This week I am joined by my good friend Dan to talk about the Minnesota Wild’s season, including rookie standouts and potential offseason contract scenarios. We look ahead to the NHL Playoffs and discuss whether the Wild have a snowball’s chance in hell to upset the Chicago Blackhawks. We also make our predictions for all first-round matchups.
All killer, no filler today! The first round of the fantasy playoffs are in the books, and this is the time of year when heroes are made and some players become goats (coughCareyPrice). This week I give a rundown of the best and worst of the last week and look ahead to the next round.
In this week’s show, I talk about the Ryan O’Reilly situation and why I’d wait a little while to pick him up. Then I suggest a skater who is owned in less than 50% of leagues, and finally, I run down the list of top 10 goalies and how many Quality Starts they have put up this year. The numbers may surprise you!
Today I interview one of my favorite hockey researchers, Rob Vollman of Hockey Prospectus and Hockey Abstract. Rob has developed a number of great tools and stats that have become a major part of the hockey analytics community.
“A good hockey stat first of all has to be useful.”
“The real achievement is to take something that’s complex and make it simple.”
Rob’s personal page where he puts all his work. This site is a wealth of information–everything from Quality Starts to “Oz Coke charts” (AKA player usage charts) to historical comparisons. Your one-stop-shop for Vollman’s writing.
Can’t wait to get on iTunes so I don’t have to embed the files! I’m this close too, there appears to be a problem on the iTunes side…waiting to hear back from their tech support >_>
A player spotlight podcast today, with a twist: I did a top-10 list of forwards and defensemen by CorsiOn (min 10 GP). Talked a bit about how underlying stats like Corsi don’t always illuminate how well a player might do for fantasy, and gave lots of examples. For reference he’s the list.
10. Davis Drewiske (LA) 16.4, (1+2=3), +1, 4 PIM, 8 SOG, 13:46, 6.9% on ice
Episode 2 of the Hashtag Hockey Podcast is officially up! Today I take a look around the league and talk about who’s off to a hot start, a cold start, and the most surprising player in the new 2013 NHL season. Then, in my feature segment, I talk about how to play fantasy hockey like a poker player, and finally, I talk about shooting percentage…why you should care and how it can make you a better fantasy hockey player.