Cage Match

 

The most daunting question in the world of fantasy hockey is: who is the best player in fantasy hockey?

 

This would have made for a great Cage Match except there is no consensus top two to pit against each other. I am not sure there is even a consensus top four. The field is wide open. The league is booming with young talent and the combination of injuries and parity has the effect of evening out the playing field. To single out just two players would be silly so to do it up right would call for a Royal Rumble of a Cage Match. That would simply be madness. There is only one solution: harness the madness.

 

With that in mind I am proud to introduce to you the inaugural Cage Match Tournament!

 

The Rules:


The tournament is setup March Madness style with four different brackets: the Howe Bracket, the Gretzky Bracket, the Richard Bracket and the Lemieux Bracket. Each bracket consists of nine different teams ranked 1-9. The Brackets were put together based on polls of the DobberHockey writers and forum veterans setting up some highly intriguing match ups.

 

Each week in this column four match ups will be introduced, providing links to a poll on the forums where YOU get to vote on the winner.

 

The format is a straight points keeper league with no positions factored in but only forwards are included.

 

The polls will be open from Wednesday morning until Tuesday evening. The winners move on to the next round and the bracket will be updated each Wednesday.

 

All you need to do is follow the links to the forum and cast your vote for the player you would most want to have on your keeper league team. Sounds easy right? Here’s the bracket:

 

 

tourney

 

This week we will be taking care of the 8-9 play-in games in each bracket.

 

Lemieux Bracket

#8 Bobby Ryan vs. #9 Patrick Sharp

 

Gretzky Bracket

#8 Joe Thornton vs. #9 Jarome Iginla

 

Richard Bracket

#8 Henrik Zetterberg vs. #9 Marian Hossa

 

Howe Bracket

#8 Jeff Skinner vs. #9 Matt Duchene

 

Hit the forums, cast your votes and make your voice heard!


 


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bomm said:

Bomm Bastic
... I am VERY interested in the Hall/Datsyuk matchup. That will go a long way in determining how GMs view keeper value. Young/High Upside/Yet to peak vs Older/May not hit 97pts again/yet reliable
February 17, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Sedin? Why is Henrik in the graphic twice...!?! smilies/tongue.gif
February 16, 2012
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
@Shoeless and Bomm The reason I don't have Crosby in the final 4 is because I don't see him getting past Ovechkin. I can't see many people taking an injury Crosby over a healthy Ovechkin, even with Ovechkin's struggles this year. All things considered, I still consider Ovechkin, Malkin, and Crosby in a class to themselves, but each year I often interchange their order. Right now, for obvious reasons, I have Malkin first, Ovechkin second, and Crosby third.

Of course I'm sure there are some who still have Crosby ahead of Ovechkin.

I'm definitely interested in seeing how the individual battles pan out.
February 16, 2012
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
... Thanks Shoeless, I was hoping this would be a hit. There may or may not be plans in place for other such tournaments.

Group of Death, nice Wes.

Crosby’s fate is easily the most intriguing story line in this whole tournament. He could get knocked off by anyone, or he could win the whole thing. Such a wildcard.

BTW, anyone interested in doing over/unders for this thing? You gotta think Crosby is a 20 vote favourite in round one.
February 16, 2012
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bomm said:

Bomm Bastic
Crosby Shoeless, thank you, I thought I was the only thinking that the absence of Crosby in the discussion of the final four was odd not to mention silly.

The mere fact that fantasy GMs are latching on to him tight as ever, despite his latest spate of injuries, is indicative in and of itself of his other worldly value. If concussion and vertebrae issues aren't enough for GMs to give up on his ungodly high end upside....how much more valuable can a player be??
February 16, 2012
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wes said:

suhonos
... Group of Death is by far the Richards bracket. Final 4 - Malkin, Datsyuk, D. Sedin, Stamkos
February 16, 2012
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
... Wonderfully creative, Steve. Got D and G ones ready to go?

By the tone of the comments already posted, I must have missed Crosby's passing.
February 16, 2012
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
... Dobber is correct, this is more about the individual battles along the way but there is definite room for some upsets to take place. Based on the polls I did with the writers to come up with the brackets the top eight, the top four and even the top two are far from solid.
February 15, 2012
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Let' s Go Rangers said:

Two On One
... Now this is even better than "March Madness"! Fun idea. smilies/cool.gif
February 15, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I would suggest that this is mostly about the individual battles leading up to the obvious final. They will prove interesting and enlightening. Most of them.
February 15, 2012
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
neat idea, but... I love the idea, but it is pretty clear it will be Malkin vs Stamkos in the end, with Malkin coming out ahead. I'll even go so far as to predict the final 4 as Malkin, Ovechkin, H. Sedin, and Stamkos. There are some intriguing battles, though.
February 15, 2012
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emustyle said:

emustyle
... Oooohhhh Daniel vs. Henrik smilies/tongue.gif
February 15, 2012
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r22yu said:

BlackGold
... Obviously it's going to come down to Ovie/Malkin vs Stamkos, but sinec Malkin is Score, we all know what the end result is going to be smilies/grin.gif
February 15, 2012
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