Fantasy Playoff Drafting

A quick look at the stats below shows that the top 7 scorers from last year’s playoffs all came from Stanley Cup finalists. (Refer to stats at the end of this post). Interestingly, only 1 of the 7 (Kane) was in the top 30 in scoring during the 2009-2010 season. If you’re involved in a playoff pool, this underscores the need to shift your drafting focus from top players to top teams. Now this doesn’t come as much of a surprise for experienced playoff poolies, but does serve to reinforce conventional wisdom. The following should provide further clarity.

Last year’s final four included Chicago, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Montreal. In all, these teams accounted for 23 of the top 30 scorers in last year’s playoffs! The only other players who managed to get into the top 30 were from Detroit (Franzen, Zetterberg, Datsyuk), Vancouver (Samulesson, Sedin, Sedin), and Pittsburgh (Crosby…).  All of those teams made it into the second round, while Boston, who also made it into the second round (and played 13 games in all) didn’t have a single scorer in the top 30. Continue reading