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Oilers' Hall back atop fantasy left wing rankings

NHL.com's Matt Sitkoff ranks top 40 players at LW position

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 11:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

With the 2014-15 NHL season inching closer by the day, NHL.com has you covered with positional fantasy rankings. Based on Yahoo position eligibility, projected lineups, past performance, injury history and each insider's opinions, Matt Cubeta (centers), Matt Sitkoff (left wings), Pete Jensen (right wings), Brian Metzer (defensemen) and Justin Goldman (goalies) bring you up to speed by identifying all the players worth targeting at each position in your upcoming drafts.


Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers tops the preseason left wing rankings for the second consecutive season. The No. 1 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft had a career high 80 points last season and finished in the top 10 in scoring for the second straight season. Hall's 1.08 points per game has paced all left wings the past two seasons and his 0.91 career points per game ranks him fourth among players at the position.

The top 10 is a mix of consistent performers and players coming off career years. Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars was named to the NHL's First All-Star team. Expect his chemistry with center Tyler Seguin to continue. Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens has the most goals from the left side in the past three seasons (87) and hitting the 40-goal mark is not out of the question.

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin, 19, is the only player among the top five picks in the 2013 NHL Draft to not to see action last season in the League, but the extra development time will pay huge dividends for the talented left wing and leading candidate for the Calder Trophy. Youth is represented throughout the top 40 with Calder Trophy winners Gabriel Landeskog (21) and Jonathan Huberdeau (21), as well as precocious talents like Tomas Hertl (20) and Alex Galchenyuk (20).

Some good bounce-back candidates within the rankings include Joffrey Lupul, Alex Tanguay, Huberdeau and Jiri Tlusty. Each had injury issues last season, but owners can expect them to be back producing at their normal paces in a full, 82-game season.

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Timonen to play in Flyers golf outing: report

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 9:10 AM / News

Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen - 2013-14
Defense - PHI
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 29 | PTS: 35
SOG: 152 | +/-: 5

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who was diagnosed with blood clots last month, is expected to participate in a team golf outing on Sept. 16.

Philly.com reported that Scott Tharp, president of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, said Timonen would play in the charity event.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told CSNPhilly.com that Timonen is only permitted to play golf.

It is unknown if the 39-year-old, who signed a one-year contract on June 13, will be able to play hockey this season.

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Ovechkin leads deep pool in Top 14 right wings

Thursday, 09.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 14 in '14-15

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Who are the best 14 players in the NHL at each position as teams prepare for the start of the 2014-15 season? Arpon Basu, Brian Compton, Corey Masisak and Dan Rosen have cast their votes and the result is NHL.com's "Top 14 for '14-15" project. Each first-place vote is worth 14 points, each second-place vote is worth 13, continuing in descending order to each 14th-place vote being worth one. There are two tiebreakers. First, which player appeared on more ballots? Second, which player had the highest individual ranking? If the voting was exactly the same for each player, it was declared a tie. Does NHL.com's list match your rankings for the best players in the League entering the 2014-15 campaign?

There certainly is no shortage of talent at right wing in the NHL.

Seven right wings scored at least 30 goals last season, and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin reached the 50-goal plateau for the fifth time in his career. The position also boasts an impressive mix of young and veteran players, from Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers to Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils.

The abundance of talent at right wing made it extremely difficult to determine the top 14 players at the position. Three players received first-place votes, including Chicago Blackhawks sensation Patrick Kane, who was selected No. 1 by two of the voters.

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Player Safety leader will be named before season

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 8:37 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec -- The NHL is close to hiring a new head of the Department of Player Safety, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.

The NHL has been without a permanent lead disciplinarian since Brendan Shanahan left the League on April 11 to become president and alternate governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stephane Quintal, who worked under Shanahan since November 2011, took over as head of player safety on an interim basis through the end of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We're getting to the short strokes of that process," Commissioner Bettman said, speaking at a media event outside Montreal. "We've interviewed a lot of candidates, including somebody that's been doing it on an interim basis, and we will be making a decision shortly. We wanted to finish the process; [NHL deputy commissioner] Bill Daly and I each managed to take a little time off in August, but certainly well in advance of the start of the season we'll have an announcement."

