THE KENTWOOD HOCKEY DRAFT FINALE

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Remember that time you signed up for the free Kentwood Ford Draft at kentwoodhockey.com? Remember, how you had a chance to win a two-year lease on a brand new Ford Escape just for picking players out of magic boxes? Yeah, that was sweet. I’m totally gonna win this thing… *checks standings* DAMMIT!

My friends, we are in the final days of the Kentwood Ford Draft and that means that we’re getting damned close to finding out which mental giant is going to win a two-year lease on a 2016 Ford Escape. That’s a pretty slick prize considering you may have completely forgotten that you even entered this draft in the first place! If you did forget that this draft existed, this article is your reminder that you could only be days away from riches, or be stuck in the pits of hell and ineptitude with me — either way. 

WHERE YOU FAILED, WHERE YOU SUCCEEDED

Tough sleddin’

Most underwhelming box of the season was likely box #3: Kessel, Giroux, Perry, Backstrom. Although Nicklas Backstrom is having another impressive year, Kessel, Giroux and Perry are all off a point per game pace. I’m sure that most of you saw this box as an opportunity to succeed, but the reality is that you likely did not.

Big point pimpin’

Over achiever: Patrick Sharp. The 34 year is flexing his old man strength with the Dallas Stars. In his draft box, Sharp is far outshining Brendan Saad, veteran Jarome Iginla, and new Capital T.J. Oshie. 

Over achiever: Nathan Mackinnon. In his 3rd NHL season, Mackinnon is proving that his last season’s letdown was just a softmore slump and he’s back to putting up points. Colorado’s best forward is trouncing the competition in his Draft Box, leaving Jonathan Huberdeau, Jack ‘Connor’s Better’ Eichel, and Nazem Kadri in the dust.

The heart breakin’

Saddest Draft Box: Obviously the box that held four Connor McDavids. I miss him, and he’s been gone far too long. That being said, the wait is almost over!

Honourable Mentionin’

I always love to see how ridiculous the names are that you guys come up with, and I found a few that deserved a shout out. I’m sure there are more, but I didn’t get into blogging to have to work hard and research stuff. Shout out goes to:

  • Notable Fantasy Team names:
  • Flames Hater (#678)
  • The Ever Disappointed Oil Faithful (#129)
  • McPlayoffs??? (#1314)
  • Seguin Genesis (#171)

THE LEADERBOARD

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My friends, this race is going to come down to the wire. Much like the Pacific Division (LA Kings aside), there are only a few points separating current leader ‘That’s Hockey’ from winning a two-year lease on a 2016 Ford Escape from winning nothing but shame and regret. With only a couple days left in this draft (cutoff is January 28th), and very few points being the difference between first and tenth, this is going to come down to the wire. Luckily, I’m so far out of the running that I’m in for a stress free coast to the finish. 

Are you in the mix? If so, I imagine you’ll be staring at the standing for the next 24 hours because you could be in line for some pretty slick prizes:

  • Grand Prize: A 2-Year Lease on a 2016 Ford Escape
  • 2nd prize: $1000 Go Card for use toward a new car, service, or accessories.
  • 3rd Prize: $500 Go Card for use toward a new car, service, or accessories.
  • 4th Prize: Movie Tickets for 1 Year (24 tickets).
  • 5th Prize: A Signed Taylor Hall Oilers Jersey.

MEDIOCRE BRAGGING RIGHTS

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For those of us that aren’t even in the same ballpark as the leaderboard all we have left is the chance at bragging rights. For me, I’ve got my sights set on Jeanshorts (JEANSHORTS HATES BAGGEDMILK) and a young hero that had me in his crosshairs (IJUSTWANT2BEATBAGGEDMILK). I’m not sure what I did to deserve such treatment, but I’m happy to report that I am SLAUGHTERING these two jabronis. 

My partner in life and blogging Jeanshorts’ team is so pitifully awful that he landed himself in 1198th place. As for the mystery man that just wanted to beat me — you’re not. I’m killing you. While IJUSTWANT2BEATBAGGEDMILK finds himself in 880th place, I found a soft landing in 554th position. By no means am I winning, but I am certainly better than these two clowns. 

Try to beat me? You can’t.* If you are beating me, don’t be afraid to tweet me a picture of the standings on Twitter and let me know how bad I suck.

*except for the 553 people ahead of me.

A FRESH NEW DRAFT

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We’ve got a new Charity Draft ready to play as of right now. Enter at nationdrafts.com for your shot at the $1,000 VISA gift card grand prize! This Draft is the end of an era. It will be the last time we run the traditional, pick ‘em and watch draft where you select players and wait for results. When we get closer to the playoffs, we will be releasing a brand new draft format which includes trades!