,
especially high scoring ones, but it also stops others from offering you
a boat-load of riches for guys who might just miss out of the run for
Lord Stanley. Maybe they are both in, maybe both out.
With a Waiver mid-February we think a decision could be made
Simmonds, Zuccarello, Couture
and Seabrook are a decent start but the Hitmen will have to work hard to
make a team that we think can win here with strong dogs pulling the
Division. Carter is having a great year but LA is
borderline. GM Tyson does have a nice low number in
Beleskyís replacement. Killorn could turn into a huge
asset when Tampa Bay lights it up, but in the mean-time the CTR must
call it like we see it, giving him not much
Western Conference - Pacific Division
1852 (L -
(Western - Pacific)
Best Pick #139 Hoffman, Worst
#37 J. Carlson
Colorado (Chad) Drops Domi (12), Brassard (11) , C. Smith (12) and
Bonino (13) , Adds Pastrnak (12), Granlund (11) , R. Smith (12) and
Los Angeles (Andrew) Trades Scheifele to Colorado (Chad) For Kuznetsov
Right off the hop GM Chad
drafted a first four of Kuznetsov, Carlson, Brassard and Hoffman, four
top playoff guys. With his first early Waiver he was
able to bring in the teamís top scoring playoff player Granlund and also
grabbed high flying Pastrnak and current distance guy Williams.
This team is still a Washington built team with Johansson and
Williams, but they moved out Carlson and in what might have been their
worst trade of the year added Scheifele for Kuznetsov.
Chad will argue he added some points and Kuznetsov was doing
little at the time. Scheifeleís points were dropped
at the Winter Meeting just two weeks later for Marchand who was turned
into Zuccarello then Johansson at the Trading Deadline.
Chad likely didnít do to poorly ending with Johansson for
Kuznetsov. What Chad does have is the best team in
the entire NHLP according to the power rankings.
Colorado has 7 distance players, high scorers and could have all seven
in round two. Three west players in Granlund, Hanzal
and Rakell and four East with two Caps Johansson and Williams and two
Rangers Hayes and Zibanejad. While the seasons focus
seemed to be on how great of season GM Shawn was having, in the end Chad
quietly builds a team that will challenge for his fourth Cup.
Chad has proven he is a winner and now seems to always have a
solid team at years end. He methodically goes about
his business and with end results of a team this good, you cannot argue
he knows how to build winning teams. It has been 17
years since the Modan0-Barteck0 ďDouble O Ė Millennial CupĒ team in
Colorado won GM Chad his first Cup with what is now known as 00-7-16
ďDouble O-7 Sweet 16Ē, the leagues easiest three Cups years to remember.
It wonít be harder if it becomes 00-7-16, 17.
Right now, GM Chad has the best of the best.
GM Chad traded Kuznetsov but
used Scheifeleís points to the Minors in adding Marchand, Niederreiter
and Spurgeon, two of the three on the Western Conferenceís top team.
Throw in other top dogs Granlund, Williams and Carlson and you
have 5 players off top seeded teams in the NHL Standings.
Marchand and Pastrnak will find a good home if Chad feels the
Bruins are not a playoff team and with 21 points to work with, the GM
has no fear in bringing in assets. This Avs team is
for real and looks like the kind of team that might have 7 second round
players. Get them early or it might be far too late.
GM Chad has three solid Capitals
in Kuznetsov, Carlson and Williams and the Caps are doing well.
Pastrnak was a gem and Granlund is on the hottest NHL team from
the West, the Wild. Hoffman has been solid so Chad
has options here. A great chance to be the Divisions
best as it isnít a strong Division.
1594 ( L -
Best Pick #235 W. Nylander,
Worst #51 Klingberg
Indianapolis (Matt) Trades Voracek to Montreal (Marcel) for Gaudreau
Hartford (Andrew) Trades Spezza and 2019/20 2nd Rounder #67 to
Indianapolis (Matt) for Matthews and Pick #44
GM Matt did a good job building
a solid Indianapolis team. The draft was strong.
