Fantasy hockey aficionados always have tons of questions about the NHL. So do people who work in the industry. That includes former players who, in their post-career days, became media analysts. THN canvassed a half-dozen of them in the off-season to answer 20 questions on a variety of fantasy-related topics.
1. What do you prefer: a straight points fantasy league or a head-to-head fantasy league with different stat categories?
Jeff O’Neill, analyst, TSN: Different stat categories. So many ways a player can show his importance.
Jamie McLennan, analyst, TSN: Straight points league.
Matthew Barnaby, TV/Radio analyst: Points. I like playing players as a whole, not a different team each week.
Mike Johnson, analyst, Sportsnet: Straight points. Easier to manage and follow.
P.J. Stock, analyst, Sportsnet: Straight forward points. The fewer math calculations I have to do…
Kevin Weekes, analyst, NHL Network: Head-to-head. It gives the players a more realistic feel.
2. What’s the earliest fantasy round you’d draft a goalie in?
O’Neill: Fourth round. I want to load up on studs.
McLennan: First round. Goalies always draft other goalies.
Barnaby: I never take a goalie early. Always look at about my seventh pick.
Johnson: Eighth round. You can find value in the depth around the league.
Stock: Late rounds. They are all so good.
Weekes: No limits. If he’s an impact player, why wouldn’t you pick him early?
3. Who wins the 2014-15 Art Ross Trophy?
O’Neill: Sid. He’s the one player in the league that beat everyone by 20 or more points.
McLennan: Crosby. I see him looking for redemption for his playoff failure.
Barnaby: Crosby. Won by almost 20 points last year and has more to prove.
Johnson: Sidney Crosby.
Stock: Crosby. Did it on injury-plagued team & should have no problem repeating.
Weekes: Steven Stamkos. Read more