Monday, April 11, 2011

Fantasy Hockey Roundup

With the NHL regular season finally over, fantasy poolies can look back and reflect on the season that was, or wasn't, for their teams. Make sure to join our CBC Fantasy Hockey Pool Group for your Playoff Fantasy Hockey fix and your chance to win a car (not from us).
Dirty Dangle's pick for Fantasy Player of the Year
What a fantasy hockey season it was. Injuries, breakouts, and Vancouver Canucks. Sidney Crosby missed half the season, Zach Parise missed a majority of it, Mike Green played 49 games and Evgeni Malkin only played in 43. As much as those injuries would have hurt you, it wouldn't have been hard to pick up a free agent/waiver that didn't add some extra punch to your lineup. Jeff Skinner, Logan Couture, Mikhail Grabovski, Sergei Bobrovsky, Brandon Dubinsky and James Reimer were all players who (probably) got overlooked in drafts, but found themselves getting scooped up on the free agent/waiver wire. And if you managed to grab anyone from the Vancouver Canucks there was a good chance you finished top 3 in your pool. The Sedins, Kesler, Luongo, Ehrhoff, Samuelsson, Burrows and even Cory Schneider all had solid fantasy numbers. Here are your fantasy players of the year by position:

Fantasy Players of the Year by Position

C - Steven Stamkos
This position boils down to what your team needs, but ultimately Steven Stamkos delivered. Stammer started hot, and had many asking if he'd reach 50 goals in 50 games. Unfortunately, he cooled, but still finished with 45 goals and 91 points. His 36 powerplay points led all centres and he managed to rack up a decent PIM total (74) and shot count (272). Stamkos was a plus player for the first time in his career (+3) and at the age of 21, he is a definite keeper in any league.
Notable Mentions:
Henrik Sedin - great assist totals and +/-, you get bonus points if you pulled a Brian Burke in 1999 and managed to draft him and Daniel Sedin.
Ryan Kesler - one of the best all-around fantasy players this season thanks to 4 shorthanded points, a rating of +24 and a career high 41 goals - he also led the league in interview bombs.

LW - Daniel Sedin
League leader in points, league leader in powerplay points, red head - and all this as a left winger. One of the toughest positions to fill a roster with, it's always good to try and grab a strong LW before any other position, and Daniel fulfilled every poolies wishes. With Alex Ovechkin having a not-so-OV-year, Daniel takes the top fantasy left winger this year, the Art Ross Trophy with 104 points and could add a potential Hart Trophy as well.
Notable Mentions:
Alexander Ovechkin - 32 goals is an off-year for AO, but he's still OV and provided fantasy owners with solid stats to compete for a championship
Milan Lucic - Looch managed 30 goals this season, and had 121 PIMs - only he and Corey Perry had 30 goals and 100+PIMs this season.

RW - Corey Perry
One of our all-time favourite fantasy players to draft, Corey Perry did not disappoint this year. His 50 goals, 48 assists, 104 PIMs, 31 powerplay points, 5 shorthanded points, 11 game winning goals and 290 shots make him our top fantasy hockey player of the year. Always a solid fantasy guy, Perry increased his scoring output to make him a dominant fantasy player this year - easily your Fantasy Hockey Pool MVP.
Notable Mentions:
Martin St. Louis - Stamkos' wheelman, his 68 assists were the highest in his career, not bad for a short guy.
Jarome Iginla - Iggy finished the season on a high note with 18 goals and 28 points in 18 game since the trade deadline. Always a solid fantasy guy.

D - Dustin Byfuglien
Big Buff finished as the only 20-goal D-man in the league, and finished 2nd behind Ovechkin in shots taken with 347 out of all the players. Throw in 93 PIMs and the fact that Yahoo! had him listed as a D/RW all season is an even bigger plus. Not many expected him to continue his strong play when he left Chicago, but Byfuglien showed them.
Notable Mentions:
Lubomir Visnovsky - league leading 68 points for a defenceman helped steady the Ducks playoff ship
Kris Letang - 50 points, 24 powerplay points - without Sidney Crosby.

G - Tim Thomas
Beat Dominik Hasek for the single season save percentage record with a .938, and his 2.00 GAA was tops in the league. 9 shutouts and 35 wins don't hurt either. Bonus points if you got him late because of Tuukka Rask's expected emergence.
Notable Mentions:
Pekka Rinne - always consistent - 33 wins, 2.12 GAA and .930 save percentage
Henrik Lundqvist - league leading 11 shutouts greatly increased his value

Here are some interesting stats from the past season:
  • Cam Ward led all goalies with 74 game started this season in which he earned 37 wins. Vezina Trophy favourite Tim Thomas started in only 55 games, and had 35 wins.
  • Chris Phillips was a league worst -35, good enough for a contract extension that sees him get over $3 million a year.
  • Zenon Konopka led the league in PIMs with 307 - thanks to 25 majors and 10 misconducts; P.K. Subban led the league with 42 minor penalties
  • Brandon Dubinsky and Milan Lucic shared the Pad Your Stats Award this year - they led the league with 5 empty net goals each.
  • Cal Clutterbuck led the league in hits again with 336 - his 3rd straight year with that title.
  • Brad Boyes and Alex Goligoski tied for the most games played with 83.

8 comments:

  1. Despite the extra game, Boyes still couldn't manage 20 goals. IF he is ever going to see 40 goals in a season he will need to find a way to squeeze in some more extra games!

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  2. Boyes should be in a Leaf jersey

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  3. I am shocked that Ovechkin didn't win the pad your stats award this year.

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  4. This was an interesting season for the whole league. You had the Caps in the horrible slump and then turning it back around (Ovy finished strong this year). Crosby being out for half the year, the Canucks walking over the league, Chicago JUST making the playoffs, head shots galore, Winnipeg's possible comeback... just too many things to talk about.

    My top moments were Lidstrom's first career hat trick (at 40 years old), the Islanders revenge on the Penguins (Talbot getting his ass kicked 3 times in one game), the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry heating up again and Stevie Y turning around Tampa Bay.

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  5. Corey Perry saved my fantasy team this year and helped me sneak into 1st in the last week.

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  6. It's pretty crazy that twins have won the Art Ross back to back.

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  7. I snagged Perry with the 43rd pick after Getzlaf and Ryan were gone. When I lost Crosby, Perry carried me the rest of the way. Throw in Tim Thomas and it was an easy season for me.

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  8. surprising to see PK leading the league in minor penalties. however its more surprising not to see Greer and Simmonds in 2nd and 3rd.

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