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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Mailbag: 10/1/11 Edition

Fantasy Insider Pete Jensen answers your weekly fantasy hockey questions

Saturday, 10.01.2011 / 12:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

All season long, NHL.com’s weekly Fantasy Mailbag will feature the best fantasy hockey-related questions from you, the fans.

Locked into a toss-up in deciding which player to add or drop? Looking for insight on a trade proposal? Look no further than this interactive forum every Saturday during the season for comprehensive analysis on moves that can make or break your fantasy squad.

NHL.com fantasy insider Pete Jensen has your inquiries covered all season long. The most compelling questions posed each week will be answered in an effort to provide you with the best chance to succeed in your particular league.

Submit your best questions for the NHL.com Fantasy Mailbag by contacting PJensen@NHL.com.

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In the Cage: Draft the goalies you know

Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 10:05 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Welcome to NHL.com's "In the Cage" fantasy hockey segment, where each week fantasy insider Justin Goldman will give you an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders. From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

With that, here's his opening statement regarding the League's goalkeepers...


When it comes to drafting fantasy goaltenders, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the endless options. You not only have to determine who to select, but when to select them and whether they're worth drafting over other skaters. On top of it all, you only have 60 to 90 seconds to make that crucial decision, one you simply can't afford to rush.
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On the 'D'-fence: When to draft fantasy defensemen

Wednesday, 09.28.2011 / 1:18 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Welcome to NHL.com's "On the 'D'-fence" fantasy hockey segment, where each week fantasy insider Brian Metzer will give you an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen. From updated defensemen rankings to players to keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy defenseman expert all season long.

With that, here's his opening statement regarding the League's blueliners...


When people think about drafting a fantasy hockey team, they go through a ton of internal debate. Who should they select in the first round? What if they end up with the first selection? Should they go with Alex Ovechkin? Maybe take a chance on a previously concussed multi-tool talent like Sidney Crosby? They may even be considering a Sedin or wondering if Corey Perry can do it again.
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Fantasy bounce-back candidates for 2011-12 season

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Whenever the production of a proven NHL player drops from one season to the next, there’s always a cause for concern among fantasy owners who put their stock in this individual.

While seeing a top-tier member of your squad experience a bump in the road is not an enjoyable experience, it is important to refrain from abandoning the ship prematurely.

Here’s an example: San Jose Sharks' star forward Patrick Marleau saw his 78-point output (32 G, 46 A in 77 games) in the 2006-07 season drop to 48 points (19 G, 29 A in 78 games) in 2007-08. But just as Marleau’s fantasy value dipped entering the ensuing season, the potent goal-scorer re-discovered his rhythm, notching 38 goals and 33 assists in 2008-09. Marleau also improved on his minus-19 rating and low shot total (185) from '07-08 with an impressive plus-16 rating and 251-shot showing in '08-09.

Simply put, Marleau capitalized on the clean slate that came with the new season and was able to regain his form in leading San Jose to the President's Trophy.

Bounce-back seasons are far from rare, but the toughest part is detecting them in time to see your fantasy team reap the benefits. So, just in time for your fantasy draft, NHL.com takes a look at 10 players from around the league who are likely to bounce back and improve their numbers from a year ago in the 2011-12 season.


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Fantasy Faceoff: Ovechkin vs. D. Sedin

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

At various points throughout the 2011-12 season, NHL.com and its panel of fantasy experts will dissect individual matchups with "Fantasy Faceoffs." Torn between two players? Look no further than NHL.com/Fantasy for the edge on the most compelling toss-ups as the twists and turns of the regular season impact your fantasy squad.

Here's how it works:

For each "Faceoff," fantasy experts Sergei Feldman and Pete Jensen will make their case as to why a particular player deserves consideration in the particular debate. Resident fantasy hockey guru Matt Cubeta will then juggle the two arguments and reach a final verdict for who deserves the edge.

We continue with NHL.com's preseason fantasy rankings at the left wing position, where the always potent Alex Ovechkin occupies the top-overall spot. Daniel Sedin, who anchored the Canucks en route to a Cup Final appearance, is ranked second among left wingers.

And with that, here's NHL.com's take on the matter …

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Fantasy Face-off: Rinne vs. Luongo

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

At various points throughout the 2011-12 season, NHL.com and its panel of fantasy experts will dissect individual matchups with "Fantasy Face-offs." Torn between two players? Look no further than NHL.com/Fantasy for the edge on the most compelling toss-ups as the twists and turns of the regular season impact your fantasy squad.

Here's how it works:

For each "Face-off," fantasy experts Sergei Feldman and Pete Jensen will make their case as to why a particular player deserves consideration in the particular debate. Resident fantasy hockey guru Matt Cubeta will then juggle the two arguments and reach a final verdict for who deserves the edge.

We continue with NHL.com's preseason goaltender fantasy rankings, where Nashville's rising star Pekka Rinne occupies the top-overall spot. Roberto Luongo, who turned in yet another prolific campaign in the crease for the Western Conference champion Canucks, is ranked second among netminders.

And with that, here's NHL.com's take on the matter...


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Fantasy Faceoff: Stamkos vs. H. Sedin

Thursday, 09.22.2011 / 10:30 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

At various points throughout the 2011-12 season, NHL.com and its panel of fantasy experts will dissect individual matchups with "Fantasy Faceoffs." Torn between two players? Look no further than NHL.com for the edge on the most compelling toss-ups as the twists and turns of the regular season impact your fantasy squad.

Here's how it works:

For each "Faceoff," fantasy experts Sergei Feldman and Pete Jensen will make their case as to why a particular player deserves consideration in the particular debate. Resident fantasy hockey guru Matt Cubeta will then juggle the two arguments and reach a final verdict for who deserves the edge.

We begin with NHL.com's preseason fantasy rankings at the center position, where rising star Steven Stamkos occupies the top-overall spot. Henrik Sedin, who turned in a memorable season last year for the President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks, is ranked second among centers.

And with that, here's NHL.com's take on the matter...

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Benn, Seguin among top fantasy sleepers this season

Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 11:52 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

A year ago, Corey Perry's average draft position in standard Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues was 43.5. Of course, he went on to put together the most well-rounded season of any player and finished as the No. 2 overall fantasy player, behind only Vancouver's Daniel Sedin. Hardly anyone saw that kind of season coming from Perry. Sure, the Ducks forward had a very solid 2009-10 campaign (27 goals and 76 points), but none of us expected what he did last season.

Here's how it works:

But every year we seem to see guys like this -- players that we don't know too much about that end up having a major breakout season. Some erupt for seasons like Perry or Dustin Byfuglien had last season, and some are just on a smaller scale, like Brandon Dubinsky or Kris Letang, but either way, there are always plenty of players that perform beyond our expectations.

The goal is to be lucky enough to have the right ones on your fantasy team. Whether it's on draft day, or picking up a player on waivers, or through a trade, the objective is to obtain players that are undervalued by everyone else.
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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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