Welcome back to An Expert's Audit. Every month we'll take a 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.
Now sit back and let me tell you the woeful tale of Mario Pinard. Mario drafted a brand new dynasty team in early September after he had spent months putting together his cheat sheets, tiers and draft list. He was well prepared going in but he hadn't put his formal list as a pre-rank on Yahoo's system since he was going to have to react to situations on the fly. He wasn't worried about reacting to trends and he knew exactly who he wanted to go after. He sat down to work his draft, entered the draft room, saw that he had been randomly assigned the 9 hole in his draft and he hoped that he'd be able to get a star goalie with that first pick. The draft in the 1st round went pretty much as expected, all the right names were falling ahead of his pick and he was pleased to get Roberto Luongo in the first round.
It was then that his computer crashed … and I do mean crashed. It totally crapped out. He tried to reload and it failed. He tried again and it failed again. He kept trying to get answers to his problem and he kept coming up against brick walls. He tried to call buddies to borrow their computers but they were all out at an Avril Lavigne concert (not really) and nobody could come to the rescue. Mario had no option. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The same chance as the Florida Panthers at being able to keep their goals against below 4 per game. The same chance that the Leafs would claim Sean Avery so that he and Dion Phaneuf can finally have that conversation they started a couple years ago.
So Mario ended up with an autodraft dynasty team put together by a Yahoo default list with the exception of his 1st round pick. The next day he received an email from your friendly neighbourhood expert auditor to ask if he wanted a hand with his team for a month. I'm pretty sure Mario was crying when he responded to my email, there were tear stains all over his signature.
Mario plays in a 12 team dynasty H2H with settings of G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SOG, HITS for skaters and W, GAA, SV%, and SHO for goalies. I like the addition of HITS as a category since it doesn't get used enough in fantasy and might be a better category for hard-nosed play than PIMs are. It will also be important to remember this is a dynasty league so it'll be important to look at rostering some kids for the future along with vets for winning now.
Let's take a look at the Cornwall Aces.
C Brad Richards NYR – if Gabby stays healthy on his wing then we could see some really excellent chemistry for the Blueshirts. I can certainly see a return to a 90 point plateau for Richards and that's something that hasn't been seen for a Ranger since Jaromir Jagr got 96 pts in 06-07. In fact last year they only had 3 guys get half as many