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 . 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 (contact link at bottom of website) about it. But send it in by the 15th, as I will be starting on my next one at that point.
I think that Philippe Charron nearly gave up on an audit after he learned that I was a Leaf fan. He's a lifelong Hab fan and most of our discussions happened right near the opening night of the season. If you recall the Leafs and Habs had quite a dustup on opening night where that "traitor" Mike Komisarek had what I thought was a very physical and fun game in a losing cause. It was probably a good thing that Phillippe's points league doesn't really make use of PIMy options like Kommie because we never got eye to eye on whether he's a "traitor" or not.
Phil plays in a 12 team points league where goalies get 2 points for a win and 3 points for a shuttie. Goalies are always valuable in points leagues, often more valuable than most skaters and in a keeper a young stud goalie goes a long way. Phil had to drop five names from his roster prior to this season and then (long boring story) he had to draft seven names in his draft to start the year once all the keeps were in place. The gem in this story is the fact that he'd have the second pick in every round of his draft this season, that'd come in handy in the end once we learned who it was that was available.
Let's take a look at Phil's points league summer roster. The R slot listed below is reserved for a rookie from any position who is less than 82 games into his career.
F Sidney Crosby PIT – in a points league I actually rank Sid 2nd in the game (behind Malkin) since the rarity of goals can be ignored in this system. Obviously it's great to have the kid on your roster.
F Anze Kopitar LA – I'm not surprised at his start, except I was expecting it last season instead of this one. He'll put up elite numbers for your team.
F Tomas Vanek BUF – he'll score goals in bunches at various times throughout the season. If he passed a little more he'd be a better option b