Okay. It has come to my attention that vicb will not be running the ECAC Pick the Standings contest this year, and I just couldn't let it die. You may know me from the weekly RPI Pick-to-Click game and the annual ECAC Projected Standings post. As long as it's okay with vicb, I'll handle running this contest this year. I know this is coming with very short notice, but hopefully we'll still be able to get a good turnout before the ECAC schedule starts this Friday.
So here we go again! One final cheer for jstadts for winning last year's contest, and one final jeer to Rjm7272 for keeping me from taking the bottom spot. As always, the contest is easy. Pick the ECAC Standings at the end of the 2017-18 season in order from 1-12 (no ties). Playoff seedings determine the position of the teams in case of a regular season tie. I'm changing things ever so slightly with how scores will appear, though the mechanics are the same in the end. Rather than a simple square of the distance between your prediction and the actual standings, I'm going to report the Spearman's rank correlation coefficient between each participant's predictions and the real standings. This change is just because I am difficult (and if people really complain, I can report both metrics). In the end, all scores will range between 1 and -1 (rather than between 0 and 572), and the CLOSEST TO 1 WINS. You have until the puck drops on the first ECAC contests (RPI at Union/Brown at Yale; Friday, 27 October at 7 PM EDT) to get your picks in.
Tie breakers are:
Pick correctly the ECACHL Regular Season Champ.
Have the most teams in the correct order of finish.
Have the most top 6 teams in the correct order of finish.
I will flip a coin.
You can change your picks at any time up till the drop of the puck of the first league game, however DO NOT EDIT THE ORIGINAL PICKS . Just put up a new post with your change.
Here are the past winners and biggest losers since 2002:
Year Winner Pts Last Place Pts
2002-2003 Ken Schott 50 jen 288
2003-2004 inobmaz 70 Earl Leatherland 300
2004-2005 snwbrdr 82 RPIBMW 330
2005-2006 Red Cloud 26 Papa Smurf 226
2006-2007 Slumulva 98 The Random Number 434
2007-2008 TchrBill 128 The Random Number 420
2008-2009 Union93 48 cudmud 286
2009-2010 Saints17 70 Chefvad and petal 354
2010-2011 Go Puckman 44 sgt12 268
2011-2012 Kepler 76 The Random Number 314
2012-2013 Go Puckman 150 cudmud 372
2013-2014 KnucklePuck CU 100 Old Time Hockey 274
2014-2015 DrDemento 92 lugnut92 302
2015-2016 jmhusker 24 ColSkate65 274
2016-2017 jstadts 64 Rjm7272 372
I'll post updates each week so everyone can keep track of their standing as the year progresses. Good luck everyone!