Wild West Summer Series 2019: Edmonton



Welcome to week seven 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 under performed 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: Edmonton



Edmonton finished the regular season with 78 points, good for second to last in the West. It is the latest in a series of disappointing seasons for Edmonton, made worse by the initial optimism at acquiring Connor McDavid and making the playoffs a couple of seasons ago. The only additional note in 2018-19 was the emergence of 30 year old Mikko Koskinen, who stole the job from a faltering Cam Talbot, and earned himself a nice new contract. 



Darnell Nurse:

Nurse was drafted 205th overall, right between Zdeno Chara and Alex Edler. By the end of the season Nurse ranked 44th overall and was the 12th ranked defensemen.