Bracket Time…March Madness, NHL style

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 round of 32.

Without furthur ado, here we go:

North

1 Zetterberg
16 Koivu, M

8 Kane
9 Toews

5 Markov
12 Heatly

4 Lidstrom
13 Kiprusoff

6 Backstrom
11 Hemsky

3 Datsyuk
14 Phaneuf

7 Alfredsson
10 Kaberle

2 Iginla
15 Kovalev

East

1 Malkin
16 Streit

8 Lundqvist
9 Richards

5 Thomas
12 Vanek

4 Chara
13 Miller

6 Parise
11 Krejci

3 Brodeur
14 Gonchar

7 Carter
10 Kessel

2 Crosby
15 Fleury

South

1 Ovechkin
16 Boyes

8 St Louis
9 Semin

5 Mason
12 Staal, E

4 Green
13 Horton

6 Nash
11 Weber

3 Bouwmeester
14 Stamkos

7 Kovalchuk
10 Backstrom

2 Lecavalier
15 Brind`Amour

West

1 Thornton
16 Bryzgalov

8 Doan
9 Pronger

5 Nabokov
12 Sedin, D

4 Boyle
13 Sedin, H

6 Niedermayer
11 Kopitar

3 Getzlaf
14 Turco

7 Stastny
10 Marleau

2 Luongo
15 Brown


16 Responses to Bracket Time…March Madness, NHL style

  1. LeafsNation91 says:

    How in the hell do u play?

  2. reinjosh says:

    North
    1. Zetterberg
    2. Toews (just so you know kane and toews are on the same team)
    3. Heatley
    4.Lidstrom
    5.Backstrom
    6. Phaneuf
    7.Alfredsson
    8. Iginla

    East
    1.Malkin
    2.Lundqvist
    3. Vanek
    4.Chara
    5.Parise
    6. Brodeur
    7.Carter
    8. Crosby

    South
    1.Ovehckin
    2.Semin
    3.Mason
    4.Green
    5.Weber
    6.Bouwmeester
    7.Backstrom
    8.Lecavalier

    West
    1.Thornton
    2.Pronger
    3.Nabokov
    4.H. Sedin
    5.Kopitar
    6.Getzlaf
    7.Marleau
    8.Luongo

    you should do a d pool of everyone
    a goalie pool
    and a forward poo
    it would be so much better

  3. Tavares-Stamkos14 says:

    North:
    Henrik Zetterberg
    Jonathon Toews
    Dany Heatley
    Niklas Lidstrom
    Nicklas Backstrom
    Dion Phaneuf
    Tomas Kaberle
    Jerome Iginla

    East:
    Evgeni Malkin
    Mike Richards
    Tim Thomas
    Zdeno Chara
    Zack Parise
    Martin Brodeur
    Phil Kessel
    Sidney Crosby

    South:
    Alexander Ovechkin
    Martin St.Louis
    Steven Mason
    Mike Green
    Shea Weber
    Steven Stamkos
    Ilya Kovalchuck
    Vincent Lecavalier

    West:
    Joe Thornton
    Shane Doan
    Evgeni Nabakov
    Dan Boyle
    Anze Kopitar
    Ryan Getzlaf
    Paul Stastny
    Dustin Brown

  4. sensnation says:

    North

    Zetterberg
    Toews
    Markov
    Lidstrom
    Hemsky
    Datsyuk
    Alfredsson
    Iginla

    East

    Malkin
    Richards
    Thomas
    Chara
    Parise
    Brodeur
    Kessel
    Crosby

    South

    Ovechkin
    St Louis
    Mason
    Green
    Weber
    Bouwmeester
    Backstrom
    Lecavalier

    West

    Thornton
    Pronger
    Nabokov
    Boyle
    Kopitar
    Getzlaf
    Stastny
    Luongo

  5. mtlman2005 says:

    North:
    Zetterberg
    Toews
    Markov
    Kipprusoff
    Hemsky
    Datsyuk
    Alfredsson
    Iginla

    East:
    Malkin
    Richards (not Brad)
    Thomas
    Chara
    Parise
    Brodeur
    Kessel
    Crosby

    South:
    Ovechkin
    Semin
    Mason
    Green
    Nash
    Stamkos
    Kovalchuk
    Lecavalier

    West:
    Thornton
    Doan
    Nabokov
    Sedin, H
    Kopitar
    Getzlaf
    Marleau
    Luongo

