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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy All-Access: Don't panic due to early injuries

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

One week (and a day) down, and we have already seen some big name fantasy contributors head to the IR from top category hog Scott Hartnell, consistent performer Patric Hornqvist and top-flight scorers Max Pacioretty and Joffrey Lupul. We are here to remind you, just like the eighth-seeded Kings' run toward Lord Stanley, get to the dance and anything can happen.

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Don't panic with such big injuries, just find some great replacements that hit similar categories as the departed. Even better, try to scout out categories you are barely losing out on and target players that are exceling in that department.

WAIVER WIRE WATCH

Kyle Turris (owned in 22 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) -- We all have been waiting for the No. 3 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft to break out in both fantasy and reality. A change of scenery has done that, as the 23-year-old has 16 goals and 34 points in 54 games played in Ottawa. The center has instant chemistry with Daniel Alfredsson and is playing in all situations for the Sens, averaging 1:38 PP TOI and 2:05 SH TOI. Turris has four games this week (WSH, MTL, @CAR, @MTL), and with two of them against the defensively-challenged Capitals and Hurricanes, expect a continued spike in his production.

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The Stock Exchange: Gauging early fantasy value

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

The grind of a fantasy hockey season is just that: a grind. When you consider all the details, big and small, all the nuances and all the possibilities, you're still left with roster setting and juggling, trade offers and rejections and day-to-day focus and attention. But ain't it great?

To get you fantasy hockey owners to where you want to be, NHL.com fantasy insider Sergei Feldman brings you his weekly piece highlighting the various players who have increased or decreased their value after each week and suggesting which players to "buy" or "sell" moving forward. In the end, you'll have a clearer picture of the marketplace and be in perfect position to enhance your fantasy hockey portfolios.

It's always exciting, the first week of fantasy hockey. A clean slate for all. Confidence, oozing or eroding. And expectations up the wazoo. But it's also the trickiest time of the year for fantasy owners. You've got the ever-so-difficult task of sifting through the trendy early gems and extrapolating a more comprehensive long-term plan. So let's examine the first week and the storylines that dominated the headlines.

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In the Cage: The fantasy goalie slop factor

Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 1:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, the Director of Goalie Scouting for McKeen's Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." 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.


Whether your goalies have been struggling or succeeding in the first five days of this messy season, due to an abbreviated training camp and zero preseason games, there's no escaping the slop factor.

The experts preach patience, and while that virtue is even more important with goalies right now, it doesn't make life any easier. We all strive to simplify our decisions on who to start each night (or each week for roto leagues), but knowing that backups will eat away at the workload of many top-flight starters this season, there's simply no room for error with your selections. Time is not on your side.

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On the 'D'-fence: Blue liners can make big difference

Wednesday, 01.23.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man expert all season long.


It was a long four months, but the National Hockey League season finally kicked off on Saturday with a jam-packed schedule that saw 26 teams in action. What might have gone unnoticed is that those 26 squads weren't the only ones who were dashing off the starting line in what is sure to be a sprint through the shortened 48-game season.

Obviously, the key in any fantasy league is getting the right mixture of players, and as we have made a habit of preaching over the last 15 months, defensemen are a major part of that elixir. This column and each that follow it will help you figure out which blue liners you should be targeting.

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The Front Line: Aging veterans providing early value

Tuesday, 01.22.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy forwards in his weekly segment: "The Front Line." From updated rankings to players you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy forwards expert all season long.


Welcome back, fantasy owners! With the season already feeling like we're halfway into it, the first three days of NHL action has given us plenty to look forward to for the remainder of the season in fantasy hockey.

Nothing was more rewarding for fantasy owners than being one of the fortunate to have a 40-year-old forward on your roster. Of course, we're talking about Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne or Ray Whitney. All three veterans got off to a fantastic start, and all three could end up being extremely valuable fantasy assets for the remainder of the season.

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Fantasy All-Access: New faces in new places thrive

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

We have 19 games down and 701 left to go in our fantasy hockey season and hopefully you are off to a good start. If not, then let us here at NHL Fantasy guide you back on track.

The first weekend of NHL hockey, we saw some New Faces in New Places have early success. In fact, there were 18 goals by players playing with new teams or rookies playing in their first weekend of action, and with that the hashtag #NewFacesinNewPlacesGoalCount was born.

The Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars had two of the biggest impacts from their offseason additions. Florida saw instant chemistry from Jonathan Huberdeau (19 years, 7 months) and Alex Kovalev (39 years, 10 months old) as they combined for six points in their first game together. Fantasy owners are hoping they have instant chemistry like Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr had last season.

Speaking of the 40-year-old Jagr, he also had a dazzling debut with the Stars on Saturday, recording two goals and two assists, and will still be a factor in fantasy once again this season.

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Fantasy Mailbag: Compelling draft week storylines

Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the start of the 2012-13 NHL regular season days away, fantasy owners find themselves in the midst of the most exciting yet anxious time of year -- draft week.

Entering a normal fantasy draft, owners typically reflect on the past season, injury history surrounding their targeted players, and other factors such as potential line changes.

But considering the unique landscape entering a 48-game season, fantasy owners face more dilemmas than ever when deciding on players.

So as you consider draft strategies, mull trade offers and monitor the waiver wire, fantasy insider Pete Jensen is here to point you in the right direction with NHL.com's Fantasy Hockey Mailbag. The most compelling fan-submitted tweets will be answered all season long in an effort to provide you with the best chance to succeed in your league.

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Cu-bet on it: 50 fantasy hockey predictions

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the 2012-13 NHL season rapidly approaching, it's time to have a look at my boldest, most outrageous fantasy hockey predictions for this year.

Many of these predictions will shock you, and I'm sure each and every one of you will disagree and flat out dislike several of them. Are these things definitely going to happen this season? Of course not, but I believe there is a chance they just might.

Some of these predictions are based on past seasons performances, in-depth statistical research, expected lineups or changes of scenery, but most of them are based purely on my gut instincts and what I believe. The reason I do these daring predictions is for you to get a general idea of which players I really like and which guys I might not be too high on this season.

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Youngsters on the rise for fantasy hockey this year

Thursday, 01.10.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

With the impending start of the NHL season, fantasy hockey drafts are going to come fast and furious so it's time to get reacquainted with some names that should be all over your radar. Here's a look at some of the important young players that will be available and what they did during the lockout in North American leagues ahead of the upcoming NHL fantasy season.

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Players who stayed active worth targeting in drafts

Wednesday, 01.09.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

When the puck drops on the 2012-13 NHL season, stars that had been competing internationally during the lockout will make their NHL season debuts. With that, a truly unprecedented fantasy hockey season finally will be underway.

Many players who competed overseas already were considered reliable or even elite fantasy assets. For example, reigning Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin (23 G, 42 A, plus-23, 58 PIM in 37 games for Magnitogorsk) and fellow Russian forwards Pavel Datsyuk (11 G, 25 A, plus-14 in 31 games for CSKA) and Alex Ovechkin (19 G, 21 A, plus-13 in 31 games for Dynamo Moscow) simply reaffirmed their status as clear-cut, first-round fantasy assets by their stellar performance in KHL action.

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