Oilers Fantasy Hockey Recap - 04/10/2012
A look back on the 2011-2012 fantasy season
It was another difficult year for the Oilers overall. They will be participating in the NHL's lottery draft, with a shot at the number one overall pick again this year. With a 32-40-10 record and 74 points, they were able to finish in just 29th place in the final league standings.
The team battled its share of injuries to key players such as: Taylor Hall, RNH, Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky, all the while displaying a need for improved depth throughout lineup moving forward. While 74 points marks a vast improvement over the 62 collected last year, the organization will be looking to transition away from a rebuilding mode, and into a playoff position next season.
Despite finishing towards the bottom of the standings, the Oilers did enjoy some breakout fantasy performances from a number of players. Jordan Eberle, Jeff Petry and Devan Dubnyk all represented young players that improved greatly on their fantasy numbers from a year ago.
As attention now turns to the NHL draft and free agency, Oilers management will be looking to sort out the pieces of another lost season, while also looking to add to a group of growing young stars. Having said that, the Oilers definitely have a chance to make next years fantasy roster an extremely deep one.
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It was another exciting and competitive season for Oilers fantasy hockey. The staff at edmontonoilers.com would like to thank everyone who participated in this years fantasy pool and hope see even more teams back next year to compete for top prize.
Total Points: "msoilers" - 9372 (Murray Tuininga)
Average Points: "smoilers" - 115 (Simone Tuininga)
*Congratulations to Murray and Simone on winning both a team signed jersey and stick.
Most Points Runner-up: Slippery Pic (David Milne)
Most Points Third Place: impit88 (Andrew Smith)
*Congratulations to Andrew and David who will get their choice of a team signed jersey or stick
2011-2012 STUDS & DUDS
A look at who performed and who didn't during the 2011-2012 Oilers fantasy season!
1. Jordan Eberle 78 GP: 34G- 32A- 76P (1006 fantasy points)
2. Ladislav Smid 78 GP: 5G- 10A- 15P (893 fantasy points)
3. Jeff Petry 73 GP: 2G- 23A- 25P (790 fantasy points)
4. Taylor Hall 61 GP: 27G- 26A- 53P (770 fantasy points)
5. Ryan Jones 79 GP: 17G- 16A- 33P (749 fantasy points)
These guys represented the best and most consistent fantasy options for the Oilers this past season. Jordan Eberle emerged as the team's MVP and really was the top fantasy option all season long. Ladislav Smid quietly went about having an excellent fantasy season as he had more than 180 hits and blocked shots. While Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle being among the top-five comes as no surprise, players like Petry, Smid and Jones probably is. This speaks volumes about little things that these guys bring to the table game in and game out.
1. Eric Belanger 78 GP: 4G-12A-16P (468 fantasy points)
2. Ryan Whitney 51 GP: 3G-17A-20P (364 fantasy points)
3. Ales Hemsky 69 GP: 10G-26A-36P (503 fantasy points)
4. Shawn Horcoff 81 GP: 13G-21A-34P (550 fantasy points)
5. Nugent-Hopkins 62 GP: 18G-34A-52P (555 fantasy points)
Although not the lowest fantasy producers on the team; given their roles and ice-time compared to less prominent players on the roster, these are the guys that failed to live up to expectations this season. While the lack of consistent offensive production tells most of the story for Horcoff, Hemsky, Belanger and Whitney, it is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins that comes as the big surprise on this list. While there is no denying the offensive contribution from 'Nuge', he finished behind a number of other players in total fantasy points due a massive -151 in the faceoff category. This is something he will need to work on if he figures to become a true fantasy powerhouse in the future.
Author: Travis Knee | edmontonoilers.com