This is the team that found Matthews in the 5th round
and Nylander in the 7th, both great late picks.
The scoring could have been much better had not the first move
the team makes is unloading Matthews and 23 spots in the 2nd
round for Spezza. Hard to believe Matt was able to
overcome such a horrid deal. That was done by some
robberies of his own, adding Atkinson for Nylander and Gaudreau for
Voracek. The team was busy with 16 moves and ends
with nice scoring from several distance players in Atkinson, Koivu,
Hornqvist and Williams. The team might not have the
first round scoring needed to advance.
Getting out of the first round might all depend on how many
McDavid gets for Alaska (Marcel), a weaker power rated team,
but higher first round scoring potential.
Everyone in this Division will struggle to beat Chad for the
Division crown, but Indy is as good as anyone else after Chad in the
It was a bit of a shocker,
seeing GM Matt trade Johansson and Nash for Voracek and Hedman.
No doubt the huge points received, now 21 up on 5th
will help alter what can happen next. The team still
has Atkinson who is a complete stud as well as Williams and Dubinsky.
It does appear 131 points in Voracek, Hedman, Spezza and Palat
could become either a nightmare the longer they are held onto.
Four players with those points likely cannot go to the Minors, so
a deal will have to be found if Indianapolis doesnít eat one of their
When your team leader is
Atkinson, you easily get the nod for best team in the Division.
Donít be fooled, the CTR doesnít give it away that easily, but
with support from Johansson, Nash and Williams, GM Matt has a great
opportunity to improve. What a deal Matt made to
trade Nylander for Atkinson. Way to make it happen.
Spezza asnd Klingberg are temporarily holding back the ranking
and if Dallas doesnít rebound Indy wonít keep them around for too much
1573 (H -
1702, L -
Best Pick#126 Zuccarello, Worst
Pick #54 Huberdeau
Best Move Ė Los Angeles (Andrew)
Trades Scheifele to Colorado (Chad) For Kuznetsov
Worst Move Ė Los
Angeles (Andrew) Trades Draisaital, Zuccarello, Dubinsky 2017/18 2nd
Rounder #67, 2018/19 1st #33, 2nd #50 and 2019/20 6th Rounder #183 to St
Louis (Tyson) for Panarin, Suter, Lindholm and Picks #43, #3, #70 and
The Pacific Division story lines
are some of the very best in the NHLP. Los Angeles
traded with Division rivals Colorado (Chad) in
the Scheifele-Kuznetsov deal. The teams are similarly
built and both arguably Cup worthy teams. GM Andrew
has Ovechkin, the #2 overall NHLP pick, with
Panarin, Kuznetsov and Miller, top players on top rated NHL teams.
The two teams are on a collision course to meet
in round one where one is going to steal the Cup hopes from the other in
a head to head match of the two previous cup winning GMís and
with great teams. If that matchup
does not materialize, one team will get GM Marcel with McDavid in Alaska
or if Chad falls or Andrew wins round one, potentially GMís Matt and
Andrew will meet for the Division title. No matter
what, the NHLP Yearbook canít lose with the Pacific Division.
It is hard to believe this is Andrewís second best NHLP team with
Hartford slotted higher for sheer power. The teamís
draft got weakened by the Huberdeau injury and the teamís worst deal may
be what costs Andrew a shot at the NHLP Championship.
You may say, hey the ďBread ManĒ is awesome and Chicago could win the
Stanley Cup and what is wrong with Suter or
even Lindholm? We get that part.
They are all good players.
The issue is sure Panarin is still around but Suter and Lindholm were
directly exchanged out in Transactions #880 and #881 at the Deadline for
Versteeg, Chara and Ward. We think if Andrew loses,
it will be he has a great four man team, but weaker seven man team then
he should have had, had he not traded Draisaital, Zuccarello and
Dubinsky in what appears to be only for a return of
Panarin. We donít always get them
right, but the first round scoring, even with a huge round from Panarin
might be where the Kings are laid to rest. Time will
tell, but surely the Kings are a solid team with high hopes for an NHLP
Firstly, give GM Andrew credit.
