Welcome to Week Two of the Cage Match Rookie Tournament. Week One saw the opening round matchups in the Selanne Bracket. Why the Selanne Bracket you might ask? That’s why. There were few surprises in Week One, as all of the top seeds made it through to the next round. Here’s how they got there.


#1 Nail Yakupov over #8 Brandon Saad – 68 votes to 7 votes.

That Yakupov won this matchup is a surprise to no one. What is a surprise is that seven people voted for Saad. I think seven people are still upset about Yakupov’s Fleury imitation.

#2 Mikael Granlund over #7 Mika Zibanejad – 55 votes to 17 votes.

It’s hard to argue with the results of this one. Granlund has twice as many points as Zibanejad at both the NHL level and AHL level this season so he’s clearly winning the “Win Now” vote, which is to say nothing of his long term upside.

#3 Alex Galchenyuk over #6 Jaden Schwartz – 68 votes to 3 votes.

Not much of a surprise here with the exception of this being the most lopsided vote. I don’t disagree with the end result but if the size of this victory is any indication Galchenyuk will be a force to be reckoned with the rest of this tournament.

#4 Mikhail Grigorenko over #5 Jordan Schroeder – 44 votes to 28 votes.

This was easily the week’s tightest matchup and I think that that is an accurate reflection of how tight it is between these two. Like the rest of these results I don’t disagree with the outcome I just find it disappointing that Grigorenko wins on a night when he was a healthy scratch.




Here in Week Two we have the opening round matchups from the Ovechkin Bracket. Why is it the Ovechkin Bracket? Lest we forget he wasn’t always such a colossal disappointment. Let’s hope this week’s matchups rise to the occasion.

#1 Jonathan Huberdeau vs. #8 Marcus Foligno

Huberdeau has nine points this year. Foligno has eight. Is this as close as this matchup will ever be?

#2 Vladimir Tarasenko vs. #7 Chris Kreider

A couple of great examples of how patience with a prospect can go a long way for teams right here.

#3 Damien Brunner vs. #6 Jakob Silfverberg

These guys might be ranked 1-2 if this was an “All Name” battle but alas this is about fantasy value. No points for names.

#4 Cory Conacher vs. #5 Brendan Gallagher

It wouldn’t be a Cage Match Tournament without someone getting injured just in time for their match up to take place. It will be interesting to see how the Gallagher C-word factors into all of this, if at all.

Remember to vote based a points-only keeper league with no positions with the only caveat that you want to win now if at all possible. So follow the links to cast your votes and make your voice heard!

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metaldude26 said:

... Where are the defensemen? Pardon my French but to hell with the defensemen!
February 20, 2013
Votes: -1

Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Where are Justin Schultz and Dougie Hamilton? I would take either of them over half of these forwards in any format.
February 20, 2013
Votes: +0
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