Fantasy scoring systems often skew player values, making real-life warriors worth less and second-tier stars among the game’s elite
Thanks to the Internet and advanced stats, fantasy hockey has evolved to the point where it mimics reality. You can set lineups daily, sign players, go through free agency. You can even assign values for newer stats such as hits, faceoff wins and blocked shots. You can make it as complicated or as simpli- trHuptahanoentiNidnrengero ssamflrtsoeedeaursdetc pttr he0ihsen tfhsiauacolpynt?awseyt m’msrtayihblitatleyneaymaktruegiseelsurtl aa iavefnstboasusglri. yT ifleatoaehydbnuae? eanaCee ds rfnpydase ln, ahttoiyhpaieneses,tsrNryorsie > JOHNNY BOYCHUK, BOSTON – Boychuk does a bit of everygilta be ahang nG huet oy Hl, ua no? ul, ldti rif ih htmc Hdry wejLowuor, ci ansilbktltt’iaptelalnwaaoainbtnnoyeewhsentmunbegdsoeaxootutclieenyge?: oh- an thing, but not enough of any one stat. > ERIC BREWER, TAMPA BAY – One of the better shot-blockers, but most leagues don’t count those yet. > ANDREW FERENCE, EDMONTON – His points are modest and he keeps his PIMs down. Occasionally his plus/minus can help. But in the real NHL, he makes millions and has a Cup ring. > MIKE FISHER, NASHVILLE – As long as he’s in Music City, he’ll struggle to contribute 50 points. Fantasy owners will pass, but there’s not a team in the league that would turn down a valuable two-way player like Mike Fisher. > MICHAEL FROLIK, WINNIPEG – Acquired to bolster the Jets up front, Frolik’s stats may spike this season with more ice time. Regardless, he’s an effective penalty killer and energy guy. > JOSH GORGES, MONTREAL – A valuable dressing room guy. What’s the stat that measures that? > COLIN GREENING, OTTAWA – Much like with Abdelkader, Greening has fantasy value if the league counts hits, but little value in other leagues. > JOHN MITCHELL, COLORADO – If 20 points constitute a career season, poolies say “no thanks.” But the Avs are grateful. His hit total (about two per game) makes him draftable in some leagues. fgwbPPsourloIhorMopBiownutey ssktsdr h igtaiensnaerndsfa awelsa tipntlnmeilultndeouapegm td- soaBm. tpkPupesieeetn. n ndnHfuoo, sertrlrl httrtc eyeafeboornsamlrewy? itew, iesoIlu0stlMvhaieeissndltxr w rrecambleoeayramwtpstvcehlakbngseelwe rsaaofsiy trb frgwa toeasesls tlnTete h afleRaaaetpenanlnallwntktaria: ytfecasrlyoalemdlvkypa eb, trasnouh- tinran in. r. zteiee sofssa a wgrro fsscyo n Sln hee Po1u en sa sabat uo ab deale l a i h u
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> ALEXANDRE BURROWS, VANCOUVER – Consistent points, plus/minus, shots and PIMs combine to make Burrows a top-100 pick in a lot of leagues. Not in the real NHL, though.
> DAVID CLARKSON, TORONTO – His combination of points (especially goals), shots and PIM are rare enough to make him a valued fantasy piece. > STEVE DOWNIE, COLORADO – Downie is one of the top PIM/ game players. That he provides decent points is pure bonus. > PASCAL DUPUIS, PITTSBURGH – Dupuis’ 38 points in 48 games and plus-31 are worthy of a top-20 fantasy player. He’s not a top 20 “real” player? > CHRIS KUNITZ, PITTSBURGH – GMs around the NHL don’t consider Kunitz a top-30 player, but watch how high he’s drafted in your league. > MATT MOULSON, N.Y. ISLANDERS – An underrated player in both fantasy and reality, but fantasy owners are catching on. > STEVE OTT, BUFFALO – See Downie, Steve. > MIKE RIBEIRO, PHOENIX – His 183 points over three seasons are 16th most in the league. > WAYNE SIMMONDS, PHILADELPHIA – Simmonds, Ott, Downie, Clarkson and Burrows are all drafted high for the same reason - the precious points/penalty minutes combination. > JURI TLUSTY, CAROLINA – He’s top six in Carolina and always has a Staal at his side.