Welcome once again to “An Expert’s Audit”. This audit will be posted here as well as on my fantasy hockey blog at Hockey Analysis . During the season I do weekly reviews of teams for people who email in to me for a look-see, they’re less indepth 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 about it BEFORE December 19th.
This month, and every month through March, not only does a lucky entrant get his or her team audited, but he or she also receives a FREE book courtesy of Firefly Books . The winner will receive either "Shooting From the Lip " or "Hockey Now! "
When is the right time for a rebuild? That quickly became the question this month as I worked with Scott, you might know him better as “mister mcgoo”. He took over a keeper team last year and was quickly appalled by the lack of options available to him. The previous owner had ignored his D and didn’t draft ANY prospects whatsoever. It was an inauspicious start that he managed to turn into an 8th place finish last year. He plays in a 12 team H2H with a whack of categories to track: G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG, FW, GS, W, L, GA, GAA, SA, SV, SV%, and SHO.
Let’s take a look at Wookie Sandwich.
C Daniel Briere PHI – all month long I talked about moving Briere in the right deal. When healthy he’s an excellent C2 for any winning fantasy team.
C Michael Nylander WAS – I thought long and hard about what to say here and finally decided to say that the rumour has been that he’d be traded to the Hawks but why is that a better situation? He should just beat out Kozlov, Federov and Laich for ice time to line up with the big boys more often. That’s the good situation he needs to find himself in.
C Stephen Weiss FLA – still young and unproven but give him time, he’ll get better as the team gets better.
LW Mike Cammalleri CAL – why do the Flames figure they need to shop him for a power forward? They already have Iggy to do that job. He’ll reach the 30 goal, 80 pt plateau again this season and yes I realize he’s on pace for 30 and 68 but Iggy’s got an itchy trigger finger and Camm is sure to send a couple saucers his way.
LW Scott Hartnell PHI – 20 goals and 150 PIMs is all I ask of him. He’ll give you that.
LW Alex Tanguay MON – I like him but how is he a starting All Star? I refuse to believe that Mark Streit is the difference in the Habs change in PP stats from last year to this year so somebody should just wake up Kovalev. I nominate Tanguay for the wake-up call.
RW Pierre-Marc Bouchard MIN – he’s certainly had a down year so far but bear in mind that Rolston is gone and Gaborik has been injured all season (seemingly).
RW Corey Perry ANA – your RW is money!