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Fantasy Playoff Draft Results

Just because I can’t get enough playoff pools, here are the results of a playoff fantasy draft that I was lucky enough to participate in yesterday.

The league settings are as follows: 8 teams, head-to-head, 3 forwards, 3 defensemen, 3 forwards/defensemen, and 1 goalie. A total of ten free agent moves are allowed to be made during the playoffs, as any non-drafted players remain on the waiver wire.

Some of the scoring settings are as follows: two points for a goal, one point for an assist, three points for a win, and one point for a shutout. A point of less than one is added for each shot on goal, plus/minus, and save. A point of less than one is subtracted for each penalty minute, goal allowed, and goalie loss.

If you’re interested in setting up your own pool, you’ll want to check out fantasypostseason.com, where I’ve set up this league.

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Playoff Pools: Rate My Team

Just like tax season and the Leafs missing the playoffs, springtime in Canada is all about hockey pools. So whenever I receive an invite to one, I jump at the chance.

The following is my entry to a hockey pool at my wife’s work. For a mere 20 dollars, I pick any 20 players from any of the 16 playoff teams. The league uses a very simple scoring system - goals and assists - which is why you won’t see any goalies or even defensemen. This entry required approximately a half hour of thought, which is about the time I put into last year’s team, which won first place in a league of about ten contestants.

At the very least, you’ll get an idea of which teams I think will make it to the second round, based on my selections. Who did I miss? Who should I not have included? Feel free to provide feedback, and I might explain my selections and strategy.

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Fantasy All-Bust Team

Last and definitely least in our lists of First-Team All Stars, we have our All-Bust team. For some of these players, the writing was certainly on the wall for either a drop in production or an almost certain inability to hold a preseason ranking. However, all of these players disappointed fantasy teams in a significant way this season. The silver lining is perhaps these players could be in for a bounce-back next season, certainly at lower prices than before. Just don’t overpay on draft day next season.

As the custom has been, I’ll list my busts first. Then Chris Wassel from The Program will provide his list of fantasy hockey’s top underachievers this season.

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Fantasy All-Sleeper Team

I continue my list of all-star teams with the top sleepers by position this season. It’s fair to say that all except one player on this list were not expected to be sleepers this season. But that’s part of the fun of fantasy hockey – if you look past the name of the player and what numbers he is supposed to post, you’ll find a surprising player that turns out to be an incredible fantasy asset.

First I will list my All-Sleeper Team, then Chris Wassel of The Program will list his.

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The Program’s Fantasy All Stars

As promised earlier, here is Chris Wassel’s list of fantasy all stars. He has also included some top rookies, “vintage wines”, and a second all-star team in addition to the first all-star team.

You can find Chris’ work on both fantasy hockey and general interest hockey on his site, The Program.

Six months ago, fantasy hockey players started on a journey that would be filled with many highs and lows. There have been a lot of injuries and some very significant ones at that. We saw Sidney Crosby go down a couple times this year and miss quite a big chunk of time. Then there was the likely career ending concussion to Chris Pronger. It has been a tough year to gauge the top rookies, breakout players, and primetime warriors.

Those are the three categories we are using for this season ender known as the “Best Of The Best”. The reason we went with a bit of chronological youngest to oldest was simply because we could. For each category, we take our three best players and then add in a few honorable mentions. Yes that may stir up some more debate but remember this is from a fantasy hockey point of view.

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Fantasy First All-Star Team

Here is the first of my series on the top fantasy players, sleepers, and busts by position this season. Each of these teams are set to resemble a starting lineup (1 G, 2 D, 1 LW, 1 C, 1 RW), so you could say this lineup has been created in the spirit of the First All-Star Team that is announced at the NHL Awards show every season.

I will post shortly a similar lineup from my good friend Chris Wassel of The Program. He also has a few bonuses in his article that I think you will enjoy.

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Pick Six Wrapup

If you play in fantasy hockey head-to-head leagues, you probably already know that a top-notch win-loss record doesn’t always promise the number one finish in the league.

All it takes is for one poor fantasy playoff week – an injury or two, or substandard play from otherwise solid performers – to end the season without the first-place trophy you were actively seeking all season. So with luck being an increased factor in the fantasy hockey playoffs, why bother checking your team at all during the regular season?

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Pick Six: Thursday March 29/Friday March 30

Here is something to give you an edge if you are in a dogfight of a head-to-head matchup this week and you want to maximize your games played.

Teams playing three out of the remaining four games this week: Boston, Florida, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh.

In other words, if you’re looking at any waiver-wire pickups for the rest of the week, you should take a hard look at players from those teams.

But as per usual, here is my Pick Six for both Thursday and Friday.

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Pick Six: Tuesday March 27

Two weeks is all that is left in the fantasy season. So if you’re reading this, you’re still competing in your fantasy league to some degree. Perhaps you are competing in your league finals, or perhaps you are in the head-to-head matchup in which the loser finishes dead last. No, I’m not in that position, but as of yesterday I know for sure that I won’t win every league that I’m competing in. But I do have first place locked up in one roto league and am still competing for first in two other head-to-head leagues.

In the spirit of trying to pull out every last stop, this Pick Six strictly lists notable players that I’ve added or dropped over the past few days. At this stage I’m paying some attention to matchups and recent performance, but a solid argument can be made for just about any player if the add is only for only a game or two.

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Pick Six: Saturday March 24/Sunday March 25

Since your fantasy team might be in playoff survival mode, checking the schedule and starting goalie information becomes excruciatingly more vital. Here is a rundown of what you need to know for the weekend:

Teams with two games: Boston, Minnesota, Nashville, NY Islanders, Phoenix, Pittsburgh

Teams with no games: None

All other teams play either Saturday or Sunday.

Starting goalies confirmed for Saturday, according to Left Wing Lock: Kari Lehtonen, DAL; Dwayne Roloson, TB; Peter Budaj, MON; Ty Conklin, DET; Roberto Luongo, VAN.

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About The Goods on Fantasy Hockey

My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.

A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to gooding74@shaw.ca, or follow me on Twitter.

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