Wild West Summer Series 2019: Chicago

Chris Kane


Welcome to week four of our summer series. Like last season, this series is intended to take a look at the teams in the Western Conference one by one. We will do a short recap of what took place, but the deep dive here will be into the players that helped make it so, for better or worse. We will be taking a look at a few players who out or underperformed their expectations and be considering whether this performance might just be the new normal.


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. These 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. The idea is to compare this ranking with an expected ranking based on the 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. 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.


This week: Chicago



Chicago finished the 2018-19 season with 84 points, good for 10th in the division and six shy of a wild card playoff spot. They had a few impressive performances (we will get to a couple in a moment), in fact they scored the third most goals in the West, but also had the highest goals against in the West, and not by a little.



Erik Gustafsson: How can we not start with Gustafsson? The guy seemingly came out of nowhere to take the top power play spot in Chicago and destroy all his previous career highs. Gustafsson was drafted at 144th overall between Jake Muzzin and Brandon Montour. He finished as the 50th ranked player (and 14th ranked defensemen).





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