While the 2012-13 NHL season is on hold, fans can follow the mythical Borschland Hockey League.
This is a continuation of the season preview from the last post. In this portion, we will predict the teams finishes and tell you why.
Note: There is no such thing as a playoff in Borschland. The regular season is everything.
1. Te Staff: Te Staff is always the favorite, but this year has more question marks than usual. Last year's squad finished 9th, and many of the same players are back again this year. As well, they have added NHL lockout refugee Sherm Reinhardt, who's big and skilled and projects as first line center, but who is completely untested in the league. Nevertheless, Te Staff gathered nearly 85% of the votes for league winner this year.
2. Matexipar: The Iron Sticks are perennial top five finishers, and led by their outstanding goalie Heiko Moordfors, who last year posted a 1.56 goals-against average, they look to be Te Staff's primary adversary this year. Large, aggressive, and fast, these impressive steel town skaters may just run away with the Bloomenstaaf Cup this year.
3. Bjaward: With the third most championships in the league, Bjaward is always a strong contender. The Sudmass brothers, Jelle and Joris, are the two starting fist line wings for Bjaward and are two of the best skaters in the league.
4. Mechen: This university city recieved a single vote in the preseason poll, and some consider them a dark horse to win the championship. It will have to be the young center who just graduated from the university, Wujbe Kappe, because the rest of Mechen is experienced, but aging.
5. Onatten: They finished a disappointing eighth last year, but a trade of cash and three players to cash-starved Holtzlund brought them a two-way defenseman that some consider one of the top three players in the league, Tjaard Meern. The organization hopes that he can give them another championship or at least a top three finish.
6. Bevinlunz: This team was looking for an identity last year. They hope they have found it in aging superstar Sikke Pfelward, one of the best to play the game.
7. Rjaward: They are looking to goalie Rokus Osthav'n, who posted the best save percentage last year, to carry the team. Goal-scoring is a problem that will doom them to too many wasted performances by Osthav'n.
8. Atterische: A team full of middling talent, Atterische typically is conservative during the offseason. They made few big moves, but they will get team captain Dujwe Lugbach back from an MCL tear that kept him out for the last three weeks of the season last year, plummeting them to a thirteenth place finish.
9. Domatische: The word is that coach Ejlert Onderkammer will lose his job if the team doesn't finish in the top five. They made a few gambles, including adding high-salary player Lourens Nordhall to make an attempt to be competitive.
10. Tarlunz: The team lost a couple of players due to free agency, another retired, and yet another was lost in preseason practice and could be out for the year. It's up to goalie Lubbert Veeststaff to keep the team together. They'll win games against the middle of the league, but they won't compete for a championship.
11. Lojren: Te Lughaus figures to have another disappointing year. Klaes Dujvenhoven is one of the best defenseman in the league, but he can't carry the team.
12. Sajbell: Their attendance has dropped off, and they don't generate enough revenue to stay competitive. Japik Wejdhojm is the lone bright spot on this team, with 30 goals last year.
13. Wrischer: The youngest teams in the league, with an average age of 23, they'll lose a lot of games due to inexperience, but they have promising talent. 20 year old center Sjoerd Bommelansch and 21 year old left wing Kaj Ganesmund anchor a first line full of promise.
14. Holtzlund: Having traded away Tjaard Meern, Holtzlund will look to use the extra cash to rebuild this year. Zujt Jaagerhorn, the best player recieved in the trade, was fifth in the league last year in assists.
15. Menesanne: Their ceiling is probably ten wins this year, but young goalie Wob Ramsbeck has potential and should keep them in a few games.
16. Sichebache: Another last place finish seems imminent, but they should have more wins than last year's three. Sujmen Meetterheerst was fourth in the league in shots attempted last year, but twenty-third in goals scored.