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SMUG-PROJECTIONS: Fantasy Rankings: NHL Defensemen: AWESOME

by Tyler Rowe

You can hope to have about 47% as much fun as this woman in your fantasy drafts.

You can hope to have about 47% as much fun as this woman in your fantasy drafts.

Back in August I put a detailed draft package together to give to my friends so they could draft my various fantasy hockey teams for me while I was away on vacation from early-September to mid-October. I laboured over ranking 225 skaters and 20 goalies, complete with nuanced instructions on which players to let fall, which to snatch early, which goalies were acceptable choices in which corresponding rounds, and so on. And this was just for the three points-only leagues I participate in annually. For my 2 multi-stat roto leagues, I painstakingly crafted two pre-rankings lists for autodraft on two seperate websites. I think my Yahoo draft list was a work of art, nay a masterpiece more beautiful than a dozen new seasons of Deadwood.

Of course all of this work artistic expression turned out to be in vain at the time since, you know, muthz got greedy. But the NHL is back now and so would be small-time sports gambling, were it legal. I dug up the old list and decided that (other than injury scratch-offs pending) it still held up. So far this list has served me pretty well in the fantasy season, but I’ll let history be the judge on my almost certain successes. Everyone is in love with their fantasy teams before the results/injuries start rolling in.

My personal ranking list deviates in some key places from each of the graphic-heavy and content-light offerings on the newsstands, and with this one, I’ll only charge you eight bucks when you win. It has served me pretty well so far now that drafts are back on.

So here are my point projections for defensemen for the 2013 season, with points based on an 82-game season. You’re welcome, but watch out for injuries. Forwards and goalies coming soon, just in time for the pooling season to be over.

*I went ahead and did the math. Turns out the season is 58.5% of it’s normal length! 48-game season predictions in boldy-(brackets) with 82-game season predictions remaining for posterity or laziness or something.

Erik Karlsson 73 (42)
Dustin Byfuglien 58 (34)
Kris Letang 57 (33)
Alex Pietrangelo 53 (31)
Shea Weber 53 (31)
Zdeno Chara 51 (30)
Alexander Edler 50 (30)
Drew Doughty 50 (30)
Mike Green 49 (29)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson 48 (28)
Ryan Suter 45 (26)
Christian Ehrhoff 45 (26)
Brian Campbell 45 (26)
Dan Boyle 45 (26)
Kevin Shattenkirk 44 (26)
Mark Streit 44 (26)
Dennis Wideman 44 (26)
Nicklas Kronwall 43 (25)
Duncan Keith 43 (25)
Jack Johnson 43 (25)
Mark Giordano 43 (25)
Micheal Del Zotto 42 (25)
Kevin Bieksa 42 (25)
Andrei Markov 41 (24)
Dion Phaneuf 41 (24)
Tobias Enstrom 40 (23)
Matt Carle 39 (23)
PK Subban 39 (23)
Nikita Nikitin 39 (23)
Brent Burns 38 (22)
Dimitri Kulikov 38 (22)
Slava Voynov 38 (22)
John Carlson 38 (22)
Erik Johnson 37 (22)
Tyler Myers 35 (20)
Ryan McDonagh 35 (20)
Jamie McBain 35 (20)
Joni Pitkanen 35 (20)
Dan Hammhuis 34 (20)
Brent Seabrook 33 (19)
Sergei Gonchar 33 (19)
Alex Goligoski 33 (19)
Braydon Coburn 33 (19)
Dan Girardi 32 (19)
Jay Bouwmeester 32 (19)
Zach Bogosian 32 (19)
John Michael Liles 32 (19)
Kyle Quincey 32 (19)
Cam Fowler 32 (19)
Travis Hamonic 32 (19)
Jason Garrison 32 (19)
Kimmo Timonen 31 (18)
Josh Georges 30 (17)
Ed Jovanovski 29 (17)

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I thought it might be something to brag about later when it turns out I was startlingly accurate.  Remember kids: in fantasy sports just as in the real thing, there must always be a certain number of bad teams. Make sure that even if you don’t win, you’re not one of the real turds out there. Unless you’re in a keeper league. Then not winnin’ for McKinnon is a strategy that both you and the Columbus Blue Jackets should enjoy all shortened-season long.

About tylerdrowe

Broadcaster/Writer/Videographer/Vancouver Canucks fan since the late 80's. You can check out my personal/resume page at lowboy.webfactional.com.


One thought on “SMUG-PROJECTIONS: Fantasy Rankings: NHL Defensemen: AWESOME

  1. Is Dennis Wideman not getting any points this year?

    Posted by Tristan | January 17, 2013, 4:25 pm

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