Erik Karlsson remains at the top, but how do the best of the rest stack up?
Let’s face it – people enjoy being right a lot more than they enjoy being wrong. It is why we like to make predictions and projections – if the end up coming true, we are able to brag about our foresight and intuition. And if they don’t, well, there is something to be said for turning a blind eye from time to time, right?
With regards to hockey projections, even the best predictions are merely that – predictions. When I am making my own projections or giving advice to others, I take all of the information and tools available to me (including opinions from the DobberHockey forums, general news sources, the Fantasy Hockey Geek tools, and the Frozen Pool tools) to make an informed decision.
Read on to find out why Detroit prospect Brendan Smith is destined for big things in the near future.
The top 40 countdown is on. In the second instalment of this series, the players holding down spots 40 through 22 are profiled.
Rick Nash, PA Parenteau, a potential Suter-Pietrangelo pairing, Toronto’s goaltending future, and more.
The Player Usage Chart for the 2011-12 Washington Capitals
The standard statistics in hockey have significant limitations. Plus-minus, even if used in the right context, doesn’t come close to telling us how well a player is performing defensively. Goals and assists are obviously important (goals win games), but there are underlying reasons that contribute to them. How much is a player shooting the puck? Where is he shooting the puck from? Is he playing against good players? Is he starting a lot of his shifts in the offensive zone?
Advanced statistics have been widely used by numerous NHL teams for the past few years, and thanks to the hard work of a few people, we as fans now have access to a wide variety of them.
The first few Top 10 lists I have put out in 2012 were much easier to compile than either the left winger list or this one. Defensemen and centers are (for the most part) correctly identified on hockey pool sites like ESPN, Yahoo!, and CBS. However, these sites use differing measures for figuring out whether a player is a left winger or a right winger. In pools that discern between the two positions, it is important to make sure you know which position a player plays before picking him (unintentional alliteration, I promise).
Penalty infraction minutes, also known as penalties in minutes (and known to most nowadays as simply PIM), have become a significant part of fantasy hockey in recent years. As fantasy hockey has evolved, we have looked for additional measurable statistics to include beyond goals and assists. PIM was a logical choice, as it is a standard measure across all arenas (unlike hits and blocked shots), and it gave fantasy value to a much wider net of players across the NHL.