Fantasy Hockey 2012-2013: Phoenix Coyotes Goaltenders

By Jaime Eisner

With the 2012-2013 soon upon us, hopefully, it is time for Fantasy Hockey season. Yahoo/ fantasy hockey is open and drafts can be done. On ESPN, the new season is open but drafts can not begin until Sep. 19. Over the next five weeks, five different positions will be evaluated (C, LW, RW, D and G) based on the current Phoenix Coyotes roster. Where do the Coyotes fit in on draft day? Each position will be examined.

This week, the focus will be on Coyotes goaltenders. When should Mike Smith be drafted? Should Jason LaBarbera be drafted? Both questions will be answered.

MIKE SMITH: Smith burst on to the scene last season with 38 wins and a GAA of 2.21, a save percentage of .930 and eight shutouts. All of those were career highs. Smith is currently ranked 9th among goaltenders after being ranked the 4th best goaltender after last season. Smith has an average draft position (ADP) of 37.7 which means in a standard 10-team league, he is going late in round four. Smith’s ADP makes him the 7th goaltender selected. Skaters going around that point are: Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle and Jonathan Toews. It is a steep price to pay, but if you believe Smith will repeat last season’s successes, than you must pay it.

JASON LABARBERA: LaBarbera is ranked 80th among goaltenders and is undrafted in almost every league. There is very little value in drafting back-up goaltenders in leagues with less than 16 teams (assuming two goaltender leagues). LaBarbera won three games last season posting a 2.54 GAA and a save percentage of .912. If you are looking for a quick fill in, LaBarbera could be your man on certain nights as Smith rarely plays back-to-back games. Otherwise, LaBarbera should not be drafted in any standard league.

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