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Pre-tournament prediction in white

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Bieber, Justin I can't stand powder puff youtube punk kids like Justin Bieber.   I will probably look him up and kick his ass if he really comes to Nashville.  In my day, this guy would be lucky to be a stage hand.   Can't imagine he can play a sport like hockey.    I heard he is forming his own fan club too.   Probably will go over on points since he is all about himself and will push to score even if he picks up a minus trying.

Well, for sure he didn't gain any new fans.  An indifferent performance by Bieber.   Only managed one goal and the opposing goalie wasn't even in the net.  Even Old McDonald did better scoring one against a real goalie.   Maybe next time Bieber will earn his spot.

Belding, Preston An old guard member of the team.   Probably about as worn out as me, but hey, give him credit for showing up and trying.    At a minimum, I bet he will go to some of the local clubs and drop a few bucks on the young country stars.  Pick him to go over but only if the number is zero or .5. 

Belding certainly exceeded everyone's expectations as the leader of the checking line.   His over under was plus/minus of -2, so expectations were low.   But without a doubt he was one of the brighter spots in the losing effort.    Nicely done.

Benninger, Steve From what I have read about the history of this team, I think I would like this guy.  He seems like a gamer even if he is pushing 50.   I do question his judgment brining punks like Bieber, Macha and the VanHacks kid to a place like Nashville.   Maybe there is just a shortage of men up North and he had to fill the roster.   If anyone goes over, it will probably be him. '

The Captain had another great tournament going waaaay over and playing really well.   He managed to set up some nice goals and raise the level of his line mates.   The only downside was a lack of organization outside the arena.  He failed to get them downtown to waste money in my museum and the famous bars.  Maybe he will get his priorities straight next time.

Channer, Dwight I found out about this guy on the Internet.   Doesn't look like he is much of a player, but it seems he is pretty smart.  I wouldn't know about smart.   If he really is smart, he will just go to the net and hope a few pucks go in off of him.  If you believe in luck, then pick Channer to be over.

Right from the start you could see Channer had been playing lots of hockey this year.   He even managed an excellent goal off a legitimate Benninger pass and I would have to say he played reasonably well in each game.

Crawford, Brian From the stats sheet we can tell he is not related to the NHL Crawford although if they replace the puck with a beach ball, he may be able to pitch a shutout.   It is tough to pitch a shutout.   He is replacing the legendary JOEY Krizek.  Those are some big skates to fill, not to mention the alcohol he will have to consume to even be considered in the same class. 
Hartley, Jason A rookie who just returned to the ice this year.  My sources tell me he is finally starting to play well and make an impact.   I don't see much scoring on this team so Hartley may be the wild card.   In fact, if the Chaos end up playing a game on Sunday it is likely to be thanks to this guy.  If not, it will be his fault that they are going home empty handed.  No pressure.   I pick him over, but not over enough. 

I like this guy more after the tournament.  He obviously put his priority on cutting loose, guzzling beer and partying as opposed to worrying about the hockey games.  He is my kind of guy.  I hope he comes back next year and makes it downtown.

Kappler, Brian Does this guy still play hockey or is he just sponsoring another team?   He is on the roster, but that doesn't mean much.  In fact, even if he pays it doesn't mean he will show up.   But if he does, his big contribution may well be baby sitting the young punks at the fun Nashville clubs.   For sure the once sharp and relentless attacking Forward will likely be a little bit rusty.   So, I look for him to be under.   WAAAAY Under. 

A member of Belding's checking line, I have to give him partial credit for helping Belding in the mission to not be too far negative.   It would have been better if he had put in a goal or two, but I think his performance rates as slightly satisfactory. 

Krizek, JOEY I don't know if this guy is coming, but if he does, I'm partying with him.   It only took me a few minutes to decide he is my favorite player on this team.   Even though it seems he recently decided to get married, but after he hangs with me for a while, he may never go back.   Hopefully he will be coaching the team.

My biggest disappointment.  He was a now show.  I almost started crying.

Kurmaniak, Chris Another rookie.   To date, a career minor leaguer just scraping by.   Ideally he will surprise everyone and make a big contribution.   With a nickname like The Maniac, I won't say anything bad about him.  He could probably party with my crowd and fit in well.   I have to pick someone to go over so it will be The Maniac.

Big surprise here .... he put in a couple goals in the first game and was an offensive force.  I have to give this guy the Rookie of the Year award.  Captain Chaos should definitely bring him back next time. 

