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We're almost a quarter-way through the NHL season. I know – it's hard to believe.
Unprecedented is so 2020. But it applies.
In a normal season, we'd be talking U.S. Thanksgiving and the implications for on-ice teams and fantasy managers. But everything has been turned upside down. So how do we adjust?
I wish I had some magic answer or even a crystal ball. I don't think anyone does. It's just so hard to know if trends are real or completely unique to this year.
Contradiction is so 2021. Sigh. Like these observations:
- Goaltending isn't as important in fantasy as we think. On Saturday, the top five goalies in GAA were, in order, Petr Mrazek, Marc-Andre Fleury, Philipp Grubauer, Jaroslav Halak and Chris Driedger (below). Even Kevin Lankinen (12th) was ahead of Tuukka Rask (14th), Jacob Markstrom (15th) and Connor Hellebuyck (19th).
- Goaltending is more important on the ice than ever. Jacob Markstrom deserves more credit than he gets. He masked a lot of issues in Vancouver. By the same token, Matt Murray's contributions to the Pens' success come with a giant salt shaker. And the Caps made Braden Holtby better, not the other way around.
- Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl now may be better than Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in their prime. This analysis proves it. It's a good read. I still struggle with it though – advanced analytics don't win Stanley Cups.
- Marc Bergevin is hands down the general manager of the