Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Chat With Dan Ellis.

Vince Bellissimo committed to play better.

Matt Zimmer thinks the USHL season is too long. He has some good ideas, including this one that could make some sense.

Personally, I think a 40-game season would be plenty long, but since there's no way the owners would ever slash that much off, here's a modest proposal:

A 48-game regular season, starting around October 20, and ending around March 20.

For the playoffs, take the top eight teams, regardless of division, seed them 1-8 and use a best-of-three first round, best-of-five second round and best-of-seven in the finals (or best of five in all three).

You could get the playoffs over by the end of April.
Just a couple FYI's...

Central Scouting Draft Rankings FAQ.

2007 USHL Entry Draft FAQ.

Draft Order:
  1. Chicago Steel
  2. Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets
  3. Green Bay Gamblers
  4. Indiana Ice
  5. Des Moines Buccaneers
  6. Sioux City Musketeers
  7. Sioux Falls Stampede
  8. Lincoln Stars
  9. Tri-City Storm
  10. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
  11. Omaha Lancers
  12. Waterloo Black Hawks

Lincoln's Patrick Johnson has signed with Wisconsin and will join the team next fall. There had been a chance of him returning to Lincoln for a second season, but coach Mike Eaves needed some more offense coming in.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are some good points, however, do you really understand what it is all about?
The playoff system: dumb

The skinny on games played: The USHL is competing with the CHL. If players are looking to play alot of hockey and getting the necessary hockey education, they need to play more games, hence, if there is a reduced sked players are more likely to pick the CHL. YOu cant always compare hockey to football or basketball for development.
I highly doubt that a high school hockey team will beat a CHL team.
The hockey model for 16 - 18 year olds is playing more (60+)games. Look at Canada's record at the World U-20 championships.