An Expert’s Audit – September Edition

Ian Fergusson

2008-09-13

 Penguins

 

Welcome once again to “An Expert’s Audit”. This audit will be posted here as well as on my fantasy hockey blog at www.fantasyhockey.hockeyanalysis.com . During the season I do weekly reviews of teams for people who email in to me for a look-see, they’re less in-depth but just as much fun. Dobber 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 (dobber at dobberhockey dot com) about it.

 

Adam Kras is cool. Way cooler than me. He’s the bass player in a band and he was pleased to announce the birth of his first child Cohen on Aug 31. Welcome to the world little Cohen, try not to make dad and mom lose too much sleep (both short term and long term). Adam and I went to the same university, about a decade apart from one another and he’s been featured on an episode of “Rich Bride Poor Bride”. True story, I was channel flipping last week and I came across Adam’s TV debut in all its comedic glory. It’s not like I watch that show or anything but I HAD to spend a few minutes on it this time. You can see more info about him and his band at his band’s website www.cyanidekiss.com . There, a little publicity couldn’t hurt, right?

Adam plays in a 14 team H2H Dynasty league with a 30 man active roster plus prospects and 3 IR options. He starts 4C, 4RW, 4LW, 6D, 2G with 10 bench slots. He also has every stat category known to mankind to contend with (well maybe he doesn’t EVERY stat category but there are a lot of categories). He battles it out weekly in these categories: G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPG, PPA, PPP, GWG, SOG, FaceoffWins and W, GA, GAA, Saves, S%, and Shutouts. That would be the ever-popular 11×6 fantasy pool. If you’ve read my two bit opinion over the years you’d know that I don’t like pools that duplicate stats, and this is one of those pools. As an example let’s say that Eric Staal scores a power play goal right off the drop of the puck, well that one thing gets tabulated in six categories, seven if it’s the game winner. I just have a problem with the idea that someone gets credit for something seven times when once accomplishes the same task. Anyhoo, they don’t ask me about how to set it up so I’ll just move on to the roster, that fine with all of you? Let’s look at KOCUR MEAT.

Center
Sidney Crosby PIT
– yeah, he’s pretty good. Nuff said.
Mikko Koivu MIN – from mid March to mid April he was on a pt/game pace and spent all game with Gaborik. However, unless PM Bouchard gets hurt then Mikko doesn’t line up with Gabby and there’s nobody else worth playing alongside in Minny. This could be a long year.
Sam Gagner EDM – I pegged him for a breakout to begin the season last year and he nearly got to 50 pts. Now if only we can figure out how to get those shootout goals to count toward his stats. Seriously, watch this kid take his turn in the shootout, it’s worth your time.
Ma