Thursday, April 12, 2007

Picking playoff performers

I've got my annual playoff pool tonight, an auction-style fantasy draft where you've got $50 to spend and a minimum $5 bid per player. Points are simply goals and assists for skaters, and two points for a win and two more for a shutout for netminders.

Last year, I finished third after taking Shawn Horcoff for $5 with my final pick (I would have won the draft if I'd also taken the undrafted Chris Pronger), proving that there's something to be said for going with the underdogs. Horcoff provided 19 points for the minimum, while someone like Pavel Datsyuk commanded in the $13-15 neighbourhood — which bought his owner three measly points.

All I know is that, tonight, Buffalo Sabres are going to come at a premium, and the Islanders and others will be in the discount bin. My question, then, is who do people think will be this year's most underrated playoff performers?

UPDATE Well, here's the damage:
  1. Kariya, Nas - $11
  2. Arnott, Nas - $8
  3. Bryzgalov, Ana - $6
  4. Redden, Ott - $7
  5. Morrow, Dal - $5
  6. Nagy, Dal - $7
  7. Calder, Det - $6
It's tough to handicap without seeing the other teams in the draft, but I'm essentially hoping for 65-80 points from this motley crew, something that seems unlikely at this early stage. I'm going to need the Stars and Predators to turn things around, Bryzgalov to continue to start for Anaheim and Ottawa and Detroit to advance deep.

We'll see how that goes.



At 3:38 p.m., April 12, 2007, Anonymous RPK said...

Don't know how "under-rated" but I would be loading up on Pens, particularly with the drubbing OTT gave them, they may come cheap if some are already writing them off. Out of the west, underdogs that might get somewhere got to go with Minn, Gaborik would be a good pick up.

At 3:46 p.m., April 12, 2007, Blogger MetroGnome said...

Radulov might be a steal, assuming:

1.) He can keep playing like he did last night.

2.) The Preds beat out the Sharks in round 1.

At 4:18 p.m., April 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smolinski is a good steal, but he did score a goal last night so others might be alerted - with Matt Cooke hurt I think Ryan Kesler could be bumped up to play with Naslund et al.

At 4:32 p.m., April 12, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

This might backfire in your face, but if Bryzgalov comes cheap, he might be worth a look.

For the 2nd consecutive year I expect to see Giguere for G1 of the playoffs, but instead find the crazy Russian instead. Maybe next year I'll be ready for that.

But now that he's got a win, I think we might see him play a bit (at least until he stops earning another start). Is it worth mentioning that Bryz's career postseason 1.42 GAA and .945 sv% are better than JSG's Conn Smythe year numbers?

At 5:01 p.m., April 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you'll see power play quarterbacks and multi-use players (second liners that play a checking role as well) be the types to go for.

Maybe guys like Dustin Penner, Jochen Hecht (who finished with more than a point per game for the second half of the year), Sami Salo, Tomas Kloucek or Shea Weber.

-Matt (

At 5:24 p.m., April 12, 2007, Anonymous pete said...

Smytty! But i'll be grabbing him first... :)

At 6:38 p.m., April 12, 2007, Blogger Matthew Macaskill said...

Craig Rivet, Ottawa defensemen not named Wade Redden.

Joe Pavelski is a good pick at forward... should Cheechoo be out for awhile.

At 7:30 a.m., April 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...although you picked Minnesota to advance to the STANLEY CUP FINALS, you have not a single Wild player. I guess they must have been pretty pricey in your pool!


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