Macha, Mike No question he is a solid defenseman and may score a point or two.   But here in Nashville, pretty boys like him get chewed up and spit out.  I bet he doesn't even have a pair of cowboy boots.   My guess is he will go home and never come back.   For sure he will be  under. 

Macha had a pretty decent tournament.  Although he was on the ice for more goals against than I expected, he did offset that with a strong offensive performance.  

Lovell, Andy Hands down, after JOEY, this guy looks like my favorite skater on the team.   Reminds me of my younger days when I didn't have any brains at all and did the dumbest things I could.   Thankfully, I wised up.  Thankfully he hasn't so the Chaos should have some great entertainment in Nashville.   Pick the push on him but only if the number is zero.

A huge disappointment from the party end which I say is most important.   Didn't crawl to his room once and never spent one minute laying on the front lawn.  If anyone was going to lead a group downtown, I thought sure it would be Andy.  I wonder if he is getting older or smarter.  I hope just older.  

McDonald, Pete What?  A 60 year old skater on the team.   Keep the ambulances warmed up if he tries to last more than about 45 seconds on a shift.   Whoever he is trading with will probably get the most ice time of anyone.  But you never know, seems he is either really, really good, or nearly invisible.   I like old guys and root for them to do well.

A return to the Chaos seemed to rejuvenate this guy.  He had one really nice goal (unlike Bieber) and was as true force out on defense selflessly blocking shot after shot.   A total team player, he spent nearly the entire time in game 3 watching from the bench while the team killed Tyler's penalties.  In fact, he even served one of Tyler's penalties after he was kicked out and drinking Gatorade in the locker room.   If I were him, I would have made Tyler pay my entire bar bill on Saturday night. 

Owen, Will Unfortunately, here is a guy who seems to have cleaned up his act.  Hopefully he has not lost his ability out there on the ice now that he won't drink any more of that 'Burning beer of Fire' that made him famous.   But you never know.  He will be on scholarship and hopefully will try to put a dent in da Butcha's wallet.   For sure Will will be an over pick for me.

Mr. Owen played reasonably well.   But I did notice that he totally failed to take advantage of the Sandstrom Scholarship.   You have to give this guy the "whatever it takes" award since he played a game with his skate glued together.   He probably wanted to save his money for beer when he gets back to Chicago. 

Sandstrom, Eric Tough choice when I picked Lovell as my favorite player.  da Butcha would have been #1 in his younger days, but he seems to have mellowed.   Maybe the country scene in Nashville will rekindle da Butcha of old.   Let's hope so.   I would have loved to go out on a Butcha Mission with him back when he was a fun guy.  He will probably be an under.   Benninger will expect too much and base his number on performance long since passed.

Da Butcha played well as excpected.  He even ditched his family downtown for a while to party with the team.  The old Butcha would have just sent them all home in an Uber but I still give him a C+ passing grade for dragging them all to the last game and making them watch him take a penalty .... big surprise.

Schraffenberger, Troy Now of all the young guys on the team, Schraffenberger looks to be the type I might eventually like.   Not much bothers him and he has a great attitude.    But his reliability is extremely questionable.  I would not want to have to rely on someone like him to get me hope after an epic bender.   I think he could get pretty crazy here and end up barely able to skate.  Go with the under on Troy. 

Troy played pretty well.   Unfortunately he behaved himself and didn't even appear hung over for the early Saturday game.    Probably the biggest disappointment that I had now that I look back on my pre-tournament predictions.  He has a ways to go to get in the class of a Krizek, Lovell, McDonald, Lovell or Benninger.  Maybe someday he will get there, but for now, he has a ways to go. 

VanHeukelom, Tyler Nickname of VanHacks?  That says it all.   He better adapt to the southern hospitality quickly or he will spend the weekend in the penalty box or possibly even in jail.  He would be wise give $500 to someone like Captain Chaos to pay his bail after he gets stupid on Friday or Saturday.    On the ice, if he is not in the box, he definitely has the ability to go over.  He should go over.  But only if he realizes the refs in Nashville are not blind.

Well, it seems I was spot on about this punk although unless you consider the penalty box "jail" he behaved better than I thought, at least off the ice.  On the ice, it was as expected.  He even managed to ensure the team would blow the last game by taking 3 penalties and getting kicked out of a close game.   I think he may have anger issues so I won't say anything else bad about him .... even though it would be easy for me to do.  Instead, I will just say that the refs were clearly biased against him just like every ref in every city in every rink where he plays.