by Forechecker on 12/01/08 at 03:59 PM ET
Sean Allen, fantasy hockey writer for ESPN.com, takes a look at the Shots On Goal (SOG) statistic, and how it has become part of the standard toolbox in fantasy hockey scoring systems. He also runs down the SOG leaders so far this season, and evaluates which ones are likely to keep up the pace:
Shots on goal has quickly made the transition from a custom-league statistic to a standard-league category in a few short years. Although many have long advocated for the stat to be used with regularity, this is essentially the first season of fantasy hockey when you would be hard-pressed to find a league that doesn’t include it. But it’s not always the headline players who rack up this statistic, much like power-play goals (or points) and average time on ice. You can find surprises and acquire them on the cheap in fantasy leagues.
Insane SOG performance is just one reason why Alex Ovechkin (who led the NHL last year with 446 SOG, the 2nd-highest total on record) was my 1st overall draft pick in James Mirtle’s Hockey Blogger Invitational fantasy league this season. For those wondering, the Fab Forecheckers currently sit 3rd in the 18-team league, with this week’s victim (err… opponent) being none other than Greg Whyshynksi, better known as Yahoo’s Puck Daddy.
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