Wild West Summer Series 2018: Colorado

Chris Kane


We are back this week for round five of our summer series, this time featuring Colorado. 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 8/1/2018.


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.





Colorado just squeaked into the playoffs in 2017-18, largely on the back of a heroic effort from Nathan MacKinnon. Colorado ended the season with 43-30-9 record good for the last wild card spot in the Pacific, one point ahead of St. Louis. Incredible seasons from MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen spurred a 47 point improvement over 2016-17 and leave hope of more excitement to come.




Unlike with Chicago, the short answer here is everyone on the team. There was hardly a player on the team that ended the season worse in the rankings then when the started. Nathan MacKinnon had an incredible season, doubling his point per game output of the 2016-17



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