2016 Stanley Cup Brackets: How’d I Do?

2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs officially over, I thought now would be a great time to look at both of my busted brackets. This year, the NHL’s official bracket challenge allowed participants to create three brackets instead of just one. It’s a pretty good thing too, cause the one bracket only kind of screwed me last season.

NHL 2015 Stanely Cup® Playoffs
My 2015 bracket. Not my best.

Yeah, whoops.

That being said, even with new rules in place I still had little success on the bracket front.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung
My main bracket earned 93 points and had no Cup Finalists past the first round.

In my hardcore, “hockey analyst” bracket, I showed my knowledge by picking the St. Louis Blues, which seemed pretty solid. But I also looked at previous playoffs and thought, “If the Kings and Rangers each beat the Sharks and Penguins in recent years, they’ll do it again this year!”

Oh, how wrong I was.

The Blues did end up making the Western Conference Final, but they ended up running into the runaway train from San Jose. The Capitals were my runners-up, but they lost out to the eventual champion Penguins.

Which brings us to my fantasy bracket.

2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge powered by Samsung
My fantasy bracket scored 156 points and produced one Cup finalist.

My fantasy bracket choices came solely from my personal biases. The dream of seeing Roberto Luongo lifting the Cup with have to wait another year, thanks to the Islanders knocking out Lu’s Panthers in Round One. I nearly went perfect in the West, but the Stars were still too much for the Wild.

Ah well, as we say in Vancouver, “There’s always next year”.

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