digitalmonkey, on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010, 10:13 AM, said:
Congrats Zach...great season. This league is all about timing. Injuries at the wrong time can kill you. And of course Tavares goes about 20 games without a goal and scores last night.
Yeah, lol.The biggest thing was just my lineups in the playoffs. They weren't good enough. They weren't a reflection of the talent on my team. I don't know if that's all luck, though. I could have planned better and had players who played more playoff games, maybe.In order of their pool points per game, which was last calculated just before the playoffs:(In 6 playoff games, each player appeared:)Ilya Kovalchuk - 2 gamesBrad Richards - 3 gamesAles Hemsky - 0 games (injured)Langenbrunner - 2 gamesHejduk - 2 games (injured for 2 more)McDonald - 3 gamesStillman - 4 gamesStafford - 2 games (injured for 1 more)Chimera - 3 gamesCooke - 3 gamesRegin - 2 gamesAsham - 3 gamesMoss - 3 gamesArtyukhin - 1 gameBegin, Talbot, Wallin, Chipchura did not play any games.It's just annoying that I had to go so deep into my reserve type guys for almost every game. Game 1, I had very close to my best lineup, missing only Hejduk and Hemsky out of my top 6 forwards. After that, I was lucky to get 3 of my top 8 guys. Basically, I consider the top 8 there, my go-to guys, except maybe Stafford who has disappointed this season. After that it's a drop off, but I should be fine with one or two of them in a game if necessary.I ended up with a distribution of:Game 1 - 6 / 0Game 2 - 4 / 2Game 3 - 3 / 3Game 4 - 4 / 2Game 5 - 2 / 4Game 6 - 2 / 4And game 7 wouldn't have been much better than game 5 or 6.It doesn't look as bad as I thought, but even then, I'm missing my top end guys the most. Kovy, Richards, Hemsky.Oh well, I will have mostly the same team next season, probably, so we'll see if I get luckier with the playoff scheduling. Or, it could be time to sell Kovalchuk while his contract is still decent and get a big return to make my team a bit deeper, or better set for the future. Time will tell.It's been an incredibly fun first season, though, and I'm glad I got a chance to get into this league.