Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:13 pm

Simple reports for great WW pickups

Often times you will be scouring the waiver wire looking for someone that can help your team.  Most of us likely look at YTD or recent point production to figure out who's hot.  While this may be a decent tactic in smaller formats because of the excess talent on the WW, this is not always insightful in deeper formats.  One report I like to use is strictly based on time on ice (TOI), power play time on ice (PPTOI) and short handed time on ice (SHTOI).  I normally then divide these stats by the number of games played to get their average ice time per game.  The reason this report is so helpful is because it tells you who has the trust of the coach and who plays in key situations.  As you know, you need to be on the ice to score, it stands to follow that the more you play the higher your chances of scoring.  I combine this stat with a little bit of scouting (what players have offensive upside) and the results are tremendous.  You can end up making a WW pickup before the player even starts scoring and look like a genius when he catches fire.  I hope this little tip will help you take your team to the next level and I will be more than happy to post more tips regarding how to be a WW pro.
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