The first thing I want to say is I hate this team.
We did not participate in any mock drafts and did little to no research. Since we have prepared and failed in so many other drafts, we went into this one blindly. As a die-hard hockey fan, there really wasn’t much to prepare for.
Every move we had planned backfired and no matter who we put in our draft queue, they were scooped up before it was our turn to draft. Star goalies went early, the elite players were gone right off, and the middle tier players provided little to nothing to be excited about.
When the painful draft was over, we thought of putting the entire team on the trading block. Starting with our first selection, fifth overall. We also thought that maybe we keep the whole team intact, injuries and all, all season. Don’t make a single move and watch the ship burn as it slowly sinks to the fifth worse projected record in the league.
There are fourteen teams in the league, and only two currently carry four goalies. As the draft was winding down and we ran out of players we were interested in, we loaded up on career back up goalies. Not ideal, but just another sign of the frustrations we felt at the moment.
Points in Canyon of Heroes are calculated in the following categories: goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, hits, and shots on goal. As far as goaltenders are concerned, the guys in pads need to collect wins and shutouts, while posting low goals-against averages and a high save percentages.
Without further ado, here is the starting lineup for the Canyon of Heroes 2019 fantasy hockey team.
Our first selection, at number five, was Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. He led the league in goals (51) while finishing in the top three for shots (338). He plays a lot of time on the power play and can still bang the body when he needs to. Alex has altered his physical game to focus more on the longevity of his career.
With our next selection, in the second round, 27th overall, we took New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall. Despite missing most of last season with an injury, Hall is in a contract year. He’ll be on a mission to have a huge year to rake in a new contact. He will also have the 2019 #1 draft pick, Jack Hughes on his team.
By the time we drafted again in the third round, six goalies had already been selected. Those moves sent us into a panic, so we took Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Definitely not our first choice to be our starter. Quite honestly, we didn’t even want him, but he could be trade bait. We need to act quickly to dump him before his counterpart Juuse Saros displaces him and ruins his fantasy value.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was on our list. Despite being ranked 60th overall, he was drafted at the end of the third round. When it came time for our turn in the fourth round, we selected San Jose winger Timo Meier. As of this writing, we still don’t know why we chose him. Last year he popped 30 goals and had 250 shots on goals. He almost collected 100 hits, finishing with 99.
The draft continued into the fifth round, where Carter Hart went as the second pick. When it was our turn again, we selected Mika Zbanejed from the New York Rangers. He’s been on our teams for the last two seasons since he scores an average of 30 goals a year. Recently named the Captain of the Rangers, Mika also gathers more than a hundred hits and two hundred shots on goals.
P.K. Subban was one of the players we wanted to acquire. He went early in the six-round, five picks before our selection. We claimed Florida Panthers centre Vincent Trocheck. Trocheck happened to be one of the highest-rated centres left on the board. Since we had our goalie and a bunch of wingers, we finally selected a centre. Sadly at this point, it was just the scraps left over.
The seventh-round saw another coveted player go early. We wanted Carolina Hurricanes defenseman, Dougie Hamilton. Instead, we grabbed our second goalie, Martin Jones from the San Jos Sharks. He had a below 0.900 save percentage but collected 36 wins.
The second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, New York Rangers Kaapo Kakko, went second overall in the eighth round. He was one of the top two players on our wish list. Since he was gone, we wanted to make sure we grabbed Jack Hughes before he was gone. He was our pick in the eighth.
We grabbed Rangers defenceman Jacob Trouba in the ninth round. A change of scenery should help Trouba since he’s going to be on the top pairing in New York. Our next selection in the tenth round was also a defenceman from the Big Apple. Ryan Pulock, New York Islanders, was an impressive +21 last season with 37 points. Throw in 143 hits and 180 shots, and he was a solid choice at this point in the draft.
Our team had all the forwards and goalies required, so we needed to round out the defensive corps. In the eleventh round, we snagged Shea Theodore from the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Theodore may not be a hitting defenseman, but 202 shots, 12 goals, and 37 points were worth the gamble.
