NHL Blind Resumes' Part 3
Here is the long awaited part 3 of my 3 part series on NHL blind resumes. To be honest I don't think a lot of people were chomping at the bit to read the finale to the series but I've been busy with work the past week, so I had to prolong its release. Before I get started I want to give you a quick update on the state of the NHL. I'm not one to start rumors, that's a lie, but I'm almost certain that NHL commissioner Gary Betman is a fan of the website. I say this because I'm pretty sure he heard me talk about the Kings winning it all over a month ago and that may or may not have led to their quick rise to greatness. If you don't believe that, then maybe he heard my #KingsIn5 prediction. Did you watch Game 4 in LA? Devils seemed to get every call early on. The Kings didn't prepare to play 5 on 7 (5 Devils and 2 refs). But honestly, it just seems fitting for the Kings to close it out on the road. They haven't lost a playoff game on the road the entire postseason. Hopefully the Kings can pull it off Saturday in New Jersey, if nothing else it would make my long shot prediction a fact. #KingsIn5
Over the first two parts of the series I've given you interesting statistics and their relation to next year's fantasy season (Part 1, Part 2). In part 3 I'm going to pull a line shift and change things up later in the list. Let's dive in:
Blind Resume #21
Goalie A: 1.36 GAA - 95 save percentage - 15 wins
Goalie B: 1.98 GAA - 94 save percentage - 16 wins
Goalie B won the Stanley Cup last season (Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins). Goalie A is LA's Jonathan Quick. Quick's numbers are better and he's one win away from walking away with the Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP). I've been really high on Quick this postseason but I urge you to lower your standards on him entering next year (don't pay for record setting numbers). He has a glaring weakness that the Canucks, Blues, Coyotes and Devils have yet to exploit. Hint: you can beat J. Quick high. Once teams figure that out, it could get ugly.
*It's like me avoiding Jacoby Ellsbury every year in baseball drafts. I refuse to pay a lot for a hitter who has either a weakness or is an injury risks. I wouldn't mind Quick on my team, I'm just not going to overpay when I can get Carey Price cheaper. More on Price later on.
Blind Resume #22
Player A: 31 goals in 2 seasons (2009 & 2010)
Player B: 18 goals in last 2 seasons (2011 & 2012)
This is another one of those darn "same player" resumes. This one is about the Sharks blue liner, Dan Boyle. Over the past two seasons he's shot 4.5% and 3.6%. The two previous seasons he shot 7.5% and 8.3%. He's getting older, but age 35 isn't really considered old in hockey. The reason for the decrease in shooting percentage may be found in the fact that he's a slow starter. Over the past two seasons he's shot twice as good after the All Star break compared to his Pre All Star numbers. 2011 Pre ASG 3.5% Post ASG 7.1% and in 2012 Pre ASG 2.5% Post ASG 5.1%. Advice: Be patient with Boyle, he's a slow starter. Maybe pass him up on draft day and trade for him in late December or early January.
Blind Resume #23
Player A: 27 games, 7 goals, 7 assists
Player B: 2 games, 5 goals, 1 assist
Yes yes, same guy again. I'll change things up soon I promise (something I've told a girl or two in my day). Cam Atkinson of the Blue Jackets had an incredible final 2 games of the 2012 season, 5 goals and 1 assist, he also had a +4 rating. He's a guy I can see being a steal in the middle rounds of next year's fantasy drafts. He went undrafted entering last year and it makes since because he was an unknown rookie. Keep an eye on him becoming a breakout winger next year.
Blind Resume #24
ESPN Personality A: Has answered me on twitter multiple times @Awies28
ESPN Personality B: Read my tweet on ESPN radio on May 31st.
If you follow me on twitter you know who I'm talking about. Go to our Poll Section to find out who they are.
Blind Resume #25
Player A: Past 2 seasons has played 20 games.
Player B: Past 2 seasons has played 63 games.
Player A is Montreal's Andrei Markov and player B is Chris Pronger of the Flyers. Both should now be considered injury risk defensemen. Markov is 33 years old (and is balding) while Pronger is 37 (with a full head of hair, some guys have all the luck). If I had to pick one of these two to be on my team next year, give me Pronger. I'll take a high volume shooter (with high volume hair, I'm serious it's ridiculous. I look back at pictures of me as a kid and I can spot a receding hair line) on a playoff team over a guy who has a +/- career high of +13.
Blind Resume #26
Player A: Averaged 1.00 points per game in 2012 with a 12.5 shooting percentage.
Player B: Averaged 0.99 points per game in 2012 with a 12.4 shooting percentage.
Player A was drafted about the 96th pick entering the year while player B was the 5th overall selection. Player A is Toronto's Phil Kessel and player B is Vancouver's Henrik Sedin. Two things to note here, first know that this Sedin is not a pure scorer and that his points are mostly assists off his brother's (Daniel) goal scoring ability. Second, Kessel hasn't had under 30 goals the past 4 years and has managed to increase his point total each year with the Maple Leafs. He is a great fantasy player to roster if you own an assist machine... like... Henrik Sedin.
Blind Resume #27
Radio Show A: @JasonSaulter
Radio Show B: @JdotBras
Two sports shows that have allowed me (I'm schedule to do a guest appearance on Jason's show this weekend) to come on and discuss some recent games and talk sports with someone other than myself. I get bored doing solo shows sometimes, so it's nice to talk to other people with different opinions. Thanks guys.
Blind Resume #28
Player A: Has 4 NBA Championships
Player B: Has 5 NBA Championships
Player C: Has 5 NBA Championships and currently plays for the Thunder
All you Laker fans know what this. Player A is Shaq, player B is Kobe and player C is Derek Fisher. Once Fisher joined the Thunder I was convinced nothing would stop the young OKC team because the only thing that worried me preseason, was that they didn't have a veteran that has been there and done that. Fisher is that guy. Sorry hockey fans but I had to switch it up, the NHL isn't as popular as it used to be. A Family Guy rerun on the Cartoon Network got a higher watch rate than game 1 of the finals did.
Blind Resume #29
Team A: 12 shootout losses and 16 overtime losses
Team B: 9 shootout losses and 16 overtime losses
Team A is the Montreal Canadiens and team B is the Calgary Flames. A lot of close calls in 2012 for these two, north of the border, squads. I'm expecting a bounce back for Carey Price and the Canadiens in 2013. As for the Flames, I think they have a legit shot at making the playoffs next year. If it wasn't for a horrible end to March (lost 8 of the last 9 March games) they may have made the playoffs instead of the Kings.
Blind Resume #30
Twitter Account A: Probably hasn't responded to you, ever.
Twitter Account B: Will respond to you as soon as he can, unless my phone is dead.
Twitter account A is Matthew Berry. Twitter account B is mine (@Awies28)
I'm coming for you Matthew Berry.