As we prepare to
unleash our 2012-13 draft ranking and player notes upon the fantasy hockey
universe, it's worth taking a moment and revisiting last year's
predictions. After all, advice is only
good if it comes true. More often than
not, we hit the mark, or at least came close enough to put your draft on the
right track. At times, however, the NHL
showed us that some things just can't be forecasted. Here are some high (and low) excerpts from
last year's pre-season package:
know what you're getting when you draft Nash. 30+ goals and about the same
number of assists. Don't expect that story to change this time around"
Result: 30 goals, 29
challenge the big dogs for the scoring title when all is said and done in 2012."
Result: finished 3rd
could emerge as a top scoring threat for Toronto."
emerged as a top scoring threat...
easy drafting Staal, knowing you're guaranteed about 30 goals and 70 points"
Result: 70 points on
Quote: "he sits
3rd on the depth chart at center...which will somewhat cap how high his stats
can go this season. Another 30 goal
season would be a good goal."
Result: 31 goals
30 goals should come easily to Sharp"
Result: 33 goals.
get plenty of playing time and opportunity to return to superstar status. Plan for a return to 40 goals"
Result: 37 goals / 83 points. Superstar status re-instated.
"Richards has shown throughout his career that he's incredibly talented,
but very inconsistent… Expect another dip in the numbers this season. And expect someone else in your draft to pick
him up too early. "
Result: drafted too
early by many last season. Points dipped
from 77 to 66, as expected.
has reached the top of his mountain and is slowly sliding down the other side…
Don't look for more than 20 goals out of him, but he will dish up plenty of
Result: 18 goals, 45
goal scoring has been pretty dependable….at the end of the season, you'll be
happy with another 30 goal effort"
Result: 30 goals on
whopping 18 goals and 68 points will be hard to repeat. ... to assume he'll be
the #1 guy again this season is too much for me to risk. Let someone else overpay in the first couple
nosedive down to 27 points. Hope you
didn't draft him early.
Quote: "you can
expect a healthy bump in his numbers, making him a prime breakout
Result: 12 goals, 51
points. 4th best fantasy
defenseman. Breakout indeed.
Quote: "It's that consistency that makes him
your safest option for a #1 goalie this year."
Result: Vezina. Nailed it.
On the other hand…
Quote: "#8 is
the best bet out there to dominate fantasy hockey in 2011-12. Look for him to
get back to 50 goal form."
through his worst season to date
Quote: n/a -- didn't
see him on the radar at all
Result: 4th best
overall fantasy value for forwards.
Raise your hand if you saw that one coming… (liar).
for him to crack the 30 goal mark, if he can stay in uniform."
Result: Cracked the
30 point mark. But just 15 goals.
little doubt that he'll rebound and put up another 50+ points this time
points. Contract hangover was worse than
another bump in the point totals this season, putting him into the 15 goals /
50 point territory. He could easily
finish as a top 10 defenseman this year."
Result: 9 goals, 30
points. Off by a mile.
Don't forget to drop
by next week as we begin to unveil our picks for the 2012 NHL Fantasy Hockey