Playing the Peripheral Game

Ryan Ma




A look at hits and blocked shots

I spent the weekend planning for my favourite league to play in, which is my very competitive friends' league. After finishing in second place in consecutive years, I thought I'd be pulling a Marian Hossa and be earmarked for a championship. Surely the fantasy hockey gods would be smiling down on me considering two very close and heartbreaking 8-6 and 8-4 losses for the last two campaigns. After coming out pretty happy in my last few drafts, I was pretty confident heading into this one.


Boy was I disappointed.


One of the major differences that we added this year was the two new dimensions of HITS and blocked shots (BS), and man…did those two little stats throw me for a loop. I was constantly debating each pick whether to choose player A or player B while playing 50 scenarios in my head. With 15 stats in a H2H league, do I go after the "big name"? Or do I go with the across-the-board stat monger? As with every draft, I armed myself with a handful of sleeper picks, but then to see them go flying off the board in the mid-rounds absolutely shattered my confidence and then the panic sensation set in.


As I see more and more "rate my team" threads on the forum, I'm starting to notice how HITS and blocks are starting to become more prevalent in fantasy pools. Well Dobberites, my loss is your gain as this week we'll take a look at a few of the players who may help contribute in those two stats to help garner you a fantasy crown in April.


Stephane Robidas – D- Dallas Stars

If we're mentioning the two stats of HITS and BS, it's not hard to find the king in that department. That moniker belongs to Robidas as he finished the 2009-10 season with 269 HITS and 177 BS. If you factor in the 41 points, 70 PIMs and 199 SOG that he tallied, he's a golden own for fantasy leagues. If you dig a little deeper and think about possible factors for regression, there probably isn't any. His biggest competition is the 23-year old, Matt Niskanen, who continually teases us with potential, but never seems to reward. Or if you really want to dig deeper for threats, you might have to factor in a tiny two-way threat in Trevor Daley. Either way there's no major roadblocks standing in the way for Robidas to repeat the 24:29 and 3:09 that he had on the PP from last campaign. If you are playing in a league with HITS and BS, you have to consider Robidas a