I'm a 30-something guy from southwestern Ontario, Canada, and I've been an avid hockey fan since I was a small kid. I grew up playing goalie in both hockey and soccer but my smaller stature led me to more academic pursuits. I'm now a nerd with a Master's degree who still plays the odd game of shinny despite my weak top-shelf.
I've been only playing fantasy sports for the past 5 years but I've had a pretty solid record since I've started. I found early on that the typical Yahoo and ESPN guides were rigid and unevenly focused on scoring stats when I did my pre-draft research. They also weren't as plentiful as they are for other sports like Baseball and Football. That's where I decided to take these issue onto myself...
I'm just coming off of a 1st place finish in my 12-team league. My lowest finish ever was a 5th place finish in my first season (2010) where I had an early exit in the playoffs after a 3rd-seed finish to the regular season. At this point, my kit was only in its infancy. Since expanding on my kit incrementally over the past few years, it has led to medal finishes in each of my 4 past seasons (I sat out the 2012 lock-out season). This last year is the only one in which I participated in a keeper league (where we kept only 5 players from the previous 2014 season) and I held onto my 1st place seeding throughout the entire season after the initial jockeying for position over the first few weeks.
Below are the results from my 2015/16 season where I laid waste to my competition. With the help of my 5 keepers (Stamkos, Backstrom, Voracek, Fleury, and Holtby) and a strong draft (picking 3rd last overall after my previous bronze, I focused hard and early on defensemen), I beat out my closest competition by 3 wins and over 100 fantasy points in the regular season. As you can see below, I had a ridiculous 85% winning percentage. Our teams were 19 players deep (9 forwards, 6 defencemen, 2 goalies, and 2 utility slots), allowed daily line changes, and used a semi-deep stats list (G/A/PIM/PPP/GWG/SOG/Hits/Blks [for Players] W/GA/SV/SO [for Goalies]). My results could have only been more scary if it wasn't for me waiting too long to snag Panarin off early waivers (damn Plotnikov...) and my lack of faith in Gostisbehere (I thought he was expendable after one of my established D came back from injury) . I also dropped Boone Jenner (the new Lucic in my opinion) just before Columbus started to turn their season around.
A slightly larger proof of concept is that, in the same league, my wife (a devout non-hockey fan) took over for a previously bottom 4 team from 2014 and turned it into a 3rd overall regular season team. She unfortunately got upset in the first round and finished 5th overall in the playoffs (she won her final two weeks to win the consolation tourney), however, for a person who does not know much about hockey (she kept, frustratingly referring to "Jarome Jagger" and her team name was "Touchdown"), this is a pretty decent accomplishment in her first ever year. Not to mention that one of her 5 keepers from her adoptive 2014 team was typically strong fantasy starter Pekka Rinne who just had a very uncharacteristically weak season ... ouch.