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2015 Draft Lottery: Who Wins the Connor McEichel Sweepstakes?

I know the most important draft lottery in the history of draft lotteries isn’t until the end of the season, where not one, but two, potentially franchise changing players in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are both available, but thanks to an awesome website made by Rob Zaenglein, now you can find out just whose franchises will change forever come June 26 in Florida.

How this simulation will work, is that we will simulate 100 draft lotteries, and whomever wins the most lotteries out of that 100, will earn the number one pick in the 2015 entry draft.

If you want to do your own simulation, and check out Rob Zaenglein‘s fine work in the process, check right HERE!

The following shows the 14 teams that would currently be involved in the draft lottery (as of 2nd February 2015), and their odds of winning the #1 overall pick.

Draft Lottery sim 1

The first simulation in, and the Buffalo Sabres win the lottery! Connor McDavid would be playing in Buffalo, making Tim Murray and all Sabres fans very happy! Will this be the same result after 100 simulations? Continue on, as 99 simulations are still to come!

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Pardon our dust.

Greetings, fellow Bored Hockey Fans, it is I, the kingpin of the Bored Fanchise, ThinkSoJoE!  Now, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but Bored Hockey Fan has been inaccessible for a little while.  We were continuously having issues with our old server, and while I don’t think they were necessarily caused by BHF, when we tried to re-enable access to this site, things went haywire and the hosting company yelled at me.

I have no idea what caused the issues over there, but I knew that I wanted to get this site over to the new (and thusfar, far more stable) server as soon as I could.  I got all the necessary information from the database to launch here, plus all of our uploaded files (including our podcasts).  I even got the old theme, but I decided that since I was planning on creating a new theme for the site anyway, I’d throw the generic “TwentyFourteen” style that comes with our blogging software up here for the time being instead.

That said, kick back, enjoy a great Winter Classic between the Caps and Hawks, and stick with us!  Everything should be back to normal sometime in January!


2014 NHL Entry Draft – First Round

Welcome to BoredHockeyFan’s 2014 NHL Entry Draft coverage. You’ve heard all the buzz.. Let’s get into it..


PICK 1 – FLORIDA PANTHERS – Aaron Ekblad – Barrie (OHL)
PICK 2 – BUFFALO SABRES – Sam Reinhart – Kootenay (OHL)
PICK 3 – EDMONTON OILERS – Leon Darisaitl – Prince Albert (WHL)
PICK 4 – CALGARY FLAMES – Sam Bennett – Kingston (OHL)
PICK 5 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa (OHL)
PICK 6 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Jake Virtanen – Calgary (WHL)
PICK 7 – CAROLINA HURRICANES – Haydn Fleury – Red Deer (WHL)
PICK 8 – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – William Nylander – Modo (SWE)
PICK 9 – WINNIPEG JETS – Nikolaj Ehlers – Halifax (QMJHL)
PICK 10 – ANAHEIM DUCKS – Nick Ritchie – Peterborough (OHL)
PICK 11 – NASHVILLE PREDATORS – Kevin Fiala – HV71 Jr. (SWE-JR.)
PICK 12 – ARIZONA COYOTES – Brendan Perlini – Niagara (OHL)
PICK 13 – WASHINGTON CAPITALS – Jakub Vrana – Linkoping (SWE)
PICK 14 – DALLAS STARS – Julius Honka – Swift Current (WHL)
PICK 15 – DETROIT RED WINGS – Dylan Larkin – USA U-18 (USHL)
PICK 17 – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – Travis Sanheim – Calgary (WHL)
PICK 18 – MINNESOTA WILD – Alex Tuch – USA U-18 (USHL)
PICK 19 – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia (OHL)
PICK 20 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS – Nick Schmaltz – Green Bay (USHL)
PICK 21 – ST. LOUIS BLUES – Rob Fabbri – Guelph (OHL)
PICK 22 – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Kasperi Kapanen – Kalpa (FIN)
PICK 23 – COLORADO AVALANCHE – Conner Bleackley – Red Deer (WHL)
PICK 24 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS – Jared McCann – Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
PICK 25 – BOSTON BRUINS – David Pastrnak – Sodertalje (SWE)
PICK 26 – MONTREAL CANADIENS – Nikita Scherbak – Saskatoon (WHL)
PICK 27 – SAN JOSE SHARKS – Nikolay Goldobin – Sarnia (OHL)
PICK 28 – NEW YORK ISLANDERS – Joshua Ho-Sang – Windsor (OHL)
PICK 29 – LOS ANGELES KINGS – Adrian Kempe – Modo (SWE)
PICK 30 – NEW JERSEY DEVILS – John Quenneville – Brandon (WHL)


