If you’re anything like me, you’re a big fan of fantasy hockey. But the problem with fantasy hockey is that it inevitably leads a hockey fan to disregard a large swathe of the NHL in order to scour for the best and brightest. Thing is, by definition most of the NHL are not the best and brightest. Unless you’re in the world’s deepest fantasy league, you’re never going to pick certain players.
We spend so much time celebrating the success stories in the NHL: now it’s time to celebrate the failures.
That’s why it’s time for the Anti-Fantasy Hockey Pool. In this pool, the entire point is to pick players who you expect to under-perform. Now you have a reason to pick Paul Bissonnette beyond “hilariously” tweeting at him that you totally picked him in the 7th round.
Do you think Dany Heatley is bound to fail in Minnesota? Will Derek Roy spend more time in the doctor’s office than on the ice? Will Al Montoya play a single game in the NHL this year? Is Aaron Rome ever going to score another NHL goal? You can pick them and win.
How it works is simple: I have created 15 boxes of similar players. All you have to do is add a comment to this post with your 15 picks, making sure to use a valid e-mail address when you comment. I’ll keep track of the pool throughout the season, updating a leader board at regular intervals. The Bulie whose team of 15 players records the fewest points this season wins. The Bulie who picks the most players who record the fewest points in their respective box also wins. That’s right: 2 winners in a hockey pool dedicated to losing.
As of right now, I don’t have any prizes. I’m going to try to fix that at some point this season. With that nebulous arrangement in place, here we go. Entries close at noon on October 6th. One entry per person.
Scoring works thusly: 1 point for a goal, 1 point for an assist, 1 point for a win, and 2 points for a shutout.
|1||Art Ross Candidates||2||Automatic All-Stars||3||First Line Forwards|
|Alex Ovechkin||Pavel Datsyuk||Ilya Kovalchuk|
|Corey Perry||Ryan Getzlaf||Anze Kopitar|
|Daniel Sedin||Jonathan Toews||Jarome Iginla|
|Evgeni Malkin||Martin St. Louis||Henrik Zetterberg|
|Steven Stamkos||Henrik Sedin||Brad Richards|
|4||Top End Talent||5||Powerplay Performers||6||Injury Prone Players|
|Patrick Kane||Joe Thornton||Derek Roy|
|Patrick Marleau||Teemu Selanne||Ales Hemsky|
|Danny Briere||Dany Heatley||Tim Connolly|
|Eric Staal||Patrick Sharp||Marian Gaborik|
|Claude Giroux||Thomas Vanek||Matthew Lombardi|
|7||Rising Stars||8||Calder Candidates||9||Gritty Goons|
|John Tavares||Gabriel Landeskog||George Parros|
|Matt Duchene||Cody Hodgson||Zenon Konopka|
|Jeff Skinner||Brayden Schenn||Jared Boll|
|Logan Couture||Ryan Johansen||Paul Bissonnette|
|Michael Grabner||Nino Niederreiter||Cam Janssen|
|10||Puck Movers||11||Norris Candidates||12||Defensive D-Men|
|Lubomir Visnovsky||Shea Weber||Barret Jackman|
|Keith Yandle||Nicklas Lidstrom||Willie Mitchell|
|Dustin Byfuglien||Tobias Enstrom||Rostislav Klesla|
|Christian Ehrhoff||Duncan Keith||Douglas Murray|
|Dan Boyle||Zdeno Chara||Brooks Orpik|
|13||No Offense D-Men||14||All-Star Goaltenders||15||Perennial Backups|
|John Scott||Tim Thomas||Jhonas Enroth|
|Jason Strudwick||Pekka Rinne||Martin Biron|
|Brian Lee||Roberto Luongo||Andrew Raycroft|
|Aaron Rome||Carey Price||Brent Johnson|
|Sheldon Brookbank||Ilya Bryzgalov||Al Montoya|
Sample Selection (these are my picks):
Once again, when you enter in the comment section, make sure to use a real e-mail address so that you can be contacted if you win.
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