Fantasy glasses are, after all, fantasy glasses in your standings. However, some fantasy points should be valued above others when it comes to predicting future fantasy points from a player.
The most obvious one is primary assists versus secondary assists. Of course, a large number of secondary passes are justified points for skillful play on the ice. But you know, and I know that not all of them are like that. More than a handful of minor passes handed out on the scoresheets are an accident – in the right place, at the right time, in the right touch of the puck.
And yes, you can point to some major passes that are also unrelated to a goal being scored. But with each successive name attached to a goal, you increase the chances that the point awarded will have less to do with reaching the goal. Standard Sportzshala leagues count primary and secondary passes equally for fantasy scoring, but let’s remove the secondary passes and look at the results.
But let’s go even further. The other one I’d like to remove by digging a little deeper is bonus points for special teams. Standard Sportzshala leagues give out a 0.5 point bonus if a goal is scored on the power play or when the team is shorthanded. Although a little less random than some minor passes, it is a situation where the player does not decide what he is in – it is up to the coaches. While most power plays and penalty kills won’t change much in terms of their composition over the course of the season, this is another thing we can take away if we look closer at what I like to call primary fantasy points.
So what we’re left with after removing the secondary passes and special team bonuses is a fantasy profile consisting of the following: two points per goal, one point for the main assist, 0.5 points for a block shot and 0.1 points for a hit. . or a shot on goal.
Statistics correct to 20 November.
To be clear, just because a player butters his bread by picking up minor assists on the powerplay doesn’t mean he automatically gets a red flag here. Mitchell Marner loses the most fantastic points in the NHL here because 10 of his assists were minor and 10 of his points were earned on special teams (and after the stats had already been cleared for that, Marner scored a minor assist on the power-play Monday to add to both amounts at once). But Marner is not in danger of losing his role as a top-six winger, nor his powerplay role. There must be some reason to be concerned that the producers are threatening to throw a red flag on the player. There is no fear that Marner will repeat these secondary and bonus points.
Alex Pietrangelo, defenseman, Vegas Golden Knights (14.5 fantastic points for minor assists and special teams): This score is the second-highest in the NHL behind Marner (Pietrangelo added two more minor assists on Monday night after that statistic was cut), but there are some minor issues here. when it comes to Pietrangelo. Chief among them is that we only need to look at last season to see Shea Theodore getting more advantageous minutes. The Knights have returned to Pietrangelo this season, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be working with him until April. In fact, if you combine the results of the last two seasons, Theodore has 27 powerplay points and 350 minutes of playing time against Pietrangelo’s 17 points and 285 minutes.
Morgan Rilly, defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs (13 fantasy points for minor passes and special commands): Rilly’s biggest concern is that any dry spell in the Leafs’ power play essentially erases the value of his fantasy. While he may have slightly less Fantasy Points from minor assistants and special teams, Rilly does not generally have as many Fantasy Points as Pietrangelo. If you take away Rilly’s power-play production and minor passes, there isn’t much left to hang your hat on. It would be great – and probably inevitable – for the Leafs to play five-on-five like they did last season. Rilly came out with an injury on Monday, so there’s a chance someone else (Mark Giordano, Rasmus Sandin) can try out the powerplay. If they continue to thrive, it could affect Rilli’s long-term prospects this season.
Matthew Barzal, center, New York Islanders (12.5 fantastic points for minor assists and special teams): Eight of Barzal’s assistants have been minors this season (nine if you include one more on Monday after the stats were cleared). It would be better if he scored more points from goals or assists, so you know that they will continue to score faster than a point per game. When Barzal had his best season (barring an explosive rookie campaign) in 2019/20, he had just 11 minor assists in a profile that included 30 major assists and 19 goals in 68 games. The fact that he’s nearly matched his total assists this season already makes me want more goals from Barzal.
Patrick Kane, W, Chicago Blackhawks (Fantastic 12.5 points on minor assists and special teams): Maybe it’s more of a concern that Kane’s overall performance this season has been really stagnant. Max Domi and Andreas Athanasiou, his most frequent linemates, have been third and press boxers in recent seasons, so Kane can’t take all the blame for not doing enough for the fantasy. But if you subtract his minor assists and special team bonuses, Kane has just 15.2 fantasy points, ranking him 408th among skaters. Ouch.
