I suppose we are officially into preseason at this point, but for continuity’s sake we can keep calling it the summer series. This week we are taking a look at Las Vegas. Vegas has been at the center of a few trades recently so if you want the most up to date projections make sure you grab Dobber’s Fantasy Guide. Cam also had a great look at Eastern Conference right wings in the Eastern Edge Series so check that out.
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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.
The Vegas Golden Knights started their inaugural season with a bang, taking advantage of the Vegas Flu and winning eight of their first nine games. The regression never kicked in and the took the NHL by storm finish atop the Pacific Division with 109 points and charging all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson, Reilly Smith:
There has been a ton of ink on the Golden Knights as a whole, and on this line in particular. These three were the archetype of the ‘Golden Misfits.’ All were players who spent their previous seasons buried on other team’s lineups. In Vegas though they finally had the opportunity to show the NHL what they could d