No one else rushed out to trade Scheifeleís hug point total for
Kuznetsov. Secondly, what foresight or timing, to see
that out of the blue Kuznetsov would light it up, 16 points so far in
January and Washington suddenly would not lose a single game since
Andrew made the deal. With Ovechkin and Kuznetsov on
one team, the Los Angeles Kings suddenly become something to fear.
The Pacific Division has a team that can bring it home another
Championship. Draisaitl, Zuccarello and Miller are
tradable parts to build onto, or add what Andrew sees fit with his 20
points to work with. Watch and learn boys.
This is why he has 6 NHLP Championships.
First in the Division in points,
but 4th in power, says the CTR.
Ovechkin is a nice leader and Draisaitl, Zuccarello and Spooner
are all playoffs and assets. Boedker could turn into
a nice pickup if he gets going. Scheifele is the
trade bait to get better. A potential high scoring
playoff player if the Jets can ever turn it on. If
they did, Andrew would love his first round scoring.
The Jets will likely never be a sure thing, and winning teams
usually don't take chances on top players, so he will
surely go at some point to make the team better or even best in the
1083 (L -
(Western - Pacific)
Best Pick #14 McDavid, Worst #79
Alaska (Marcel) Drops Bennett (13), Reinhart (12) and Eriksson (12),
Adds Monahan (13), Koivu (12) and Lehtera (12)
Worst Move - None
Benn, Seguin, and
Stamkos all went before GM Marcel picked McDavid 14th
overall in this yearís draft. Considering third
rounder Gallagherís hand injuries have him at 24 points and half the
picks were non-playoff guys, Alaska somehow found a way to be high
scoring and easily in first place. The teams CTR
sucks for a team up 40 points on 5th, a position NHLP
Cup winning teams usually donít find themselves in.
The argument is should have McDavid been traded with a better
all-around stronger team with better distance guys then Edmonton?
The Oilers are playing every bit the part of a team that can make
a run, but even if that happens and they make
the Western Conference finals, this team then
losses Gaudreau, Monahan and Boedker, all players from that same NHL
Division. We feel with three players under 40 points
that Alaska is top heavy and not a solid 7.
This likely is not a team you want to
play in round one, but all indications are the 'Attack'
could lose theirs in a hurry after round one.
Koivu is the teamís biggest
asset although every NHLP GM would love McDavidís first round scoring
potential. Could Edmonton make a run of several
rounds in the playoffs? That might be GM Marcelís
best home of a Cup, as so much of the team is either out or fringe
players. Yes, Brassard and Boedker look well in and
maybe, there is hope, Landeskog goes to a playoff team.
That would help. Hall and Monahan will have to
go out with Landeskog if that doesnít happen and Calgary or New Jersey
canít get in. Overall it really isnít great.
However, if McDavid could score a 10 point first round, maybe
Marcel doesnít need a lot of other scoring, just distance guys after
With the Pacific borderline
Pathetic, GM Marcel has a great chance here to be the best and make a
team strong enough for final 6. McDavid is all the
scoring needed for a playoff spot and a playoff player who could easily
add 10 first round points if anyone ever could. So
right off the hop, Marcel is strong in potential.
Koivu, Gallagher, Monahan, Brassard and Lehtera all show as solid assets
while Hall needs to move along. Marcel can do what it
takes as he is only a stoneís throw from knocking off the giants in a
poorer NHLP Division.
862 (L -
Best Pick #50 Oshie, Worst #81
Portland (Vinnie) Trades Jan 26th Waiver, 2019/20 1sr Rounder #18 and
5th #162 to San Fran (Scott) for Picks #8 and #146
Portland (Vinnie) Drops Tavares (9), Barrie (12) and Flynn (13),
Adds Skinner (9), Faksa (12) and Connolly (13)
The Winter Hawks draft was
filled with so much junk it was hard to rebound all season.
The team was falling so fast so early, they should have acquired
an early Waiver and got back on track.