VAN trade Ryan Kesler, ’15 3rd Rd to ANA for Nick Bonino Luca Sbisa ’14 1st Rd (24), ’14 3rd Rd (85)
VAN trade Jason Garrison, Rights to Jeff Costello, ’15 7th Rd to TB for ’14 2nd Rd (50)
VAN trade ’14 3rd Rd (85) to NYR for Derek Dorsett
PIT trade James Neal to NSH for Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling
SJS trade ’14 1st Rd (20), ’14 7th Rd (179) to CHI for ’14 1st Rd (27), ’14 2nd Rd (62)
TBL trade ’14 1st Rd (28) to NYI for ’14 2nd Rd (35), ’14 3rd Rd (57)

General, PUCK YOU!

I Love All My Haters!

So from my last article i see not everyone likes the way i write.HA ! You’re still reading it so I’ve done my job. You think cause you bash me I’m gonna Quit? Hell no!! I’m gonna keep writing, keep writing about the Capitals, and whatever else will piss you off. The thing is you’ll keep reading all my posts, probably keep bashing me, BUT I don’t care. To all the true hockey fans and just love to hear a piece about hockey or any related topic, My thanks go out to you and thank you for being a mature adult about it.


Your non giving a puck writer,

Matt Mackey


CHL Spotlight: Erie Otters

The Erie Otters are in the midst of an incredible turnaround after going 10-52-6 (20th overall) in 2011-12 and 19-40-9 (19th) in 2012-13. Erie currently leads the tougher Western Conference, which has the top 4 OHL teams, with a 34-7-2 record entering Friday night. RW Connor Brown (TOR, 156th in 2012) leads the Otters in scoring with 88 points (60 assists) in 43 GP and undrafted overage C Dane Fox paces the team in goals with 51 (81 points in 43 GP). The Otters also boast top 2015 draft prospect C Connor McDavid (58 points in 34 GP), & LW Andre Burakovsky (WAS, 23rd in 2013) has been a boost to the club in his first OHL season after coming over from Malmo with 53 points in 34 GP. His fellow Swede and World Junior Championship teammate, G Oscar Dansk (CLB, 31st in 2012), has vastly improved his numbers to a 1.97 GAA, and .928 SP in 24 games after posting 4.11, .888 numbers in 43 games last season as the D in front of him has improved, led by Islanders prospect Adam Pelech (65th in 2012) with 32 points and a +31 in 35 games. With the most talent they have had since moving to Erie in 1996, the Otters are primed to give the Northwest Pennsylvania city it’s first OHL crown since 2002.

Notable alumni (Erie only):

Ryan O’Reilly 2007-2009
Chris Campoli 2000-2004
Brad Boyes 1998-2002
Tim Connolly 1997-1999

Franchise history:
Windsor Spitfires 1946-53
Hamilton (Tiger Cubs 1953-60, Red Wings 1960-74, Fincups 1974-76)
St Catherines Fincups 1976-77
Hamilton Fincups 1977-78
Brantford Alexanders 1978-84
Hamilton Steelhawks 1984-88
Niagara Falls Thunder 1988-96
Erie Otters 1996-

OHA/OHL Championships

1961-62, 1975-76, 2001-02

Memorial Cup Championships
1961-62, 1975-76



Star Spengler (Cup) Banner – Third Edition

The knockout stage of the Spengler Cup. The matches are as follows:

HC CSKA Moscow vs. HC Viktovice Steel
Team Canada vs. Rochester Americans

HC Davos vs. Winner of CSKA/Viktovice
HC Geneve-Servette vs. Winner of Canada/Rochester

HC CSKA Moscow eliminated HC Viktovice Steel in Overtime 3-2, with Yakov Rylov scoring the Game Winner 46 seconds into overtime.

Team Canada eliminated Rochester Americans 6-3 with both goalies being replaced by the start of the third period.

The semifinals saw the hosts of the tournament, HC Davos, eliminated in a shootout, by HC CSKA Moscow, after former NHLers Alexander Radulov and Alexander Frolov scored for Moscow, with only Reto Von Arx getting on the scoresheet in the shootout for Davos.

HC Geneve-Servette upset Team Canada 6-5 in the second semi. Even with Team Canada playing Matt Hackett, who was the goaltender for the Rochester Americans up until their elimination by Team Canada. Former Maple Leaf Matthew Lombardi scored 4 points, (2 goals 2 assists) for the Swiss side.

