Fantasy Hockey: 30 NHL teams in 30 Minutes
With the 2015-2016 National Hockey League (NHL) season set to get underway on Wednesday, October 7th 2015. It is high time we offer our daily fantasy sports (DFS) managers a brief look into what we are anticipating to see on the ice this year.
Will the New York Rangers repeat as President’s Trophy winners? Will the Edmonton Oilers end their post season drought? Will the Detroit Red Wings see their incredible 24 straight year playoff participation end? Will the Calgary Flames prove to be more than last season’s flash in the pan?
These are but a few of the riveting story-lines and sub-plots that fantasy hockey managers will have to weave through during this year’s cash draft contests. There are more storylines than there are teams this year, and as such the laymen will have a wondrous time watching it all play out. But the fantasy hockey manager has to look at it another way, the fantasy hockey manager has to be proactive, not knowing the fantasy sports landscape is the difference between winning, placing or being out of the money.
With that being said, here are 30 thoughts for the 30 hockey clubs in NHL:
The Blues have been the pre-season darlings recently. Darlings in that pundits have been picking them to go deep in the post season. Alas that has not been the case when the pucks hit the ice. The Blues have performed well, but not well enough to lay claim to the cup. What we expect to see from a fantasy hockey perspective come the 2015-2016 season is the continued emergence of Vladimir Trarasenko. This gifted forward is “money” in the bank and will surely reward cash draft managers with a flood of points. We also expect to see center-man David Backes return to an elite form. If the price is right, Backes should be on your team.
The 2014-2015 season marked the emergence of Filip Forsberg, for the better part of the year, Forsberg seem a lock to earn the Calder trophy, and unfortunately a cold streak toward the end of the season saw that dream fade. The return of Rinne brought some much needed stability to the Preds. We see the Predators continuing to show their faces in the spring dance, however we do foresee Forsberg taking a step back with the marked attention he will receive. We will say that Rinne will be a good money value pick during the daily fantasy sports season.
The Blackhawks, reigning Stanley Cup champions and winners of the ultimate prize 3 of the last 5 years were forced to jettison some keep pieces this offseason due to cap concerns. This will surely affect the team, we do of course see the Hawks making the post season but we do not believe that it is a given. As far as fantasy hockey managers are concerned, we will say that we expect Marian Hossa to pay-off during cash draft leagues as we do foresee Duncan Keith continuing to excel on the blue line. We expect high point totals from newly resigned Brent Seabrook and we believe that he will be excellent value.
The Wild finished last season with a total of 100 points and made the playoffs on the back of giant tender Devan Dubnyk. But the Cinderella story ended there. With names like Pomminville, Koivu, Vanek, Parise and Suter on the club expectations are high for the Wild. However we will refrain from anointing them playoff contenders until we will Dubnyk excel for a full season. That being said, in the world of Fantasy Hockey, we do see big offensive years from Koivu and Pomminville, 2 players who will likely come cheap early on in daily fantasy sports action and thus are 2 picks that should appear on your cash draft contests.
The Jets made the post season last year much to the delight of its fans, however they drew the unfortunate straw that had them facing the Anaheim Ducks. They lost thje series, but iun no way looked out-classed, they looked right at home in the playoffs, a tad wet behind the ears, but they looked good. We expect to see the same from the Jets, and yes that means another post season participation. In the fantasy hockey daily fantasy sports world, we do expect young center Mark Scheifele to have a break out season. He will come cheap and will be a great value pick.
The Dallas Stars were on the outside looking in on the playoffs last season despite boasting the Art Ross trophy (leader in regular season points) winner, Jamie Benn and a scorching (until he was injured) Tyler Seguin. While we will stop short of anointing them a playoff position, we will say that both Seguin and Benn, along with Jason Spezza will be offering fantasy hockey managers fantastic returns on their investments. On the Blue line we also expect a very big year (points wise) from Alex Gologoski. The Stars can make or break your cash draft contests if the player costs are right.
Coach Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche did not make the Stanley Cup post season in 2014-2015. While neither Roy (as a coach) nor Nathan Mackinnon are rookies any longer, we cannot, with good conscience pencil the Avs in the post season. Until there goaltending is set for the long term future, we will not be seeing Roy’s boys in the playoffs. What we will say is that we do expect to see Mackinnon bounce back from his sophomore slump and take the Avs offense by the jugular. We do expect the young center-man to lead his club in points and be a huge reurn on fantasy hockey managers investments. We also expect young Dman Nikita Zadorov to have a worthwhile daily fantasy sports cash draft contest season.
Anaheim Ducks: COMING SOON
Vancouver Canucks: COMING SOON
Calgary Flames: COMING SOON
Los Angeles Kings: COMING SOON
San Jose Sharks: COMING SOON
Edmonton Oilers: COMING SOON
Arizona Coyotes: COMING SOON