Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rules for Your Pools
Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rules for Your Pools

It's playoff time in the NHL and as most hockey fans know, that means it's time to make your pool picks. While you will find a wide swath of strategies, the one this "Poolie" prefers could be summed up as "Go Big or Go Home." In essence, it's a boom-or-bust style that recommends stacking players on teams you think will go far into the postseason. If you are right, you almost certainly walk away with the win, but if you are wrong, you might finish close to the bottom. 

Other options include a more conservative approach of spreading your players out or always picking the "best" player, but the problem (in my humble opinion) is that it's hard to win with these strategies. You are essentially banking on your opponents all taking a boom-or-bust approach and then busting. 

The tough part with pool advice is that every format has different players in different pools, so recommending Player A over Player B won't always fit. So instead, I'm going to highlight a handful of examples to give you an idea of what decisions you might want to make in your pools. 

I think we have to start with a base assumption. If you've ever listened to RotoWire's Puckcast with Statsman and AJ, you'll know that I am a diehard Penguins fan. As such, I can't in good conscience not pick Pittsburgh to make a deep run. Also, in the Western Conference, I am high on the Jets this year and

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AJ Scholz
Co-Host of PuckCast with Statsman and AJ and unabashed Penguins fan.
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