’19 Canyon of Heroes Week 1

In 2017, King Bros started an arena employee hockey pool. That first season, Tre Kronor was born. We lost a heartbreaker in the semi-finals and finished in fourth place.

When we returned to the ice in 2018, the “Team Sweden” model blew up in our faces, and we didn’t even qualify for the playoffs, finishing in 10th place. 

This year we went back to the drawing board, and our first-week victory showed that our lack of strategy has paid off…so far. 

We would like to take a moment to remind everyone that when the 2019 draft was complete, we were disappointed. Some may look at this team has a solid contender. We look at it as a smouldering fire waiting to erupt and burn the house down. 


MATCHUP AND SCORES


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The NHL season started on Wednesday, October 2, with only a couple of teams facing off. Games continued to roll after that, with everyone playing a game before the end of the first weekend. 

When the matchup began, it was tied. After that, the tide turned in our favour, and we rode that wave to the finish line. It was a slaughter most of the matchup, but we applaud The Unpossibles who rallied for a couple of categories wins on the final two days.

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STANDINGS & TEAM STATS


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It has been almost a whole season since we were in the top half of the league. Last season we started off bad, and it only got worse from there. To collect an 8-4 win right out of the gate was a huge confidence boost for the team and management. 

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The first thing that jumps out to us is the lack of offensive depth we have. We split the eight offensive categories 4-4. When the week ended and the team statistics were calculated, we rank in the bottom part of the league in most of the scoring groups.

Our five goalie tandem may be in the top six in every category, but there are only four chances in each matchup. Some teams didn’t get off to great starts, and some haven’t even played a lot of games yet. We don’t want to make any rash decisions based on the first five games of the season.

We recognize the offensive numbers need to get better if we want to compete.


BENCH PLAYERS


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Based on the matchup numbers, the numbers we left on the bench wouldn’t have affected the final outcome. 

We left three points off the score sheet in the plus/minus category. Had those points been in the lineup, we could have tied The Unpossibles with a (-3) rating for the week. Considering we won overall, it was not a glaring mistake.

We cleaned swept the four goalie categories, so Darcy Kuemper’s two starts had zero impact on the matchup. 


STUDS & DUDS


Best Player – Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals – 45 points

Worse Player: Jack Huges – New Jersey Devils – 6 points
Josh Anderson – Columbus Blue Jackets – 6 points


TRANSACTIONS


There has been a handful of deals in the league. So far to date, we have made two moves.

When the draft ended, we browsed the players who were not selected. On that list was Boston Bruins back up goalie Jaroslav Halak. Since we were in the market to roll with five goalies in our lineup, we put in a waiver claim.

Our claim went through on October 1st, which meant we needed to part with someone. That player was New Jersey Devils winger Blake Coleman.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson went down with an upper-body injury, which opened a spot in the lineup. Despite a handful of tempting options in the free-agent pool, we grabbed Carolina Hurricanes center (and captain) Jordan Stall on Sunday, October 13.

Weekly Move Total: 2/4 

Season Move Total: 0/60


Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the Canyon of Heroes 2019-20 fantasy hockey season. 


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