The First Annual Nation Network Hockey Pool

Jonathan Willis
October 02 2011 02:19PM

Due to the high volume of requests, for the first time ever the Nation Network will launch a hockey pool open to all of our faithful readers! Details are after the jump.

A little further down the page, every entrant will be asked to construct their own team – 14 forwards, seven defensemen, and four goaltenders (we cheated a little on the number of goaltenders because we didn’t want to leave certain players out). The scoring will be explained in each section, and it’s going to be slightly different than what most will be used to, so please keep it in mind when making selections.

Forwards

Scoring:

  • Goal: Worth 1.25 points
  • Assist: Worth 1 point
  • Plus/Minus: Worth 1 point

Example: Last season’s Hart Trophy winner was Corey Perry. He recorded 50 goals, 48 assists and a plus-9 rating. If he matches those totals exactly, he will be worth 119.5 points – 62.5 points for goals + 48 points for assists + nine points for plus/minus.

Why are goals valued more? It’s simple: goals are rarer in the NHL than assists, and so players that score them should get a little extra consideration.

Please pick one player from each category below:

Position Player Player Player Player Player
First Line 1 Evgeni Malkin Alexander Ovechkin Corey Perry Daniel Sedin Martin St. Louis
First Line 2 Nicklas Backstrom Ryan Getzlaf Anze Kopitar Henrik Sedin Steven Stamkos
First Line 3 Loui Eriksson Marian Gaborik Marian Hossa Patrick Marleau Alexander Semin
Second Line 1 Jarome Iginla Ilya Kovalchuk Rick Nash Bobby Ryan Henrik Zetterberg
Second Line 2 Pavel Datsyuk Brad Richards Eric Staal Joe Thornton Jonathan Toews
Second Line 3 Taylor Hall Dany Heatley Patrick Kane Jeff Skinner Thomas Vanek
Third Line 1 Daniel Briere Jeff Carter Shane Doan Phil Kessel Zach Parise
Third Line 2 Sidney Crosby Matt Duchene Vincent Lecavalier Jason Spezza John Tavares
Third Line 3 Daniel Alfredsson Jordan Eberle Patrik Elias Claude Giroux Teemu Selanne
Fourth Line 1 Alex Burrows Martin Havlat Brendan Morrow Patrick Sharp Chris Stewart
Fourth Line 2 Logan Couture Ryan Kesler Mikko Koivu David Krejci Mike Richards
Fourth Line 3 Pierre-Marc Bouchard Ales Hemsky Jaromir Jagr Ryan Smyth Alex Tanguay
13th Forward: David Backes Mikhail Grabovski Mike Ribeiro Derek Roy Paul Stastny
14th Forward: Cody Hodgson Ryan Johansen Nazem Kadri Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Brayden Schenn

Defensemen

Scoring:

  • Goal: Worth 1.25 points
  • Assist: Worth 1 point
  • Plus/Minus: Worth 1 point

Example: Last season’s Norris Trophy winner was Nicklas Lidstrom. He recorded 16 goals, 46 assists and a minus-2 rating. If he matches those totals exactly, he will be worth 64 points – 20 points for goals + 46 points for assists - two points for plus/minus.

Please pick one player from each category below:

Position Player Player Player Player Player
Defense 1: Dan Boyle Mike Green Nicklas Lidstrom Lubomir Visnovsky Shea Weber
Defense 2: Dustin Byfuglien Drew Doughty Duncan Keith Kris Letang Dion Phaneuf
Defense 3: Brian Campbell Tobias Enstrom Alex Goligoski Tomas Kaberle Marek Zidlicky
Defense 4: Brent Burns Alexander Edler John-Michael Liles Mark Streit P.K. Subban
Defense 5: Christian Ehrhoff Cam Fowler Sergei Gonchar Erik Karlsson Tyler Myers
Defense 6: Zdeno Chara Joe Corvo Mark Giordano Erik Johnson Keith Yandle
Defense 7: John Carlson Andrei Markov Chris Pronger Ryan Whitney James Wisniewski

Goaltenders

Scoring:

  • Shutouts: Worth 5 points
  • Save percentage: Worth 2.5 points for every 0.001 above 0.900.
  • Goaltender must play in at least 10 games to qualify - if he fails to meet the threshold he'll be worth a basic value of 50 points.

Example: Last season’s Vezina Trophy winner was Tim Thomas. He recorded nine shutouts and a 0.938 SV%. If he matches those totals exactly, he will be worth 140 points – 95 points for save percentage and 45 points for his shutouts.

