Bracket Time…March Madness, NHL style – Sweet 16

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 elite eight.

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

Without furthur ado, here we go:

North

1 Zetterberg (8)
4 Lidstrom (9)

14 Phaneuf (9)
2 Iginla (11)

East

1 Malkin (11)
4 Chara (11)

3 Brodeur (9)
2 Crosby (12)

South

1 Ovechkin (12)
4 Green (8)

6 Nash (8)
7 Kovalchuk (6) (Defeated Lecavalier in tie-breaker, substraction of my personal vote)

West

1 Thornton (10)
5 Nabokov (10)

3 Getzlaf (8)
2 Luongo (12)


20 Responses to Bracket Time…March Madness, NHL style – Sweet 16

  1. GoLeafs13 says:

    North

    Lidstrom
    Iginla

    East

    Malkin
    Crosby

    South

    Ovechkin
    Nash

    West

    Thornton
    Getzlaf

  2. sensnation says:

    North

    Zetterberg
    Iginla

    East

    Malkin
    Brodeur

    South

    Ovechkin
    Kovalchuk

    West

    Thornton
    Getzlaf

  3. Flykovy says:

    North

    1 Zetterberg (8)
    14 Phaneuf (9)

    East

    1 Malkin (11)
    3 Brodeur (9)

    South

    1 Ovechkin (12)
    7 Kovalchuk (6)

    West

    5 Nabokov (10)
    3 Getzlaf (8)

  4. muckies says:

    Alfie
    Datsuk

    Chara
    Crosby

    Ovechkin
    Nash

    Luongo
    Thronton

  5. pezzz123 says:

    ahhh this one is toughhhhhh

    Ovechkin – Malkin – Iginla
    Kovalchuk – Thornton

    Lidstrom

    Brodeur
    Luongo

  6. habswinthecup-again says:

     Zetterberg
     Iginla
     Chara
     Crosby
     Ovechkin
     Nash
     Nabakov
     Luongo

  7. reinjosh says:

    North

    Lidstrom
    Iginla

    East

    Malkin
    Corsby

    South

    Ovechkin
    Nash

    West

    Thornton
    Getzlaf

  8. Radio says:

    Lidstrom
    Iginla

    Chara
    Brodeur

    Ovechkin
    Nash

    Thornton
    Luongo

  9. hockey_lover says:

    North

    Lidstrom
    Iginla

    East

    Malkin
    Crosby

    South

    Ovechkin
    Nash

    West

    Thornton
    Luongo

  10. jmarkow says:

    North
    Lidstrom
    Iginla

    East
    Malkin
    Brodeur

    South
    Ovechkin
    Kovalchuk

    West
    Thornton
    Luongo

  11. flamefan20 says:

    North

    Lidstrom
    Iginla
    East
    Malkin
    Brodeur
    South
    Ovechkin
    Nash
    West
    Nabokov
    Getzlaf
  12. Tavares-Stamkos14 says:

    North:
    Lidstrom
    Phaneuf

    East:
    Malkin
    Crosby

    South:
    Ovechkin
    Nash

    West:
    Thornton
    Getzlaf

  13. Flykovy says:

    Nash is not nearly as good as kovalchuk… Nash has never been a point a game in his career besides this year

  14. bbruins37 says:

    if phaneuf somehow winsthis ill be pissed

    North

    4 lidstrom
    2 iginla

    East

    1 malkin
    2 crosby

    South

    1 Ovechkin
    7 kovalchuk

    West

    1 thornton
    3 getzlaf

  15. habswinthecup-again says:

     So, he is an all around better player, and besides if Phaneuf can beat out Datsyuk(what a joke that is) then anything goes in this tourny.

  16. HabsMakeYouWhine says:

    north
    zetterberg
    iginla

    east
    malkin
    brodeur

    south
    ovechkin
    nash

    west
    nabokov
    getzlav

  17. Uncleben says:

    NORTH
    Lidstrom
    Iginla

    EAST
    Malkin
    Brodeur

    SOUTH
    Ovechkin
    Nash

    WEST
    Thornton
    Getzlaf

  18. Kramer says:

    Gerber got suspended cuz the refs are dirty!  They're all mixed up in the rackets.

  19. sgeorge says:

    North
    Lidstrom
    Iginla
    East
    Malkin
    Brodeur
    South
    Ovechkin
    Nash
    West
    Nabokov
    Getzlaf

  20. bbruins37 says:

    i dont understand why this is so unpopular; its a good idea

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