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NHL, TVA Sports launch French-language agreement

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 7:59 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec -- TVA Sports held a launch party Wednesday for its first season as the official French television broadcaster of the NHL.

Commissioner Gary Bettman was among the NHL representatives on hand to help begin what he called a new era for the League in the Francophone market, specifically the Canadian province of Quebec.

"We are going to become even more important, even more passionate to our fans in this province than we've ever been before, because a new era is dawning. It is a new and exciting era filled with commitment, filled with passion for the game, filled with expertise not just in broadcasting, but broadcasting sports," Commissioner Bettman told the crowd gathered in this suburb south of Montreal. "We could not be more thrilled to be ushering in this new era. It's going to be something that will make hockey more accessible, more exciting for our fans."

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No. 1 pick Ekblad signs, believes he'll make Panthers

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 7:32 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

Defenseman Aaron Ekblad reached a second important milestone in his NHL journey Wednesday when he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.

Now comes the next, and perhaps most challenging, step: making the Panthers' opening-night roster.

"I consider it as a set of milestones leading up to my first NHL season," Ekblad said. "Obviously the draft was a big one, this is a big one, and coming into camp next week is going to be a big one as well. I'm pretty excited. It's a pretty cool experience for sure."

Ekblad, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, is hoping to join a young Panthers defense that has two players older than 24, Brian Campbell (35) and free-agent acquisition Willie Mitchell (37).

Ekblad, 18, said he's very confident he can earn a spot in a group that figures to include 2009 first-round pick Dmitry Kulikov (23) and 2010 No. 3 pick Erik Gudbranson (22).

"If you don't believe in yourself you're putting yourself behind the eight-ball," Ekblad said. "I do believe in myself. I believe I can be on this team opening night. I'm very confident in that. I feel like I'm ready. I couldn't be in a better position than where I am."

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Alfredsson skating, unsure of future with Red Wings

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 5:40 PM / News

NHL.com

Daniel Alfredsson is waiting to see how his back feels before committing to play for the Detroit Red Wings this season.

"If I was confident enough after the season that I would feel the same way starting [this] season as I did (starting) last season, I would have signed already," Alfredsson told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday.

Alfredsson missed 14 games last season, some with a back injury, and the Free Press reported the 41-year-old forward at the time felt "tingling in a nerve down his right leg." He is in Detroit practicing with several Red Wings.

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Lightning home venue renamed Amalie Arena

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a partnership with Amalie Oil Co., and as part of that agreement have renamed their home Amalie Arena.

Amalie Oil has been located in the port of Tampa since 1977 and is owned by the Barkett family. The arena was known as the Tampa Bay Times Forum since Jan. 1, 2012.

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Red Wings' DeKeyser takes flight with Blue Angels

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 2:17 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser was never one to worry about the abuse his body would endure as a shot blocker in his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings. After all, the 24-year-old Detroit native finished second on the Red Wings with 116 blocked shots in 2013-14.

But that potential bodily harm was nothing compared to the 40-minute flight he experienced inside an F/A-18 Hornet jet with Lt. Ryan Chamberlain of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels at Selfridge Air Force Base on Tuesday in Harrison, Mich.

Right from takeoff, DeKeyser knew this would be an experience unlike any other.

"I felt like it went straight up, which was kind of weird," DeKeyser told The Detroit News. "[The pilot] guns it and we're flying over Port Huron in two minutes."

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Jets extend AHL affiliation with St. John's

Wednesday, 09.03.2014 / 12:54 PM / News

NHL.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday they have extended their American Hockey League affiliation with the St. John's IceCaps for one year, through the 2015-16 season.

The IceCaps are entering their fourth season as Winnipeg's primary affiliate, having entered into an affiliation when the Jets rejoined the NHL in 2011-12. That season also marked the return of the AHL to St. John's for the first time since 2005.

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