So here we are, the final. HC Geneve-Servette got off to a 4-0 lead against HC CSKA Moscow, before it was reeled back to 4-3 late in the third. But Kaspars Daugavins scored an empty-netter to give HC Geneve-Servette their first ever Spengler Cup!

Matthew Lombardi finished the tournament with 8 points (4G, 4A), with Kaspars Daugavins (3G,4A) and Alexander Radulov (4G,3A) on 7 points.


G – Tobias Stephan (HC Geneve-Servette)
RD – Ville Koistinen (HC Davos)
LD- Markus Nordlund (HC Geneve-Servette)
RW- Alexander Radulov (HC CSKA Moscow)
C – Matthew Lombardi (HC Geneve-Servette)
LW- Kaspars Daugavins (HC Geneve-Servette)


Star Spengler (Cup) Banner – Second Edition

What’s this? A tournament that isn’t the World Junior, but features past and future NHLers? It can only be the Spengler Cup!

Game Five, saw the last of the Torriani group, with Geneve-Servette HC and HC CSKA Moscow battling for top spot in the group.

Even though CSKA’s goal scorers were all former NHLers in Alexander Frolov, Alexander Radulov and Sergei Fedorov, it was two goals from former Ottawa Senator and Boston Bruin, Kaspars Daugavins, that got Geneve-Servette over the line in Overtime, to finish top of the Torriani Group.

Game Six. The final group game. Team Canada vs. HC Davos. Winner finishes top of the group. Loser faces the third placed team in the Torriani Group, the Rochester Americans in the next round. As hosts, Davos have home ice advantage, and it shows, as they managed to hold off Team Canada 3-2 to finish top.

The Knockout stage is quite unique in the Spengler Cup, as all six teams involved in the competition, are still active, and all have a chance of winning. How it works, is that the top team from each group gets a bye, whereas the second team in each group, plays the third team in the other group. For example, HC Davos won the Cattini Group, so they advance to the semifinals, where they will face the winner of the HC CSKA Moscow (2nd in the Torriani Group) and HC Viktovice Steel (3rd in the Cattini Group).

The other side of the draw sees Geneve-Servette HC get the bye, and advance to the semi finals, where they will face the winner of the Team Canada (2nd in the Cattini Group)/Rochester Americans (3rd in the Torriani Group) matchup.

Both Quarter-Finals will be played on December 29, the Semi Finals on December 30 and the Final, December 31. All dates are based on Central European Time.


Star Spengler (Cup) Banner – First Edition

Ah, the Spengler Cup. Lying in the dust of the World Junior, Davos, Switzerland holds the invitation-only tournament that first started in 1923.  The teams representing the 2013 edition are:

HC Davos – Play in the Swiss National League A, and also host the Spengler Cup every year.Team Canada – Made up of Canadians playing in Europe, and the American Hockey League (AHL). Won the tournament in 2012 thanks to locked-out NHLers.
Rochester Americans – The Sabres’ AHL-affiliate represent the AHL, and will compete in the tournament for the second time since 1996.
Geneve-Servette HC – Also compete in the Swiss National League A.
HC Vitkovice Steel – Representing the Czech Extraliga.
HC CSKA Moscow – Representing the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)

Geneve-Servette HC, HC CSKA Moscow and the Rochester Americans, make up the Torriani group, whereas HC Davos, Team Canada, and HC Vitkovice Steel, make up the Cattini group. The name of the groups come from Swiss hockey players Richard ‘Bibi’ Torriani and the Cattini brothers, Hans and Ferdinand.

Servette trounced the Americans 5-0 in the first game, thanks to two goals from former NHLer Matthew Lombardi, with fellow former NHLers Kaspars Daugavins and Cody Almond also getting on the scoresheet.

Team Canada defended their title with a 5-4 victory over HC Viktovice Steel in Game Two. Goaltender Chris Mason, a former NHLer, now playing in Italy, got the win in a squad that includes Alexandre Bolduc, Glen Metropolit and Jim Vandermeer. All of which have applied their trade in the National Hockey League during their career.

Game Three and the Rochester Americans give a much better performance, but still go down 4-3 to HC CSKA Moscow. CSKA, lead by multiple Stanley Cup Champion, Sergei Fedorov, Team Captain and former Nashville Predator, Alexander Radulov, and former NHLer Oleg Saprykin.

Game Four, and the hosts HC Davos, start their campaign with a 5-1 win over Vitkovice. Finalists from 2012, Davos will play Team Canada to see who will top their group in a rematch of the 2012 final.

The other game before the final round begins, will be Geneve-Servette HC, taking on HC CSKA Moscow.

It may not be the World Junior, but it is broadcast on TSN, so you Canadians have no excuse for missing it.