Memorial Cup predictions
With game one currently underway at the Memorial Cup, I better hastily scribble down my predictions before the results come in.
Winner: Kelowna. Forget all of the talk about London's high-powered offence and the Sidney Crosby Show. Systems and experience win championships, and despite the fact they don't have the most talented team at the tourney, Kelowna has boatloads of both. Provided rookie netminder Kristopher Westblom can hold up in goal, the Rockets are going to win a ton of low-scoring, tight-checking games — the likes of which London and Rimouski haven't played in their respective leagues.
Thanks for showing up: Ottawa.
I did say hastily. I realize I'm going way out on a limb here — only one of the National Post's nine pundits picked the Rockets — so cut me some slack if London and/or Rimouski do roll through the tournament.
Unfortunately I'm working nights all week on the news desk, so I won't get to watch a ton of the hockey. I'll be following things as well as I can, however, so expect more on the tournament as we get into things.