Geek of the Week: Best Fantasy Playoff Performances

Scott Maran

2018-06-10


 


With the Stanley Cup Finals over and done with, sadly there won’t be many hockey games to talk about for quite some time. But with everything finally settled, we can take a look at who had some of the best fantasy performances of this year’s playoffs.

Alex Ovechkin

Obviously we have to start with the Conn Smythe winner himself, as Alex Ovechkin turned in a playoff performance to remember. He set a new franchise record for most goals in the playoffs and his 15 goals were the most in the NHL. He accumulated 99 shots through just 24 games (4.1 average shots per game) while taking the fourth-most hits in the league.

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Even though he didn’t win the Conn Smythe, it’s arguable that Evgeny Kuznetsov had an even better postseason than Alex Ovechkin, tallying the most points in the playoffs by a significant margin. His 32 points were five more than Ovechkin’s and nine more than Backstrom’s third-most 23 points. Usually a notoriously low shooter, Kuznetsov also kicked it up a notch with his shot totals in the playoffs, taking the second-most shots out of all skaters (3.7 average per game). In the regular season, Kuznetsov only averaged 2.4 shots per game.

John Carlson

If there were an award for best defender in the playoffs, John Carlson would probably win it, as he managed to keep up the blistering pace he set during the regular season and turned in a fantastic playoff run. His 20 points were the 10th-most in the playoffs and by far the most by any defender. Only Dustin Byfuglien came relatively close (with 16 points) as the next closest defender after that only scored 12 points. And similar to Ovechkin and Kuznetsov, Carlson killed it with 80 shots on goal throughout the playoffs, once again leading by a large margin out of all defenders.

But enough about the Capitals players, as it makes sense that they had some of the most value considering they won the Stanley Cup and got to play in the most games. There were plenty of other players on the losing teams that put up impressive performances too.

Jonathan Marchessault

Even though he wasn’t the highest scorer on the Knights (that honor goes to Reilly Smith), Jonathan Marchessault provided the most fantasy value on the roster. Ranked fourth overall by our Fantasy Hockey Geek tool (using an average 12-team Yahoo league measuring goals, assists, shots on goal, power-play points, and h