We are back this week for round three of our summer series, this time featuring Calgary. 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.
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.
Calgary finished 2017 with a 37-25-10 (84 points) record, missing the playoffs by 11 points. They had periods of time (particularly the beginning of January) where it seemed like they had captured lightning in a bottle, but at the end of the day injuries, plus some inconsistent play derailed the season.
Mark Giordano found himself in a group of defenseman who all overperformed their original draft ranking this year. He was the second Calgary defenseman drafted (behind Dougie Hamilton) at 91st overall, but finished the year as the more valuable Calgary defensemen.