Daily Fantasy Hockey rookie watch – 2015/16 Season
A new season of Fantasy Hockey is upon us. So who from the new breed will stand out this year in the NHL? Here’s a list of new players looking to make their mark in Daily Fantasy Sports.
C Connor McDavid (Age 18) – Edmonton Oilers
Junior: 200 Games, 122 Goals, 231 Assists, 353 Points, 118 Penalty minutes
The Edmonton Oilers had three first overall pick in the past six years (Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov), but none come better than Connor McDavid. He`s the most decorated player in the Ontario Hockey League, and his talent will transcend into the NHL. Even Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said that he`ll definitely be a franchise player for 15-20 years. Edmonton’s fan will have a lot of “McLovin” for McDavid, that’s for sure.
C Max Domi (Age 20) – Arizona Coyotes
Juniors: 302 Games, 150 Goals, 241 Assists, 391 Points, 335 Penalty minutes
Grit runs in the Domi family. The son of former NHL enforcer Tie Domi has all of his father’s gene and even more. He has electrified the town of London, Ontario for 4 years, and now he’s ready to do it in Arizona. The only gripe about his game is his habit to dangle with the puck from one end of the ice to the other. It’s something that will come to hurt him in the NHL. Head coach Dave Tippett will need to teach him how to implement teammates in his game.
LW Anthony Duclair (Age 20) – Arizona Coyotes
Juniors: 247 Games, 130 Goals, 161 Assists, 291 Points, 190 Penalty minutes
Duclair is the main return in the trade that sent All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle to the New York Rangers, so a lot of pressure will be on his shoulders to perform. The speedy goal scorer built off some early experience during his stint in the NHL, early on last season.
LW Nikolaj Ehlers (Age 19) – Winnipeg Jets
Juniors: 144 Games, 107 Goals, 157 Assists, 264 Points, 150 Penalty minutes
There is a new generation of Danish talent, and Ehlers is one of them. He’s a natural sniper who will score a lot of goals for the Jets. He will need to incorporate more physicality into his game to play in the NHL. The Dane is a nice addition to Winnipeg’s roster, who needs a nice offensive prospect since Evander Kane was traded.
C Jack Eichel (Age 18) – Buffalo Sabres
NCAA: 99 Games, 59 Goals, 84 Assists, 143 Points, 62 Penalty minutes
Second overall behind McDavid pick in the 2015 draft, Eichel is the second freshman to win the Hobey Baker award since Paul Kariya, in 1993. He led the NCAA in scoring with 71 points, as well as in goals with 26. Buffalo has a really nice consolation prize after missing out on McDavid in the draft.
C Robby Fabbri (Age 19) – St. Louis Blues
Juniors: 177 Games, 94 Goals, 110 Assists, 204 Points, 166 Penalty minutes
Fabbri saw his best season in 2013-14 collecting 87 points during the OHL regular season and 28 more when the playoffs came around. The Blues have produced high-end prospect over the year. You can put Fabbri to this list.
D Joe Morrow (Age 22) – Boston Bruins
Juniors: 283 Games, 43 Goals, 147 Assists, 190 Points, 319 Penalty minutes
After Dougie Hamilton was traded in the offseason, Boston left a spot open in their defensive core. That hole is likely going to be filled by Joe Morrow. He’s an aggressive two-way defenseman who will fit perfectly in the Bruins organization.
C Nicolas Petan (Age 20) – Winnipeg Jets
Juniors: 340 Games, 136 Goals, 306 Assists, 442 Points, 253 Penalty minutes
Don’t be fooled by his size, Petan is one of those players that plays big. He doesn’t shy away from having a physical game too. The Winnipeg Jets were impressed by his play during development camp.
C Sam Reinhart (Age 19) – Buffalo Sabres
Juniors: 286 Games, 133 Goals, 221 Assists, 354 Points, 69 Penalty minutes
Reinhart is another second overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres, but he came a year earlier than Jack Eichel. He’s good at making his teammates good. Can’t wait to see him on the same line with Eichel. The Sabres future looks bright.
G Andrei Vasilevskiy (Age 21) – Tampa Bay Lightning
KHL: 54 Games, 18 Wins, 2.21 Goal against average, 0.923 save percentage, 4 Shutouts
Vasileskiy made waves with his performance in last year’s Stanley Cup finals. Tampa Bay knows that entering this season, Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop make for a great pair. The Russian could quickly dethrone Bishop as the starting goalie though. His athleticism and big body make him a near future all-star.