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April 12th, 2019
Repeat Performance

Nathan MacKinnon emerged as a point-per-game player this season, finishing second in the league for points.

The loss of second line center Andy Miele proved not to be a big deal for the Seattle Gladiators. Once again, they are the regular season's best team, having won their second straight Presidents' Trophy. A record of 51-25-6 earned them 108 points. The Detroit Red Wings also had 108 points, but Seattle finishes ahead due to having two more ROW.

The first half of the season was tough for the Glads, as at the end of December they sat 12th in the West, with a record of 17-15-3. However, line combinations were juggled and chemistry was found. After the line changes, Seattle went on a great run of 34-10-3. The new line combinations can be seen further down in this post.

Team Stats

GFPG - 2nd, 2.96
GAPG - 1st, 2.20
PP% - 15th, 16.6%
PK% - 87.6%

In his first season as team captain, top-line center Nathan MacKinnon did very well. After ~40 games he was not close to a PPG pace, but when the line changes were made, he clicked with his two new wingers. MacKinnon finished second in league scoring with 84 points (20 goals and 64 assists). Mark Scheifele won the Art Ross, scoring 88 points (33 goals, 56 assists). MacKinnon's current left-winger, rookie Jay Hedican, impressed many by scoring 38 goals in his first season. He only had 15 assists, but his job is to put pucks in the net. He is considered one of the front runners for the Calder Trophy with 53 points. Radek Faksa (Dallas) and Markus Granlund (Calgary) both scored 56 points so they are also being much considered. Defenseman Ryan Sproul also impressed, scoring 43 points while being a +23. However, Hedican has a strong case as he finished 3rd in goal scoring league-wide, behind only Loui Eriksson and Alex Ovechkin. He also has the best plus/minus among rookie forwards at +20.

25 year old netminder Daniel Cotton is back in Vezina Trophy consideration. He had the best GAA of all starting goalies (1.97), the second most wins (37), and the third best save percentage (.932%). The goalies who bested Cotton in save percentage did not have nearly as many wins, and Peter Mrazek, the only goalie to have more wins the Cotton, is 9th in GAA and 7th in save percentage. The other likely candidates are Cory Schneider (Vancouver) and Antti Niemi (San Jose).

Player Stats

Nathan MacKinnon - 20 goals, 64 assists, 84 points
Phil Kessel - 31 goals, 33 assists, 64 points
Mikhail Grigorenko - 17 goals, 45 assists, 62 points
Cory Conacher - 19 goals, 42 assists, 61 points
Jakob Silfverberg - 18 goals, 41 assists, 59 points
Jay Hedican - 38 goals, 15 assists, 53 points
Jamie McBain - 8 goals, 32 assists, 40 points
Brandon Gormley - 12 goals, 25 assists, 37 points
David Rundblad - 11 goals, 25 assists, 36 points
Ben Hanowski - 10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points
Philip-Michael Devos - 12 goals, 12 assists, 24 points
Zack Smith - 11 goals, 10 assists, 21 points
Ryan White - 9 goals, 12 assists, 21 points
Connor Murphy - 3 goals, 17 assists, 20 points
Matt Fraser - 11 goals, 6 assists, 17 points
Jordan Caron - 4 goals, 10 assists, 14 points
Griffin Reinhart - 5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points
Scott Harrington - 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points

Matt Fraser was the only negative player on Seattle in terms of plus/minus. He was a -4.

2019 Seattle Gladiators Playoff Lineup

*Jay Hedican (82) - Nathan MacKinnon (91, C) - Jaokb Silfverberg (83)
Cory Conacher (84, A) - Mikhail Grigorenko (84) - Phil Kessel (89, A)
Philip-Michael Devos (79) - Zack Smith (82) - Ben Hanowski (82)
Matt Fraser (80) - Ryan White (78) - Jordan Caron (79)

Brandon Gormley (86) - David Rundblad (87)
Jamie McBain (85) - Connor Murphy (81)
*Scott Harrington (80) - Griffin Reinhart (82)

Daniel Cotton (89) - Joni Ortio (82)

* indicates rookie

Round One

#1 Seattle vs. #8 San Jose

This was the on matchup that Gladiators fans feared. These two teams finished in the same spots last season, and faced each other in the first round of the playoffs. San Jose, the underdog, came out on top in seven games, surprising everyone. The Gladiators will have to prove themselves and get revenge on their enemies from last season. These two teams are in the same division, but have never really had all that fierce of a rivalry. Last season was the first time they met in the playoffs. If they continue to meet again after this season, a serious rivalry could be created.

San Jose Sharks Lineup

Alex Gogolev (77) - Logan Couture (86, C) - Tomas Kulabik (81)
Dylan Wruck (78) - Joe Pavelski (85, A) - Tommi Jokinen (79)
Max Friberg (79) - Tomas Hertl (79) - David Booth (79)
Matt Martin (77) - Tommy Wingels (79) - Troy Brouwer (78)

Jason Demers (85) - P.K. Subban (87, A)
Andy Greene (85) - Marc-Edouard Vlasic (84)
Harold Li (64) - Taylor Doherty (79)

Antti Niemi (85)
Henri Sateri (83)

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