Now that the season is officially under wraps it is time for our summer series. This series is intended to take a look at the teams in the Western Conference one by one. We will do a short recap of what took place, but the deep dive here will be into the players that helped make it so, for better or worse. We will be taking a look at a few players who out or underperformed their expectations and be considering whether this performance might just be the new normal.
And now for the technical details. We will be using the Fantasy Hockey Geek tool to get a ranking that combines all of a player’s stats for the searched categories. Like for the previous series, the ranks are based on a 12 team, head-to-head league, using the categories of goals, assists, power play points, shots, hits and blocks for forwards/defensemen and wins, saves, save percentage and goals against average for goalies. The idea is to compare this ranking with an expected ranking based on the average draft positions from the start of the year. This process does not necessarily identify who was the most important player to each team but gives us not only an idea of who was a steal/bust on draft day, but where each player was valued going into this season. Player eligibility for this series is based on Yahoo, and draft ranks are based on average draft positions compiled from Yahoo, ESPN and CBS by FantasyPros.
First up: Anaheim
Anaheim finished the season in second place in the Pacific behind the upstart Vegas Golden Knights. Their respectable 101 points put them fifth overall in the west. They finished the season strong with an 8-1-1 record over their final ten games before being unceremoniously chewed through by the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.
Lindholm pulled down a rank of 175th overall given the above categories last year. He was certainly not drafted in that target area as he was taken with an average draft position of 277th.
Now if we consider team and league size we are talking about a bubble player here (a 12 team league that rosters 16 players uses 192 players), someone who might be a fourth defenseman or a weekly/monthly streamer. Even so I wanted to take a look at the players who ranked around him, many of which were owned for most of the season in my leagues.