Players of the Western Conference

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 Josh Harding


With the 2007-08 fantasy hockey season underway, I decided to focus two columns (players in the Eastern Conference and players in the Western Conference). 

As dobberhockey readers, many of you already know a great deal about point potentials of various players, but for those of you in leagues that include non-standard scoring categories, these columns are right up your alley.

In this second column, let's take a look at some of the guys in the western conference. 

***The following statistics are accurate after games from Sunday, October 28, 2007***

Historical Statistic – Alex Tanguay had one of the best shooting percentages in the NHL in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.  In 2005-06, he scored a goal on 29 of his 129 shots on goal (22.4%).  In 2006-07, he scored 22 goals with just 107 shots on goal (20.6%).  In leagues that reward shots on goal, Tanguay has obviously been somewhat of a liability, but for those that reward shooting percentage, Tanguay is historically one of the best.  
This Season – After getting off to an “inaccurate” start, Tanguay is starting to return to his high shooting percentage ways recently… After zero goals in 20 shots through the first nine games of the season, he now has three goals in seven shots in the last two games.  He’s not a shoot first player, so never expect a high shot on goal stat from this guy… He will give decent goal totals though, because he picks his spots/chances well.

Historical Statistic – Henrik Zetterberg had 19 game winning goals in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.  He had more game winners than any other player in the NHL during these to seasons.  With 81 total goals since the beginning of the 2005 season, approximately every fourth goal Zetterberg has tallied is a game winner.  While game winning goals sometimes seem to be as much about luck as they are skill, Zetterberg seems to have proven that he has the luck and/or skill to help any fantasy squad that counts game winning goals.  
This Season – With nine goals this season (tied for second most in the league) thus far, Zetterberg looks to continue his trend of scoring and getting game winners.  While he doesn’t have any yet this season, he’s on the best goal scoring pace of his career, and there’s no reason to think that he won’t help out any fantasy team in the gwg stat category.

Historical Statistic – Josh Harding has the following NHL career stats:  1.75 GAA, 94.1 save %, three shutouts, and seven wins.  He’s only started eleven NHL games.  Is this kid ever going to come back down to earth?  In leagues that count