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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy crystal ball

Thursday, 09.30.2010 / 5:38 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

This isn't your typical fantasy hockey projections story. Predicting Alex Ovechkin to score 30 goals this year isn't anything special, simply because it's obviously going to happen. That's a safe and uninteresting prediction. This is a story full of strange and fairly outrageous predictions.

Some of these predictions are based on statistics or changes of scenery or different line combinations, but most of them are based purely on instinct or a hunch. You may think some of them are extreme and unrealistic, but that's the point. Odds are only a handful of these will come true (maybe none of them), but nevertheless, these are things that could happen this season.
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Five-tool forwards: the all-round studs

Thursday, 09.30.2010 / 2:26 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Just like in baseball, hockey has that five-tool label on players. These are the forwards that help you in just about every offensive statistic. While in most standard fantasy hockey leagues there are six offensive categories, we're still going to refer to these skaters as "five-tool" players, because let's face it, it's nearly impossible to be a stud in every category. Each player listed below is a forward that produces at a high rate in at least five of the six offensive categories -- some of them are valuable in all six.

This list doesn't include the superstars like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. While these three guys do produce in every offensive category, we all know they should be drafted in the top five of every league. They aren't undervalued and they aren't sleepers. They are obvious.

These players aren't the "sexy" names, but nonetheless, they are guys that will give you value in five offensive categories. Some of them can be drafted in the early rounds, but most of them will fall somewhere in the middle rounds of your draft. Regardless, you should be extremely grateful to have any of these five-tool players on your squad.

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Lessons to be learned in NHL.com's mock draft

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With just over a week left until the 2010-11 NHL regular season begins, it's time to give you a look at NHL.com's fantasy hockey mock draft. This analysis is designed to help you understand where players are expected to be drafted and when you can target players you have your eye on.

Here are the rules for our mock draft. Twelve NHL.com experts got together and took part in a standard Yahoo! Snake draft. The roster consisted of two centers, two left wings, two right wings, four defensemen, two goalies and four bench spots. The statistical categories were that of a standard 6-by-4 league: goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points, shots on goal, wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.
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Team-by-team fantasy outlooks

Matt Cubeta and Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writers

NHL.com takes a team-by-team look at top players around the League -- as well as those who might fly under the radar -- to get you ready for your fantasy draft.
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10 fantasy sleepers for the 2010-11 season

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 11:47 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every year some young forward comes out of nowhere to net 30 goals (see Jussi Jokinen last season and Loui Eriksson two years ago), or a goaltender shocks the League and finishes as a Vezina Trophy finalist (see Ilya Bryzgalov last season and Steve Mason two years ago) -- and every year you pray the night before your fantasy hockey draft that you end up with one of these influential sleepers.
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Fantasy hockey glory is within your grasp

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 10:23 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's that time of year. Call up your friends, schedule your fantasy hockey draft date and build your empire, er, team. Once you've locked in a draft day, you'll need to start preparing for what could be "the year" in your fantasy hockey world.

That year of years starts with the best strategies to build and develop your fantasy league's champion. From draft preparation all the way through in-season trades and the playoffs, NHL.com's panel of fantasy hockey brainiacs will be here for you.
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2010-11 Fantasy Hockey Top 150 rankings

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the 2010-11 NHL season just around the corner, it's time to prepare for your fantasy drafts. NHL.com's Fantasy Hockey Top 150 will help guide you through which players are prepared to take their game to the next level. We pulled together our list from a panel of NHL.com experts to help you lead your league this season.
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Fantasy Rankings: 51-150

NHL.com Staff

While these players didn't crack our top 50, there is certainly a plethora of skill to be found from 51-150. Marc Savard tops this list and he's a player capable of putting up a point-per-game. Chris Pronger and Andrei Markov are both elite defensemen, but with lingering injuries, they may not be as reliable as they have been in the past. Netminders Marty Turco, Antti Niemi and Tuukka Rask all have changed teams and are ranked higher than No. 90 in our initial rankings.
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Crosby, Malkin headline fantasy centers

NHL.com Staff

By far the deepest position in fantasy hockey, centers, will certainly fly off the board in the early rounds of drafts this year. If you end up selecting a center with your first-round choice, it would probably be wise to wait a while to grab your second starting center, being there is easily the most talent throughout the position. If you go with a different strategy and miss out on the elite centers, don't fret, you can simply take a center much later in the draft and end up being completely satisfied.
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Ovechkin powers fantasy left wings again

NHL.com Staff

Unlike the centers, left wing is the thinnest position in fantasy hockey this season. While the elite left wingers are undoubtedly dominate players, the position clearly weakens after its top ten. It would probably be a good idea to snag one of the top tier players early on in the draft and then hope to grab a sleeper later on, as there are plenty of question marks at the bottom of the list.
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