While the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs marks the end of the fantasy hockey season each year, individual postseason performances often have lasting impacts from a fantasy standpoint heading into the following season.
In some cases, notable playoff showings -- such as those by Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Henrik Lundqvist, Claude Giroux, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby this spring -- come from top-tier regular season fantasy producers, boosting their already strong fantasy profiles heading into next season. But, when digging deeper into the playoffs in hindsight, it's impossible to ignore the memorable performances that were less expected -- for better or worse.
So how much should a player's strong or weak postseason numbers affect his impending fantasy value? When walking this fine line as a fantasy owner, it's important to consider the perception surrounding a player, but also take those assessments with a grain of salt.