Why are goalies valued this way? For years, hockey pools have based goaltender value on wins and goals against average. The problem is that these are heavily team-based measures – good goalies on bad teams are constantly overlooked because they rack up the losses and face a lot of shots, driving up their GAA. It’s impossible to remove team effects entirely, but under this system goalies get credit mostly for their save percentage. The shutout category recognizes a) goalies that play a lot and b) goalies that put together perfect games.

Please pick one player from each category below:

Position Player Player Player Player Player
Goalie 1: Marc-Andre Fleury Henrik Lundqvist Roberto Luongo Carey Price Tim Thomas
Goalie 2: Ryan Miller Antti Niemi Pekka Rinne Tomas Vokoun Cam Ward
Goalie 3: Ilya Bryzgalov Corey Crawford Jimmy Howard Miikka Kiprusoff Jonathan Quick
Goalie 4: Martin Brodeur Devan Dubnyk Jonas Hiller Kari Lehtonen Semyon Varlamov

Entering

To make recording everyone’s entries a little easier, I’m going to ask entries be formatted in a specific way. IMPORTANT: ENTRIES NOT FORMATTED IN THIS WAY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. For each set of players, please record just the last name, followed by a dash, and please do so in the order presented above.

Example: Aaron A. Aardvark loves the alphabet (and alliteration), for obvious reasons, so he decides to pick the player with the highest name each time. His entry would look like this:

Malkin – Backstrom – Eriksson – Iginla – Datsyuk – Hall – Briere – Crosby – Alfredsson – Burrows – Couture – Bouchard – Backes – Hodgson – Boyle – Byfuglien – Campbell – Burns – Ehrhoff – Chara – Carlson – Fleury – Miller – Bryzgalov – Brodeur

This contest will close promptly at 7:00 PM EST on Thursday, October 6 – the starting point for the NHL regular season. Please have your entry in by that time by placing it in the comments section below.

Mandatory Product Placement

Have we mentioned that the Nation Network offers a high-end hockey pool guide, specifically designed to help in situations like this? Have we also mentioned that at its current price - $5.00 – no other comprehensive fantasy hockey guide is less expensive? Still not convinced? The link above also includes a sample of what is included with the Nation Network Draft Primer.

Prizes?

Naturally, for a big, season-long contest like this there must be prizes, right? I went down to Wanye Manor (pictured above) to ask for prizes from the Nation Network’s grand poobah himself. He reacted poorly, throwing a discarded coffee cup at me and taking off down the street. Eventually he stopped running, and turned to talk to me:

  • Me: Please, Wanye, can we have some prizes?
  • His Excellency Baron Wanye Von Gretz IV: Of course! Take anything you like out of the top bag in my shopping cart!

We will continue to negotiate with Wanye. Rest assured that prizes will be included, once we convince him to hand over something more value than the black milk crate (‘What do you mean nobody will want it? Look how sturdy it is!’) that he originally wanted to give to the first-place entrant.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#401 Cam Charron
October 06 2011, 02:47PM
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Ovechkin - Stamkos - Hossa - Kovalchuk - Staal - Skinner - Kessel - Crosby - Giroux - Havlat - Richards - Jagr - Backes - Kadri - Weber - Doughty - Kaberle - Burns - Myers - Chara - Carlson - Lundqvist - Miller - Crawford - Hiller

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#402 50in39
October 06 2011, 03:47PM
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Malkin - Stamkos - Marleau - Nash - Staal - Kane - Carter - Crosby - Giroux - Sharp - Richards - Hemsky - Roy - Nugent-Hopkins - Visnovsky -Letang - Goligoski - Subban - Ehrhoff - Yandle - Pronger - Fleury - Miller - Crawford - Hiller

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#403 Eyre
October 06 2011, 04:25PM
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Ovechkin - Stamkos - Eriksson - Ryan - Staal - Heatley - Carter - Lecavalier - Giroux - Stewart - Koivu - Tanguay - Stastny - Kadri - Visnovsky - Letang - Goligoski - Burns - Fowler - Yandle - Wisniewski - Lundqvist - Miller - Quick - Varlamov

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#404 ChinookArch
October 06 2011, 04:27PM
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Ovechkin - Stamkos - Semmin - Iginla - Datsyuk - Skinner - Parise - Crosby - Giroux - Havlat - Richards - Tanguay - Backes - Hodgson - Boyle - Doughty - Campbell - Edler - Myers - Chara - Pronger - Thomas - Rinne - Bryzgalov - Brodeur

