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12-07-2010, 04:36 PM
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2010 In Review: The Year of Divisional Finals

In ATD 2010 I iced the third of my concept teams (the first revolved around Shero, the second around the Silver Seven, this one around Old Poison). It was ranked second and made it to the divisional finals:

Smith's Falls Fusiliers

coach Dick Irvin, Sr.

Syd Howe - Nels Stewart - Rod Gilbert
Patrik Elias - Bryan Trottier (A) - Didier Pitre
Johnny Gottselig (A) - Bob Pulford - Floyd Curry
Rabbit McVeigh - Troy Murray - Boris Mayorov
Ulf Nilsson , Milan Hejduk

Brian Leetch (C) - Lionel Conacher
Vladimir Lutchenko - Gennady Tsygankov
Dollard St. Laurent - Sandis Ozolinsh
Clem Loughlin

Johnny Bower
Bouse Hutton

In MLD 2010 I selected an all-star voted third line as well as star-studded blueline. The general opinion was the offense wasn't elite and the squad was eliminated in the divisional finals:

Texas Brahmas

coach Bryan Murray

Jim Riley - Don Smith - Andrei Khomutov
Thomas Vanek - Normie Himes - Art Farrell (C)
Jack Marks - Billy Reay - Mike Keane (A)
Joe Juneau - Terry Ruskowski - Jim Peplinski
Harry Meeking, Billy Harris

Jamie Macoun (A) - Randy Gregg
Alexei Gusarov - Dave Babych
Karel Gut - Doug Young
Roland Stoltz

Ryan Miller
Viktor Zinger

In AAA 2010 my team sported a great first line and solid two-way play throughout the forward core. The blueline pairings had chemistry and defensive skill but their puck-moving ability was questioned for the transition game and powerplay. Backed by good goaltending, another squad of mine advanced as far as the divisional finals once again:

Queen's University Golden Gaels

coach Jacques Martin

Sergei Shepelev - Billy Barlow - Mac Colville
Nick Libett (A) - Vladimir Golikov - Ulf Dahlen
Randy Burridge - Michal Pivonka - Wildor Larochelle
Dan Maloney - Patrick Sharp - Ken Schinkel
Ron Murphy, Mickey Roach

Chris Phillips (A) - Anton Volchenkov
Sergei Starikov - Igor Stelnov
Frank Eddolls (C) - Igor Romishevsky
Bugsy Watson

Pekka Lindmark
Don Beaupre

In the 2010 Double-A draft the team again had a strong first line and some bottom-6 talents, with some great coaching, but the defense I think was underappreciated and the goaltending unexceptional but worthy. There were four WHA players in the lineup, including the last two undrafteds from the league's hall of fame, and so the success of this team rests squarely on the shoulders of the seven non-NHLers in the starting lineup. I believe it a worthy finals squad, though no playoffs have been set for this level of competition.

Johns Hopkins Blue Jays

coaches Bob Hartley, Tom Watt

Martin Rucinsky - Viktor Yakushev - Sergei Svetlov
Aaron Broten (A) - Don Gallinger - Wayne Connelly
John Marks - Billy Breen (A) - Tom Webster
Stephane Matteau - Rudy Migay - Mark Hunter
Don Metz

Al MacNeil (C) - Dmitri Mironov
Ron Plumb - Walter Buswell
Alex Levinsky - Bingo Kampman
Toni Lydman

Ernie Wakely
Don Simmons

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