Rank these guys 1, 2, 3 based on their value for NEXT year alone, and then rank them again based on their value for the next 5 years averaged. My reasoning for two different rankings is that you may argue that Lehner will backup next year but will become a starter withing 1-3 years making his next 5 year value much higher than his next year value...
12 team league, 23 man rosters. Stat cats are as follows: G, A, Pim, FOW, Hit, Blk, Def, STG W, SV%, GAA
Zibanejad: He has a quick/fast shot, and shows strong play making/goal scoring potential. Gets a good amount of hits. That may even increase as he gets more ice time. Currently listed (in espn leagues) as a C/RW dual position. It looks that may stick, but over time he may stay at one position over the other. It would be nice to see him playing along side Spezza someday, but that would mean he'd get less FOWs. So in a fantasy hockey ideal world his potential is 2C/1W and gets 1st line PP time. Anyone foresee a sophomore slump for this guy? Anyone see a sophomore breakout season for this guy?
J Schultz: Started the season on a scoring tear (for a rookie defenseman anyways). He was scoring near point per game and averaging over 3 shots on goal per game. NOTE: SOG do not count as stats in my league, but most all of the 20+ goal defenseman in history were getting around 3+ SOG per game when they were scoring. Something changed and from that point on his scoring toned way down and his SOG per game toned way down (closer to 1 per game for a period of about 2 months). Another key thing to note is that this guy does NOT get many Pims, hits, or blocks. Anyone foresee a sophomore slump for this guy? Anyone see a sophomore breakout season for this guy?
Lehner: Apparent shared/shares the same goalie coach as King Henrik. Has done nothing but stop pucks since getting his first NHL start. Has a clean injury history. Currently playing for a low scoring Ottawa (It's good to have a low scoring team's goalie...) but how long will that last? Will Ottawa, as a team, leak like a sieve next year? Having this guy on your roster most likely means you have a backup goalie on your roster... which isn't ideal. But if I were to NOT keep this guy, no doubt other owners will target him.