By the time the team did have a Waiver, they could still have
traded Oshie and used it, but decided instead to move up to 8th
overall from 18th, a good move, but a cringe-worthy decision
amounting to just giving up. You
should never give up but if you wait too long with a low scoring team,
it does almost become impossible, or at least very
difficult to catch up. The worst
move of the season typifies GM Vinnieís season. Drops
scoring and adds no tradable assets or scoring. Not
winning combinations. Vinnie needs to wipe the slate
clean. Regroup and say ďI am going to win it all this
yearĒ and come out next season and give 110%,
instead of 50%, and show the NHLP he can do
it. Lack of effort results in teams that
seldom ever win. What fun is that?
The GM has McDavid locked up already
next year, or any player he wants with the first overall pick in
the NHLP Draft. Get psyched and
make 2018 your year!
The team is 36 points back but
we do expect GM Vinnie to play a part in something huge in the NHLP.
Can Vinnie gain the 36 points in multiple deals to compete with
this team? On the surface the answer is no.
But you canít pack it in, we arenít playing for lottery balls.
That mean one of the most valued players in the NHLP, Oshie,
would be in play. Oshie and Burakovsky cannot gain 36
points by themselves, but how many of that amount can be gained.
The team has no other assets but could load up on those with the
next Waiver after Chicago. It seems like this is a
crossroads. Either a huge trade and an aggressive,
point gaining and asset building Waiver or this team could just be dead.
The auction is clearly on. Who can give the
Winter Hawks 20 for Oshie? We about to find out.
They ended last season with a CTR of 12. Not
12th, just 12. An improvement this time around.
738 (H -
755, L -
Best Pick #225 Atkinson, worst
Edmonton (Scott) Drops Nylander (13), Okposo (11), Point (11), Duclair
(12) and Ward (13), Adds Laine (13), Laine (11), Eichel (11), Eichel
(12) and Huberdeau (13)
Edmonton (Scott) Trades Eichel, Echel, 2017/18 2nd Rounder #65, 4th #141
and 2019/20 3rd #107 to Halfiax (Shawn) for Schwartz, Hudler and Picks
#59, #130 and #86
It must be frustrating making 18
moves including trading the #1 overall pick in the NHLP and in the end,
having the worst team in the Division. Stamkos going
down canít be blamed for the poor season as in December GM Scott somehow
talked GM Shawn into giving him Wennberg who has 56 points on one of the
best teams in the NHL, for a guy who still
hasnít played, has 20 points, and is on a team
set to miss the NHL playoffs. Prior to that GM Scott
added Laine, Laine, Eichel and Eichel, about 200,000 points and somehow,
someway, is going to still finish over 20 points out of a playoff spot.
How many bad moves can a GM make in one year?
Scott has no one to blame but himself for the terrible season.
He knows that. The flip side is, he went all
out and goes all out every year to win it all. When
it fails, it fails miserably. However, when
you play high stateís poker, odds are you will
cash in a big hand now and then.
With this team GM Scott went all in, got called, and lost.
He will be back next year, buy-in in hand, get his chips and
start all over again. It is never lack
of effort that kills a GM Scott team. It
will be hard to have this poor a season again next yearÖbut who knows,
it just might be even worse.
There isnít anything here that
is going to get anyone too excited. The Oil do have
one solid playoff distance guy and not much after that.
First round scoring potential in Marner and Marner, yes, true,
but the Leafs cannot be considered a team that is going to battle
Washington, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Montreal and the Rangers for a Cup
spot, are they? No, they arenít.
Even bringing in some distance guys, we donít see Edmonton a Cup Threat
at this time and without a ton of points to work with, likely wonít be
this season. Now a keeper leagueÖ
If you have to make the best of
a bad situation then adding Wennberg for Stamkos just might be it.
GM Scott is well out of the playoffs but 10 points up on that
deal already, so it had to be made. Now Wennberg is
also the teamís biggest asset. Well, only asset.
One thing the Oil can do is score. Although
they havenít, they can,
and likely will have a monstrous week at some point.
