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IMO Al Arbour win the shortened All Star Week!

As we reach the midway point of the season the Kalamazoo Ravens are back to a very familiar spot in the overall standings and that is number one. It took them longer to get to there this season as the competition has and continues to be tighter than in previous seasons. Could it be that this is the season the fail to finish first? Only time will be able to answer that question. How did they get here? It certainly helps when you have Connor McDavid (147 pts) on your squad, though the points per dollar are not the great against a 12.5 Million contract he averages 1 point per $85K.  Patrik Laine (111 pts) who continues to score and is in the final season of his opening contract, should garner considerably more next season. As they do in most seasons, the Ravens have a knack for picking talent, and they are reaping those rewards with Elias Pettersson who has 87 points in just 38 games and looks solid every night. Another solid value player for them is Thomas Chabot who has broken the century mark for a struggling Senators team. The one unlucky break that they have run into has been Matt Dumba, who was on pace for an outstanding season and unfortunately rupture a pectoral muscle and is lost for the season.

Nipping at the Ravens tail-feathers are the IMO Al Arbour’ s who are only 20 points back. The Arbour’ s is led by Brayden Point (145 pts) and he impresses night after night and is a solid value at least until next season when he becomes an RFA. Tampa is going to have to pay to keep that one in the fold for sure. They also have Elias Lindholm, a trade from Carolina has also surpassed his best seasons points only halfway through. Other contributors for the team are Blake Wheeler (117 pts), Ryan O’Reilly (109 pts) and the young goalie Fredrik Andersson, who has been carrying much of the load for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

About 80 points back of the Ravens are the Brandon Bisons with 1128 points. Oddly enough, they are being led by defensemen Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames. Through 49 games he has 154 points and has already almost match the number of points he had through 82 games in the 2015-16 season. Their second scorer is Jack Eichel with 120 points. Eichel who was a great value last season, signed a monster contract with the Sabres in the off season for 10 million which makes his $83K per point not quite as palatable. Rounding out their top three is John Carlson of the Capitals who is having an excellent season with 118 points.  The Caps are hoping this will be their year to win the Stanley Cup and although they have looked impressive at times, there is a lot more hockey yet to be played.

Currently the two teams fighting for the first overall pick in the next seasons draft are the Tampa Gators and the Arizona Cobras.

It’s All Star weekend time to relax and enjoy some of the festivities!

Best of luck in your games this week and your quest for the SSFHL Cup!



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