Welcome once again to “An Expert’s Audit”. This audit will also be posted here as well as on my fantasy hockey blog at www.fantasyhockey.hockeyanalysis.com . I also do weekly reviews of teams for people who email in to me for a look-see. These audits will continue to appear here monthly and if you’re interested in having your keeper team “worked over” then you can begin by emailing Dobber.
Perhaps you’d prefer this article “en francais” like this . Much thanks goes to Steve Rodgers for his efforts in translation of this article. I know I couldn’t have done it. (Cliquez ici pour la version française )
I’d like to introduce you to Steve Rodgers. He’s a Gatineau boy and since we grew up on opposite edges of the Ottawa Valley I figured his situation is well worth looking at. He plays in a 10 team league that counts goals and assists only while giving a goaltender two points for a win and three pts for a shutout. They also have an obscure option where you can roster an NHL team and that roster slot earns you two pts for a win and one pt for an OTL. Interesting, n’est ce pas? They have 15 roster spots, one of which is your team option and one is a goaltender slot. It is not permissible to have more than one goalie or more than one team option on your roster. There is also a three-man reserve list which is usually occupied by non-NHL prospects and after every season five players have to be turfed back into a draft, reserves are automatically kept. Few teams roster a defenseman of any kind since it isn’t required and isn’t necessarily beneficial anyway.
There is a quirky thing about your league, the bottom three point tallies on your roster (excluding the reserve) do not count for your total tally. So, in reality 12 players count toward your point total at the end of the year. I should also take this moment to point out that Steve and I made contact a mere four days before his trade deadline. Time was short, very short, and there was work to be done.
Let’s take a look. I’ll grade your team for you and I’ll discuss your keeper options further below:
Henrik Sedin VAN (A-) – one of the best pure assist guys in the game. He might be Adam Oates good eventually, he might be that already.
Paul Kariya STL (B-) – I’m still hoping he shoots more, he scored at least 40 in two of his first five full seasons and now he’s in a dogfight to get 20. It has certainly been noticeable how much he doesn’t shoot anymore.
Jonathan Cheechoo SJ (C-) – I was one of the few who said that one day he’d return to 80 pt status when Dobber asked about it in a recent poll. He’ll play with Big Joe and he’ll score again.
Alexander Radulov NAS (B+) – like many folks at dobberhockey I love the idea of having Rad in a keeper league. Keep him forever. He’s just broken into some significant ice time for the Preds and only 6 of his 51 pts have come on the PP. What’s going to happen when he gets the power play time he deserves? He’ll explode for stats.
Rod Brind’amour CAR (B) – his injury and the fact you can’t replace him drops his value. When healthy he’s a very good but old option in this league.
Daniel Sedin VAN (A-) – the slightly better twin for overall play if you ask me. Since you only count points I see no discernable difference between them. We’re not supposed to see a difference though, they’re twins.
Simon Gagne PHI (D) – I have real concerns for his career after another concussion ends his season.
Teemu Selanne ANA (C-) – if he had started the season earlier he’d have a lot more value for your team. Right now I don’t see him making it to your top 12 scorers and I don’t see the sense in keeping him for next year either since there’s a good