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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy Spin: Selanne's return boosts draft day value

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Finnish Flash is back -- well, for one more year anyway.

Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne announced on Thursday that he would return to the Ducks for at least one more season. Despite an aching left knee, the 41-year-old will be back for his 19th NHL season.

How does this affect you from a fantasy viewpoint?

Selanne was listed in our Top 175 fantasy rankings at 89th overall, as depicted by our panel of experts. In our positional rankings, Selanne came in at 15th among right wings, right behind Vancouver's Alex Burrows and ahead of San Jose's Joe Pavelski. Obviously these projections were done prior to the knowledge that Selanne would definitely be back this season.

Now, things change.
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2011-12 Top Overall 175 Fantasy Rankings

Wednesday, 09.07.2011 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

Below is a list of NHL.com's top 175 overall fantasy player rankings, as determined by our three fantasy experts: Matt Cubeta, Sergei Feldman and Chris Foster. In addition to their composite ranking -- a combined average rank from each expert (listed on the left side) -- you'll also be able to tell where each expert ranked players individually. While we take into account previous statistics, injuries and much more, these rankings are based on how we project players to perform this coming season.

Rankings are based on a standard fantasy hockey league that includes a 6x4 scoring system: goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, shots on goal, penalty minutes, goalie wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts.

Whether you're hunting for goal scorers, playmakers, power-play specialists, PIMs eaters or stud goaltenders, our top 175 rankings should have you covered for your fantasy hockey draft.
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Breaking down the top 50 fantasy players

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Everything has chains...absolutely nothing's changed."

Ah, little did Eddie Vedder know his famous line in Pearl Jam's "Corduroy" would be so applicable in the fantasy hockey world. Yet here we are again and Washington's Alex Ovechkin remains chained to the No. 1 fantasy rank -- year after year, Ovechkin reigns supreme.

Despite a relatively quiet season offensively for Ovechkin -- at least by his standards -- an MVP-season from Corey Perry, an NHL-best 104-point season from Daniel Sedin, and a 45-goal season by Steven Stamkos weren't enough to knock Ovechkin from his spot at the top of the charts.

Some will disagree, but truthfully, Sidney Crosby was the only other real option for the top spot, and with Crosby's health still undetermined, there really wasn't a safer play for No. 1. So much so, that all three of our fantasy experts each ranked Ovechkin as the top fantasy player heading into the 2011-12 season.

Having recorded at least 50 goals and 109 points in his three previous seasons, plus his ability to dominate the NHL in the shots on goal category every season, we believe in Ovechkin and think a bounce-back performance to his "usual" self is more than likely in 2011-12.

From Ovi to Sid and many others, below is our explanation for how our ranking of the top 50 fantasy players was put together.
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Burning questions face 2011-12 goalie class

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

At this point of the summer, predicting is part of the hockey lover's human nature. Everyone's level of anticipation has boiled over for the new season, but amidst all the questions we try to stay sane by knowing training camps are just a few weeks away.

When it comes to predicting what might happen with the goaltenders, there's a lot to discuss because there are so many "unstable" situations. By unstable, I simply mean that the situation could result in a significant or negative impact on a goaltender's career, or for their team's overall success.

But this is nothing new. Every year, some goalies face the pressure of extremely high expectations due to a high salary, high skill level or their previous season's success. Others are simply expected to rebound from an inconsistent or injury-plagued season.

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Weber, Chara and Lidstrom lead the way for D-men

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Defensemen Rankings

Thursday, 09.01.2011 / 12:01 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com started their fantasy hockey rankings with centers on Monday, Aug. 29 and will release rankings for each position by day, finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Positions are based on where we project these players to start the season -- they may change when the season begins. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

There's no doubt people will question Shea Weber being our top fantasy blueliner. Truth is, there are a few players that could hold down the top spot, but we believe Weber possesses the most upside -- and his track record suggests just that.
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Perry an easy choice for top fantasy right wing

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Right Wing Rankings

Wednesday, 08.31.2011 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com started their fantasy hockey rankings with centers on Monday, Aug. 29 and will release  rankings for each position by day, finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

Coming into last season our right wing ranks looked completely different at the top -- we projected Patrick Kane, Marian Gaborik and Alexander Semin as our top three. This year you'll notice Anaheim's Corey Perry and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis in the top two spots, with Kane coming in at No. 3.

Perry was named NHL.com's Fantasy Hockey MVP last year after putting together the most well-rounded stat line by any player. His ability to record points, a solid plus/minus and tons of PIMs make him the easy choice at No. 1. He did pretty well in real life as well, winning the Hart Trophy as the regular-season MVP.
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Bounce-back seasons expected from key left wingers

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Left Wing Rankings

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com started their fantasy hockey rankings with centers on Monday, Aug. 29 and will release rankings for each position by day, finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Positions are based on where we project these players to start the season -- they may change when the season begins. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

It's not a surprise to see Alex Ovechkin at the top of the list for the 2011-12 fantasy season. Despite a subpar season by Ovechkin standards, the Capitals' captain still managed 32 goals and 85 points in 2010-11. While Daniel Sedin outproduced Ovechkin statistically, we expect Ovi to rebound and produce closer to his 2009-10 stat line (50 goals and 109 points) -- and you should too.
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Let the games begin: The ABC's of Fantasy Hockey

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Beginning today, NHL.com will release fantasy rankings for each position by day, starting with centers and finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

Here we go again! Start your research, call up your friends, schedule your fantasy hockey draft date and begin to build your team.

Each year we hope that this is "the" year -- the year you take home that fantasy crown and own bragging rights for the offseason. Whether you're looking to bounce back from a devastating loss last season or looking to defend your title, there's nothing better than the start of the fantasy season.
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With Sid uncertain, Stamkos takes top center spot

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Center Rankings

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Beginning today, NHL.com will release fantasy rankings for each position by day, starting with centers and finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

Centers reign supreme in fantasy rankings each season, and 2011-12 is no exception. Easily, one could expect to see five middlemen taken off the draft board in the first round of most leagues. Fortunately, if you've seen your favorite choices go, there are plenty more to choose from as the draft progresses, including some sleepers later on.
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Assembling the best 16-man fantasy roster of all time

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Imagine if you could construct a fantasy team where both the stars of yesterday and today would perfectly align to fill your 16-man roster.

Would you take Teemu Selanne's breakout rookie season or Brett Hull's memorable 86-goal campaign in 1990-91 to fill your top-line right wing slot? Would you use your last roster spot on Alex Ovechkin's explosive 2006-07 season or load up on PIMs by choosing Brendan Shanahan's well-rounded 1993-94 stat line?

NHL.com has decided to give you a glimpse of a team equipped with the greatest individual fantasy seasons at each position in NHL history. From Wayne Gretzky's remarkable 1981-82 season to Martin Brodeur's record-breaking output in 2006-07, this team is strategically stacked with the game's best since the expansion era began in 1967.
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OFFSEASON FANTASY RANKINGS

RANK TEAM PLAYER
1. Sidney crosby
2. Steven Stamkos
3. Corey Perry
4. Evgeni Malkin
5. alex Ovechkin

CUBETA & JENSEN'S COMPLETE RANKINGS