|Week 15 update|
WowÖ. Sorry for the delay this week. I have no excuse, so Iíll blame Charlie and say I was waiting for another standing update! Just kidding Charlie. I did the stats a long time ago, I know it can be annoying. On to the week review.
Week 15 win goes to Ron with 22.50 points. In the process, he moves up to 2nd overall and now sits 14 points behind me for the overall lead. Ron narrowly won the overall points (and 3 bonus points) and managed to pick up points on all three lines, despite not winning any one line (a recent trend weíve been experiencing). The funny story is that Ron would have been able to win pretty much any line had he moved Barzal into his lineup. You canít blame Ron for putting the young rookie on his bench, as NYI only had one game last week, but it had to hurt to see 5 points in one game and see it on your bench.
We have another tie in the standings Ė this week sees 2nd and 3rd place in a tie with 19 points. The honor this time goes to Marty and Ted, Marty having one of his best performances of the year, and Ted ties for the 3rd line win and manages to keep his hold on 4th overall. Marty had an impressive 1st line performance, thanks largely to Johnny Hockey chipping in with 8 points. Had his wonder rookie, Brock Boeser, actually chipped in with a point or two, Marty might have been able to win 1st line. As for Ted, he rode his Calgary players (Dougie Hamilton, and Sean Monahan) to that 3rd line win I mentioned earlier. And to show that Iím able to poke fun at myself (and my 0.55 weekly points), Tedís 3rd line had more points (14) than my entire three lines combined (13).
Third place went to Marty with 14.80 points (and I could talk about 4 people here, as Marty, Tim, Brad, and Smicer were separated by less than one point). Marty won 3rd line this week as there were actual signs of life from Matt Duchene, who finished with 4 points. Makes sense as I made an offer for him prior to the week starting, so no chance of getting him now! Marty moves just a bit closer to Jason in the standings and is hoping for a second half that gets him out of the basement.
Jason finishes 4th this week, with 18.95 points, as he wins 1st line. McJesus and Kyle Okposo combined for 10 points that went a long way to allowing Jason to win the line. As I mentioned before the week started, due to the large number of teams only having one game, we would see some interesting line combinations. Because of this, Jason ended up with Okposo and Jared Spurgeon on his 1st line, and that would normally not happen.
Honorable mention John, who won second line, but was not able to muster up much else as he finished with 14 points. The week did allow him to move back into the top 5 as Timís recent roster purge is likely seeing him start his fall down the standings.
As for the trades, Tim continues his roster purge, shipping out Palat to Charlie, and continues to improve him draft pick status. Ron and Steve continue to flip players back and forth, this week seeing Ron acquire TJ Oshie in exchange for Micheal Ferland. As for name status, Ron appears to have quite a steal on his hands, as he now has both Mitch Marner and TJ Oshie. However, when you look at production, itís hard to argue with the performance that Ferland has put up so far. The big question is, of course, whether or not Ferland can continue that same level of production. Time will tell.
We are still in the scheduling silly season. This week seeing another crap load of teams with only one game. And next week is another short week due to the All-Star break, so unfortunately there is no end to our scheduling misery. I, for one, am quite annoyed with this stupid scheduling and if I never see something like this again, I would be quite OK.
Remember we are determining what a free agents position is at the time of pickup. We have agreed that we would be using The Hockey News - http://www.thehockeynews.com under the "Depth Chart" link for each team to determine a player/ís position. UPDATE ** The position will be the one stated on the "Dept Chart" web page.