With three players under 10 points a Waiver or Meeting move is surely in
the plan to make something out of what appears just slightly better than
Western Conference - West Division
1637 (L -
Best Pick #174 Skinner, worst #
Phoenix (Charlie) Trades Spezza, Stastny and Steen to San Fran (Scott)
for Burns, Hertl and Guentzel
Worst Move - None
The best team in the West
Division made three moves all season. Three good
moves. GM Charlie also added Carlson for Teravainen
in a deal with GM Joel. The team started strong with
Kessel late first round and solid drafting open the door for Burns in a
blockbuster. This is one of the NHLPís best teams.
Burns, Kessel, Guentzel, Eberle, Carlson, Hertl and Kunitz, the
type of team that can score and have 7 second round players.
We call it someone elseís nightmare. GM
Charlie has put in 17 years, 16 so far without a win.
The GM has been too close to have never won but this is as good of shot
as he has had. If Pittsburgh, San Jose or even
Edmonton or Washington go to the NHL finals, Charlie stands a chance to
have the Coyotes there and who knows. We love the
team. Now can he get it done?
The truth of the matter is
simple. You are 49 points up on 5th.
49 points. Who is 49 up on 5th?
This team does have Kessel, Carlson, Kunitz and Eberle.
But the team also has Steen, Spezza and Stastny, 876 points that
are serious question marks. GM Charlie cannot sit
back here. Sure he can wait out St Louis, are they in
or are they out. Walk into the NHLP Trading Deadline
with the most points and bully a team. Maybe not a
bad strategy. So much of this team is built around
what Charlie can do with those 49 points that if he doesnít do something
spectacular, this team wonít be that either. Charlie
has an opportunity to use his points like he never had.
Letís watch how the master does his stuff.
In a very strong West Division
GM Charlie finds himself with the team to beat in the Conference.
With 30 points to improve, Kessel and
Kunitz make a solid Pittsburgh entry, one of the best NHL teams in the
entire league. Steen, Stastny, Carlson and Eberle are
more than all in while Spezza is a high scoring fringe.
The Coyotes are in a very tough Division, very similar to the
North where many teams are strong. How Charlie uses
his 30 points will determine if he can keep
the power in the CTR rankings.
1458 (L -
Best Pick #16 Panarin, Worst
Los Angeles (Andrew) Trades Draisaital, Zuccarello, Dubinsky
2017/18 2nd Rounder #67, 2018/19 1st #33, 2nd #50 and 2019/20 6th
Rounder #183 to St Louis (Tyson) for Panarin, Suter, Lindholm and Picks
#43, #3, #70 and #191
Worst Move Ė None
The entire season changed for St
Louis in the Panarin deal. The Blues added all kinds
of scoring with the most recent tally 167 points for 122, a 55 point
gain and three of the teamís current top four scorers.
Draisaitl, Zuccarello and Dubinsky along with Niederreiter and
Spurgeon are GM Tysonís hopes for a run. The team
made 7 moves with not a poor one to be found. Tyson
is a winner. His track record of strong teams speaks
and says all that needs to be said. He has been known
to not make many transactions, but had one of his most active seasons.
Is St Louis strong enough to win Tyson a third Cup?
The mix seems logical to say they are but the first round wonít
be easy. The teams in the conference are weak
scoring, but this team will struggle to hit 25 in the first round and
might need a low scoring opponent round one, where things can get much
easier after that.
Panarin, Suter, Rakell and
Bonino are a nice start. Toffoli and Palat are
disappointments but the Blues have 15 points to work with to improve.
It is going to be tough with these solid teams to make a team
that can win the Division so GM Tyson should not just sit around and
tweak it. It likely wonít be enough.
The cat and mouse game is clear. Trying to
stay as many points up on 5th, but yet in 5th you
keep assets quite often by trading there and building a stronger team.
If Tyson just hangs on and forces being caught, they no longer
have 15 points to trade and fringe and non playoff players get harder to
GM Tyson has an awesome team
with Panarin, Suter, Bonino and Rakell. A nice low
number for trading and all kinds of scoring with 15 points to work with.
