Ramblings: Caveats to Zero G; Preseason Observations on Bunting, Eklund, T. Johnson (Oct 3)

Ian Gooding

2021-10-03

If you've read my Ramblings from the previous two days, you'll recall that I've had success using the Zero G strategy in two different mock drafts (source: Apples and Ginos). However, I'm not going to proclaim that you'll have a guaranteed 100 percent success rate using this strategy.

If you do decide to use this strategy, I'd like to bring up some caveats. Keep in mind that I have not run these past the originator of the strategy. These are simply my own observations.

Know your league settings. Simply put, Zero G may not work for everyone. In his recent AMA on Reddit, Dobber was asked this very question. Just to paraphrase, if about half your league categories are goalie-based, you might not want to wait until the middle rounds to pick a goalie. But if only about three of 10 of your categories are goalie-based, then Zero G is probably safer for you.

Another consideration is league size. Zero G has worked well in 12-team mock drafts where I've picked 16 players. In my most recent mock draft, the likes of Adin Hill, Anton Khudobin, and Chris Driedger (among others) were not drafted at all. If you're in a 16-team league with 35 players, just about any goalie on an NHL roster – starter or backup – will get drafted. Combine more teams with limited supply with high concentration of goalie categories with league members antsy to grab goalies and you might not be able to wait very long. That all depends on your league behavior, which I'll