Wild West Summer Series 2018: San Jose

Chris Kane


You know the drill. Buy the Dobber Guide and check out Cam’s, Eastern Edge Series. He covered Carolina last week. The Wild West Summer series is still here to provide some insights into player performance and what it might mean for the 2018-19 season. We have a few more teams as the summer is winding down and draft day is approaching, and this week we are featuring San Jose.


The idea for these columns 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 now!


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.



San Jose



San Jose finished 2017 at third in the pacific with 100 points. Goaltending took some pretty wild swings during the season and Joe Thornton missed a chunk of the season with injuries. The young guys seemed primed at the end of the season and acquiring Evander Kane gave everyone a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past the upstart Golden Knights in the second round.



Tomas Hert:

Tomas Hertl wrapped up the year as the 142 ranked player based on the above categories and the 12th overall dual eligible winger. He has the worst average draft position of those closest to him (262) even though he is surrounded by players who also surprised in 2016-17.


Mikael Granlund