Monday, May 26th
Congrats to the Edmonton Oil Kings on defeating a mighty Guelph Storm squad, which featured nine NHL drafted players, en route to winning the coveted Memorial Cup.
Guelph was heavily favourited heading into Sunday’s Championship game after going 3-0 in round Robin and winning each of those games by at least three. I thought Guelph would’ve walked away as Champions but when a few buddies asked me, “who will win?”, i always made sure to make note that goaltending would be the biggest question.
Coming into the game, Storm goaltender Justin Nichols had played outstanding but but the undersized netminder has been prone to some bad games this season. He wasn’t the lone factor in the loss as Edmonton did an excellent job limiting the Storm’s chances and dominated possession time.
The Storm were a fun team to watch all season long and should keep their heads high. Few teams in major junior history have shown the team cohesiveness and chemistry that Guelph did. It was mesmerizing to watch these players pass their way so effortlessly up the ice, often throwing blind passes knowing a teammate would be there to scoop it up. Kudos to Scott Walker on a great year of coaching. It doesn’t hurt that he has the talent to work with but he’s one of the best in the business.
In the end, Edmonton rallied off some exhilarating OT games and executed a game plan flawlessly. It was certainly nice to see each of the CHL league champions standing as the last final teams.
<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>VIDEO: The <a href=”https://twitter.com/EdmOilKings”>@EdmOilKings</a> are <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CHL&src=hash”>#CHL</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MCMemorialCup&src=hash”>#MCMemorialCup</a> Champions with 6-3 win vsGuelph, highlights: <a href=”http://t.co/pfEfhWyeB2″>http://t.co/pfEfhWyeB2</a> <a href=”http://t.co/MKpJQZJ3XA”>pic.twitter.com/MKpJQZJ3XA</a></p>— CanadianHockeyLeague(@CHLHockey) <a href=”https://twitter.com/CHLHockey/statuses/470733370670866433″>May 26, 2014</a></blockquote> <script asyncsrc=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>As we have seen in the WJC, Memorail Cup and others, its VERY hard to beat elite teams back to back in single elimination tournmant play.</p>— Sean Lafortune (@SeanLafortune) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SeanLafortune/statuses/470704941497974784″>May 25, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Sean couldn’t be more right.
Grades and Rankings based solely on the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup,here are my top 10 players:
- Edgars Kulda (OilKings; 2014 NHL Draft eligible) A+
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<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Edgars Kuldais <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MCMemorialCup&src=hash”>#MCMemorialCup</a> MVP, watch Stafford SmytheTrophy presentation with <a href=”https://twitter.com/SNFaulds”>@SNFaulds</a>: <a href=”http://t.co/b7hTGgyboA”>http://t.co/b7hTGgyboA</a> <a