As some of you may know, this is my first year playing REAL fantasy hockey. I’m in two leagues, one of which I am winning, one of which I am badly losing. The disparity in the results is what inspired me to write this post.
First, a little background: Pool A (the winning pool), has a shorter roster and less teams. Pool B has a huge roster and double the amount of teams. Despite this, I tried to keep my core players similiar between the pools if only to simplify my life when I check out hockey scores. The only major difference between the two pools are my goalies.
In Pool A, I was lucky enough to snag Price, Halak and Rinne. They have been so good to me, so much so that in one night ALL THREE got shutouts. Important to note: I made securing three strong goalies a priority.
In Pool B, I was quite unlucky. I had a low pick and with the amount of teams in the pool I was only able to get Fleury, Conklin and Ondrej Pavelec. (I’m currently desperatly trying to make a trade if any fellow H I/O poolers are reading this). For this pool, I picked my goalies intermittently, and did not make securing at least two top goalies a priority.
The discrepancy is mind blowing. Fleury has rarely played and when he has, he has lost. Right now he has only one win. Conklin has only played one game, and Pavelec, who was slated to split the season with Mason, passed out in the first 2-minutes of the first game.
The fact that I have no goalie support in Pool B is the reason I am at the bottom. I’m talking a +20 or -20 point differential on big game nights!
So Pool A is my succesful experiment. I picked my goalies early and often, and I am reaping the benefits. Pool B was my unsuccesful experiment, I focused on skaters and am now paying the price.