Alternate League Stat Categories Thursday
Many leagues use different stats than the ESPN standard format of Goals, Assists, Plus/Minus, Penalty Minutes, Average Time-On-Ice, Shots on Goal, Power-play points, Goals against Average, Save Percentage, and Wins.
For Fantasy Hockey owners that play in leagues with other categories, we bring you some sleepers that are near the top of the list in their respective category.
Martin Hanzal- Phoenix Coyotes: Hanzal has gained in ownership, up to 82.3% in ESPN leagues. However, this gain has been for his point streak, as he’s up to eight points in 10 games so far. While the points are absolutely not going to continue at this pace, Hanzal has added 17 penalty minutes and 28 shots (more than respectable) to his total as well. The main attraction though for Hanzal is that he’s fifth in the NHL among forwards in hits with 36. He needs to be owned in every single format, but may be a top 50 forward in leagues that count hits.
Boyd Gordon- Edmonton Oilers: Gordon has struggled in the plus minus department thus far on the year, recording a minus-4 rating. However, Gordon currently sits atop the league in blocked shots by a forward with 22. The forward behind him on the list is San Jose Sharks center Tommy Wingels with, get this, just 13 blocks! Gordon has nearly double the number of blocked shots recorded by the player ranked second in that stat. Additionally, Gordon is the Oilers best penalty killer, and is a grinder that wins face-offs at an incredibly impressive 60.0% so far on the season! He’s an excellent find and is only owned in 0.9% of leagues!
Kevin Bieksa- Vancouver Canucks: Bieksa, like many other Vancouver defenseman, are really enjoying new Head Coach John Tortarella’s system. Bieksa has recorded 26 hits, good for a Top-10 spot amongst defenseman, and is just three blocked shots away from a Top-10 spot in that category as well. In addition to those “extra stats”, Bieksa has five points in 11 games after having just 12 points through 36 games last season. Also, Bieksa is currently sporting a plus-10 plus/minus rating.
Brent Seabrook- Chicago Blackhawks: Seabrook is certainly not the first or even the second guy you think of when you think Chicago defensemen. But he has a respectable three points in nine games, and is ranked #11 amongst defensemen in shots. Additionally, he has 24 hits and 19 blocked shots both of which are Top-15 status. Seabrook is owned in all leagues but is very attainable at a good price right now because of his poor plus/minus numbers.