Brandon Montour, quarterback, Florida Panthers (12.5 Fantasy Points for Minor Assists and Special Teams): A red flag here can quickly signal us that Montour’s extra stats won’t last long. First, his fantasy production drops significantly when Aaron Ekblad is in the Panthers. In the 10 games Montour has played that Ekblad hasn’t played this season, Montour has amassed 3.12 fantasy points per game (FPPG). In seven games that also included Ekblad, Montour posted a 1.98 FPPG. He is still a fantastic asset with Ekblad, but not to the extent that he is solely responsible for powerplay.
Artturi Lehkonen, C/W, Colorado Avalanche (11.5 Fantasy Points for Secondary Assists and Special Teams): We’ve already seen Lehkonen go from hot to cold depending on how well he plays most of the Avalanche. Perhaps more important, as the months on the calendar change faster than we expect, Lehkonen’s time in the game most of the time has a sunset date in the last three or four months of the season. The return of Gabriel Landeskog will knock him off the stage at the end of this season. If you subtract his minor assists and points for special teams, Lehkonen will move from the top 100 fantasy skaters beyond the top 200.
JJ Moser, D., Arizona Coyotes (fantastic nine points for minor assists and special teams): The return of Jakob Chichrun really puts the nail in the coffin of this fantastic. Moser has had a very strong start this season as he posted a 2.0 FPPG in 16 games. But when Chychrun returned to the ice, he pushed Moser out of the main powerplay block. This is enough to deprive him of relevance.
Hampus Lindholm, defenseman, Boston Bruins (Fantastic 8.5 points on minor assists and special teams): Although Lindholm has managed to score one point on the majority of five games since Charlie McAvoy returned, his powerplay time has been drastically reduced. Prior to McAvoy’s return, Lindholm had an average lead of 3:21, but when McAvoy returned to the lead, Lindholm lost 1:58. Expect Lindholm to fade away from everyday fantasy use.
There are two ways I see this exercise to highlight players positively. First, they don’t get a lot of their fantastic points from minor assistants or special teams, so you can view the production as more stable. Second, they are getting a lot of his fantastic points from minor assistants or special teams, which is a new role and a positive thing for the future.
It’s all about interpreting the situation for each player. Let’s take our first example.
Mikhail Sergachev, defenseman, Tampa Bay Lightning (11 Fantasy Points for Minor Assists and Special Teams): I could just as easily put Sergachev on the red flag list based on how much of his Fantasy Points comes from Minor Assists and Special Teams, but in this case it’s actually a huge positive. While it may not be permanent, Sergachev is set to earn more than a fair share of time in the top powerplay group this season.
Alec Martinez, guard, Vegas Golden Knights (one fantastic point from minor assists and special teams): Top fantastic point maker, throwing in front of more pucks than (quite possibly) any defenseman in history before him. As mentioned in this week’s fantasy rankings, Martinez is close to not only breaking, but wiping the block shot record in a single season. But perhaps the sweetest thing for fantasy managers is that Martinez doesn’t rely on secondary assists or even points at all (he’s only four points after doubling his season total on Monday), meaning his stats aren’t backed up by anything. for the second time. In fact, one could argue that Martinez should score several more goals and assists than he has scored this season, meaning we could see him battling for a place on the defensive lineup in the coming months.
Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets (2.5 Fantasy Points for Secondary Assists and Special Teams): It’s quite reassuring to see Scheifele scoring so many Primary Fantasy Points – mainly because he’s well positioned to score a lot of Secondary Scores as well when the puck starts bouncing in his side. In fact, Scheifel’s total number of passes is currently overwhelmed by the absence of Nikolai Ehlers. But we learned last week that Ehlers won’t be back to save the No. 1 spot anytime soon and will be undergoing surgery for a sports hernia next week. It’s unclear exactly what the Jets are doing to lift the top spot and fire up Scheifel. Mason Appleton played the role for a long period of time but didn’t impress and…