Somewhere in our queue, we had Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere and Boston Bruin Jake DeBrusk. Both were gone by the time we selected Anthony Mantha, Detroit Red Wings, in the twelveth round. We didn’t realize that he had 25 goals and 198 shots. Throw in 68 hits, and he could be a valued asset to our team this season.
By this point, we were filling up spots on the bench and selected Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman, Ryan McDonagh. This guy had 37 assists last season and finished +38 on the league’s best team. He also almost had 100 hits and finished with 128 shots.
Josh Anderson, Columbus Blue Jackets, was our next pick in the fourteenth. Although the Blue Jackets will not be the same team this season, which means that his 27 goals and 20 assists may be hard to come by. Whether or not he can rebound offensively is the question. However, he can still contribute with 214 hits and 230 shots on goals.
At this point, our roster was pretty full, and when we looked back, we didn’t like the majority of the guys. Our strategy switched to loading up on goalies. Two of our last three picks were stoppers. First, Alexander Georgiev, New York Rangers, was selected in the fifteenth, while Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes, was our pick in the sixteenth.
The draft came to a close in the seventeenth round with Blake Coleman, New Jersey Devils, as our final pick. Mike Smith, goalie, Edmonton Oilers, was the final overall selection on the night.
Canyon of Heroes is projected to finish 10th overall in the 14 team league. Our projected 86.5 points are far behind Killer B’s, who should collect 124. Lecavalier’s Bois are expected to be dead last in league with 50.5 points.
When we start to analysis all the categories, here is how it breaks down.
Killer B’s should lead the league in goals with 368, while we clock in at 10th, with 309. Swayze Express won’t crack 300 and finish last with 263.
Canyon of Heroes appears to have no playmakers on the team since we are projected to have the least amount of assists. Our 467 total is almost 200 less than Dan’s Pleasant Team who should collect 604 helpers.
Vin Weasel should be an impressive +198 on the season. That’s over a hundred higher than our +92, good for 6th overall. Nailed to the Boards will barely be on the plus side with only a +16 rating.
Nailed to the Board’s rebounds with power-play points to lead the league with 290. Our team will be second to last with just 212 points, only six out of the last place.
Although our name is Canyon of Heroes, we will not have any actual heroes on the team. Our projected 44 game-winning goals are second to last, tied with Nailed to the Boards. Killer B’s is gonna end 61 games with their snipers.
When it comes to shots on goals, Canyon of Heroes will finish 5th overall with a total of 2947. The Unpossibles should lead the league with 3106, one of only two teams projected to top 3000. Vin Weasel and Swayze Express will be in the basement with 2505 shots.
In the final player category, hits, we should finish second overall with 2947. That is our highest finish in any category. The Unpossibles will be in first with 1709. Nailed to the Boards will be the least physical team in league with just 717 hits.
Since we are one of two teams with four goalies in the lineup, we are projected to notch the most wins with 106. That is two wins more than Vin Weasel (104) and a hundred more than MP who will only get 47.
It is hard to calculate goals-against averages, but we are projected to give up 152 goals, which should land us in fifth place. Vin Weasel with their goalie tandem should give up a league-low 147 goals, while The Unpossibles will give up a league-high 171 goals.
With four goalies on the roster, our save percentage will suffer and drop us to 9th overall. Our guys should stop 0.915 of their shots, while Swayze Express will be almost unbeatable at 0.920. Gregory’s Team should finish last with a 0.909 save percentage.
In the last category of the matchup, shutouts, we will finish in a tie with Swayze Express. Our projected ten shutouts will be behind Vin Weasel’s 12 and several ahead of Gregory’s Team with four.
King Bros 3 is now celebrating the start of its 3rd season. There have been two different champions so far, so the title could really go to anyone. Here’s hoping we improve over our 10th place finish of last season and make the playoffs once again.
Stay tuned for our weekly recaps of the highs and lows of the fantasy hockey season!