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 . During the season 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 about it.
I consider myself a pretty nice guy … well, I like me anyway. This month though I’ve been emailing back and forth with Ed Forbes and there’s no doubt in my mind that dude’s an exceedingly nice guy. It’s a bit humourous but I came on the scene with his team and started saying stuff like, “how did you end up in this predicament?” and “I can’t believe how much your league must’ve screwed you over here” and Ed took my vitriol with a constant Red Green reminder to keep my head up and my stick on the ice. There’s an old Barenaked Ladies tune called “Grade 9” (sorry about the lame musical reference but I’m just not as cool as other guys) where they start talking about what their nicknames were in Grade 9. There was Four eyes, Fatso, Buckwheat and then the funniest of them all, “they called me Eddie”. Ed must’ve been called Eddie throughout high school, I just can’t see anyone going out of his way to manacle a guy like Ed with any sort of reference that is designed to embarrass or insult. For a while there in public school the nickname for me was Turtleface so let me just say, you’d just prefer someone call you by your given name at moments like that. Anyway, I just want to take this moment to say thanks to Ed for being such a classy sort as I fumbled my way to trying to help him this month.
Ed plays in a man’s league. A dynasty league. A 30-team points league keeper with 24 man rosters. A points league awards a certain number of points for every stat so they’re harder to evaluate but additionally this league throws another curveball at you, they give differing points based on where on your roster you play them. They play 10 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goalies (think about that, it’s a 30 team league rostering two goalies each), and they have 2 enforcer roster spots that reward PIMs extra (cool eh?).
Ed started a rebuilding program a couple years back and he’s still rebuilding. He finished 26th last year and was left with the 4th pick in the prospects draft this season (more on that later). To prepare for his Prospect draft he had to leave a handful of names unprotected and he could only lose 2 of the unprotected options while he also drafted in 3 rounds. He then had a week to make sure that his roster was down to the 24-man max. I was thrilled that he’d get a quality option with that 4th pick but in a snake draft it’d be a LOOOOOONG time before his 2nd pick would come along.
Let’s take a look ( * signifies an unprotected player)
F Tomas Fleischmann WAS – remember the show Northern Exposure? That was a cool little show for a while back in the day. Fleischmann was the name of the main character but I always gravitated toward Maggie O’Connell (played by Janine Turner). She had this “beauty mark” by her left eye … but I digress. Tomas Fleischmann really showed up at the end of last season and he’ll get some opportunity again once all the sa