We say again, this is a tough, tough Division.
Top four means nothing here if you donít have 6 or more playoff players
for the team in 5th is loaded to the tits.
As the case in the North, a top team is going to miss out here
and Tyson wonít want to be that team.
1406 (H -
1986, L -
Best Pick #196 Pastrnak, Worst
#237 D. Strome
Vancouver (Joel) Drops Eichel (11), Adds Sheary (11)
Vancouver (Joel) Drops Pastrnak (12), Leddy (10) and Shore (13), Adds
Zucker (12), Bozak (10) and Buchnevich (13)
GM Joel drafted Forsberg, Neal,
Eichel, M. Stone, Turris, Pastrnak and D. Strome.
Seriously? Wow, what a draft. Now,
Eichel should get the worst pick, only based on his early injury, but
even so he had an outstanding season and is sensational, truly even
underrated. It is what Joel did with Eichel, in an
injury pick in November, adding Sheary who has clicked with Crosby all
season long. Eichel even came back to outscore Sheary,
but you canít compare NHLP value. The teamís worst
move maybe isnít so, but it appears more could have been got for the
dropped points in the big picture and none ended up making the final
roster. The Canucks are only 3 points up on 5th,
but Sheary should be the first to return of
Pittsburghís currently injury-riddled lineup,
that might more closely resembles the first
team all-star lineup. The longer Sheary misses, the
more likely Joel could fall out and not make the playoffs, although we
feel he should get in. Joel, like several other
GMís built a strong Pittsburgh team with Sheary, Schultz and Hornqvist,
a deadly combination after round one if the 'March of the
Penguins' last to June again.
Pavelski and Ward would make a five man NHLP Finals
team on an NHL do over from last yearís Pens-Sharks
finals. The team doesnít have the CTR as some have,
but isnít far behind either. It has been 27 years
since the Vancouver Canucks have one an NHLP Championship and maybe
season 10 is the year GM Joel notches that well deserved first win.
GM Joel just knows what he is
doing. A massive leap in the CTR and a deadly team
sitting with 40 points to improve. Wow.
Sheary, Schultz, and Zucker followed by Buchnevich, Nash and
Forsberg are all solid assets while Bozak, is the worst the team has?
A guy who can rack up first round points. Even
taking away the potential, and it is a lot, this team will have all the
potential to win the entire thing. High scoring and
distance players. Joel did an outstanding job.
This is how you walk into a meeting with 40 points and solid
assets any GM would crave. The CTR stands for Cup
Threat Rating and this team is flirting with the very best team in the
entire league, hands down.
Sheary was a great find for GM
Joel who comes in ranked well with massive points to work with.
Work needs to be done if Boston or Nashville donít stay/get in.
Stone and Turris have great value with Ottawaís strong showing.
Although three more powerful teams in the Division,
the potential remains for Vancouver to compete with what the most
1332 (L -
Best Pick #12 Toews, Worst #228
Calgary (Jr) Trades Flynn to Portland (Vinnie) for Sharp
New Orleans (Shawn) Trades Keith, Stastny and Fowler to Calgary (Jr) for
Toews, Parise, Stafford and 2017/18 Waiver
We really did look at all 8
moves Calgary made, three of which were injury
picks, and that was the best move trading
Flynn and his 10 points for Sharp and his season ending 18.
This highlights all that went wrong for Calgary after the draft.
The draft was another Ďare you kidding meí draft.
Toews, Hornqvist, Parise, Weber, Zibanejad, Markov and Iginla.
GM Jr did that. How can that turn into a team
struggling to make the playoffs and now without a Waiver next year is a
head scratcher. The issue is Jr waited way to long to
make his moves. Sharp was known to have a bad hip,
preventing him from getting traded at the NHL Deadline.
