Go With the Flow

Justin Goldman



Craig Anderson


It has been over two weeks since I first mentioned an all-new Goalie Guild feature exclusively for those at DobberHockey. Usually I'm very quick to release these things, but for this particular beastly and intimidating service, I had to take my sweet, sweet time. So after some excruciating hours in front of the computer, along with the close tracking of specific struggling goalies, I'm proud to launch the Fantasy Goalie Flow Chart.


The Goalie Guild's Fantasy Goalie Flow Chart is a simple and effective decision-making tool for your fantasy goaltending needs. My goal is to help you make solid decisions on which goalie to start and which to bench for any given game, goalie and/or situation that might arise over the course of a season. Though the comparison of numerous factors, it's my contention that more often than not, this chart will give you more confidence in making these decisions, while also developing a better understanding of your goalies' strengths and weaknesses.


Over the last two and a half years, I've discussed a plethora of topics that has hopefully given you a clearer understanding of the nature of goaltending. So this flow chart could be considered a massive recap of everything I've presented since I started covering goalies for Dobber back in March of 2007.


There are many factors included in the flow chart, which I explain below. But first and foremost, please realize that this should not be regarded as any type of mathematical algorithm – it's merely a guide. I don't guarantee accuracy and I don't have any equations or months of testing to substantiate what could be positive or negative results. Sometimes this will be effective and sometimes it won't … it's really up to you … and the hands of fate.


The results will therefore vary depending on the goalie in question and the fantasy manager's overall abilities. Obviously every manager will weigh the factors differently, so there's no true or definitive value attached to the individual factors. Some factors are easier to decipher (like records and statistics), while some might take a little more time and effort to gauge (rhythm, confidence and rebound control).


But the ultimate key is to focus on which factors mean the most to you and be confident in the decisions you make. Like many managers often preach on the forums, trust your instincts and don't be afraid to start your elite goalies. You might have a "yes" for nine out of ten positive factors, but a "no" in one negative factor could mean the difference between starting and be