Fantasy Hockey Ramblings – Aug 26 2014

Dobber

2014-08-27

Morozov retires, key fantasy hockey defensemen, and what you can do to kickstart the trade action in your league …

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The Fantasy Hockey Guide was last updated yesterday. Find me another fantasy guide out there with Devin Setoguchi in the Calgary lineup with a projection. I dare ya! The Draft List was also updated with Band-Aid Boys, plus/minus and power-play points added.

Fixed. Shop is now fixed. Login and/or register on DobberHockey, then go to the shop and make your purchase or download your product.

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A couple of plugs – my Hockey News article Tuesday continued the offseason team- by -team looks. I did a couple of ‘okay’ teams, I guess. If you like awesome, that is. Chicago and Pittsburgh.

And my Puck Daddy piece yesterday went over some key fantasy hockey defensemen.

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Announcement: Right now the DobberHockey site is not connected properly to the shop. So please don’t change your email address on DobberHockey right now, because the shop will just create a new account for you and you won’t have access to your downloads. If you changed your email address recently and can’t access your downloads, simply go to “Your Account” and change it back. Then you can access your downloads again. Everything else with the shop works fine, just that one glitch we’re working on.

If you check the “remember me” box when you login to DobberHockey, and you return to the site later – you will see an error page. Ignore it and refresh. Another glitch we’re working on.

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Did you catch this story on TSN? Corey Sznajder is watching all 1230 NHL games from last season and gathering zone entry information. Some interesting tidbits:

“At the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I met Eric Tulsky, who presented research on the value of controlled zone entries (short answer: about twice as valuable to enter with control of the puck rather than dumping it in) and Sznajder had charted a couple hundred games that were included in that study.”

” What is Sznajder charting? Whether a team enters the zone under control of the puck or if it is dumped in and that is done for approximately 150 even-strength zone entries per game. As Sznajder says, “There is also an ‘X’ category, for broken plays, like a puck deflecting off a player in the neutral zone that suddenly turns into a scoring chance.” That’s a very small percentage, but Sznajder admits they drive him crazy.”

There is really so much more to this article – lots of cool tidbits, I recommend reading the whole thing. Here is another tidbit:
“One of the surprises he has found is that there is a team that is a great possession team, the San Jose Sharks, that isn’t particularly strong in the neutral zone. That’s somewhat unexpected.”

Sznajder also has great things to say about Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron, and their ability get the puck across the blue line with the opposition tries to stand up to them.

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