January 14 2015



Thoughts on Pastrnak, Perreault, and why Jaroslav Halak is the best fantasy hockey goalie right now …


With the Midseason Guide (buy it here) put to bed, I can finally concentrate on my pet project again. Yep – player profiles. I got a great suggestion the other day about adding SH% to the career stats, so I’m implementing that. I’m also trying some new things with the colors (yep, aesthetics). I’m a long-time hardcore fantasy hockey owner. Nobody knows what is needed in a fantasy hockey player profile more than I do. And I’m taking that “perfect profile” vision and trying to make it a reality.

By the way – the Mid-season Guide was secretly updated Tuesday morning. Nothing major, just a couple of small errors. One, I fixed Tarasenko’s upside, which must have been changed by mistake in the St. Louis section. Two, I put in the rankings for each of the prospects that were profiled.


David Pastrnak, the latest fantasy hockey sensation, picked up two more goals Tuesday giving him four goals in two games. He’s played eight NHL games now and the limit for the ELC to kick in is 10 games. But I was under the impression that as an AHLer, the 10-game CBA thing didn’t matter – since that related to playing pro. After all, for Anthony Duclair the 10-game thing didn’t apply as a result of when he signed his contract. And for Zemgus Girgensons I thought it didn't apply because he played in the AHL already.

So I took a look at the CBA:

9.1 (d) (i) In the event that an 18 year old or 19 year old Player signs an SPC

with a Club but does not play at least ten (10) NHL Games in the first season under that

SPC, the term of his SPC and his number of years in the Entry Level System shall be

extended for a period of one (1) year, except that this automatic extension will not apply

to a Player who is 19 according to Section 9.2 by virtue of turning 20 between September

16 and December 31 in the year in which he first signs an SPC.

So this is why Duclair wasn’t limited to the 10-game thing, and why Pastrnak is. I still don’t get the Girgensons thing.

Anyway, Pastrnak is firing on all cylinders and he has a bright future. And he seems to have great chemistry with countryman David Krejci. But be forewarned – Seth Griffith was also firing on all cylinders to start the season, and he’s been up and down. Nothing is guaranteed, as you well know. That being said, I’d much rather own Pastrnak in a keeper league because the upside is so much higher.


Tuukka Rask is on a 6-0-3 run. Half of those games he’s be