The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 08/09/12 at 02:13 AM ET
It’s more of a dull roar than an actual frenzy right now.
With the world in the midst of the Olympics and North America immersed with major league baseball, relevant hockey news has been few and far between for the past while. So just to assure my dozens and dozens of loyal readers that I’m still alive, I’ll provide an article that is perhaps a little late to the party considering the up-to-the-minute news and analysis that we’ve become accustomed to in the year 2012.
I was expecting that a Shane Doan signing would closely follow the Alexander Semin signing, but that has clearly not been the case, given that Doan has been as patient as the NHL in allowing the potential Phoenix ownership group to take it dear sweet time in finding a rich uncle/angel investor with $20 million sitting in his bank account (check out George Malik’s column for the latest development). Looking into my fantasy crystal ball (and perhaps the thesis of my next article), Doan’s fantasy value could change with a move from the first line in Phoenix to the second line in rumored destinations New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Vancouver. By the way, are there two players who are more perceived as polar opposites on the character continuum as Doan and Semin?
As I tweeted a few weeks back (you can look on my timeline if you so desire), the length of Semin’s new contract (one year) is desirable, but the dollar amount ($7 million) isn’t. You could use the same approach in evaluating Semin for a keeper league, as this could be his last chance to shake the slacker label before he is banished to Russia with a ten-year, $100 million contract in his hands. It’s also worth remembering that Semin also played on a one-year contract last season. Look how that turned out (21 goals, down from 40 two seasons ago).
As long as Semin’s fantasy game is better than his real-life game, he’ll be a desired commodity in fantasy leagues. In addition, the fact that he is not leaving the run-and-gun Southeast Division should do favors for his numbers. Semin’s actual value, however, will probably depend on which line he plays on, considering that his totals took a tumble when he was banished to the Capitals’ second (and subsequently third) line. If he plays on Eric Staal’s line all season, then 30 goals and 60 points will be easily attainable once again. But the ‘Canes’ significant dropoff in offensive talent beyond the first line could result in Semin being hard-pressed to earn 50 points should he find himself on the second line.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter.