Eastern Conference Fantasy Awards 2008-09

Dobber Sports

2009-05-14

Richards

 

Following the lead of my Western Conference counter-part, here are the Eastern Conference 2008-09 Fantasy Awards finalists and winners.

 

Selke

David Krejci – Surprising Bruin led the entire NHL with a plus-37. The 73 points were unforeseen by most poolies not related to Krejci.  He averaged 1:46 of ice time while short-handed and had four short-handed points.

Mike Richards – Mister Everything in Philadelphia. Richards had 30 goals, 80 points, 33 power play points and a league leading nine short-handed points, seven of those goals. He even found the time to rack up 63 penalty minutes along with a sweet plus-22.  Richards also averaged 3:12 per game on the penalty kill.

Travis Zajac – Nice numbers from a relatively unexpected source.  He scored twenty goals, fifteen power play points, four short-handed points and 62 points. Zajac averaged two minutes per game on the penalty kill and sported a fabulous plus-33.

Winner – While it’s very tempting to go with Krejci’s overwhelming plus-37, the win goes to Mike Richards. Even in fantasy hockey, it’s not just about the plus/minus.  Richards is superior to Krejci and Zajac in every other category and the fact that Richards is also a real Selke candidate sways the award in his favour.

Norris

Zdeno Chara – An absolute beast. Dominating defensively. All true in real life, but how does that translate to fantasy hockey?  In Chara’s case, pretty well. The NHL’s tallest skyscraper recorded 50 points, 28 power play points, 95 penalty minutes and a fine plus-23.

Mike Green – First defenseman to score 30 goals since Kevin Hatcher turned the trick in 1992-93. Green had 73 points in only 68 games, recorded 38 power play points, 68 penalty minutes and had a very good plus-24. He also led all defensemen with 243 shots on goal.

Andrei Markov – We found out how much Montreal missed him after Markov was hurt and sat out the final four regular season games and all four playoff games against the Bruins. The Canadiens didn’t win a single game after Markov went down.  Markov scored 64 points and had the most power play points (39) of any defenseman in the league.

Winner – Contrary to real life, defensive play in fantasy leagues is highly over-rated.  This one wasn’t even close; Mike Green has surpassed Dion Phaneuf as the most sought after fantasy defenseman.

Sean Avery Memorial (opposite of Lady Byng)

This award goes to the most useful high penalty minute player in fantasy leagues.

Daniel Carcillo – His 254 penalty minutes,