Only way I won that is through luck - its the only way you can win with zero moves for a month - luckily the only guys of significance that missed (Hedman & Muzzin) were D guys and I already had 7, so whilst the replacements weren’t comparable the spots could be filled at least. If McDavid gets injured a lot earlier than the last game, I might’ve ended up 3rd.
Different sort of win to last season, which makes this one more satisfying, as I had to work overtime to overhaul the drafted squad and was still a long way back (5th or 6th) coming into December. Autopick had given me some great top offensive talent, but very few that were going to be capable of delivering dependable peripherals (with Burns & Erik Johnson my only D with over 100 in blocks or hits).
At some point I’ll sit down and work out what my goalies went after picking up Murray in December vs. before (I’d be surprised if it wasn’t almost a full point difference), then they went to another level after picking up Binnington in mid-Jan. I very much doubt another of my goalies will ever match Binnington’s February run of 10-1; 1.44, .945 with 4 SOs.
Key FA Contributors to the Win:
DeBrusk was also very important in the final 6 weeks when I needed goals.
Btw Ant, seeing you’ll likely be the only other person to read this: Tom Berry - statistically better than his brother at the same age.