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Staal, Nash top fantasy bounce-back candidates

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

In 2012-13 Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog had nine goals and eight assists in 36 games after winning the Calder Trophy in 2011-12 (22 goals, 30 assists). He was a disappointment for his fantasy owners in his second NHL season. However, going into the 2013-14 season, many pegged the now 21-year-old Swedish forward as a prime bounce-back candidate. And he did exactly that last season.

Landeskog had 26 goals, 65 points, a plus-21 rating, 71 penalty minutes, 10 power-play points and 222 shots on goal. He ranked as the 29th-best player in Yahoo leagues. Any fantasy owner that picked him in the middle rounds or later during their draft got an absolute steal on their team. Landeskog's 2013-14 season is the definition of a bounce-back season.

Every season we see dozens of players fall short of expectations. And each following season some of them end up bouncing back to where we expect. Determining who will bounce back is the tough part. And that's where I come into play.

Below is a list of 10 players I believe will bounce back from disappointing 2013-14 seasons and why. All of these players appeared in at least 65 games last season (NHL.com's Pete Jensen will have his injury bounce-back feature story Sept. 9). Be sure to grab these guys on draft day; they should come at a discount considering the seasons they had in 2013-14.

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Penguins' Kapanen to miss rookie tournament

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 10:18 AM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Kasperi Kapanen, the 22nd pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, will not participate with the team this weekend at a rookie tournament in London, Ontario, due to an injury sustained in the summer. However, the team said Kapanen is expected to be ready when training camp opens.

The Penguins did not specify the injury, but Kapanen told reporters he broke a finger when he fell into the boards Aug. 8 during Finland's game against Sweden at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

"Just fell head-first into the boards and I got my hand in the way," Kapanen said that day. "Luckily. I'd rather have a broken finger than a broken neck. I'll take that any day."

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East corners market on NHL's Top 14 goaltenders

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's Top 14 in '14-15

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

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?

The balance of power in the NHL clearly resides in the Western Conference, but the balance of the League's goaltending power is situated in the other conference.

The top three and five of the top six on NHL.com's list of the League's 14 best goaltenders play in the Eastern Conference.

The defending champion Los Angeles Kings find their goalie, Jonathan Quick, fourth on the list, but otherwise the top six is comprised of Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils.

The trend hardly is new.


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Red Wings offer defenseman Diaz tryout: report

Sunday, 09.07.2014 / 10:26 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Detroit Red Wings have offered defenseman Raphael Diaz a tryout at their training camp, according to MLive.com. However, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Ansar Khan that Diaz has some options and has not decided if he will accept it.

Diaz, 28, is a right-handed shot the Red Wings need. In 63 games last season for the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers, the Swiss defenseman had two goals and 15 points with a minus-2 rating. He also played four games for Switzerland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and in four Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Rangers before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Diaz has six goals, 45 points and a minus-5 rating in 145 NHL games.

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Bruins' Rask leads top 30 fantasy goalie rankings

NHL.com's Justin Goldman ranks top 30 netminders, best of AHL

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, 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.

No matter where you look, most preseason goalie rankings have a similar "bell curve" construct.

There's a small collection of Tier-1 goalies that clearly belong at the top of your draft list, a much larger group of goalies that fall into the Tier-2 category, and then a group of Tier-3 goalies, which is mainly reserved for the lesser-used backups.

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Reinhart brothers hoping for memorable season

Sunday, 09.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's a rule in the Reinhart household: Don't hit your brother too hard playing hockey.

Paul Reinhart, who spent 11 seasons in the NHL with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, may have helped institute the rule. But the job of enforcing it typically falls on his wife, Theresa.

"I don't think our mom would let us back in the house," middle brother Griffin Reinhart told NHL.com. "She's definitely let us know she wouldn't like [us hitting each other]."

With three siblings following in their father's NHL footsteps, enforcing that rule is about to become difficult.

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Oshie paces Top 14 shootout specialists

Sunday, 09.07.2014 / 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 and 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?

It is becoming vital for each team to have at least one player who specializes in shootouts.

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