No Fantasy Love for Wings


George Sipple of the Free Press went ahead and did the leg work to find the highest rated Red Wings in the two most prominent Fantasy Hockey arenas – Yahoo! and ESPN.  Little surprise to most: Detroit players got little love from the pre-season ranking committee.

But the most surprising (I guess) snub in the rankings would be that of Nicklas Lidstrom.  I know we’re all probably used to the whole “he’s getting too old” drum being beaten, but do you really think Lidstrom should already be counted out of the top 5 or even the top 15 defensemen in the league?  Maybe we’re looking at King Lidas through red-colored glasses – but to me, he’s still in the top 5 for sure.  ESPN and Yahoo! do not agree with me.


ESPN’s top 300:

13. Pavel Datsyuk

35. Jimmy Howard

…are we detecting a pattern here with ranks/player numbers?

37. Johan Franzen

41. Henrik Zetterberg

83. Tomas Holmstrom

86. Nicklas Lidstrom

101. Brian Rafalski

161. Niklas Kronwall

172. Valtteri Filppula

228. Todd Bertuzzi 

234. Mike Modano

I think it’s interesting how much lower Hank is ranked compared to Pavel.  They tied for the team lead in points last season, and hank is only 2 years removed from a 90+ point season.  Plus, they’ll be playing together for likely the entire season.  As one goes, so does the other, in my book.

And Mikey Mo but no Happy Huds?  That doesn’t seem right to me – especially with all the Modano bashing going on out there.

Yahoo! Sports Top 100:

17: Pavel Datsyuk

26. Jimmy Howard

29. Henrik Zetterberg

57. Johan Franzen

64. Nicklas Lidstrom 

88. Brian Rafalski

Well…there’s your starting six all in the top 100 according to the home of Puck Daddy.  I suppose that’s still alright if you think about it.  With 30 teams in the league, that means 80 players that are in the top six on their respective teams are OUT of the top 100 via Yahoo! rankings.  Hey, I’m trying to find the good in this.

I think it’s ridiculous that ESPN ranked 15 defensemen better than Lidstrom and Yahoo! ranked 8 better than the TPH.