WHL Playoffs – Just For Fun

I decided to take a look at the current standings and try out the various ways playoff positioning can be determined as well as magic numbers for the top three seeds in each division. Here is the magic number for for the current standings for the 2018-19 Western Hockey League playoffs.

US Division
Everett Silvertips 22
Portland Winterhawks 33
Spokane Chiefs 38
BC Division
Vancouver Giants 34
Victoria Royals 45
Kelowna Rockets 52
Central Division
Edmonton Oil Kings 38
Lethbridge Hurricanes 40
Red Deer Rebels 41
East Division
Prince Albert Raiders 17
Saskatoon Blades 36
Moose Jaw Warriors 41

These magic numbers represent the number of points that need to be gained by the team OR the number of points lost by the team currently in ninth place in the conferences. Those teams are the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Next, I thought it would be fun to compare the match-ups in all the different styles we have seen in recent years as well as how the QMJHL does things.

Here are your current match-ups for the 2018-19 playoffs which, of course, are subject to change:

Everett Silvertips vs. Prince George Cougars

Vancouver Giants vs. Tri-City Americans

Portland Winterhawks vs. Spokane Chiefs

Victoria Royals vs. Kelowna Rockets

Prince Albert Raiders vs. Calgary Hitmen

Edmonton Oil Kings vs. Medicine Hat Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Red Deer Rebels

Saskatoon Blades vs. Moose Jaw Warriors

We can now look at the old format where the division leaders are seeded one and two and then all the remaining teams in the conference are positioned by points:

Western Conference

(1) Everett Silvertips vs. (8) Prince George Cougars

(2) Vancouver Giants vs. (7) Kelowna Rockets

(3) Portland Winterhawks vs. (6) Tri-City Americans

(4) Spokane Chiefs vs. (5) Victoria Royals

Eastern Conference

(1) Prince Albert Raiders vs. (8) Calgary Hitmen

(2) Edmonton Oil Kings vs. (7) Medicine Hat Tigers

(3) Saskatoon Blades vs. (6) Moose Jaw Warriors

(4) Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. (5) Red Deer Rebels

Not much changes in the Eastern Conference but that is based on points currently obtained by the teams.

On points percentage, Red Deer would actually take over the Central Division, Lethbridge would also pass Edmonton, and Moose Jaw would leap ahead of Saskatoon.

Also based on points, here are seeds one through sixteen the division leaders again will be seeded one through four regardless of position:

(1) Prince Albert Raiders vs. (16) Kelowna Rockets

(2) Everett Silvertips vs. (15) Brandon Wheat Kings

(3) Vancouver Giants vs. (14) Victoria Royals

(4) Edmonton Oil Kings vs (13) Tri-City Americans

(5) Saskatoon Blades vs. (12) Calgary Hitmen

(6) Portland Winterhawks vs. (11) Medicine Hat Tigers

(7) Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. (10) Spokane Chiefs

(8) Red Deer Rebels vs. (9) Moose Jaw Warriors

In the 16-team format, the Brandon Wheat Kings bump the Prince George Cougars from the playoffs.

Which playoff format would you prefer? Feel free to leave a comment and join the conversation.

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