Angus Audits

Are you wondering what your plan of attack should be this summer? Preparing for a draft? Upset about some trades you made in the past? I’ll weigh in with my thoughts on the interesting and important issues.

 

I will be running these audits on a weekly basis throughout the summer. Fire me an e-mail if you want to get in line!

 

Today I’ll be taking a look at the team submitted to me by DobberHockey reader Kody (known as tradejunkie on the forums), who just won his league, but will have to pay a price for it because of an interesting rule change this summer.

 

 

The Team


The Hoseheads

 

The Rules


Standard Yahoo rotisserie league

Offensive categories: Goals, Assists, Points, Plus-minus, PPP, SHP, PIM, SOG

Goaltending categories: Wins, Save %, Shutouts

Farm rosters: up to 14 players, no player can have more than 250 games played in NHL

Number of keepers is relative to end-of-season standings

Old rule: each team kept 10 out of 22 roster players, and 10 out of 14 on the farm

New rule: first place keeps six roster players, second place keeps seven, and so on. Last place (10th) keeps 13. I think this rule is very interesting... hard to build a dynasty this way!

 

The Roster

 

The current roster:

C Nicklas Backstrom
C Brad Richards
C Derek Roy
C Jason Spezza
D Kevin Bieksa
D Brian Campbell
D Joe Corvo
D Drew Doughty
D Duncan Keith
D Nicklas Lidstrom
D Brian Rafalski
D Kimmo Timonen
G Mikka Kiprusoff
G Evgeni Nabokov
LW Sean Avery
LW Alexandre Burrows
LW Ilya Kovalchuk
LW Bobby Ryan
LW Ray Whitney
RW Dustin Brown
RW Joe Pavelski
RW Corey Perry
RW Teemu Selanne

 

His keeper selections (I agree with the six he selected):

 

C Nicklas Backstrom
C Jason Spezza
D Duncan Keith
LW Ilya Kovalchuk
LW Bobby Ryan
RW Corey Perry

 

I was going to suggest keeping Doughty over Spezza, but Doughty can still be kept as a farm-eligible player.

 

His farm team:

 

> RW Brandon Yip
> D Alex Goligoski
> D Jack Johnson
> C Patrik Berglund
> D Drew Doughty
> LW Nikita Filatov
> RW Ted Purcell
> C/LW Jeremy Morin
> C Logan Couture
> D Keith Yandle
> RW Sergei Shirokov
> C/RW Brayden Schenn
> G Michal Neuvirth
> G Jonas Gustavsson

 

His farm team keeper selection:

 

> Alex Goligoski
> Jack Johnson
> Patrik Berglund
> Drew Doughty
> Nikita Filatov
> Ted Purcell
> Brayden Schenn
> Michal Neuvirth
> Jonas Gustavsson
> Keith Yandle

 

My farm team keeper selections:

 

 

> D Alex Goligoski
> D Jack Johnson
> C Patrik Berglund
> D Drew Doughty
> LW Nikita Filatov
> C/LW Jeremy Morin
> D Keith Yandle
> C/RW Brayden Schenn
> G Michal Neuvirth
> G Jonas Gustavsson

 

Recent Trades

 

Kody is mulling over a potential trade that sees him ship out Bobby Ryan for Claude Giroux and the 12th overall pick (he thinks he will be able to land a prospect like Nino Niederreiter at that spot).

 

Most of his recent trade activity has been to win in the present, which worked out well considering he won the pool this season. However, with the new keeper rule he’ll be in tough to repeat.

 

The Breakdown


The new rule has put a wrench in Kody’s plan, as he traded most of his draft picks away to build for the present. Since he won the league, he can only keep six roster players.

 

Kody has mentioned that he is thinking of tanking this year while building for two years from now. Tanking isn’t in my fantasy hockey vocabulary, so I’ll disagree with him there!

 

He also mentioned that it is tough to swing trades in this league. I guarantee that other teams aren’t going to be dropping players like Alex Burrows, Drew Doughty, and so on. In your case, identify teams that have holes to fill, and offer your borderline non-keepers for draft picks. These players have no value to you as you aren’t keeping them and probably won’t be able to redraft them.

 

The Recommendations


1) Identify borderline non-keepers and shop them hard. You have a terrific club – time to maximize the return in a tough situation. Stock up on draft picks and farm upgrades!

 

2) Keep Morin over Purcell. Short-term loss, but Morin is on a team that will need cheap young rookies to fill key spots for the next while, and his upside is much higher than Purcell's.

 

 


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atredbeard said:

atredbeard
..... You could keep Bobby Ryan as farm eligible as well and keep someone like kipper, burrows, rafalski, or richards depending on what position you prefer to keep. Personally I'd keep Kipper despite the situation in Calgary.
July 07, 2010
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Puckhead said:

Puckhead
... I think its a decent return for Ryan, although the chance of him going to C on Yahoo is too risky. That is definitely the types of deals you need to make, where you pick up a very good position player, young, and impactful, plus a pick.

It is interesting that Ryan being moved rumors are gathering steam. Wherever he were to end up, he would be in a great situation, although as far as fantasy hockey is concerned, does it get better than playing with Getzlaf and Perry?

Good luck,

Puck
July 06, 2010
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tradejunkie said:

tradejunkie
So, Ryan or Giroux? What's everyone think about my Giroux option? There's a threat he could end up as a C on yahoo, which would kill his value.
July 06, 2010
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