Wild West Summer Series 2019: St. Louis




Welcome to week 12 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 not only gives us 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: St. Louis



St. Louis finished the regular season with 99 points, good for second in the Central and fourth overall in the West. The story of the season though was the Cinderella run from last place at the start of January to Stanley Cup champions.



Jordan Binnington:


It is hard to argue that anyone played a more pivotal roll in St. Louis’ run to the cup, and even just turning around the regular season that Binnington. He started the season in the AHL,having just one NHL game to his name in 2015-16, and unsurprisingly wasn’t drafted in any of the leagues we pulled data from. By the end of the season he was the 12th ranked goalie overall, though was the most valuable goalie from January on.