With the opening of Yahoo fantasy hockey within the past couple of weeks, many general managers have taken to the web site to get a head start on their fantasy season.
Mock drafts are a great way to get a sense of what people are doing and different strategies. I was in one on Saturday when one general manager took three defensemen (Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman) with his first three picks.
However, you can’t look at just the rankings that Yahoo provides for you. Sometimes, you have to dig through the lists to find players that have great values that are ranked too low.
Keep in mind that the players on this list is for the average Yahoo league, with the categories of goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots and hits for skaters, and wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts for goalies. The number to the right of their names is their average draft position as of Sunday night.
10. Mark Stone, 162.9
One thing I’ve noticed is that many of the Senators have much lower average draft positions that they should, but Stone is the worst of the bunch as he is being drafted in the 14th round in 12-team leagues. While he won’t contribute in the shots and hits, he should still be a point-per-game player when healthy and he should definitely be taken ahead of players such as Sam Reinhart, Alexander Steen, Andrei Svechnikov and Kasperi Kapanen.
9. Jeff Petry, 173.8
Petry will be the “surprise” defenseman of the first half of the season as Shea Weber is out until Christmas. Last season, Petry has 42 points, 23 power-play points, 178 shots and 167 hits, much of that coming when Weber was injured. That’s value in almost every category. His minus-30 was a pain, but that should improve this year with Carey Price back for hopefully a full season.
8. Shea Theodore, 157.5
I admit that I am completely perplexed by Vegas and how they handle their defensemen. That makes it tough for me to project what Theodore i