We’re inching closer and closer to the beginning of camps for the 2016-17 National Hockey League season. And with the hockey season getting closer and closer, the various fantasy hockey guides are hitting newsstands – and the Internet – for poolies to fawn over.
Much like our brethren over at The Leafs Nation, we’re curious as to how many points each prognosticator believes various Calgary Flames players will earn over the next season. And our pal Dom Luszczyszyn even provided us with the same projections for Flames players as he did for the Maple Leafs’ for this season. (Thanks, Dom!)
The forecasts that we’re using here are:
- Dom Luszczyszyn’s forecast, based upon a player’s last three seasons.
- The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide
- Dobber Hockey’s Fantasy Guide
- The Sports Forecaster NHL Preview and Fantasy Guide
We’ve averaged the projections and ordered the players from most projected points to least. In TLN’s comparison they changed projections to what a player would get in an 82-game season. We left things as they were projected, as these forecasts potentially hold some assumptions about a player’s role, ability to stay healthy and productivity.
Every single forecast indicates that Gaudreau will be Calgary’s leading scorer and Monahan will be the second-leading scorer. In other news: the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, and water is wet. Heck, the guides all seem to indicate that the same six guys will be the six-leading scorers on the team among forwards. The only thing they disagree on is whether Bennett out-scorers Brouwer or not. The Forecaster’s projections for Gaudreau and Monahan are both the highest in this range.
If Tkachuk makes the NHL team, the indication is he’ll be good for between 30 and 40 points. Shinkaruk is in the same situation, with a slightly lower projected scoring range. Beyond them, things get a bit wonky, as there’s a shockingly large range for Bouma and Chiasson (both between 20 and 30 points, which seems high) and Pribyl (between 14 and 34 points). Bouma and Chiasson will both probably be used in bottom-six roles, which will make it challenging to reach 30 points, while Pribyl’s likely to begin the season polishing off rehab for an off-season knee surgery. Considering he’ll probably start the year (a) late and (b) in the AHL, 34 points seems quite high for a guy that’s never played in North America. Vey is also somebody with a large projected range, though his is a bit lower and seems a bit more reachable. Lastly, Stajan and Bollig are both suitably low given their statures on the club, and both seem to be in largely the right range.
If a player is going to out-kick their projected range, it might be Ferland; he’s got size and moves well for a player of his stature, and the team’s emphasis on being “hard to play against” could result in him getting top-six time (as he did last year) and potentially reps on the power-play.
As with the forwards, there’s a fair bit of consensus at the high-end of the scoring for blueliners. Giordano, Hamilton and Brodie are all projected to be in about the same point range, though the Forecaster projects Brodie in the lead, Dobber has Hamilton, and Dom and The Hockey News both think Giordano leads. There’s also a fair bit of consensus in terms of Wideman’s projection.
Honestly? Other than some small lack of consensus regarding whether Nakladal and Smid will play on the team (Dom says yes, the others either don’t or don’t think their production will be that big) and how much Wotherspoon will play, none of the forecasts here seem all that out of whack.
I’d be astonished if Smid got 7 points this season. If Jokipakka can somehow displace somebody and get some power-play time, or if he and Hamilton click as a pairing, he could beat his projected point totals.
How many 50+ point-scorers will the Flames have?
The Forecaster says five: Gaudreau, Monahan, Bennett, Brouwer and Brodie.
Dobber and The Hockey News each say four: Gaudreau, Monahan and Giordano, along with Hamilton (Dobber) and Bennett (Hockey News).
Dom says three: Gaudreau, Monahan and Giordano.
How many 20+ goal-scorers will the Flames have?
The Hockey News projects five: Gaudreau and Monahan (projected as 30-goal guys), Backlund, Bennett and Brouwer
Dom, Dobber and the Forecaster project four, and all the same four: Gaudreau, Monahan, Bennett and Brouwer. All three project Gaudreau will score 30+, while Dom and Forecaster think Monahan will too.
Be sure to checkout Dailyfaceoff.com for their projections coming soon and in season updates for all things fantasy Hockey.