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#405 Sawatz
October 06 2011, 04:35PM
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Ovechkin, Stamkos, Semin, Ryan, Thorton, Kane, Carter, Crosby, Elias, Sharp, Couture, Jagr, Grabovski, RNH, Green, Keith, Goligoski, Burns, Ehrhoff, Chara, Wisniewski, Ludqvist, Miller, Bryzgalov, Hiller

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#406 Sawatz
October 06 2011, 04:39PM
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Ovechkin - Stamkos - Semin - Ryan - Thorton - Kane - Carter - Crosby - Elias - Sharp - Couture - Jagr - Grabovski - Nugent-Hopkins - Green - Keith - Goligoski - Burns - Ehrhoff - Chara - Wisniewski - Ludqvist - Miller - Bryzgalov - Hiller

just reread the format thus the double post

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#407 Seaward
October 06 2011, 04:51PM
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Ovechkin - Stamkos - Marleau - Zetterberg - Toews - Heatley - Parise - Crosby - Elias - Sharp - Couture - Jagr - Ribiero - Nugent-Hopkins - Lidstrom - Doughty - Enstrom - Streit - Myers - Chara - Whitney - Lundqvist - Vokoun - Howard - Brodeur

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#408 ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10
October 06 2011, 04:51PM
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Malkin – Ovechkin – Stamkos – Iginla – Datsyuk – Hall – St.Louis – Seguin – Carter – Perry – Ryan – Parise – Eberle – Hopkins – – Byfuglien – Enstrom – Burns – Ehrhoff – Chara – Whitney – Fleury – Miller – Bryzgalov – Dubnyk

Hope its not too late..

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#409 LuckyLex
October 06 2011, 04:52PM
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Malkin - Stamkos - Gaborik - Kovalchuk - Richards - Hall - Parise - Crosby - Giroux - Sharp - Richards - Smyth - Stastny - Nugent-Hopkins - Weber - Doughty - Enstrom - Burns - Myers - Yandle - Whitney - Lundquist - Rinne - Quick - Dubnyk

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#410 Cory Dakin
October 06 2011, 04:55PM
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Ovechkin - H. Sedin - Semin - Zetterberg - Staal - Heatley - Parise - Crosby - Elias - Sharp - Couture - Jagr - Stastny - Johansen - Green - Doughty - Kaberle - Streit - Myers - Chara - Pronger - Luongo - Vokoun - Howard - Brodeur

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#411 Saazman
October 06 2011, 05:01PM
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Malkin - Stamkos - Semin - Ryan - Thornton - Kane - Parise - Crosby - Giroux - Sharp - Richards - Jagr - Backes - Nugent-Hopkins - Visnovsky - Byfuglien - Enstrom - Burns - Fowler - Yandle - Wisniewski - Luongo - Vokoun - Bryzgalov - Hiller

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#412 Matty31
October 06 2011, 05:11PM
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D Sedin- Stamkos - Marleau - Kovalchuk - Thornton - Heatley - Parise - Crosby - Giroux - Sharp - Koivu - Jagr - Ribeiro - Hodgson - Visnovsky - Byfuglien - Enstrom - Subban - Ehrhoff - Yandle - Pronger - Luongo - Miller - Bryzgalov - Hiller

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#413 Jason Gregor
October 06 2011, 05:44PM
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Games haven't started...

Ovechkin, Stamkos, Marleau, Zetterberg, Staal, Vanek, Parise, Crosby, Giroux, Sharp, Couture, Bouchard, Roy, Nugent-Hopkins

Boyle, Keith, Enstrom, Burns, Myers, Chara and Pronger

Luongo, Miller, Quick, Brodeur...

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#414 Oilcruzer
October 06 2011, 06:41PM
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Are ISP's logged for this?

(Sorry Calgary, I didn't mean to use intelligent acronyms that require further insight to comprehend the foundation for the qeury, however if you'll note, my question is almost monosyllabic, like the word that is most familiar to Calgary...

..."One" )

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#417 A Big Deal
October 06 2011, 06:58PM
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Ovechkin - Stamkos - Semin - Kovalchuk - Toews - Hall - Carter - Tavares - Selanne - Sharp - Couture - Hemsky - Backes - Nugent-Hopkins - Weber - Doughty - Campbell - Streit - Karlsson - Johnson - Pronger - Thomas - Rinne - Bryzgalov - Lehtonen

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#418 Paq Twinn
October 13 2011, 08:39AM
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Hey Willis. Where can a guy find the pool standings?

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