Granlund vs. Galchenyuk, Huberdeau vs. Conacher - and more in the Cage Match Rookie Tournament
It is now Week 3 of the Cage Match Rookie Tournament and we are already off to the second round. Things are moving fast up in here! Week Two brought a lot more excitement to the table than Week One, likely because the Ovechkin Bracket was the deeper of the two brackets. Let’s see what went down.
It’s nice to see the pity vote is still in effect.
#2 Vladimir Tarasenko over #7 Chris Kreider – 71 votes to 3 votes
There was an argument made that Kreider received a bad draw here. Actually, it wasn’t an argument but merely a statement and while it wasn’t technically wrong to state that Kreider received a bad draw by having to face the juggernaut that is Tarasenko in round one, I fail to see how Kreider really deserved to be ranked higher. He’s Blake Wheeler 2.0. See you in five years Chris, when you are worthy.
I normally love upsets but this one makes me shake my head in disbelief. It’s literally upsetting me. I suppose it’s true that most people cast their votes prior to Brunner’s four-point outburst on Sunday but that still hardly explains all the love for Silfverberg who has accomplished what amounts to three-fifths of two-thirds of bugger-all this season.
Remember that caveat that winning now matters? Apparently not.
Is Silfverberg’s upside really so high that it grants him exceptional status over a better producing player simply because that player is older? I think not.
And then there’s this article singing the praises of Brunner that showed up on NHL.com just as I was writing this up… *Sigh*
You know, I have half a mind to bust out my veto powers on this except I don’t actually have any because I never specified that I did and I’m not about to make up rules now. I guess I just expected never to have to. Remind me to include veto powers in the next tournament… Also I hope Silfverberg gets shut out in the next round… L
This was exactly as close as I suspected it to be after Conacher’s hot start and Gallagher’s poorly timed concussion (if there is such a thing).
Now here in Week 3 we’ve got the second round – the quarterfinals – and you can bet the matchups are getting juicier.
We’ve got the Big Ruskie vs. the Little Ruskie in a battle of Ruskies. Which Ruskie will win? I don’t know and I don’t care, I just like to say Ruskie.
I am absolutely tickled pink about this matchup. I think it’s the closest one we’ve seen yet and I have no idea how it will turn out.
You’ve got the class of the South East right here.
I normally don’t try to sway the vote but Brunner was my dark horse to win this tournament and you guys and Silfverberg all teamed up to ruin that dream. I’ve now got spite in my heart. Please vote to crush Silfverberg, unless you really think he’s better.
Remember to cast your votes based on a points-only keeper league with no positions but that caveat that winning now matters. I swear it really does! Follow the links provided to cast your votes and make your voice heard.
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