Just to reiterate, I think Left Wing is the most shallow of all positions in fantasy hockey. Right Wingers are 2nd but it isn’t particularly close, so many of these lefties could determine your fantasy fate for the upcoming season. Good luck and remember – I’m just the messenger…
On an administrative note, I’ll be putting together some cheat sheets so you guys have something easy to look at while you’re drafting. I’m gonna keep it the same as I’ve been doing (Top 30 overall, then the next Top 20 at each position). I’m thinking I’ll do it in a single post so ya’ll can just go to that page and hit “Print”. Oh and BTW (Big-Titted-Whore????? No, By-The-Way you pervert) this is all on the fly, so your suggestions on how to structure this are welcome….. Now onto the El-Dubs:
11) Thomas Vanek – LW (Buf): Doesn’t that just sound like a Goal scorer’s name? In fact I think Vanek in Austrian means “abuser of Goalies”. He really knows how and when to shoot judging by his career .155 Shooting %. That’s crazy good, and if Derek Roy can stay healthy that gives him somebody more than capable of feeding him the puck. And at just 27 years old, another 40 Goal season is not out of the question.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Okay I apologize in advance for the shortness of this post, but my laptop is having some real issues these days. I’ve lost quite a bit of stuff from this post already thanks to the constant freezing and re-booting. Has anyone ever tried one of those online sites that claims to increase your computer’s speed?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Foozeball was in full force today and I have to give it up to Peyton Manning. Indy is absolutely lost without him and it makes me wonder why he didn’t win MVP every year since 2000. Sure he craps the bed in the playoffs but week in and week out he’s the best football player on the planet. But we’re not here for football, hockey preseason is fast approaching and that means the season is not far off. I can’t wait! Now lets take a look at some guys who could surprise and produce solid #2 RW stats:
19) Johan Franzen – RW (Det): When I first put this list together I had Franzen alot higher than this. I think it’s because he is just so darn streaky and can dominate for long stretches. But he’s just too inconsistent and injury proned for me to feel comfortable drafting. If everything breaks right, he could be a decent #2 RW - But don’t count on it.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So the next few days will be all about wing-men, and no I’m not talking about this kind. (And speaking of that movie, how was there never a sequel? If it had been made 5 years ago is there any doubt it would have turned into a trilogy at least? “We’ve got a hit! It made money! Now go start production on the sequel immediately!” But we don’t even have a script yet.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So this time of year is the calm before the storm in the sports world. Sure we’ve had preseason NFL and a few important college football games, but the preseason sucks in the NFL and I went to Cal State Fullerton – I don’t give a flying F about college football. But a month from now, oh man, it’ll be a sports orgy. The NHL season will begin, the NFL will be in full swing and baseball will be starting their playoffs. It’s the greatest month of the year and it isn’t close. If my life were wired with TIVO, I would just fast forward through the other 11 months and live exclusively in October… Now back to the matter at hand, here are some Centermen to target later in your fantasy hockey drafts:
21) Tomas Plekanec – C (Mon): This plucky little guy always seems to fly under the radar in drafts. He is capable of putting up 65-70 points over a full season and he gets alot of time on the power play, which always ups a player’s value in my book. But there is no upside over that, so don’t fall in love.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So before I wrote this post I went back and looked at the Top 30 and realized 13 of the 30 are Centers. At first I questioned my own logic for ranking players, but then I rationalized that (almost always) the guys with the most talent and playmaking ability end up as top line Centers. Every player in the NHL dominated their competition when they were younger, so in an effort to maximize scoring smart Coaches move them to Center. They handle the puck the majority of the time, they take face-offs and in general are the leaders of their line. And if you have a brain in your head you realize handling the puck more than anyone on the ice will lead to points. Thus their high value in fantasy (good logic eh?).Please, blog, may I have some more?
“The D will set you free!” Hey thanks Vic the Brick! Do you have anything else to add or is that pretty much the range of your analytic abilities? “You must play like your hair is on fire!” Yeah that might be a problem on the ice. “You are like the bamboo, you bend but…” Okay shutup now you’ve already proven you have zero sports knowledge. Pretty amazing considering that’s your job… Anywho, it’s time for me to bring the mad def energy and hit you with some actual analysis. You’ve heard me rail against the importance of drafting defenseman early in the draft, so don’t do it. That said you need 4 of them in most leagues so knowing who they are is still important. We will start on #3, because only Keith Yandle (#23) and Kris Letang (#30) cracked my Top 30. And since there are typically 4 spots for Defenseman on a roster, this will be more than a 1 shot deal. I’ll get to as many as I can tonight, all depends on how drunk I may or may not be when I get home from Dodger stadium, assuming of course I make it home in 1 piece.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Goalies! As I intimated in the Strategery post there are alot of good goaltenders out there. Different leagues start drafting Goalies at different times, so the more you know about your league the better. If you forgot the Top 6 goalies, go here and scroll down slowly, they’re in there. There will be more about Goalies to come, so stay tuned. It’ll be a hoot!Please, blog, may I have some more?