Ramblings: Killorn suspension; Schmidt’s shooting; McDonagh’s postseason; Couturier for Selke – September 11

Michael Clifford

2020-09-11

I saw Ian tweeting yesterday about fantasy baseball and how hard it has been to keep people interested. I've found similar things in some (not all) of my leagues, and I wonder if that's going to be something that translates to the NHL whenever the next season starts. Especially when we're in the throes of flu season and there are a million things for parents to worry about on a daily basis that doesn't in any way, shape, or form have to do with fantasy hockey.

It's easy to see how people would be disinterested in fantasy hockey next year. One thing I will say is that for those who think they may not have motivation but keep some skin in the game, there are things called best ball leagues that were offered last year. Those are leagues where you draft and hold, there are no trades or waivers. It's an easier way to stay in fantasy hockey without having to commit the hours necessary to win a typical league. There'll be mentions of it in these Ramblings as we approach the actual next regular season.

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Sean Couturier took home his first (but I'm sure not his last) Selke Trophy has the NHL's top defensive forward (or two-way forward, or forward demonstrating defensive skill, etc) with 117 first place votes. In second place was Patrice Bergeron with 21 first place votes. In other words, it wasn't really close.

Ryan O'Reilly took bronze with 11 first place votes.

No qualms from me here. I didn't have Couturier first but I had him top-5 and anyone that gets that high on my board is fine. The fun comes in who else got a first-place vote, namely Auston Matthews, Artemi Panarin, and Nick Bonino: