As you probably know, the NHL suspended play indefinitely on Thursday because of the Corona Virus. This means the fantasy hockey season is probably done. So who were the Top 10 draft picks this fantasy hockey season?
Well this could totally depend on the format of your league. When I talk about it now, I won’t bog it down with too many stats let’s just focus on goals, assists and maybe plus/minus for forwards and wins and save percentage for goalies. I won’t be talking about the obvious picks like Connor McDavid or Alex Ovechkin those guys are no brainers. Let’s talk about 10 players that did better than they were projected to do.
Ladies and gentlemen your points leader and potential Art Ross Trophy winner, Leon Draisaitl. 43 goals and 67 assists for Leon this year and played on his own line without McDavid. I think all the trolls who say he lives off McDavid can finally be silenced now. Leon has 17 more points than projected and he has played 11 less games because of the suspension.
A criminally underrated player who definitely will not be underrated anymore especially after that 5 goal performance against the Capitals. Mika has 41 goals and 34 assists in only 57 games. Wow! If you drafted Mika, you hit the draft lottery!
3. J.T. Miller
I can’t say I saw this coming if I’m being completely honest and I don’t think a lot of people did. J.T. Miller had a massive season for the Canucks on that second line with Elias Pettersson. ESPN projected him to only have 55 points to whole season. Miller had 45 assists alone not to mention his 27 goals and was plus 11. Plus, we did not even play the full season. Well done if you drafted him.
4. Roman Josi
In very pedestrian season for the Predators, Josi shined. 16 goals for the dman and 49 assists. That is 11 more assists than ESPN projected him to have for a full season, nevermind that it is a shortened season. Ranked #1 among defenders on ESPN Fantasy, projected to be 8th . Yes 7 rankings does not seem like a big difference. However, when you think of the names ahead of him like Burns, Rielly, Dumba and Erik Karlsson, if you drafted Josi instead you dodged a lot of bullets.
This may sound like a no brainer especially if you are a Leafs fan. However, based on ESPN’s projection he well exceeded exceptions. He was projected to be the 7th best center in the league but at the end he was ranked 2nd ahead of McDavid and Jack Eichel just behind Nathan MacKinnon. Matthews was 2nd in goals and on his way to a 50 goal season.
First off, congrats on not drafting Sergei Bobrovsky. Second, congrats on drafting the number 1 ranked goalie in the league. 31 W’s for Helle with a .922 save percentage. WOW. I feel like he is awesome every other year, but then just pretty good the other years. Does that sound about right Jets fans?
Huge season from the veteran Stanley Cup champion defenseman. He was projected to be the 20th best defenseman but ended up ranked 3rd among all defensemen. Yes, I would probably be talking about Dougie Hamilton if he didn’t unfortunately get injured. However, Pietangelo is 30 years old so staying healthy and maintaining his production throughout the season is huge. Bravo for those of you who picked him up.
8. Tuukka Rask
Tuuuuuuuukk. Ranked 4th among all goalies for the season with a .929 save percentage. He definitely could have been 1st ranked if he was not splitting time with Jaroslav Halak who is no slouch with a .919 save percentage. This was probably the best goalie tandem the whole season helped out by a great defense of course.
9. Kyle Connor
Another very much underrated player and one of my personal favorites (ask the guy who had him in my league about all my trade offers). Connor ranked 6th among LW’s on ESPN. Connor has 6 more goals than he was projected to have (at the end of the season) at 38 and 6 more assists at 35. He was a hot and cold player in some respects but when he was hot there was no one stopping him.
10. Bryan Rust
Rust missed 14 games but still ranked 10th in his position. He also lead the Penguins in goals this season which is a huge accomplishment in itself. Rust had 56 points in his 55 games played. Huge break out season for Rust. To give you a comparison, he played 72 games last year and only had 35 points. Well done for drafting him or picking him up in November like myself ;).
Just Missed the Cut
Who Did I Miss?
Now, I know I definitely missed some underrated players in my Top 10 who had breakout seasons. I did not include any rookies on purpose because you have to give ESPN a break with these projections for rookies (also they don’t do projections for most rookies). Let me know what players I missed on Twitter @HockeyFantasyD1 or my personal Twitter @Knight1094.
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