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Fantasy Hockey Mid-Point Trends and Pretends 16.0 (NHL Power Rankings)

Post All-Star trends. What to trust, what to watch out for. Get ready for Gabriel Landeskog to be transcendent. Power Rankings

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Post All-Star Break. As we head into the All-Star break in Nashville I'm excited to see how the new platform of each Division's All-Stars facing off each other will unfold. Obviously the skills competition is lots of a fun as well. I can still fondly remember the likes of Mike Gartner flying around the ice in the Fastest Skater competition, Ray Bourque going 4/4 in back to back years in the accuracy competition and Al Iafrate toping 100MPH with A WOODEN STICK. It's a contrivance but as long as you go into the event prepared for that it's a display that these players don't otherwise get to show in such a splendor. The players spend hundreds of hours each year on the ice and there is downtime where they are honing skills and working on their hands or feet, here is the display of those things. The only other feed you get for such feats are some of the amazing youtube clips that they produce.

For those of you that play Fantasy Baseball, have you had a player who participated in home run derby and watched him fall off the edge as the wear and tear from the event takes its toll over the next few weeks? This article is a dedication to the players in post All-Star break efforts. The following looks at point production post All-Star break.

The group was collected using the top 50 scorers in each year from the All-Star break on over the last 3 years.

Players you can trust post All-Star Break:

  1. Only two players have ranked in the top 10 in post All-Star break points over the last 3 years and they come as no surprise: Alexander Ovechkin (1st, 10th and 3rd from 2013-2015 for a net total of 123 points) and Sidney Crosby (3rd, 5th, and 10th from 2013-2015 for a net total of 116 points).

  2. Players who have two top ten years in the last three: Taylor Hall (2013 and 2014) at 10th and 5th for a net 77 points, Nicklas Backstrom (8th in 2013, 10th, in 2014 and 15th in 2015 for a net total of 107points) and Jamie Benn (3rd in 2014 and 1st in 2015).

  3. Players who ranked in top twenty rank in two of the last three years: John Tavares (16th in 2013 and 2nd in 2015), Claude Giroux (13th in 2013 and 1st in 2014), Ryan Getzlaf (10th in 2013, 20th in 2014), Max Pacioretti (10th in 2014 and 19th in 2015), Phil Kessel (4th in 2013 and 20th in 2014), Ryan O'Reilly (17th in 2014 and 19th in 2015) AND Gabriel Landeskog (solid pick up here) with 20th in 2014 and 15th in 2015.

  4. Others who show strong second halfs: Anze Kopitar (23rd, 17th and 33rd between 2013-2015 for a total 3 year ranking of 5th with 96points, Blake Wheeler (30th, 10th and 47th between 2013-2015 for a total 3 year ranking of 7th with 92points), and Matt Duchene (26th in 2013, 24th in 2014 and 40th in 2015 for a net total of 7th place with 92points.

  5. If you look at plus/minus to factor in who works well but might not be finding the net, here are your top 5 players in +/- post All-Star break over the last three years: Brad Marchand (+40), Jonathan Toews (+38), Derek Stephan (+35), Max Pacioretty (+34) and Sidney Crosby (+30).

Players you can't trust post All-Star Break:

  1. Steven Stamkos has traditionally STRUGGLED post All-Star break, while he finished as the 5th best player in 2013 with 49points, he was 51st and 33rd over the next two years not breaking above 27 points in either year. If there is much stock left in your league and it's not a keeper league, consider trading him.

  2. Similarly - Tyler Seguin has not even registered in the top fifty during 2 of the last 3 years (2013 and 2015) while the other year (2014) he was 2nd. Patrick Kane ranked 8th in 2013 and did not crack the top fifty the last 2 years, obviously this year might be different as he is playing the best he has in his career. For these three these players when they are red hot they keep going to chase the points but otherwise, they tire and their points taper off.

  3. Four players did not rank in 2013, 2014 and tied for a 33rd ranking in 2015: Marian Hossa, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Roman Jose and TJ Oshie. Vladimir Tarasenko was worse ranking above 50th in 2013 and 2014 and ranking 40th in 2015.

  4. These three players all fell outside the top 50 in 2013 and 2015 and ranked 10th in 2014: Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Nathan Mackinnon.

  5. This will come as no surprise to anyone who saw his historically bad stat line last year with this but Alexander Ovechkin (-18) has the WORST +/- post All-Star break amongst all of the players who qualified. The other bottom four included: PA Parenteau (-15), Patrick Marleau (-11), Jason Spezza (-10) and Matt Duchene (-97).

2013 - 2015 Post All-Star points and Rankings - Ranked by most to least points (disclaimer - points were not added if they didn't sit within the top 50 on a given year)

