Planning for your NHL Playoff Fantasy Draft: Pick a Goalie First!

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We've been running playoff drafts for the NHL postseason for a number of years. There's one constant piece of advice that we can offer and that is to draft a goalie (or team goalie) from a team that has a potential to make a deep run towards the Stanley Cup.  Unlike the plethora of forwards and defensemen, goalies are a limited resource.  There are 16 teams in the NHL playoffs and usually one primary goalie per team. After the first round, the number of goalies is cut in half, and so on, and so on until you reach the two remaining during the Stanley Cup finals round.

Consider the results of a playoff fantasy league with the following scoring settings for Goalies.

Per Save: 0.1
Per Goal Allowed: -1.0
Per Win: 3.0
Per Loss: -1.0
Shut Out: 1.0
Save % >= .920: 0.5
GAA <= 2.0: 0.5

This particular league used "Team Goalies" and to no surprise the top two scorers were the goalies from the Chicago Blackhawks (66.00) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (63.90), which both made the finals.  The New York Rangers team goalie was next with 56.30 fantasy points, following by the Washington Capitals (which went 2 rounds) at 46.20 fantasy points, and the Anaheim Ducks at 37.50.  The sixth leading goalie was the Montreal Team goalie at 23.40 fantasy points.

The moral of the story is the same, if you want to win your league, pick a goalie from a team favored to go at least 2 rounds.

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