An Expert’s Audit – October

Ian Fergusson




Welcome back to An Expert's Audit.  Every month we'll take an in depth look at a reader's keeper league team in the hopes of helping him toward a championship.  If you're interested in getting an audit for your own keeper team you can begin the process by emailing Dobber about it.


Dobber tells me that apparently I don't like points leagues because most of the time when I do an audit I choose a roto setup.  That's probably true.  I just prefer roto setups.  So … this month I decided to change it up and select a points league format.  Jules Dufour plays in a 15 team league where he is the reigning champ.  It's a points only format except goalies have this complicated formula that I think Stephen Hawking figured out and put in place.  Suffice it to say that you want skaters who get points and you want goalies that get Wins and Saves.


Most of the preseason work that needed to be done was to determine which 7 keeps from last year's championship squad to secure for this year and which rookie eligible player would also join this year's team.  The draft was to happen in early October so we just had to ensure that the draft list looked fine and then off Jules would go in his journey toward a repeat.


7 Keeps and a Rook

Nicklas Backstrom WAS – notice that the Centre in Washington also has a "c" in his first name, that's how you tell them apart if you don't have more info by the way.  He's come into his own as a fantasy producer and many guys had him listed in their top 5.  Since you don't have to worry about the scarcity of goals vs. assists in your format then I say he could go as high as top 3 in drafts.


Daniel Sedin VAN – some are still saying he's the better twin to have on your team, he just doesn't have the hardware in his trophy case that his brother does.  Nevertheless he's 1st round draft talent in a 15 team league so essentially you have two 1st round picks among your keeps.


Rick Nash CBS – like Sedin he has more value in leagues that track goals as a separate category but he's still solid 2nd round talent in a 15 team league.  If he's healthy then he WILL be returning to 40 goal status this season.


Nathan Horton BOS – Dobber's Draft List for this season had him listed as the 50th skater and I personally had him listed 43rd on my own projections this season.  I take from that that I have a much higher projection for him this season.  I'm expecting a big breakout f