20/21 Season Review: These Kids Are Good Eggs (All-Star and All-Conference Rosters plus some Hobey/Patty Kaz action)
Yep, that's about it. This season's wrap up comes very late, and honestly, my heart just wasn't in it much. It's a little disingenuous to watch the NCAA and athletic directors go ahead with a season and risk the lives and health of my peers without most schools having adequate procedures in place. This coupled with the fact that the OSU men played like they were back in the late 2000's and the women basically had to play more than half of their games against 2 of the 3 teams that I considered better than them on paper. Rude as hell tbh.
However, I'm super happy my fellow seniors were able to finish their college careers out with one last hurrah before being stuck in a cubicle for the rest of their lives! We got some fun moments along the way and while Mr. Bee couldn't pull off an upset for me and the Bucks weren't able to figure out Kennedy Blair, the tournaments were extremely enjoyable to watch once again! Enough about that however, you came here for some pretty charts and I refuse to disappoint. I'm not going to write that much here since, A: I suck at writing words, and B: you want to look at the charts anyway. As talked about last year, these roster cards use my Win Shares numbers. They are designed to simulate the strength of a lineup in a game situation. So, each line's numbers are adjusted for expected ice time in a game situation. Could this entire thing have been a tweet? Probably. But, as mentioned before, I'm heading into the world of working stiffs and I might as well dive headfirst into the culture of making things needlessly time-consuming and complicated. Enjoy!
Men's All Star Team
Women's All Star Team
My Win Shares model had Daryl Watts winning the Patty Kaz and Cole Caufield winning the Hobey (Wisconsin, control yourself plz). 1 for 2 isn't bad. While Aerin Frankel wasn't among my picks to win, she firmly was a Tier 2 choice for me, so I think it wasn't completely out of line. She had one hell of a season.
As mentioned last year, to make this exercise more fun, and simply because I wanted to, I set the rule that every conference team had to have at least one player from every school that played this season. This leads to interesting choices about where to slot some players and who to cut out. I also put a next player in for each position group to see who would be subbed in should a player have to "drop out".
Men's Atlantic Hockey Team
Men's Big Ten Team
Men's ECAC Team
Men's Hockey East Team
Men's NCHC Team
Men's WCHA Team
Men's DI Top Units
Many people say the Big Ten ruined college hockey. I say y'all just need to play better, hockey is the sport of us corn people now :)
Women's CHA Team
Women's ECAC Team
Women's Hockey East Team
Women's WCHA Team
Women's DI Top Units
*imagining that WCHA forward group score a billion goals* ope sorry didn't see you there I was just manifesting
I have some big improvements planned to the model for next season, and hopefully this can reflect itself more in these blog posts and Twitter activity. Stay tuned!