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Livin' the Dream is written by Kevin Snow, the Buffalo Sabres Manager of Publications and Hockey Information. Kevin has always been fascinated by sports stats, but still found a way to fail math in high school.

Kevin can be reached at kevin.snow@sabres.com

LIVIN' THE DREAM: FANTASY HOCKEY

Thursday, 09.24.2009 / 4:36 PM / Blogs - Livin' the Dream
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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LIVIN\' THE DREAM: FANTASY HOCKEY
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I’ve had October 1st circled on my calendar for over a month now. That’s the night when I will head upstairs to the man cave around 8:30 p.m., and dial in to the most enjoyable conference call I will take part in all year. With papers strewn about my desk, and a few frosty beverages ready to go, the voices of 11 other team owners on the call will signal the start of my annual fantasy hockey draft.

Welcome to 'Livin the Dream', where each week, I will discuss some of the things that make fantasy hockey so enjoyable…stressful…and frustrating. Forget about that long day at work; it was the multi-player deal you pulled off at lunch that made waking up worthwhile.

Or the romantic dinner with your wife that was interrupted by a startling text message -- explaining that your star player just tore his ACL. Or my personal favorite: watching a guy you just traded days before, exploding for a career night on national television. And the text messages that follow from everyone in your league letting you know about it.

But this won’t be your usual run of the mill fantasy column featuring “Who’s Hot/Not,” or an endless list of player point projections that I came up with while throwing darts at a board all summer. I’ll troll the stats pages each week for some fantasy trends, and take a look at the Sabres schedule to see what opponents you should keep an eye on.

I will also allow you to enter the inner sanctum of my 12-team keeper league, featuring some of the goofiest cast of characters in North America. We’re a hardcore group of fantasy geeks, with stats maintained daily by a fanatical finance guy in Chicago who uses an Excel spreadsheet instead of a web site.

The reason for this is that our point system is so convoluted, there isn’t a fantasy web site out there we can work with. And did I mention the owners? I’m pretty sure we have every fantasy sports stereotype covered in group, many of whom have been part of our league for more than a decade. NHL GMs have nothing on us – especially when one of the guys had to have his wife send trade proposals for him following heart surgery.

I also want to hear from you. Each week I’ll share some of your fantasy hockey stories, trade ideas and player evaluations. This column is about the fans, for the fans. Besides, it’s always good to know that you’re not alone in your addiction.

My name is Kevin Snow, and I have a fantasy hockey problem.


For questions or comments, feel free to email me at kevin.snow@sabres.com

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82