Industry Experts League

 

This is my second year as a part of the Industry Experts League, and once again I find myself in the thick of things as the season progresses. I had been meaning to get this update out sooner, but other articles took priority! The best of the best in the fantasy hockey world are here, from NHL.com to Yahoo! to TSN (among others).

 

The league requires each team to keep four players each off-season. My four keepers this past summer were Roberto Luongo (G), Bobby Ryan (LW/RW), Scott Hartnell (LW), and Marian Hossa (RW). Hartnell has been a bit of a disappointment so far, but the other three have been as advertised. Hossa's initial IR status also allowed me the freedom of an extra roster position.

 

Here are the league standings as of January 19th, 2010:

 

1. fantasyhockey.com Ev 11 8 10 8 11 12 11.5 12 7.5 91
2. Fanball - Flowers 8.5 9 1 12 9 7 9.5 4 5 65
3. Sports Forecaster 8.5 6 11 10 6 8 4 6 4 63.5
4. Rotoworld 1 7 9 5 4 6 11.5 9 10 62.5
5. DobberHockey - Angus 6 4 6 7 10 4 8 7 9 61
5. TSN.ca Cullen 10 12 8 9 12 1 3 3 3 61
7. Y! Romig 4 11 12 4 5 5 2 8 7.5 58.5
8. Rotowire-Topper 5 5 5 6 2.5 3 9.5 10 12 58
9. NHL.com All-Stars 12 2 2 11 7 9 6 1 1 51
10. Going Top Shelf 3 1 4 2 1 10 7 11 11 50
11. McKeen's--Kats 2 10 3 3 8 11 1 2 2 42
12. WrldCupOfFntasySprts 7 3 7 1 2.5 2 5 5 6 38.

 

1. fantasyhockey.com Ev 882 224 359 52 627 198 2197 94 54 2.28 .914
2. Fanball - Flowers 906 207 361 -50 736 194 2004 90 51 2.69 .910
3. Sports Forecaster 853 207 352 60 640 180 2016 79 37 2.63 .907
4. Rotoworld 853 183 354 45 573 178 1953 92 54 2.47 .917
5. DobberHockey - Angus 893 198 339 11 619 197 1928 96 50 2.60 .915
5. TSN.ca Cullen 886 209 389 42 634 210 1897 84 36 2.81 .903
7. Y! Romig 872 190 380 74 531 179 1944 80 34 2.56 .914
8. Rotowire-Topper 876 195 341 2 575 174 1923 100 51 2.43 .922
9. NHL.com All-Stars 890 225 326 -19 677 188 2048 114 46 2.99 .896
10. Going Top Shelf 825 189 304 -1 479 161 2097 83 48 2.32 .921
11. McKeen's--Kats 888 186 377 -2 493 193 2100 84 29 2.93 .900
12. WrldCupOfFntasySprts 879 201 331 14 439 174 1905 89 45 2.68 .912

 

I had been in second place for most of December and early January, but have hit a recent icy patch. Decent in most categories, but not great in any (aside from PPP). I have made only one trade so far this season (with a name many will recognize - Eric Maltais):

 

Dec 15 7:54pm Sean Avery
Kris Letang No new player Notes
Jaroslav Halak No new player Notes
Trade Eric M
Dec 15 7:54pm Andrew Brunette
Andrei Kostitsyn
Trade jeff

 

Blessed with fantastic depth at both LW and RW, I decided to shore up my average goaltending. I caught Halak at just the right time - he essentially carried my team to second place, and it appears that Sean Avery is rounding in to form as well. Kris Letang has been a bit of a fantasy bust this season, but I am way behind in defenseman GP and can use him as filler.

 

There isn't much activity in terms of trades in this league, but with unlimited transactions, keeping an eye on the waiver wire is beneficial. I have made over 30 adds/drops already this year, and that number will only rise down the stretch. I am not really a fan of daily lineups or no maximum transaction number, but I am going to try to take advantage of the rules specific to this league. I am hoping to deal a winger or two for a defenseman (and am also hoping for a Halak trade, as I own both him and Carey Price). My defense, featuring the likes of Tyutin, Yandle, Foster, and Kubina, is a definite weakness. I have kept Brent Burns stashed on the IR, so the news of him returning comes at the perfect time for my team.

 

Aside from Luongo, Halak, and Price, I also have Dwayne Roloson and Jose Theodore. Roloson will see less action with Rick DiPietro back, and Theodore has been far from a sure thing - I cross my fingers every time I put him in my starting lineup. If Halak does end up getting traded, I will dump both Roloson and Theodore and stick with my three goalies.

 


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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I am a bit over at wing, and right on at C, and G. A bit under at D. I always go heavy early - no real logic to it, just something I do. Games are generally looser and higher scoring earlier in season.
January 21, 2010
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Katharsis said:

Katharsis
... I'm assuming there are max games per position in this league?

How are you doing over/under for the positions so far? I only ask because you seem to have the second most GP for skaters thus far, with 3 of the 4 teams you're chasing being behind you (11 back and then two teams with 40 fewer GP). If there is a max... I'd be worried about trying to catch them.
January 19, 2010
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