Last season every single forecaster projected that the Top 300 players score more points (in total) than actually occurred. The closest forecaster was Scott Cullen, who projected the grand total of 13572 Pts be scored by the Top 300 players in the league. In reality, 13295 Pts were amassed which was 30 more Pts than the previous five year average. An error of 277 Pts was pretty amazing in comparison to the other forecasters and thus Scott earned the golden puck for Pts Total projections in 2017. In fact, the forecasters with the closest total number of projected Pts took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
The forecaster with the best Defensive point total accuracy was TSN. They finished with 64.55 points. The Hockey News finished second, only 0.11 points behind TSN. In third place with 38.90 points was Hockey The Magazine (Figure 1).
The forecaster with the best Offensive point total accuracy was TSN. They finished with 217.74 points out of a possible 300. McKeens finished second (248.16 points) and The Hockey News finished third overall with 236.80 points (Figure 1).