Fantasy hockey…it’s a love/hate relationship. For as much as I love hockey, the nuisance of having to check your lineup daily for 20-some weeks is just wearisome. My favorite game mode of the EA NHL franchise has always been GM Mode with a fantasy draft; I absolutely love building NHL teams and managing the rosters. You would think fantasy hockey would be a perfect fit, right? But no, it just doesn’t get my pucks off.
So what did I do? I joined a fantasy hockey league (sorry, Chris).
Maybe blogging about it will keep my interest from waning.
Roster: 16 players – C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, IR+, IR+
F/D Stat Categories: 9 – Goals (G), Assists (A), Plus/Minus (+/-), Penalty Minutes (PIM), Powerplay Points (PPP), Shorthanded Points (SHP), Game-Winning Goals (GWG), Shots on Goal (SOG), Hits (HIT)
G Stat Categories (min. 3 starts): 4 – Wins (W), Goals Against Average (GAA), Save Percentage (SV%), Shutouts (SHO)
I present to you, the 2017-18 5-Hole Hockey League Twine Flu:
Round Pick Player Position
1. (11) Patrik Laine RW
2. (18) Leon Draisaitl C,RW
3. (39) P.K. Subban D
4. (46) David Pastrnak RW
5. (67) Andrei Vasilevskiy G
6. (74) Alex Pietrangelo D
7. (95) Ryan Suter D
8. (102) Jonathan Drouin C,LW,RW
9. (123) Scott Darling G
10. (130) Evander Kane LW
11. (151) Max Domi LW
12. (158) Jared Spurgeon D
13. (179) Alexander Wennberg C
14. (186) Bo Horvat C
15. (207) Matt Duchene C,RW
16. (214) Ivan Provorov D
Let’s take a closer look at those top 5 picks…
11th Overall – Patrick Laine
After bursting on to the NHL scene last season, Laine looks to avoid the dreaded ‘sophomore slump.’ Scoring 36 goals last year, he gives Twine Flu a legit scoring threat and with top powerplay unit time, should chip in significant powerplay points.
18th Overall – Leon Draisaitl
Draisaitl scored a big contract in the off-season and has high expectations in Edmonton as Connor McDavid’s starring cast. Draisaitl excelled as McDavid’s winger last season, the two will get significant powerplay time, and if the Edmonton coach spits the duo up, Draisaitl will be afforded the opportunity to play against lesser opponents. Win-win.
39th Overall – PK Subban
The Nashville defenseman has scored 10 goals 5 times in his 7 full NHL seasons. The Nashville d-corps is still a busy place, but PK alwas gets more than his fair share of TOI.
46th Overall – David Pastrnak
With Laine being mainly a goal scorer and Draisaitl being mainly a setup guy, ‘Pasta’ fits right in between the two bringing a balanced attack. Having 34G, 36A with 24 points on the PP last season, Pastrnak should be a stat category monster.
67th Overall – Andrei Vasilevskiy
With Ben Bishop gone, Vasilevskiy gets full control of the crease in Tampa. With a healthy team in front of him (looking at you, Stamkos) he should give his team every opportunity to rack up the W’s and lead TB to the top of the division.