Here we are... the day of the Finals. The Oilers and the Hurricanes will do battle tonight in Raleigh, North Carolina to begin the final stage in the Quest for the Cup.
It has been a bit of a ride so far, in which the biggest surprise, especially in the pool, is that the Oilers have made it this far. With the 90 selections of Hurricanes and finishing second in the Eastern Conference, it was no real surprise to anyone that Carolina made it to the finals. The 13 Oiler selections showed no confidence by the pool in Edmonton. They made it pretty far, going through tough competition and now they have been rewarded with at least 4 games in the final.
Players that are being watched in the Finals:
Cory Stillman, 12 selections, 22 pool points
Eric Staal, 7 selections, 21 points (Destroyers)
Justin Williams, 14 selections, 15 points
Doug Weight, 3 selections, 13 points
Ray Whitney, 13 selections, 11 points (Halos)
Mark Recchi, 4 selections, 11 points
Bret Hedican, 9 selections, 9 points (Halos & Destroyers)
Frank Kaberle, 4 selections, 8 points
Martin Gerber, 6 selections, 4 points
Aaron Ward, 7 selections, 2 points
Oleg Tverdovsky, 11 selections, 0 points (Halos)
Dwayne Roloson, 1 selection, 28 points (Destroyers)
Chris Pronger, 2 selections, 17 points
Ryan Smyth, 1 selection, 14 points (Destroyers)
Sergei Samsonov, 3 selections, 14 points
Ales Hemsky, 1 selection, 13 points
Jaroslav Spacek, 1 selection, 9 points (Destroyers)
Jason Smith, 2 selections, 6 points
Radek Dvorak, 2 selections, 0 points
It should prove to be a doozy of a final... it's almost sort of too bad that there wasn't many Oilers taken, it probably would have made the pool a little bit closer down the stretch, but that's the nature of the game.