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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Markstrom can steal time

Thursday, 11.19.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey staff writer David Satriano provides in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Satriano is your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

When the Vancouver Canucks traded Cory Schneider and then Roberto Luongo in recent seasons, there were questions about who their current goalie, let alone goalie of the future, would be. Eddie Lack appeared to have the job lined up but then he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2015 NHL Draft.

That left the job to Ryan Miller, in his second season with the Canucks. Miller missed time last season with a knee injury and was 29-15-1 with six shutouts, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 45 games. This season, he's started 17 of 20 games, but only has five wins (5-7-5). His save percentage is identical to a season ago, and his goals-against average is very close (2.51).

Miller is owned in 89 percent of Yahoo leagues, mainly because he's a No. 1 goalie, but for how long will that last? Vancouver opted to keep backup Jacob Markstrom over Lack. Markstrom was injured in preseason and has allowed seven goals (three at even strength) in two games this season (1-0-1) but will definitely see more action.

Fantasy top 60 defensemen: What to make of Letang

Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 12:17 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey contributor Brian Metzer provides in-depth defenseman analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer is your go-to guy for fantasy D-men advice all season long.


If fantasy owners could believe in anything from season to season it was getting solid production from a number of Pittsburgh Penguins, and 2015-16 was supposed to be even better.

General manager Jim Rutherford acquired Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs and all of the so-called-experts, including this one, predicted otherworldly production for Kessel, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

Fantasy top 100 forwards: MacKinnon, Duchene ignite

Tuesday, 11.17.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top-100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen is your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.


The Colorado Avalanche are at the bottom of the Central Division, the toughest in the NHL, and don't exactly have the deepest, most complete roster to fall back on in their quest to get return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Luckily they do have Nathan MacKinnon, a top-15 fantasy forward in Yahoo leagues this season, who continues to prove his sophomore slump was a fluke. He has at least a point in 11 of his 17 games this season with five multipoint outings (T-9th in NHL) and 19 points on the season (seventh in NHL). His shooting percentage woes are no more after an unlucky and underachieving 2014-15 season of 14 goals on 192 shots on goal in 64 games (7.3 percent) prior to his season-ending injury.

This season, MacKinnon ranks tied for 14th or better in goals (eight on 61 SOG; 13.1 percent), points, plus-minus and SOG. But the crafty playmaker has also done his part to revitalize the Avalanche's other franchise cornerstone, Matt Duchene.

Fantasy All-Access: Watch Lightning on waiver wire

Sean McCullen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Monday, NHL.com staff writer Sean McCullen identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the week 22nd in the NHL in goals per game (2.42).

As improbable as it is that they're in the bottom-third in the League in scoring in mid-November, it's just as unlikely they'll be outside the top 10 at the end of the season. There's too much talent on that roster.

Now is the time to pounce, whether it be in a trade or on waivers, and ride the Lightning to fantasy glory.

Fantasy Friday (the 13th): The unlucky players

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Friday the 13th is a day considered to be an unlucky day by those who are superstitious. And considering most NHL players are extremely superstitious (from what they eat on game days, to how they get their equipment on, to how they warm up before games and much more), I felt it would be appropriate to look at some of the unluckiest players in fantasy hockey from this season.

Here are five players that have experienced bad luck in some fashion:

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Avalanche's Berra a bargain

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey staff writer David Satriano provides in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Satriano is your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

As of Thursday morning, the same goalie leads the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage. Any idea who it could be?

Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist or Marc-Andre Fleury all are good guesses, but nope. The right answer is Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche.

Fantasy top 60 defensemen: Klingberg in lofty territory

Wednesday, 11.11.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey contributor Brian Metzer provides in-depth defenseman analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer is your go-to guy for fantasy D-men advice all season long.


Nicklas Lidstrom entered the NHL Hall of Fame on Monday night and it got this fantasy writer, who specializes in the coverage of defensemen, feeling nostalgic. After all, Lidstrom wasn't just one of the best defensemen on the ice, but one of the best in terms of pure, unadulterated fantasy production.

That production, especially a season like he had in 2005-06, when he scored 80 points and won one of his seven Norris Trophies, has not been duplicated since.

The good news is there are several players who grew up watching the Detroit Red Wings phenom that could be heirs to his fantasy throne, and it is no small coincidence they brandish a flag bearing blue and yellow. Yes, they are Lidstrom's countrymen Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) and the focal point of this column, John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars.

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Most valuable third-liners

Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top-100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen is your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.


In 2013-14, Mats Zuccarello led the New York Rangers in regular-season scoring with 59 points as mostly a third-line player. Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning had 10 different forwards score 10-plus goals. The common theme: Each of those teams made the Stanley Cup Final.

It's becoming more and more routine to see such production from depth forwards on contending teams. Secondary scoring isn't always enough to muster a successful regular season and deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tertiary scoring is an important element in the modern-day NHL.

Through 13-16 games for each team this season, we've seen significant offensive contributions from third-liners around the League. While staying power is always a concern when considering depth scorers for your roster, here are some notable performers who have excelled in roles not usually conducive to fantasy relevance.

Fantasy All-Access: Bruins' Colin Miller worth look

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Monday, NHL.com identifies potential waiver-wire pickups and points out lineup moves and schedule impacts for fantasy hockey.

The rookie crop this season has been as good as advertised. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, the first pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, had 12 points in 13 games before sustaining a shoulder injury which will keep him out of action for a few months. Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres, the No. 2 pick, has five goals. Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes has 12 points, as does Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks.

But here's a player no one's been talking about although he's second in points among rookie defensemen: Colin Miller of the Boston Bruins.

Fantasy Friday: 10 interesting fantasy stats

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Fantasy hockey is all about numbers and statistics. Whether it's the generic goals, assists and points or the new advanced metrics, statistics are the bread and butter.

So in the latest edition of Fantasy Friday, I'm going to look at 10 of the most interesting or strange statistics in the NHL right now and how they relate to fantasy hockey.

1. Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has 50 shots on goal (SOG) and no goals to show for it. That's the most shots of any player without a goal this season. Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown is second, with 48 shots and no goals. Voracek, who has had three straight 20-goal seasons and had 81 points last season, continues to play alongside Claude Giroux and it's only a matter of time before he starts scoring again. Now is probably your last chance to buy low on him. Brown, owned in 12 percent of Yahoo leagues, has been playing mostly with Anze Kopitar of late, but he hasn't been a useful fantasy player for the past two seasons (unless you're in a hits league). I would leave Brown on waivers.

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