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Pittsburgh Penguins fantasy outlook

Kris Letang warrants look in top 15; Marc-Andre Fleury can hinder Matt Murray

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's 30 in 30 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. From most valuable assets to underrated options, impact prospects and more, this guide should help fantasy owners prioritize players for drafts.

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Top prospects for Pittsburgh Penguins

Hopefuls will wait their turn to play for Stanley Cup champions

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have taken advantage of a deep farm system to build a talented, young roster that won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and has a chance to repeat.

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Reasons for optimism, questions facing Penguins

Battle for No. 1 goaltender main concern for defending Cup champions

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the biggest reasons for optimism and the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Penguins:

After an improbable run through the second half of last season to the Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins are primed for a potential repeat.

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Inside look at Pittsburgh Penguins

Defending Cup champs bring back familiar cast in bid to repeat

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After going through a roster rebuild that spanned the better part of two seasons and helped them win the Stanley Cup last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins like their chances to repeat as champions. 

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Washington Capitals fantasy outlook

Alex Ovechkin top asset; Evgeny Kuznetsov will hurt Nicklas Backstrom's value

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

As part of NHL.com's 30 in 30 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. From most valuable assets to underrated options, impact prospects and more, this guide should help fantasy owners prioritize players for drafts.

Starting at the top: Alex Ovechkin, LW

The three-time Hart Trophy winner hasn't played a season in the NHL when he wasn't worth at least a top 10 pick. Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark for the third straight season and has led the League in goals and power-play goals in each of the past four. He's plus-31 over the past two seasons after finishing minus-35 in 2013-14, so there really aren't any blemishes on Ovechkin's fantasy resume other than his low assist totals; he hasn't had more than 28 in a season since 2010-11. In Ovechkin's 11 NHL seasons, he has led the League in shots on goal in 10, failing only in 2011-12 (36 behind Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins). Chances are Ovechkin will play with longtime center Nicklas Backstrom on the first line, though center Evgeny Kuznetsov's breakout last season could warrant time there. Either way, Ovechkin is the complete package and is worth drafting in the top 3-5 players regardless of format. 

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Top prospects for Washington Capitals

Crowded NHL roster could force Jakub Vrana, Madison Bowey to stay in AHL

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Washington Capitals.

Hershey, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals, went to the Calder Cup Final with the youngest team in recent history but lost to Lake Erie. But the Capitals coaching staff was impressed with the progress of many prospects in their first professional season, including forward Jakub Vrana and defenseman Madison Bowey.

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Reasons for optimism, questions facing Capitals

Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby put Washington among Cup contenders despite playoff failures

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the biggest reasons for optimism and the biggest questions facing the Washington Capitals.

There is a lot for the Washington Capitals to be happy about. Not many NHL teams have one of the top goaltenders in the League (Braden Holtby) and one of the most prolific goal-scorers in history (Alex Ovechkin), but the Capitals do. Despite a lack of success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Capitals are trending upward.

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Inside look at Washington Capitals

Small changes made in pursuit of elusive playoff success

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Washington Capitals.

The Washington Capitals had the best regular season in their history, won the Presidents' Trophy and were favored to win the Stanley Cup but had another early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, eliminated by the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

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Dallas Stars fantasy outlook

Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin among top 10 overall; Radek Faksa could be deep sleeper

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's 30 in 30 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. From most valuable assets to underrated options, impact prospects and more, this guide should help fantasy owners prioritize players for drafts.

Starting at the top: Jamie Benn, LW; Tyler Seguin, C

Benn, the NHL's leading scorer the past two seasons combined (176 points in 164 games), is the fourth-ranked fantasy asset by NHL.com. Last season, he finished second in points (89), third in goals (41), tied for second in power-play points (30) and tied for 21st in shots on goal (247) with a plus-7 rating and strong peripheral coverage (64 penalty minutes; 118 or more hits in six full seasons). Benn has even performed at an elite level with Seguin out of the lineup. He scored four points in the final game of the 2014-15 season to claim the Art Ross Trophy in a game where Seguin was scratched, and was better than a point per game in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (15 points in 13 games) with Seguin injured.

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Top prospects for Dallas Stars

Defensemen Julius Honka, Esa Lindell, centers Devin Shore, Jason Dickinson eye NHL roster this season

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Dallas Stars.

A youth movement is underway with the Dallas Stars. Six players each made his NHL debut last season. Three -- centers Radek Faksa and Mattias Janmark and defenseman Stephen Johns -- were getting regular ice time by the end of the season.

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