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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Saturday's Fantasy Roundup: Booth is back

Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 5:21 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Last Saturday we saw a few early season breakout performances, including a hat trick from Rangers rookie Derek Stepan, a Gordie Howe hat trick from Toronto's Kris Versteeg and a two-goal game from Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula. Since then, Stepan and Versteeg have gone without a point and Filppula has an assist in two games.

The point of telling you all this is that it is still extremely early in the season. It's hard to gauge what a player is going to produce for a full season after they've played in just 3-5 games. Is it possible Stepan scores 30 goals this season? Of course, but it's too hard to predict at this point. Should you be dropping Stepan? No, you have to see if the rookie emerges and can build off that early performance.

Fantasy Five: the turn around has started

Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 8:18 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the Fantasy Five -- a quick glance at what's going around in the League. The Fantasy Five is where you'll come to find information and advice on anything fantasy hockey-related. We'll cover current injuries, line changes, statistical streaks, hot waiver-wire pickups, goaltender battles, occasional positional re-rankings and a look at players to start in the games ahead of us.

While today's format is a little different because we're still in Week 1 of action, you can usually expect a variety of content on a daily basis starting soon.

The early goings: no need to start panicking

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

We all know Martin Brodeur is struggling (0-2-1 with a 4.13 GAA in three contests), and yes, the entire Anaheim Ducks' line of Ryan Getzalf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan has been held pointless in their first three games. Heck, even Nicklas Backstrom has been held pointless in his first three games, despite teammate Alex Ovechkin having five points.

On the other hand, Nikolai Khabibulin has returned to the NHL to win his first two games while allowing just two total goals. Derek Roy leads the league with four goals and Jordan Leopold, Paul Martin, John Carlson and John-Michael Liles are tops among defensemen with four points.

Saturday's Roundup: Stepan Up

Saturday, 10.09.2010 / 11:32 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome back to Fantasy Saturdays! It's been a long time since the last entry... the Hawks won the Stanley Cup, Ilya Kovalchuk ended up staying in New Jersey and the Wild and Hurricanes played a great Premiere series in Finland to open the 2010-11 season.

Our first Saturday saw plenty of action around the league with 24 teams in play. From an unlikely rookie hat trick to a potentially critical goaltender injury, there is a lot to talk about it.

Undervalued players and bounce-back candidates

Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 4:27 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Back in the 2008-09 season, Marian Gaborik recorded 13 goals and 23 points in just 17 contests for the Wild. Fantasy drafters everywhere forgot about Gabby, a usual first- or second-round fantasy draft pick, and he ended up slipping to the third or fourth round in many drafts. Obviously people regretted this oversight, as the Slovakian star finished his first season with the Rangers with 42 goals (tying a career high) and a career-best 86 points.

You don't want to miss a guy like that again.

However, now that most fantasy leagues have had their drafts and are gearing up for the start of the 2010-11 NHL season, it's time to take a look at some very undervalued players. If you were lucky enough to land any of these guys in your draft, congratulations, because it will pay dividends. If you don't own any of them, start sending out trade proposals before the season starts.

10 key offseason moves and their fantasy impact

Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 11:16 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's not quite like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but there's enough suspense and excitement hovering over the offseason to keep fans engaged for a summer.

After a season of pleasant surprises and heartbreak, dominance and underachievement, the offseason serves as the time for everyone -- from superstars to fringe players to fans -- to unwind, regroup and rededicate for the promise of a bigger and better season in the fall.

Sprinkled in between, however, are personnel moves that bring you from despair to elation (or vice versa) -- and that's the real thrill of the offseason. Where will your favorite player or rival decide to sign, and for how long? Will management pull the trigger on a trade that gets your team over the hump?

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.

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.


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.

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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1. Sidney crosby
2. Steven Stamkos
3. Corey Perry
4. Evgeni Malkin
5. Ryan Getzlaf