Bracket Time…March Madness, NHL style – Elite 8

“There is nothing bigger in March in the U.S. then the NCAA tournament, particularly the betting via brackets. There is nothing bigger in March (or any other month for that matter) in Canada then the NHL. This is what happens when worlds collide.Let’s try to find out where the best players rank in a way that can reach out to untraditional American hockey fans… with brackets! In the spirit of March Madness please select the best player in the following match ups.

The goal of this exercise is to pick the best player. Forget age. Forget cap hit. If you were playing a game tomorrow, which of the two players would you select. This is the best way to determine the best player.

For the purpose of the exercise, please do not argue the placing of the players in the brackets, because we could do that for hours on end. At least one player of each team had to be represented.

Here was the breakdown:
North: Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota
East: Boston, Buffalo, Islanders, Rangers, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
South: Florida, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina, Nashville, Columbus, St Louis
West: Dallas, Phoenix, Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Colorado, Pacific

Select the winner of each bracket, then after a day or two, I will compile and create the bracket for the final four.

This will be the format: #(original ranking), Name, (#) (Number of votes from previous round)

Without furthur ado, here we go:

North

4 Lidstrom (12)
2 Iginla (14)

East

1 Malkin (13)
3 Brodeur (10)

South

1 Ovechkin (16)
6 Nash (11)

West

1 Thornton (11)
3 Getzlaf (11)


14 Responses to Bracket Time…March Madness, NHL style – Elite 8

  1. hockey_lover says:

    North
    Lidstrom

    East
    Malkin

    South
    Ovechkin

    West
    Thornton

  2. habswinthecup-again says:

     Iginla
     Brodeur
     Ovechkin
     Getzlaf

  3. sensnation says:

    Lidstrom
    Malkin
    Ovechkin
    Getzlaf

  4. pezzz123 says:

    god…now it's really impossible to choose

    Ovechkin – Getzlaf

    Lidstrom

    Brodeur

  5. reinjosh says:

    North

    Iginla

    East

    Malkin

    South

    Ovechkin

    West

    Getzlaf

  6. HabsMakeYouWhine says:

    iginla
    brodeur
    ovechkin
    getzlaf

  7. jmarkow says:

    North
    Iginla

    East
    Brodeur

    South
    Ovechkin

    West
    Getzlaf

  8. sgeorge says:

    Lidstrom
    malkin
    Ovechkin
    Getzlaf

  9. bbruins37 says:

    crosby somehow doesnt make the elite 8…wow

    4. lidstrom
    1. malkin
    1. ovechkin
    3. getzlaf

  10. Kramer says:

    If aliens landed on earth and learned hockey, chances are we'd see interplanetary hockey some time in the near future.

  11. flamefan20 says:

    iginla

    malkin
    ovechkin
    thornton
  12. Uncleben says:

    Iginla

    Brodeur

    Nash

    Getzlaf

  13. Tavares-Stamkos14 says:

    North:
    Iginla

    East:
    Malkin

    South:
    Ovechkin

    West:
    Getzlaf

  14. LEAFS_54 says:

    Lidstrom(simply because defense wins championships)

    Brodeur(most successful goalie of all time)
    Ovechkin(could challenge the career record for goals)
    Getzlaf(he's more gritty then Thronton)

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