As important as it is to look forward for the trends that could emerge in the coming weeks, it's also valuable to take a look back and reevaluate things based on new evidence. That's what I've been doing this week – we're almost a quarter of the way into the season at this point, and that's enough of a sample size for me to figure out what went right and what went wrong on draft day. It's not hard for a fantasy team to look good on paper. You should always have confidence in the guys you selected, but don't let it blind you if they don't play the same way they did last season.
For starters, I'm realizing I drafted very poorly at goalie. I'm not afraid to swing for the fences on an early goalie selection, especially Andrei Vasilevskiy in the first round. More often, I was settling for Connor Hellebuyck, Igor Shesterkin and/or Marc-Andre Fleury a few rounds later to lead my crease. Just about all of the high-end goalies have had uncharacteristic struggles at times this year, which hasn't made things easy. Where things really went off the rails was how aggressively I went after Philipp Grubauer. I considered him on par with Juuse Saros – both could be have for a similar draft selection, and I routinely paired them together. Saros has been fine for a middle-of-the-road Predators team, but I've had to cut bait with Grubauer in shallow formats, and I'm trying