Wild West: Keepers on the Bubble 2021-22

Grant Campbell

2021-09-06

For the last two years, during bubble week I have focused on the format I know and that is a 26-team salary cap ($81.5 million) keeper pool with 27 players on each roster (20 active and seven in reserve, but all salaries count). As it is the off-season, we allow each team to carry 28 players if one of the players is an Entry draft pick from 2021. Teams must get back down to 27 players on the roster the week before the start of the season.

Currently, there are 662 players on rosters over the 26 teams. The point system is based on goals, assists and plus/minus which are weighted differently for forwards (four FP for goals and assists and two FP for plus/minus) and defensemen (five FP for goals and eight for assists and four for plus/minus) Goalies are rewarded for wins, overtime or shootout losses, shutouts and games played. We do add some additional points for power play and shorthanded points along with one point for a shootout goal. There are no hits or PIM. Our league is capped at nine defencemen and three goalies with a minimum of five defence and two goalies.

The pool had an average of 121.18 fantasy points (FP) per player last season and 2.88 FP per game. I would consider anything under 2 FP/game approaching the bubble.

Last year the top player at each position was Connor McDavid (1st overall) with 510 FP at forward, Shea Theodore 3rd overall) with 362 FP at defence and Andrei Vasilevskiy (14th overall) with 330 FP in a 56-game season. In 2019-20, the top fantasy point-getter was John Carlson with 500 FP in 70 games.

The top 15 in fantasy points were:

1st: McDavid 510

2nd: Leon Draisaitl 435

3rd: Shea Theodore 362

4th: Brad Marchand 359

5th: Mikko Rantanen 355

6th: Adam Fox 352

7th: Darnell Nurse 345

8th: Dougie Hamilton 344

9th: Kris Letang 341

10th: Cale Makar 337

11th: Nathan MacKinnon 331

12th: Auston Matthews 331

13th: Mitch Marner 331

14th: Andrei Vasilevskiy 330

15th: Mark Stone 322

I've reviewed a few rosters in my pool (including my own) as I did last year and focused on some bubble players that teams might need to make decisions on. I've tried to make these players at least 25 years old so that we aren't talking about prospects still. I've included players from both the Western and Eastern Conference.