The Manitoban 2013 Hockey Pool Season Preview

Thank you all the participants who entered the Manitoban 2013 NHL Hockey Pool! All the entries have been uploaded to the site, and you should have received an email with details on how to access the pool standings and stats.

Since it’s too early to give a formal standings update, we crunched some numbers and figured out what players were the most popular picks. The runaway top picks were Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who were both selected by 62.2 per cent of all pool teams.

Beyond those two, selections for each category varied. Milan Lucic and Scott Hartnell were the top two selections in the Grinders category, with Lucic just barely edging Hartnell out for the top pick. Three players dominated the Extra Man category: Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr. The Stars’ superstars had the most picks combined, but the Bruin forward still picked up the most individual votes.

Here is the full breakdown of the top picks per box:


First Line: Evgeni Malkin (62.2%)

Second Line: James Neal (19.7%)

Third Line: Jordan Eberle (22.9%)

Fourth Line: Evander Kane (21.3%)

Grinders: Milan Lucic (34.4%)

Enforcers: Chris Neil (24.5%)

Defence 1: Erik Karlsson (39.3%)

Defence 2: Ryan Suter (16.4%)

Defence 3: Mike Green (26.2%)

Extra Man: Patrice Bergeron (29.5%)

Starting Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist (62.2%)

Backup Goalie: Tuukka Rask (34.4%)





Among the 60+ entries, there were some pretty choice team names. Here are the top ten, as determined by the Manitoban staff:


1. I Like Big Buffs and I Cannot Lie

2. Teemu’s Salami

3. Don’t Cry, I Was Olli Jokinen

4. Malkin in the Middle

5. Hedja’s Gonna Hate

6. HoneyNutChelios

7. Your Drunk Uncles

8. Beautiful Bettman

9. Maximum Discharge

10. Easton Fections



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