Jr unloaded his weak scoring at the NHLP Deadline, much too late
when points were needed much earlier to savage the potential cup
winning assets. To get ďrid ofĒ Toews and
Parise, Jr had to include a Waiver next season. There
is no way you should ever trade a two-time NHLP Champion, a top scoring
Chicago player, and Parise off the top rated Wild, and have to give a
Waiver just to get it done.
Jr did that to himself because he hemmed and hawed, held out,
and held onto, these guys too long.
Jr could never make up his mind, turning down some outstanding
offers GMís have mentioned they offered and in
the end, had to pay next seasons Waiver just to try and salvage
something. The end product isnít horrible at all, a
decent team with some distance guys. Jrís biggest
problem now will be somehow getting in. Stastnyís
week to week, no return in sight, has hurt but
the team isnít a big scoring machine even with
Stastny. It appears Calgary will likely be last at
the end of the season with a long shot hope of grabbing fourth.
If that donít happen, having that drafted team and turning it
into a non-playoff team without a next year's
Waiver. That smarts!
GM Jr has put together an
awesome team. This is a huge rating for a team 15
points out. What would the GM love most?
For a team to drop down and make a race of things.
Why? Well, then Calgary can keep all these
assets that can help them win a Cup. If no one drops
down, Calgary then trades up. Assets go.
Donít think they arenít here to trade up. This
team could trade into first. Ya, ya, they are 50
points behind first. Seriously.
This team has Toews and Parise. Hornqvist, Weber,
Rust, and Jones are all assets and likely Sharp leaves Dallas.
Jr knows he can get in. It is always best to
create a race to make the strongest teams. Is anyone
willing to join that party? Well we have 40% of the
season to determine how this all unfolds.
Although Calgary is 15 points
back of 4th, GM Jr has a plethora of things
others crave. Hornqvist, Parise and Toews all play on
the leagueís best of the best, all assets, all the time.
Markov, Markov, Weber and Flynn, four Habitants are the teams
worst assets. This is a crazy Division and there are
a number of very strong ranked teams. Jr will be
selling at some point, but we do expect this team to be in the mix.
Just too strong. What goes?
Likely some Habs, but with Price healthy and the best Habs team in the
league, who knows the big other names he can move if he decides
to build around Montreal. Jr loves
to sit in this position. The teams in front have to
be looking over their shoulders. He would love one to
join him so he can buy instead of selling, but
who will have the balls to help the entire
Division build winning teams?
1007 (L -
Best Pick #169 Palmieri, Worst
#110 Hertl, 182 Hagelin, 241 Hemsky
Best Move - None
Green Bay (Ryan) Drops Doughty (11), Little (9), Ekman-Larsson (9),
Martinez (12), Landeskog (10)and Tofolli (11), Adds Pastrnak (11), Neal
(9), Dubinsky (9), Jarnkrok (12), Streit (10) and Schmaltz (11)
When your 6th round
pick at 50 points outscores your Fourth, Fifth and Seventh who
combined to get 49 between them, you are in for one
long season. This team is totally
opposite of Calgary (Jr). The baffling
thing is how can a team draft that poorly, not make a good move all year
and be right there, battling for a playoff spot in the final 10 days of
the season. We have no idea how, but that is the case
for Green Bay. A season after having the best team in
the NHLP, making the finals and falling short, we expected a GM to come
out of the gates something fierce. It just wasnít so.
The March 8th Waiver, after the NHL Deadline sums up
the season for GM Ryan. A lot of nothing for a lot of
nothing. The team could still make it, or be out if
the Bruins miss. The top two scorers are Bruins,
Pastrnak and Bergeron. Not a lot of distance scoring,
as the Knights are just bad. Ryan didnít give up.
He said he was going to battle. It might end
with a playoff team, might not. This is as weak of
Division as there is. Do the Knights have hope of
winning an NHLP Championship this season? If the
Bruins arenít in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, the answer is very simple.
One of the worst teams in the
entire NHLP. This Division is so strong, so tough,
that for Green Bay it likely isnít realistic anything can be done.
The biggest assets are Cogliano, Bonino and Hagelin.
