For the average fantasy hockey player, draft preparation consists of purchasing a magazine, turning to the last page and cracking open a beer 10 minutes before draft time. They may pull up an injury report while they're waiting for that last guy to drop off his kids and show up 10 minutes late for the draft. For those who put their fate entirely in the hands of the experts, you will undoubtedly miss on a few of your picks. To provide some context for your cheat sheet, I've taken the liberty of rating their ratings. After finalizing my own draft rankings (free at [url]landsharkhockey.com), I took the liberty of pulling up the lists for some of the major go-to sources: The Hockey News, NHL.com, and Yahoo. Here's what they got wrong. Today, I'll deal with the over-rated players. I'll follow up tomorrow with the under-rated misses.
(NHL:3 / Yahoo:3 / landsharkhockey:11)
(Yahoo:6 / THN:8 / landsharkhockey:18 )
These two go together. Either you believe last season was a bit of an anomaly (I do), or you overdraft them both.
(THN:11 / landsharkhockey:19)
Unless your league is based purely on assists, this is overreaching in the early rounds.
(NHL:12 / landsharkhockey:33)
As a Captain, sure. As a fantasy Round 2 pick? No way.
(NHL: 18 / Yahoo:18 / THN:26 / landsharkhockey:64)
Injury prone and getting older. I see a major decline for Sharp. They don't.
(Yahoo:20 / landsharkhockey:81)
I assume Yahoo was looking at the faceoff stats. Otherwise, are you serious?
(Yahoo:27 / landsharkhockey:76)
Again, Yahoo loves their captains. This is fantasy hockey, not the real thing. Don't reach nearly that far for Backes.
Martin St. Louis
(THN:28 / landsharkhockey:62)
He's 39 years old, guys.
(THN:38 / landsharkhockey:60)
Not a horrible reach at 38, but you can wait a few more rounds here.
(THN:54 / landsharkhockey:88)
He'll be sitting there in the last round. Be patient.
(THN:4 / landsharkhockey:19)
Wow. Fourth? That would be great for the Caps and the NHL to see this revival. Won't happen.
(Yahoo:12 / NHL:13 / landsharkhockey:45)
Once again - real NHL he's a stud. Fantasy? Average.
(THN:13 / landsharkhockey:45)
Best days are behind him. Way behind him. 13th is silly.
(THN:14 / landsharkhockey:44)
I can't see him repeating last year's magic.
(Yahoo:14 / landsharkhockey:39)
Plus-minus fluke has Yahoo reaching crazy early for an average fantasy option you'll drop in week 3.
(THN:17 / landsharkhockey:48)
I just don't understand this one.
(THN:19 / Yahoo:25 / landsharkhockey:52)
He's still in Florida, right?
(THN:2 / landsharkhockey:8)
I see a big season for big Bishop. Just not that big.
(THN:3 / landsharkhockey:9)
He won't come close to last season's breakout numbers again.
(NHL:10 / landsharkhockey:21)
The Devils will be bottom feeders this season, meaning Schneider won't compile enough wins, no matter how well he plays.
(THN:21 / landsharkhockey:35)
I love the Canes, but can't understand why Ward continues to get fantasy attention like this.
To get more free fantasy hockey tips and tools, visit http://www.landsharkhockey.com