We are back this week for round two of our summer series, this week featuring Arizona. The idea is to compare end of 2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Geek rankings for individual players with an expected ranking based on their 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. I will also be adding some thoughts on whether or not that is the new normal for the player in question and if we should be adjusting our draft positions. For a deeper dive on each team plus full projections make sure to get your copy of Dobber’s Fantasy Guide out soon. Also if you are hankering for some East Coast talk, check out Cam Metz’s thoughts on rebounds.
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. 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.
Arizona finished their 2017-18 season with 70 points in the standings, good for last place in the Western Conference standings. In fact they managed to top only Buffalo and Ottawa league-wide. They also had the dubious honor of leading the west with a goal differential of -48. Things aren’t all doom and gloom though. From February 8th to the end of the season they managed a record of 20-8-3. If you are counting that is a similar winning percentage to Tampa’s year long percentage, and Tampa managed 113 points in 2017-18.
Now, on to the players.
I would like to take a moment, to pause and admire if you will, the season the Raanta put together. According to our categories he was the fifth ranked goalie in 2017-18, 33rd overall. Just as a reminder he plays for the Coyotes who sported the fourth worst goal differential in the league. The only two goalies that placed better than Raanta that are not featured in the table below are Andrei Vasilevskiy and Sergei Bobrovsky.