Western Conference Fantasy Awards 2009

Ryan Ma




A good time to do a recap of the fantasy season and dish out a few fantasy awards to deserving candidates. 



Pavel Datsyuk – Datsyuk is certainly deserving of a nomination for the best defensive forward in the Western Conference as he finished the season while leading all Western Conference players with a plus 34 rating. That in addition to the fact that he also averages 1:36 short-handed per game demonstrates that coach Mike Babcock has full confidence in Datsyuk’s ability at both ends of the ice. It’s very hard to award defensive play in fantasy hockey, but Datsyuk might be the only exception.

Alex Burrows –Burrows probably isn’t considered your prototypical defensive forward, but his numbers of 68 hits, and plus 23 rating probably made him a very quiet defensive achiever this past fantasy season. He also averages one of the highest time on ice in short-handed situations as a forward with a 2:57 per contest average, which certainly shows his defensive prowess on the ice.

Patrick Marleau – Marleau tallied five short-handed goals this regular season, which makes him a constant threat every time he touches the ice for the Sharks. He also finished the season with a plus 16 rating which ranked him 14th amongst Western Conference forwards in the league. If you are looking for an all-around player, Marleau should certainly be on top of that list.      

Winner: I’ll give the Selke to Datsyuk as he led all Western Conference players in +/-. I know plus/minus is a bit of a wonky that that fluctuates year-in-year-out, but at the end of the day it’s still a main stat considered in many default fantasy hockey pools. If you own an offensive player that can give you a plus 34 rating, you’re certainly in good standing to win your league, compared to someone that’s in the minus.


Shea Weber – Weber finished the season with a line of 23 goals, 30 assists, a plus 1 rating, 80 PIMs along with 251 shots while manning the Predators top power-play unit. He was also a huge minutes chewer as he averaged almost 24 minutes per game on the Nashville blue-line. It’s safe to say that with a quality season like this past one, Weber has firmly entrenched himself in the top-10 in terms of fantasy value for defenseman.

Scott Niedermayer – Niedermayer finished the season with a line of 14 goals and 45 assists, a minus 8 rating, 70 PIMs, along with 178 SOG with the Ducks. Nieds was even more of a minutes chewer as he averaged almost 27 minutes of ice-time per game for Anaheim, which is only four seconds less than the league-leader Jay Bouwmeester. What’s also amazing is that a