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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Perry an easy choice for top fantasy right wing

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Right Wing Rankings

Wednesday, 08.31.2011 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com started their fantasy hockey rankings with centers on Monday, Aug. 29 and will release  rankings for each position by day, finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

Coming into last season our right wing ranks looked completely different at the top -- we projected Patrick Kane, Marian Gaborik and Alexander Semin as our top three. This year you'll notice Anaheim's Corey Perry and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis in the top two spots, with Kane coming in at No. 3.

Perry was named NHL.com's Fantasy Hockey MVP last year after putting together the most well-rounded stat line by any player. His ability to record points, a solid plus/minus and tons of PIMs make him the easy choice at No. 1. He did pretty well in real life as well, winning the Hart Trophy as the regular-season MVP.
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Bounce-back seasons expected from key left wingers

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Left Wing Rankings

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com started their fantasy hockey rankings with centers on Monday, Aug. 29 and will release rankings for each position by day, finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Positions are based on where we project these players to start the season -- they may change when the season begins. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

It's not a surprise to see Alex Ovechkin at the top of the list for the 2011-12 fantasy season. Despite a subpar season by Ovechkin standards, the Capitals' captain still managed 32 goals and 85 points in 2010-11. While Daniel Sedin outproduced Ovechkin statistically, we expect Ovi to rebound and produce closer to his 2009-10 stat line (50 goals and 109 points) -- and you should too.
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Let the games begin: The ABC's of Fantasy Hockey

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Beginning today, NHL.com will release fantasy rankings for each position by day, starting with centers and finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

Here we go again! Start your research, call up your friends, schedule your fantasy hockey draft date and begin to build your team.

Each year we hope that this is "the" year -- the year you take home that fantasy crown and own bragging rights for the offseason. Whether you're looking to bounce back from a devastating loss last season or looking to defend your title, there's nothing better than the start of the fantasy season.
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With Sid uncertain, Stamkos takes top center spot

2011-12 Fantasy Hockey Center Rankings

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Beginning today, NHL.com will release fantasy rankings for each position by day, starting with centers and finishing with goalie rankings on Friday, Sept. 2. We will release the top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Regardless of what kind of league you're in, NHL.com has you covered for fantasy hockey all year long.

Centers reign supreme in fantasy rankings each season, and 2011-12 is no exception. Easily, one could expect to see five middlemen taken off the draft board in the first round of most leagues. Fortunately, if you've seen your favorite choices go, there are plenty more to choose from as the draft progresses, including some sleepers later on.
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Assembling the best 16-man fantasy roster of all time

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Imagine if you could construct a fantasy team where both the stars of yesterday and today would perfectly align to fill your 16-man roster.

Would you take Teemu Selanne's breakout rookie season or Brett Hull's memorable 86-goal campaign in 1990-91 to fill your top-line right wing slot? Would you use your last roster spot on Alex Ovechkin's explosive 2006-07 season or load up on PIMs by choosing Brendan Shanahan's well-rounded 1993-94 stat line?

NHL.com has decided to give you a glimpse of a team equipped with the greatest individual fantasy seasons at each position in NHL history. From Wayne Gretzky's remarkable 1981-82 season to Martin Brodeur's record-breaking output in 2006-07, this team is strategically stacked with the game's best since the expansion era began in 1967.
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Perception vs. reality: 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

As each year's edition of the Stanley Cup Playoffs comes and goes, impressions are made. When the spotlight shines the brightest, some players answer the call -- and others come up short.

While elite players around the League rise to the occasion in the postseason, it's also far from unusual to see second- or third-line players burst onto the scene as well with Lord Stanley's Cup at stake.

But with every success story in a particular playoff series, there is a less favorable outcome. When teams advance or are eliminated, individual performances are scrutinized by fantasy owners and hockey fans around the world, resulting often in either praise or scorn.

Which begs the question -- how much should a player's postseason performance impact his value leading up to a fantasy draft the following season? Fantasy hockey campaigns obviously do not include postseason statistics, but it is impossible to ignore the ups and downs of the past year's Stanley Cup Playoffs when assembling your roster.

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Fantasy expectations for top rookies

Wednesday, 07.20.2011 / 9:35 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

Expectations come with the territory when you're selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. What's more, the higher you go, the higher the expectation. But while more often than not the future stars' accomplishments are easily gauged in time, there are no guarantees of instant success. As such, selecting a high draft choice to your fantasy team becomes a risky proposition.

Should you take the plunge at all? Do so later in your fantasy drafts? Some players exploded onto the scene from the get-go (think Sidney Crosby), while others needed more time (think Joe Thornton).

NHL.com looks back at previous high draft selections and reviews their rookie seasons in an effort to help make your decisions about this year’s first-year players a bit easier:

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Fantasy Effects: New faces in new locations

Wednesday, 07.06.2011 / 1:36 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's been a wild first few days of July around the NHL as the free-agent frenzy has grabbed the attention of hockey fans everywhere. Now it's time to provide a little insight about how all these changes effect the fantasy hockey world.

From players signing with new squads to being traded across the country, here's a breakdown of the top performers that will be sporting new jerseys come October. We've also provided an early projection of when each player can be expected to be selected in fantasy drafts for the coming year (based on a standard 10-team league).
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Perry takes MVP in 2010-11 fantasy hockey awards

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Coming into the 2010-11 NHL season, NHL.com ranked Daniel Sedin No. 12 overall, Corey Perry No. 21 and Tim Thomas didn't even crack our top 150 because we were all expecting Tuukka Rask to run with the starting job based on last year's performances. Well, six months later, Sedin, Perry and Thomas rank as the top three overall fantasy players in standard Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues at season's end.

Every season we see tons of surprise players and breakout performances, and even some disappointments, but this season may have seen more than the usual. Who could have predicted Thomas to resurrect his career with one of the most outstanding goaltending performances ever; or that Alex Ovechkin would finish with just 32 goals -- the lowest total of his six-year career (14 fewer than his previous low of 46 goals back in 2006-07); or that Dustin Byfuglien would finish as the top-ranked fantasy defenseman in just his first season as a full-time blueliner; or that Perry and Ryan Kesler would be two of the five 40-plus goal-scorers along with Steven Stamkos, Daniel Sedin and Jarome Iginla.
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Top 10 fantasy keepers for the 2011-12 season

Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 12:45 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Eric Goodman - NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that the NHL regular season has come to a close, it's time to start thinking about which fantasy players are worth keeping and which should go back in the draft pool for the 2011-12 season. Choosing the right keepers can set the tone for a very successful season and the following list should provide a basic guide toward who can help lead your fantasy club moving forward.

While there are varying criteria dictating which players are keeper eligible, the following list takes into account that anyone picked in rounds one or two of typical 2010-11 fantasy draft cannot be kept. Therefore, you won’t find likely top picks like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, the Sedin twins, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist or Nicklas Lidstrom on this list.
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