A Deep Analysis – from HPG – September, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-09-12

HPG

 

Welcome to Hockey Pool Geek's Deep Analysis. Our goal is to dig deep into the team and league that is being analyzed in order to bring out some insight and push you into really getting the most out of your team and ultimately taking down the rest of the league.

 

Neil McWilliams, aka wendelclark17 on the DobberHockey forums, was one of the lucky winners of our contest.  Let's dig right in.

 

Team Name: Wendel's Warriors

League Name: All-Star Keeper League

GM: Wendelclark17

Evaluators: The Hockey Pool Geek Team

Date of Analysis: September 2011

League Structure:

Format: 10 teams, fantasy points, no maximum GP.

Rosters: 12 forwards, 6 defensemen, and 2 goaltenders.

 

Each team also has a farm team consisting of 8 NHL players of any position, as well as a "prospect list" of players from which to draw upon during the year to be placed on their farm team or live roster. There is no limit to the number of prospects — though they can only be added to a team through the draft.

 

Scoring categories: Goals and assists = 1pt , PIM = 0.1 pts, Shot = 0.05, +/- = 0.2, Shoot-out goal = 1, Goalies – Win = 2pts, Shutout = 3pts, assist = 2pts, goal = 10pts, PIM = 0.1

Number of keepers: Everyone!

Keepers declared by: July 1st

Draft: Inaugural draft was June then a prospect only draft in July (less than 25 games for skaters and less than 20 games for goalies), there is a yearly 6 round draft for prospects only.

Season add/drop limit: no limit but only done once per week on Wednesdays submissions are opened in chronological order.

Trade limit: no limit

Trade deadline: (date here)

 

Team Assets at Time of Deep Analysis:

The Roster:

F: Perry, Giroux, Ryan, Stastny, Ribeiro, Krejci, Plekanec, Zajac, Van Riemsdyk, Bergeron, Cammalleri, Grabovski
D: Letang, Edler, Chara, Giordano, Meszaros, Franson
G: Rinne, Crawford

Farm: Bernier, Savard, Vermette, Penner, Fleischmann, Wideman, Leino, Rundblad

Prospects: Moore, Despres, Scheifele, Adam, Armia, Beach, Namestnikov, Khokhlachev, Jensen

 

Background and Environment:

Neil says he built his team as a win now (ish) franchise but has tried to have mostly young elite talent (Ryan, Giroux, Stastny, Perry, Letang, etc.).  He doesn't know how the league will shake out as of right now since this is the first season.

He thinks his team is a top 5 team for short-term challenging but it's hard to gauge.

 

A Look at League Strategy:

First step in looking at the strategy for any league is to understand the scoring system, statistics, and player values.

 

This league is a fantasy points league, which means there isn't a lot of magic t