But the thing is Mark Stone didn't really lead the team to victory by himself. He got 5 points in 5 games sure, but they were getting production from their entire team. Brandon scares me more then any other team in the Eastern Conference.
Not me Oil kings owned them this season. In fact no team scares me they finished 1st overall for a reason, and the addition of Sameulsson and other players back from injury, and the emergange of Lazar and Pless they by far are the most balanced team. Really hope they make the memorial cup would be tremendous. And the were 3-1 against Brandon this season winning 7-1 7-3 7-2 and lost 3-2
I thought I would give everyone a run down of what the Oil Kings are facing in the next round.
Brandon has had a very interesting season. New coach in Cory Clouston the ex Ottawa Senator bench boss. They started off hot and were the best team in the east after 20 games. Then they short of fell of a cliff. Goaltending took a nosedive after Corbin Boes got hurt and Brandon Anderson simply couldn't find any consistency. Couple that with some really poor play and Brandon found themselves out of a playoff spot. Boes came back from injury and the Wheaties went on a run the last 25 games and had the best record in the league during that time.
Stone/Walker/Ferland - Everyone knows about Mark Stone. The guy is a man amongst boys in this league. Second consecutive season with 100+ points. He will be hard to contain as he is so big and strong with a long reach and really soft hands. He also happens to play with a guy that is one of the most feared players in the league, Calgary Flames draft pick Michael Ferland, Ferland is a power forward who had 47 goals this year. He also scares the **** out of opposing players. Few guys will fight him and he will constantly be in the opposing teams faces. Rounding out the trio is undrafted Brendan Walker. Walker is a tireless worker with a good set of wheels and pretty fiesty forechecker. I expect if he doesn't get drafted this year he will end up being signed by someone.
Dzuirzynski/Ciarelli/Meilleur - Put together at the end of the season this is a big trio of forwards that love to get in deep and grind down low. Dzuirzynski is one of those guys that you are going to hate as he loves to stir it up. Ciarelli and Meilleur are 2 hard working big bodied forwards. This line has really started to come on.
Mraz/Sundhar/Bertaggia - A very fast group of forwards. Sundhar was our big acquistion at the trade deadline. The Buffalo Sabre draftpick is a very skilled and fast center. He had a concussion at the end of the year that limited his playing time but he seems to have come around in the playoffs. Bertaggia is an exciting forward to watch. Not very big at 5'8 but he has speed to burn. He is also not shy about the physical game and you will see him take runs at people. Mraz had a tough transition to the NA game, the Slovak is a solid player though and has showed some good chemistry with Sundhar as of late.
Favreau/Seaman/Swryipa - I would have said this line would be the weak link but they had an excellent series against Calgary. Seaman is draft eligible and was rated in the top 50 before he got hurt for most of the season. Big power center type of player. Swryipa and Favreau are both smaller quick players.
Melnychuk/Pulock - Paired together for awhile now. They will see a ton of ice time. Pulock is a very highly ranked player for next years draft. Very smooth skater who never seems to panic on the ice. He has a cannon for a shot and is an excellent passer. He can skate the puck out of trouble. Melnychuk is in his 5th year as a Wheat king. Big and mobile, a very safe defender.
Miller/Roy - Another long time pairing. Miller is a very tough defender. Loves to take the body and punish opposing players. Prone to taking a bad penalty or 2 a game though. Roy is another highly rated player for next years draft. Big in size and still filling out. A great passer and smart player. Shot is accurate but not hard.
Nikkel/Waltz - 2 first year players. Both these 16 year olds are draft eligible next year and with they way they are playing both should be high picks. Nikkel is a bit of do everything type of defender. Plays alot like Travis Hamonic did. Will hit or fight. Has a hard shot,good passer and can skate the puck out of danger. Waltz is a late season call up. Hasn't looked out of place. Calm and poised on the back. Good first pass.
Boes - Our number 1. Big goalie. Plays the butterfly. Just came off an outstanding playoffs.
I think this series will come down to 2 things. Goaltending and Special teams. I think that if the Wheat Kings goalie can steal a game early for them it will make a big difference for their confidence. I also think whoever has the better powerplay will probably win this series.
The Oil Kings have more depth but I think the Wheat Kings have the best line. The Wheat Kings against Calgary really intimidated the Hitmen. It will be interesting to see if they can do that against the Oil Kings.