Ya, nothing can be done. The team is 18 points
back and yes, GMís will give for those players, but this team canít
score and arenít getting solid assets. What can be
done, with a Waiver after the deadline is a complete revamp and build
around a long-shot team and hope for the best. Even
then the best likely cannot grab a playoff spot here.
Teams are just too tough.
Things are bleak in Green Bay.
Such a disappointment after a strong season and run to the Cup
Finals last season. Bonino and Hagelin as well as
Doughty, Bergeron and Josi could all be asets and Smith might even get
in. When you are 22 back before the Winter Meeting
with this pile with misfits, it is a great time to sell out, move up,
rebuild and move on. GM's here won't
just make it easy for you. You have to want it yourself.
Everyone loves Pittsburgh guys, so sell them
and a fresh reload at the meeting can make something out of what appears
right now nothing moving forward.
954 (H -
(Western - West)
Best Pick #25 Pacioretty, Worst
Quebec (Matt) Trades Perry, Kesler and Filppula to Seattle (Shawn) for
Carter, Simmonds and Neal
Seattle (Shawn) Trades Wennberg and 2019/20 2nd Rounder #72 to Edmonton(
Scott) for Stamkos and Pick #56
What could have been?
GM Shawn drafted scoring like crazy with Pacioretty, Carter, both
Sedins, and JVR. Then drops the injured Gaborik, who
he knew was going to be an injury pick when drafted 251st
overall, and gets 54 point top Wild man Koivu. Shawn
even added Perry and Kesler, and for what?
Two Flyers. The GM had a ton of points.
Did the Wennberg for Stamkos deal kill it all?
It didnít turn out, but although we listed the worst deal, there were
several other bad ones the team made.
Shawn didnít have a strong showing with his 11 moves and the team
is now in last place. Pacioretty, Kelser and Thornton
could actually miss out completely if they donít score like crazy down
the stretch. If Shawn can make it in, he will need to
win a lower scoring round one as this team wonít get 25 and maybe not
20. If the miracle happens,
the distance players Thornton and Vlasic meeting Pacioretty or Niskanen
or Buchnevich, could then be enough.
Shawn took a season full of more points than any other GM and
turned that into a possible ONE playoff team. He had
his best season ever. He still could
win the Championship for sure.
But right here in Seattle, a couple
poor decisions could end up costing the team everything.
The Seattle Storm need all of
those 34 points they have to work with, and it might not be enough.
The teams attempt at Stamkos failed with Little, a high scoring
non-playoff player as a replacement. Pacioretty,
Kesler and Perry are the building blocks but the team has under 80
points from its low four players to use their massive points with.
That means GM Shawn gets off Anaheim by trading Perry and Kelser
or builds his whole team around the Ducks. Either
way, you take away this teams potential and not sure what is left.
There is work to do if there is hopes of building a Championship.
The points just might be here to do it.
The GM took a huge gamble on
Stamkos and although Stamkos is on schedule for a mid March return, are
the Bolts on schedule for a mid April return to the playoffs?
Ya, there is half a season to play and yes, they are right there,
just a point or two out.
But each passing day and game lost, there
starts to creep in the doubt. The Storm do have a
nice cushion so they can sit and wait. Simmonds and
Pacioretty are in but Carter, Neal and Kane will be used with the low of
Caggiula if and when needed to improve the teams overall situation.
Tampa has been a dominate team in the NHL playoffs each of the
past two seasons. Will they be again?
Likely yes, but as of today GM Shawn isnít sure if
holding Stamkos will be that dream player come playoffs.
Final Power Rankings 2015-2016
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Final Power Rankings 2010-2011
Final Power Rankings 2009-2010
Final Power Rankings 2008-2009
|The CTR "GM Top Performer" Award
||Mike & Ray
^Top Ranked Team
Total Ave. - Last three NHLP seasons, average CTR per team
Rank - Best performing GM, per team for the past three NHLP seasons
CTR - GM Top Performer of the Year Award
20122/13 - ?
2011/12 - GM Scott
2010/11 - GM Charlie
2009/10 - GM Jr
Prior Years - TBD