Winner of the Summer 2015 Cage Match Tournament

Rick Roos



Mark Stone vs. Nikita Kucherov, plus Summer 2015 Tournament winner revealed


Winner of the Summer 2015 Cage Match Tournament

Before we get started with this week’s return to regular Cage Match format, it’s time to let everyone know who won the summer 2015 Cage Match Tournament to determine which NHLer would see his 2015-16 average draft position on Yahoo rise or fall the most as compared to 2014-15. The finalists were Vladimir Tarasenko (from the “risers” bracket) and Alexander Semin (from the “fallers” brackets).

In the end, Tarasenko was the runaway winner. My only disappointment is Semin signed with Montreal at the 11th hour of the tournament; and had that not occurred, I believe the final match might’ve been much closer. After all, in the semi-finals Tarasenko’s momentum appeared to be slowing, while Semin was seemingly gaining steam. Oh well……

Thanks again to everyone who voted, commented in the forum polls, and read the columns while the tourney was running. As of now I’m targeting the end of the year for another exciting tournament, so be sure to stay tuned! One final note – the answers to last week’s bonus quiz were 1E, 2A, 3F, 4H, 5C, 6B, 7D and 8G.

Now Back to Regularly Scheduled Cage Match Programming

This week the focus is on two younger players that figure to be among the most buzzed about wingers leading up to the 2015-16 season – Mark Stone and Nikita Kucherov, who finished within just one point of each other for 2014-15. Now the magic question is whether we should expect them to improve, hold their ground, or even take a step backwards in 2015-16. Time to find out – Cage Match starts now.

Career Path and Contract Status

If Kucherov’s teammate