Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Scoring categories

 So the chief reason why this league is going to be easy to dominate is because the GMs are all idiots who didn't bother checking last year's point-totals before the draft.

The other reason is because the guy who came up with the scoring system is stupid to begin with.

The league has 18 man rosters, consisting of:
2 each of LW, C, RW
4 D
3 Util
2 G
3 Bench
2 IR

Skater points are:
Goals (G)                 3
Assists (A)               2
Powerplay Goals (PPG)     0.5
Powerplay Assists (PPA)   0.25
Shorthanded Goals (SHG)   0.5
Shorthanded Assists (SHA) 0.25
Game-Winning Goals (GWG)  0.5
Shots on Goal (SOG)       0.4
Faceoffs Won (FW)         0.2
Hits (HIT)                0.25
Blocks (BLK)              0.5

Goalie points are:
Wins (W)                  4
Goals Against (GA)       -0.2
Saves (SV)                0.2
Shutouts (SHO)            3

It's kind of hard to discern just how ridiculous these points are based on this list, so here's some examples using stats from the 2013 season:

- of the top 40 skaters ranked on total points, 34 are centres [or played C for all/most of the year]
- Tyler Bozak is ranked as the 22nd best forward in the league
- other notable WTFs are Antoine Vermette [31st], Bryan Little [41st], and Jarrett Stoll [43rd]
- wingers are basically cannon-fodder; there are only 12 wingers in the top 50, and two of them had 100+ face-off wins
- there are only four wingers in the top 50 who had less than 50 hits and less than 100 face-off wins: Phil Kessel [35th], Martin St Louis [39th], Taylor Hall [46th] and Rick Nash [47th].
- to put a fine point on it: if you're a non-elite winger who doesn't hit, you're screwed in this league
- the top defenseman in the league, Shea Weber, is ranked 56th amongst skaters; there are only five other d-men ranked in the top 100 skaters: Dion Phaneuf [69th], PK Subban [73rd], Dustin Byfuglien [88th], John Carlson [93rd] and Kris Letang [100th]
- the top goalie in the league is Antti Niemi, and Evgeni Nabokov and Ondrej Pavelec are the 5th and 6th best goalies

Goalie-wise, I actually don't find the rankings TOO absurd. Goalies who make a lot of saves are rewarded well. Workhorse goalies are the key to the league. Hence why noted awful goalies Pavelec and Nabokov, who stop tons of shots but still allow four goals a game, are considered useful. "Elite" goalies are also still not way down in the ratings. The only goalie with at least 20 wins who isn't in the top ten is Marc-Andre Fleury, and he's crappy anyway, so who cares.

So now that I've outlined the basic dumb-assery with the scoring system, let's draft!

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