*** Detailed statistics in the Fantasy hockey Guide ***
After analysing all these stats, what can we notice? Let's see the teams nominated for the different categories!
ON TOP AND WILL STAY THERE!
The Flames are not a flash in the pan! With a PDO approaching the 100 mark, showing that luck did not play in favor or against their performance, they will once again accumulate 100 points this year. Their full strength oZS% performance, their puck possession % and their shooting chance conversion into goals among the top five of the league will make them fierce competitors. The mains players staying in the team, nothing seems to believe in a slowdown.
ON TOP AND WILL STAY THERE! (SPECIAL MENTION)
The Tampa Bay Lightning will likely be at the top of the rankings again this year. However, they will not repeat last year's records when they had a very high PDO rate and therefore luck.
WARNING… HERE THEY COME! (SPECIAL MENTION)
The San Jose Sharks could have a similar analysis to the Hurricanes, but the roster changes (mainly Patrick Marleau) and the Martin Jones variable performances could bring down their performance this year.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME! (SPÉCIAL MENTION)
The Florida Panthers will also getting stronger. Being the second unluckyest team with a PDO of 98.5, they will certainly do better and many of their players will perform well. With the addition of Bobrovsky in goals, the best could happen sooner than expected!
THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
When I started this year’s guide, I didn’t think Canadians would be into this category, but the reality is that the future is bright for them. Their top five scorers all had CF% and FF% lower than their career average, Shea Weber missed half the year and Jonathan Drouin fell short of expectations. With the young players who will join the club, all hopes are possible.
WARNING… HERE THEY COME!
The Hurricanes haven't done with their ravaging. They have a neutral PDO of 99.2 showing that luck was not a factor in their performance from the previous year. With the second best puck possession % and the best conversion into a chance to score, the top five scorers of the team have all played under their career mark… they will do better and will not have to wait at the end of the year to get a playoff spot.
GOING DOWN TO THE HELLS!
The Islanders are one of two teams, along with the Washington Capitals, to have had the highest luck factor, but they have far less talent than the Caps. Even more because three of their top five pointers have a PDO of 103 and up ... which is really hight. And more, they have the fifth lowest puck possession % and even for the scoring chances. It look like their last year success have been only a stroke of luck. A playoffs spot is improbable for them!
GOING DOWN TO THE HELLS (NOT VERY SPECIAL MENTION)
The Dallas Stars will also miss the playoffs this year. Having the ten worst CF% and FF% in the league, a normal luck factor and the second worst oZS%, they will not have a good year.
THE SEASON WILL BE LONG ... AGAIN!
Last for puck possession and for the conversion into a chance to score, fourth worst oZS%, the lost of Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, a PDO of 99.4 proving that luck doesn’t had an effect on their results (positive or negative)… Do I need to say more! It will be a very long year in Ottawa!
THE SEASON WILL BE LONG ... AGAIN! (NOT VERY SPECIAL MENTION)
Before the begining of the free agent signature period, Ithe NY Rangers was in this section ... but I had to correct myself! So here is the other team for whom the year will be long: The Detroit Red Wings! With a CF% of 47.12% and a FF% of 46.31% they represent one of the worst teams ... Nothing good to predict especially since there was no significant change during the off season.