Hello everyone! As we wind down the fantasy hockey season, there is at least some hope for the owner who may start to feel the withdrawal symptoms. We will get to that later. First off, let’s get to the current events.
ESPN Screws The Stat Pooch Again……
I could not believe this either. Apparently Ryan Miller found a way to get a shutout tonight in ESPN Fantasy Hockey. Yes we understand that errors happen but this is the third time I have seen this in the last week. The scary part is this keeps happening with little signs or hopes of correction. For the sake of brevity, here is our evidence.
Now do you see that 1 under the shutout (SO) column? That is correct err incorrect I should say. Just imagine if you are the owner who thinks a shutout has been bestowed upon them only to quickly find out that it is not so. Granted, all of the panic can be settled quickly but that initial fear one way or the other does cause some upset stomachs. If you need the Pepto Bismol, we do understand. Is this going to happen again? Of course this is almost destined to show up somewhere on your fantasy bottom lines. You have been warned.
Playoffs spark hope for fantasy owners!
Yes there are several sites that are cooking up a little fantasy hockey postseason style. We are going to spotlight one right now. First and foremost, we present ESPN’s Fantasy Playoff Hockey Challenge. Naturally, someone had to take a little spin with the interface just to see what it was like.
Here are the basics straight from ESPN’s mouth.
You pick a team of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders under a fantasy budget of $100 million. That team scores you goals, assists, wins and shutout bonuses to carry you to glory. Goals are worth a point, assists are worth a point, wins are worth two points, and goaltenders and defensemen get a bonus point for a shutout.
Selecting a team of stars should be relatively easy as the game begins with most forwards drawing a salary just under $9 million, the top defensemen just under $8 million and the goaltenders peaking at $11 million. Do the math and you will notice you are just shy of being able to ice a roster of all the top players in the league. While that may be true, it’s not always the top players in the league who excel in the playoffs.
You get to swap out your team after the first round of the playoffs and again after the conference semifinals, but you don’t get to trade out the team after the conference finals. In other words, there is no harm in selecting players from teams that get eliminated in the first or second rounds. But when the playoffs are pared down to the four teams vying for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, that is your final roster lock. There are no limits to the swapping as long as you stay under $100 million. In theory, you could have 36 different players on your roster during the entirety of the Playoff Hockey Challenge.
As you can see, it looks fairly straightforward but again the playoffs often thrust the spotlight on the unexpected. That has to be emphasized over and over again. I will be creating a 12 man entry this weekend. Don’t worry! We will have it up on the site here to scrutinize soon enough. Yes just when the season is over, a new contest begins. It really is a sign that fantasy hockey is becoming more and more involved. With a two month playoff, this could almost have a shortened season like feel.
Remember, you can always follow me @ChrisWasselTHW for the latest fantasy hockey news and more. Thanks again for reading and stay tuned for further updates.