West: Chasing the Cup – Regular vs. Postseason Production

Kevin Wickersham

2017-04-10

Chasing the Cup – Regular vs. Postseason Production

 

Although most fantasy seasons have ended by this week, the onset of the NHL playoffs brings new opportunities for serious owners. Playoff pool participants often draft players from teams they believe will be in the postseason for the long run, thus maximizing playing time and associated stats. In keeper leagues, playoff heroes may become overvalued while goats are undervalued based upon unimpressive, high exposure, short sample sizes of play. This can create opportunistic trade possibilities. Still other players just seem to perform better (or worse) when everything is on the line.

 

Here we take a look at key skaters and goalies on the four Pacific Division and four Central Division playoff teams to see how we might benefit from second-season dynamics. 

 

Note: “2016-17 Regular Season Points/Game” pertains just to this campaign and “Career Playoff Points/Game” refers to career playoff numbers. Postseason pool players often only use this year’s stats to make decisions, but looking at career averages can help us choose traditionally strong playoff performers and avoid those who may do well during the 82-game grind but not so well in elimination play.

 

 

PACIFIC DIVISION

Anaheim Ducks – Skaters

 

Career Playoff Games

Career Playoff Points/Game

2016-17 Regular Season Points/Game

Points/Game Differential

Ryan Getzlaf

104

0.95

0.99

-0.04

Ryan Kesler

80

0.69

0.71

-0.02

Rickard Rakell

27

0.19

0.72

-0.53