Ramblings – Season Rundowns, Playoff Previews, Fantasy Sendoffs… (May 2)



That's a wrap on the 2021-22 NHL season!


Now released – my 16th annual playoff draft list. This spreadsheet has the ability to pick the winners each round, and adjust the projected games accordingly. I have set projected points-per-game average based on this season and prior playoff performance for relevant playoff players, as well as how they did over the past month. Projected games are adjusted based on how far you think each team will go (and I factor in player injuries as well). Then, if you have MS Excel, simply click one of the buttons and sort your list by team, by player name or by points projection (don't have Excel? It still works on Google Sheets, just the buttons don't work so you have sort manually). What I love about this setup is that you can run several scenarios and print off each for your draft. Then, based on how the draft is going, you can then work off the best list that is left. For example, if one list is heavy on the Lightning, but you pick 10th and four Tampa players are taken before it even gets to you – then you may want to toss that list and roll with another one. IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD, no waiting.

The spreadsheet also has my own list in there as an alternative


Dustin Brown and Ryan Getzlaf have played their last NHL games (regular season, in the case of Brown, who will still see postseason contests). Ditto for Eric Staal, whom we wondered if he would sign a contract late – even after the Olympics. That didn't happen. All three were drafted in 2003 NHL Entry Draft, one of the best drafts in history.

Still playing from the draft: Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Suter, Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, Brent Burns, Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson, Patrice Bergeron, possibly Shea Weber but doubtful, Brad Richardson, Joe Pavelski, and Jaroslav Halak. I suspect we've seen the last of Eriksson, Weber, Richardson and Halak. So that whittles the list down to eight. I've heard nothing about Fleury and his plans for after the Wild getting eliminated (or winning the Cup).

Staal's best season was 2005-06 when he shocked everyone with his first and only 100-point season, hitting the mark exactly. It was shocking because in his rookie season he mana