Fantasy Hockey Mailbag: Audit Season, Mining the Wire, Meier, & Patrick

Rick Roos


Welcome to the first mailbag of 2021 and, accordingly, of the 2020-21 season. For new readers, this is a column where I answer your fantasy hockey questions while also giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they don't own the specific players being discussed. As a reminder, if you want your fantasy hockey question answered in the next mailbag, check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it to me and as well as the details you should provide. The earlier you send a question the more likely it is to be included, and the deeper dive I can provide with my reply.


Question #1 (from Lincoln)

I'd like an audit of my activities this offseason.

The league is a Dynasty keeper (eight managers, 100 players each). Points only, except that goals by a defenseman are worth two points. Goalies get .125 for every save, lose a point for every GA, and have any assists or goals they get count as points. Each team starts 12F, 6D and 2G.

The moves I made were as follows:

First I traded Drake Batherson, a 4th and a 5th rounder and I got Jordan Kyrou, a 2nd rounder (15th overall; now Connor Zary) and a 3rd rounder (20th overall, now Yegor Chinakhov). For the second deal, I moved Neal Pionk, Filip Hronek and Seth Jones and received Johnny Gaudreau, Nicolaj Ehlers and Vitalii Abramov. I then flipped Ehlers Straight up for Rasmus Dahlin. For the next deal, I moved Connor Hellebuyck, Tony DeAngelo, Alex DeBrincat and Kieffer Bellows for Jack Eichel, Thomas Chabot, Evan Bouchard and Patric Hornqvist. I also traded Ilya Samsonov and Drew O'Connor for Ilya Sorokin and Connor Mackey. I then flipped Sorokin and a 5th and 6th rounder to the team who finished in last place for Drew Commesso plus first round picks in 2021 and 2022.

I worry that although I stockpiled top picks for 2021 and 2022, I may have chipped away too much at my strong foundation, plus hurt my team by losing both Samsonov and Sorokin. I still have Igor Shesterkin, Frederick Andersen, Marc-Andre Fleury and Pekka Rinne in net, and addressed that long term in a preseason waivers getting Daniil Tarasov, Ville Husso, and Samuel Ersson. I think my defense is about equal for now, but looking much better long term. I still have, in addition to Chabot, Dahlin (and Bouchard coming), Morgan Rielly, Ryan Ellis, Matt Dumba, Keith Yandle, Nate Schmidt, Alex Edler, Duncan Keith, plus Ty Smith, Juuso Valimaki, Scott Perunovich and Ville Heinola on the way. My forwards not mentioned are Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Jake Gue