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07-20-2011, 03:50 PM
Iain Fyffe
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With picks 140 and 141, the Brandon Shamrocks select:

Hal Winkler, G: Winkler spent five seasons in the best senior league before the WCHL opened shop in 1921. He then spend five season with Edmonton and Calgary, leading the league in GAA in 1921/22 and being named First Team All-Star in 1923. He played in the NHL for two seasons, and finished his career with three seasons in the minors. In 1927/28, he led the AHA in GAA with a mark of 0.98, which was 36% better than the #2 figure, which was also recorded by an ex-WCHL player.

We have save percentage data for two of his seasons. In 1917/18 in the MHL, he recorded a mark which was 100 points better than the second-best, recorded by another goalie who would also play int he WCHL. In 1927/28, he was fourth in the NHL in save percentage, trailing only three Hall of Famers.

Winkler will be the backup goalie to Tom Paton, allowing days off to the starter with no worries a subpar man will cost the team games between the pipes.

Jimmy Herbert, C/RW: Herbert had a brief but bright peak in the NHL. He led the expansion Boston Bruins with 24 points in 1924/25, which was ninth in the NHL. Notably, the team scored only 49 goals that year, meaning Herbert had a hand in 49% of his team's goals; the Bruins' second-highest scorer had 8 points.

The following year he teamed full-time with Carson Cooper to form the deadliest scoring duo in the NHL. They both tied for third in the NHL points race, behind only Nels Stewart and Cy Denneny.

He faded a bit after that, but did not disappear: he tied for 11th in scoring in 1926/27, for 16th in 1927/28 and 23rd in 1928/29. He was a very hard-nosed player with a temper, a fact often overlooked because he played with men such as Eddie Shore, Sprague Cleghornn and Lionel Hitchman, who could make most anyone seem a *****cat.

I expect he'll centre the third or fourth line, providing some snarl and some goals. But he may also wind up on the wing.

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