Player 2013 Rank 2014 Rank 2015 Rank Net Total Points
Jamie Benn 37 3 1 114
John Tavares 16 51 2 84
Alex Ovechkin 1 10 3 123
Mark Stone 51 51 3 38
Jiri Hudler 51 51 5 37
Daniel Sedin 34 51 5 71
Kyle Turris 51 51 7 35
Henrik Sedin 21 51 7 76
Jordan Eberle 43 40 9 90
Sidney Crosby 3 5 10 116
Erik Karlsson 51 35 10 58
Scott Hartnell 51 51 12 32
Sean Monahan 51 51 12 32
Radim Vrbata 51 51 12 32
Gabriel Landeskog 51 20 15 59
Nick Foligno 51 51 15 31
Nicklas Backstrom 8 10 15 107
Pavel Datsyuk 16 51 18 73
Jeff Carter 51 51 19 29
Max Pacioretty 33 10 19 94
Johnny Gaudreau 51 51 19 29
Kevin Hayes 51 51 19 29
Ryan O'Reilly 51 17 19 58
Jonathan Huberdeau 51 51 19 29
P.K. Subban 28 51 19 67
Jarome Iginla 51 5 26 60
Joe Pavelski 51 20 26 56
Tomas Plekanec 51 51 26 28
Ryan Johansen 51 28 26 54
Jason Spezza 51 9 26 59
Joe Thornton 51 46 26 51
Dennis Wideman 51 51 26 28
Steven Stamkos 5 51 33 76
Marian Hossa 51 51 33 27
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 51 51 33 27
Roman Josi 51 51 33 27
T.J. Oshie 51 51 33 27
Ondrej Palat 51 4 33 60
Anze Kopitar 23 17 33 96
Rick Nash 30 51 40 63
Zach Parise 43 17 40 87
Vladimir Tarasenko 51 51 40 26
Jaden Schwartz 51 51 40 26
Mats Zuccarello 51 40 40 50
Eric Staal 5 51 40 75
Matt Duchene 26 24 40 92
Jonathan Toews 16 51 47 68
Cam Atkinson 51 51 47 25
Blake Wheeler 30 10 47 92
Aleksander Barkov 51 51 47 25
Claude Giroux 13 1 51 84
Tyler Seguin 51 2 51 37
Gustav Nyquist 51 5 51 32
Taylor Hall 10 5 51 77
Patrice Bergeron 51 10 51 30
David Krejci 51 10 51 30
Nathan MacKinnon 51 10 51 30
Phil Kessel 4 20 51 78
Ryan Getzlaf 10 20 51 73
Patric Hornqvist 51 24 51 27
Milan Lucic 51 24 51 27
David Desharnais 51 24 51 27
Corey Perry 43 28 51 58
Patrik Elias 37 28 51 59
Jason Pominville 51 28 51 26
Jakub Voracek 13 28 51 70
Patrick Sharp 51 28 51 26
Victor Hedman 51 28 51 26
Carl Soderberg 51 35 51 25
Brad Marchand 37 35 51 58
Jaromir Jagr 51 35 51 25
Tyson Barrie 51 35 51 25
Michael Cammalleri 51 40 51 24
Travis Zajac 51 40 51 24
Tyler Bozak 51 40 51 24
Derek Stepan 23 40 51 64
Troy Brouwer 43 46 51 55
Patrick Marleau 51 46 51 23
Paul Stastny 51 46 51 23
Mark Giordano 51 46 51 23
Martin St. Louis 2 51 51 53
Chris Kunitz 5 51 51 49
Patrick Kane 8 51 51 46
Mike Ribeiro 10 51 51 45
Henrik Zetterberg 13 51 51 44
Andrew Ladd 19 51 51 42
Alexander Semin 19 51 51 42
Matt Moulson 21 51 51 41
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau 23 51 51 40
Nazem Kadri 26 51 51 39
Jiri Tlusty 28 51 51 38
Pascal Dupuis 32 51 51 36
Sam Gagner 34 51 51 34
Kris Letang 34 51 51 34
James Neal 37 51 51 33
Chris Stewart 37 51 51 33
Mikko Koivu 37 51 51 33
Thomas Vanek 43 51 51 32
Mike Richards 43 51 51 32
Justin Williams 43 51 51 32
Teddy Purcell 43 51 51 32

Power Rankings
Week 1/26/2016 Bleacher Report ESPN Fox Sports CBS Sports Average vs. last week
Anaheim Ducks 18 17 18 22 18.75 22
Arizona Coyotes 20 16 16 19 17.75 20
Boston Bruins 11 13 14 10 12.00 15
Buffalo Sabres 28 27 29 28 28.00 23
Calgary Flames 26 25 24 25 25.00 26
Carolina Hurricanes 21 19 17 21 19.50 26
Chicago Blackhawks 2 2 2 2 2.00 11
Colorado Avalanche 13 7 8 14 10.50 29
Columbus Blue Jackets 29 30 30 30 29.75 28
Dallas Stars 5 15 11 4 8.75 1
Detroit Red Wings 10 12 12 8 10.50 12
Edmonton Oilers 30 29 28 29 29.00 29
Florida Panthers 6 3 3 6 4.50 20
Los Angeles Kings 3 4 5 3 3.75 9
Minnesota Wild 15 18 15 13 15.25 7
Montreal Canadiens 19 22 25 18 21.00 3
Nashville Predators 17 23 21 17 19.50 8
New Jersey Devils 12 6 9 12 9.75 15
New York Islanders 9 10 6 11 9.00 15
New York Rangers 8 11 20 7 11.50 2
Ottawa Senators 23 24 19 20 21.50 12
Philadelphia Flyers 24 20 22 23 22.25 28
Pittsburgh Penguins 16 14 10 15 13.75 12
San Jose Sharks 14 9 13 16 13.00 11
St. Louis Blues 4 8 7 5 6.00 5
Tampa Bay Lightning 7 5 4 9 6.25 14
Toronto Maple Leafs 25 26 26 27 26.00 25
Vancouver Canucks 22 21 23 24 22.50 20
Washington Capitals 1 1 1 1 1.00 4
Winnipeg Jets 27 28 27 26 27.00 18