Ramblings: Cy Young Candidates in Hockey – Acciari, Pageau, Neal (Mar 20)

Ian Gooding

2020-03-20

I hope you're doing well and managing to adjust to these difficult times. Not just with the lack of hockey, but also other changes to your day-to-day life, whatever they may be. Who knows, maybe you've even been able to pull out a positive or two from this situation. For me, that involves being able to work from home instead of a long commute to my day job, which has resulted in more time with my kids and more time to ride my bike (50 km since Sunday). I've also been watching some games that were played when I was very young (see my Twitter timeline for the specific games).

As long as there are folks interested in what we have to say here, we'll continue to write. It may not be 100 percent fantasy hockey for the time being, but I'll try to make it interesting.

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You've probably heard tons of different ideas of how the NHL should resume its season – if it is able to. Finish the regular season, or head straight into the playoffs? Push the start date of the 2020-21 season ahead? Expand or reduce the number of teams? For some reason I have this goofy idea of allowing all 31 teams into the playoffs while adding an extra round. You'd need 32 teams for that, so give the league leader in points (Boston) a first-round bye. Make it by conference or by the entire league, I don't care. Because why not. I'd totally love to see it, although I know the NHL won't do it.

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This is a fantasy hockey website, so I'll attempt to make these Ramblings topical. As I mentioned last week, if you're looking to get your stats fix, head over to Frozen Tools and look for a report to run through the Report Generator. If the report you're curious about isn't there, you can easily export it to Excel and perform your own calculations.

For example, I was curious about "Cy Young award winners" in hockey for the 2019-20 season. In case you're not familiar with that term, these are players whose statlines resemble a star baseball pitcher who has many more wins than losses. In hockey, that would be considerably more goals than assists. Among the majority of hockey players, the opposite is true, given the frequency of goals that have second assists.