This season, here at Backhand Shelf, we will not just keep you up to date on everything in the world of hockey, but also in the world of fantasy hockey.
Each week, most likely every Sunday night, I will bring to you all you need to know to get ready for the upcoming week in your respective league.
With most commissioners scrambling to find a time to get their drafts complete, the first thing we look at will be the composite rankings for each position.
First, we examine the goalies, and where they rank.
|Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)||1||1||2||1||1.25|
|Jonathan Quick (LA)||2||3||1||3||2.25|
|Pekka Rinne (NAS)||3||4||3||2||3|
|Mike Smith (PHX)||6||6||5||5||5.5|
|Tuukka Rask (BOS)||13||2||7||4||6.5|
|Jimmy Howard (DET)||4||10||4||10||7|
|Cory Schneider (VAN)||9||5||8||6||7|
|Jaroslav Halak (STL)||8||8||6||12||8.5|
|Ryan Miller (BUF)||7||13||9||7||9|
|Kari Lehtonen (DAL)||14||7||14||8||10.75|
|Carey Price (MTL)||10||12||15||9||11.5|
|Cam Ward (CAR)||12||17||12||14||13.75|
|Marc Andre-Fleury (PIT)||5||26||11||16||14.5|
|Antti Niemi (SJ)||17||11||22||11||15.25|
|Roberto Luongo (VAN)||15||23||10||17||16.25|
|Braden Holtby (WAS)||23||18||13||15||17.25|
|Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI)||20||14||24||13||17.75|
|Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY)||11||9||32||21||18.25|
|Semyon Varlamov (COL)||22||15||17||19||18.25|
|Martin Brodeur (NJ)||19||21||19||18||19.25|
|Niklas Backstrom (MIN)||18||25||16||20||19.75|
|Brian Elliott (STL)||16||16||23||26||20.25|
|Craig Anderson (OTT)||21||28||18||22||22.25|
|Jonas Hiller (ANA)||24||19||27||25||23.75|
|Devan Dubnyk (EDM)||25||27||20||23||23.75|
- Just wanted to mention the omission of cbssports.com as one of the four used for the rankings. My first glance took me to goalies, and more specifically, where Cory Schneider was ranked. I’m sure they haven’t updated the rankings since the lockout ended, but C’mon!
- Henrik Lundqvist was the number goalie in three of the four rankings, making him the obvious No. 1 selection over Jonathan Quick and Pekka Rinne.
- Quick, in my opinion, should be the number one choice on draft boards, but his health status (minor back surgery in August) is still a question mark heading into the season.
- Roberto Luongo may open camp as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, but we all know he won’t be there much longer. His composite ranking as the 16th best goalie would surely be different if he was, say, opening up as the Leafs starting netminder. Just for the record, James Reimer, the Maple Leafs projected No. 1, was ranked by three of the sites as the 31st, 46th and 36th best goalie in fantasy.
- One name that may not stand out to you, but it does for me is Semyon Varlamov in Colorado. Varlamov posted solid numbers for the Avs last season (26-24-3 record with a 2.59 GAA). Remember, Varlamov, a former first round pick in 2006, was traded by the Capitals in July of 2011 for a first round pick. He’s a sleeper pick in my opinion.