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Do you play in a league that has different scoring settings from standard Yahoo (or ESPN or CBS) leagues? Many of us already do, so perhaps you know that you can’t completely rely on the default rankings.

 

Hockey Pool Geek has been able to assist me in setting more league-specific rankings for my fantasy hockey teams. I was able to enter in my league’s scoring categories, my type of league (head-to-head, rotisserie, points), the weight assigned to each category, and how many players are at each position. I’ve participated in many leagues which are different from the “standard” categories that Yahoo, ESPN, and CBS use, which is why I’ve found Hockey Pool Geek to be helpful.

Hockey Pool Geek is particularly useful for me in one league in which I am currently participating in a month-long auction process with a team salary cap. This league counts only goals, assists, plus/minus, and time on ice for forwards and defensemen, while adding increased weight to goals and assists from defensemen. From the projected number of points provided to me based on these scoring categories, I can target certain players that appear to be undervalued, making the most of my salary cap situation. As well, I am not targeting players who are deceptively high in the rankings because of categories that my league doesn’t count, such as penalty minutes, power-play points, and shots on goal.

I was also able to enter in a second league (from Yahoo) into the Hockey Pool Geek. Two particular functions that were useful to me in this league were 1) Statistics Preview, which lists players according to their projected outputs according to the stat categories in my league, and 2) The Draft Advisor & Team Evaluation Tool, which listed the stat categories in my league in order of importance. With the Statistics Preview, I was able to adjust players from the default Yahoo rankings so that I could target certain players in the draft. For example, this league counts hits and goalie losses, so that players with a high hit total hold a higher value, while goalies that play for losing teams hold a lower value. Of course, I can fine-tune my own rankings afterward so that I ensure that I pick a player when the time is right. The Team Evaluation Tool allows me to fill in players that I draft to ensure that I reach the benchmark totals needed to win in each category. As well, it prioritizes each category so that I know which categories to focus on as I continue to draft.

As well, I know that I can enter even more teams into the Hockey Pool Geek, particularly in those leagues in which the commissioner has adjusted the scoring categories. I have yet to use some of the other features, such as the Trade Analyzer and the Player Equivalency, but I’m sure I will play around with those features as soon as my teams are set.

If you’re competing against people who take their fantasy hockey seriously (like me), then I recommend that you try the Hockey Pool Geek!

Comments? Compliments? Criticism? Complaints? Please weigh in with your comments, and follow me on Twitter. You can also email me at gooding74 “at” shaw “dot” ca with your fantasy hockey question for a future mailbag article.

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  Tags: cbs, espn, fantasy+hockey, hockey+pool+geek, yahoo

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Really? I sure hope we don’t see more blatant advertisements on KK in the future.

Posted by ZenBaja on 09/12/11 at 10:06 AM ET

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ZenBaja, blatant, that is your opinion but I did make a mistake by not advising Ian to note Hockey Pool Geek is a direct advertiser on KK.

As always, we try to promote these types of advertisers in a blog and again, it is my fault for not telling Ian to mention they are a direct advertiser on KK.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/12/11 at 10:24 AM ET

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Really ZenBaja?
Methinks the lady doth protest too much. You don’t even have the courtesy to sign up and log in to KK yet are ready to criticize a minor point.

It’s not like it’s not common knowledge among fantasy hockey players that hockey pool geek is the best resource out there. And for those who are just starting out it’s a great initiation to research and prepare for drafting and season updates. Obviously full disclosure of advertising is important but if you have half a brain you know that this blog entry is actually quite helpful to those just starting out with fantasy hockey and not just pimping for clicks.

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 09/12/11 at 11:17 AM ET

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To reiterate Paul’s point, yes, Hockey Pool Geek is an advertiser with Kukla’s Korner.

My intention is that I will rarely, if ever, mention products or services on this blog. I agreed to mention this one in particular because this is a fantasy hockey blog written with the focus toward providing readers with fantasy hockey strategy. One way that readers can work toward a stronger fantasy hockey team is to use the Hockey Pool Geek. My article here simply mentions my experiences in using HPG.

If you don’t like the fact that a product is being mentioned on here, my advice is simple: Don’t read the article, and don’t purchase the product.

Don’t worry, I won’t discuss kitchen knives or cleaning products in my next blog. smile

Posted by Ian Gooding on 09/12/11 at 12:29 PM ET

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You need to make clear in the article that this is an advertisement and not a critical analysis of the service. Then readers can evaluate how much trust to put in your experience with the site.

The journalistic standards of blogging may be nebulous out of necessity but there is a minimum that should apply to protect readers’ trust in the site as a whole.

Posted by Dave on 09/12/11 at 02:18 PM ET

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You need to make clear in the article that this is an advertisement and not a critical analysis of the service. Then readers can evaluate how much trust to put in your experience with the site.

The journalistic standards of blogging may be nebulous out of necessity but there is a minimum that should apply to protect readers’ trust in the site as a whole.

Posted by Dave on 09/12/11 at 01:18 PM ET

Again Dave, I take the responsibility on this.  Ian is a new blogger and I should have made him aware of pointing out his blog was about a direct KK advertiser.

Now regarding the service, I don’t think Ian would have accepted just any advertiser for hockey pools and fantasy, he did his homework and gave an honest review.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/12/11 at 02:22 PM ET

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Largely off topic… BUT….

Is it easier to sign up on KK yet? Last time I tried I never got a confirmation e-mail. I checked my ‘junk’ folder too.

Posted by LGRWeh on 09/12/11 at 02:47 PM ET

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LGRWeh, can’t tell you what the problem was, but re-submit and I will look for it or email me with the email address you used and I will look into it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/12/11 at 03:47 PM ET

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You need to make clear in the article that this is an advertisement and not a critical analysis of the service. Then readers can evaluate how much trust to put in your experience with the site….

...The journalistic standards of blogging…

The article is not an advertisement but a critical analysis. As I’ve stated above, most people who play fantasy hockey know that hockey pool geek is one of the best. It’s transparent from the most casual reader that this is not a pimp and click ad troll.

Journalistic standards of blogging? Welcome to the internet dude. Pretty sanctimonious from another person who won’t even take the time to sign up for KK’s blog.

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 09/12/11 at 03:59 PM ET

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Puck, are you making money by pimping this product directly or even indirectly? it was this 100% out of the kindness if your heart?

Posted by zenbaja on 09/12/11 at 06:23 PM ET

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“Methinks the lady doth protest too much.”

i should have stopped reading after this line. Talk about really? who the heck writes this in reply to a one sentence post that calls the person out for what is clearly fluff advertising for himself? Someone never was on the debate team or just fails to know what that phrase means. One of the two if not both.

whoever this clown is he devalues KK, but I understand the need for ad dollars so hopefully he steps his game up if he is going to pay and post around here.

As to the not signing up part, that was covered above. But I can gladly email you my address and phone number if you’d like to discuss an internet debate. People don’t need to place their name to call a fact a fact. Just saying. Stop being so defensive and trying to be an internet tough guy and try being more straight forward about what you represent.

Posted by Kyle on 09/13/11 at 10:28 AM ET

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Well if this article was researched recently, I’ll eat my hat.  No mention of the newest and perhaps most potent HPG tool that came on stream about a month ago.  Hmmmm!

Posted by smelly on 09/13/11 at 02:15 PM ET

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Following you on twitter. Hahaha. Well, this i think is an advertisment and not an analysis. But still, nice article. Had enjoyed reading.

Posted by Richard Wedlock on 09/20/11 at 04:14 PM ET

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