Women Play Fantasy Hockey? – An Expert’s Audit

Ian Fergusson


Jay Bouwmeester


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.


Sit up, turn your hat back around and pull your pants up from below your crack you young punks, I'm about to introduce you to an actual woman who plays fantasy hockey.  She wants some anonymity so I'll simply call her Gretchen but there are so few women playing this fantasy thing that you have to stop and take notice whenever one comes along.  Seriously I think this is the first audit I've ever done where someone with a different chromosome has asked for some help with her team.  Gretchen is a Kings fan so she's pretty happy with the progress of her team so far this season and her own fantasy team is in decent shape too.


Gretchen plays in a 14 team H2H with the following cats: G, A, +/-, PIMs, PPG, PPP, GWG, W, GAA, SV%, and SHO.  That's a lot of categories and you'll want to always have an eye open to land goal scorers over assist guys if you have a choice.


Let's take a look at Gretchen's Kings.


C Nicklas Backstrom WAS – the new Adam Oates in Washington.  Nickl-Back's a prototypical assist guy. I almost went with Craig Janney in that analogy but Backstrom has more skills than Janney ever did.


C Patrice Bergeron BOS – his stat history when not injured has been as a SOGy guy and that continues to be the case.  With injuries to Savard and Lucic and the disappointing starts to Krejci and Wideman then it has been Bergeron who has been leading the way for the B's.  He's well worth keeping around.


LW Andy McDonald STL – people really underestimate McD's abilities in the fantasy game.  He'll never be a big goal scorer but he'll put up points as guys like Boyes and Perron find the twine.


LW Patrick O'Sullivan EDM – I've been waiting for him to break out ever since he was a member of the Wild, and I think that finally he might be in a situation where he can truly contribute over the course of a season.  He creates offense and he just needs to be teamed up with a finisher.


RW Phil Kessel TOR – he returned near the end of our month long discussions of your team and he's a welcome addition since your league is weighed more toward goal options.  He'll contribute plenty for you from here on out.


RW Danny Briere PHI – this guy fell so far in drafts this year that we were both thrilled to get him late.  If he's healthy I really like him but this year is beginning to look like a continuation of last year, and if so then you're in trouble for thi