  6. GoLeafs13 says:

    North

    1 Zetterberg
    9 Toews
    12 Heatly
    4 Lidstrom
    6 Backstrom
    3 Datsyuk
    10 Kaberle
    2 Iginla

    East

    1 Malkin
    8 Lundqvist
    5 Thomas
    4 Chara
    6 Parise
    3 Brodeur
    7 Carter
    2 Crosby

    South

    1 Ovechkin
    9 Semin
    5 Mason
    4 Green
    6 Nash
    3 Bouwmeester
    7 Kovalchuk
    2 Lecavalier

    West

    1 Thornton
    9 Pronger
    5 Nabokov
    4 Boyle
    6 Niedermayer
    3 Getzlaf
    10 Marleau
    2 Luongo

  7. bbruins37 says:

    North
    1.zetterburg
    8. kane           zet  
                         lidstrom
    12. heatley
    4. lidstrom                  lidstrom
                                                  datsyuk
    6. backstrom               datsyuk 
    3. datsyuk    dats
                       iginla
    7. alfie
    2. iginla

    East
    1. malkin
    9. richards    malkin
                       chara
    5. thomas
    4. chara                  malkin
                                            crosby
    6. parise                 crosby
    3. brodeur   brodeur
                      crosby
    10. kessel
    2. crosby

    no savard?

    South
    1. ovechkin
    9. semin     ovechkin
                       green
    5. mason
    4. green                            ovechkin
                                                             ovechkin
    6. nash                              kovalchuk
    3. bouwmeester   bomo
                              kovalchuk
    7. kovalchuk
    2. lecavailler

    West
    1. thornton
    9. pronger     thornton
                        nabokov
    5. nabokov
    4. boyle                      thornton
                                                   getzlaf
    6. neidermeyer            getzlaf
    3. getzlaf       getzlaf
                         luongo
    7. stastny
    2. luongo

    Final Four

    Datsyuk
    Crosby       Crosby
                                    Crosby
    Ovechkin    Ovechkin
    Getzlaf

  8. bbruins37 says:

    East division is stacked. The north is fairly strong as well
    West division is not very strong at all, and the South is awful (for this competition)…ovechkin had a free ride

  9. flamefan20 says:

    North

    Zetterburg
    Toews
    Heatly
    Lidstrom
    Backstrom
    Phaneuf
    Kaberle
    Iginla
    East
    Malkin
    Lundquist
    Vanek
    Chara
    Parise
    Brodeur
    Kessel
    Crosby
    South
    OVechkin
    St.Louis
    Mason
    Green
    Nash
    Stamkos
    Kovalchuk
    Lecavalier
    WEst
    Thornton
    Pronger
    Nabokov
    Boyle
    Kopitar
    Getzlaf
    Marleau
    Luongo
  10. pezzz123 says:

    Ovechkin – Malkin – Iginla
    Kovalchuk – Crosby – Heatley
    Zetterberg – Thornton – St-Louis
    Parise – Getzlaf – Kane
    Lecavalier – Carter – Alfredsson
    Marleau – Backstrom – D. Sedin
    Staal, Kopitar

    Lidstrom – Pronger
    Chara – Weber
    Bouwmeester – Green
    Boyle – Phaneuf

    Brodeur
    Luongo
    Lundqvist
    Thomas

  11. HabsMakeYouWhine says:

    north
    zetterberg
    toews
    markov
    lidstrom
    backstrom
    phaneuf
    alfredsson
    iginla

    east
    malkin
    richards
    vanek
    chara
    parise
    brodeurcarter
    crosby

    south
    ovechkin
    st-louis
    mason
    green
    nash
    bouwmeester
    backstrom
    lecavalier
    pronger
    nabokov

    west
    thornton
    pronger
    nabokov
    boyle
    niedermayer
    getzlav
    marleau
    brown

  12. HabsMakeYouWhine says:

    oups forget the 2 last in the south

  13. bbruins37 says:

    unbelievable how many people are picking phaneuf over datsyuk…datsyuk is arguably the best player in the league

  14. sensnation says:

    There has been little to no action in the last 24 hours, so I will tabulate the results and post the round of 32 shortly.

  15. Radio says:

    North

    Zetterberg
    Kane
    Heatly
    Lidstrom
    Hemsky
    Datsyuk
    Alfredsson
    Iginla

    East

    Malkin
    Lundqvist
    Thomas
    Chara
    Parise
    Brodeur
    Carter
    Crosby

    South

    Ovechkin
    Semin
    Staal
    Green
    Nash
    Stamkos [no I don't like Stamkos]
    Backstrom
    Lecavalier

    West

    Thornton
    Doan
    Nabokov
    Sedin, H
    Kopitar
    Getzlaf
    Marleau
    Luongo

  16. Radio says:

    Wow, what a hate-on for Heater.

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