I'm curious as to how you approach the category +/-
I once played in a league with a guy who used his D slots to emphasize +/- . I always looked for Ds who shot the puck and played on the PP. (I also look for forwards who shoot the puck) I used a lot of moves on Ds and never fared especially well in +/- and tended to end the year flat on this overall.
Do you make a conscious effort on +/- ? Would you take a forward who didn't shoot the puck but had a nice +/- last year? Or do you by chance view it as a volatile outcome and wait until during the season to (re)strategize around it?
Edited by nycldn, 12 January 2013 - 08:18 AM.
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Nah, it's a crapshoot at the draft table. I do take a look as the season goes on and can find a guy or two to pick up on WW if I feel I need it. If I'm middle of the road through the year in +/- I'll take it, but if I'm really sucking in that category then I'll go to the WW to see what's going on. I don't usually look for guys who have great +/-, but I do take note if a guy is on a bad team and will definitely hurt my +/-. But usually it all works out.
I definitely pay attention to it, especially in roto. I don't want a -10 or lower on my team, unless he scores a ton of points. Yeah, it's a team stat but what does that matter? If I don't have solid D I may pick up one just to improve my +/-.
Its a stat and I want to win them all. I have no problem picking a guy with a higher +/- over a guy with more points. I try to balance it all, sometimes I win and sometimes I lose. I personally belive its a easy stat to win.
Better team usually better +/-
However I don't think about it till late rounds
Patrice Bergeron was like +40!!! Nash, Staal and Karlsson easily -20 I believe...
I pretty much ignore +/- in the draft, its way too flukey to target anyone. A few weeks into the season you can start to see trends and make moves accordingly to bump up your +/- if needed. Or just pick up pretty much any Bruins player.