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Superstars Testing Patience

Superstars Testing Patience   When fantasy hockey owners prepare for the draft there is a group of players that are basically guarantees. Well sometimes they just don’t pan out, and this year seems to be one of those years. For some crazy reason there is a group of usually consistent point getters that just are not producing.   Many owners are impatient and wonder what they should do? Should they offer a trade? Or, should they just drop the struggling star? That would definitely be a la

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Feast or Famine: Arizona Coyotes

Feast or Famine: The Arizona Coyotes 2015-16 Season   The early additions of Max Domi and Anthony Duclair to the roster have seen superb returns through 13 games for the young Arizona Coyotes. A 6-6-1 record leaves the impression of a team still in the thick of a rebuild. Obviously, the 2nd worst team last season doesn’t inspire visions of raising Lord Stanley’s Cup, but so far they have not conceited to the early predictions of a race for Arizona’s own Austin Matthews as the #1 pick in

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Goals! - Zip, Zero, Zilch

Goals! – Zip, Zero, Zilch   With most NHL teams about ten games into the season, many coaches and general managers are looking at their teams stats and shaking their heads. The amount of star players that have yet to record a goal is astonishing. Teams spend millions and millions of dollars each year for star players to produce on the score sheet. When ten games go by without a goal, it raises some concerns. Here is a list of NHL star players that have yet to record a goal.   Ryan Getzla

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Rookies to Watch

Rookies to Watch   Having your fantasy hockey team with rookies on it is always a huge risk. This season may be a season in which not just one or two rookies excel, but four or five just might find themselves as regular fantasy league producers. Just two weeks into the season here is the top rookies thus far.   Anthony Duclair – Left Wing – Arizona Coyotes The 20-year-old winger has surprised many by his early season scoring. Duclair has points in five of the six games he has played in t

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Sutter's LA Hot Seat!

Sutter’s LA Hot Seat!   After winning the Stanley Cup in June of 2014 the Los Angeles Kings were poised to repeat last season. Well things did not go as planned. Too many peoples surprise the Kings managed 95 points, and fell short of making the playoffs. There were many excuses that were talked about. The players were worn out from the grueling playoff runs of years past. The off-ice problems with Slava Voynov took their focus off winning. The excuses were endless.   Well the 2015-20

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10 Bold Predictions for the 2015-2016 NHL Season

10 Bold Predictions for the 2015-2016 NHL Season   - Eric Staal will remain in Carolina at season end. The Hurricanes will resign the power forward to a contract extension. Many people think that he will be the big fish at Trade Deadline, but I think he stays put. - Neither Connor McDavid nor Jack Eichel will win the Calder Trophy for the top NHL rookie. There are many dark horses such as Sam Bennett in Calgary, Noah Hanifin in Carolina, and Dylan Larkin in Detroit. The pressure is

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2015-2016 NHL Award Predictions

Predicting how players will do each year is almost as fun as predicting how teams will do. Here is a quick rundown of who I got winning the big awards this season. Presidents Trophy – Anaheim Ducks The Ducks will take charge and dominate this season. The big, strong Ducks have been building this for years, and this team is poised to capitalize this season. Hart Trophy (League MVP) – John Tavares, New York Islanders Tavares has been one of the strongest players over the past five years.

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2015-2016 NHL Predictions

2015-2016 NHL Predictions   WESTERN CONFERENCE   Central Division 1 – St. Louis Blues 2 – Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Minnesota Wild 4 – Nashville Predators (w) 5 – Dallas Stars (w) 6 – Winnipeg Jets 7 – Colorado Avalanche   Pacific Division 1 – Anaheim Ducks 2 – Los Angeles Kings 3 – Calgary Flames 4 – San Jose Sharks 5 – Vancouver Canucks 6 – Edmonton Oilers 7 – Phoenix Coyotes

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Who is the #1 Pick?

Who is the #1 Pick?   It is fantasy hockey draft time, and each and every year fantasy hockey fans cannot wait to see who are the top five picks. In years past it was an argument if Alexander Ovechkin would go ahead of Sidney Crosby or vice versa. Well to no surprise this season is much of the same, with a few top 5 twists.   Many fantasy hockey leagues have drafted, or will be this weekend. Every owner has his or her own ideas and thoughts, but I don’t care how great you think you are.

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Crowded Crease in Calgary

Crowded Crease in Calgary   The Calgary Flames entered the preseason in very odd circumstances as far as goalies go. They currently have three goalies signed to one-way contracts. What looks to be a problem is truly what teams dream of. Quality goalies pushing each other every step of the way.   Veteran goalie Jonas Hiller is currently entering the final year of his contract. The $4.5 million dollar per year, two year contract was a steal for the Flames, but many complained of inconsiste

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Goaltending Security

Drafting a solid, consistent and most importantly a clear number one goaltender can mean success for your fantasy team. Failing to lock down that star goaltender can lead to doom and gloom for your team. In a world where coaches are becoming more and more willing to run with a two-man system, it makes it even more difficult for fantasy owners. It is very important to draft a goaltender that will get you starts. When points are gained by saves, and wins, your goalie must be in the net to cash in.

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Byfuglien Odd-man Out in Winnipeg?

The big man in Winnipeg, Dustin Byfuglien will become an unrestricted free-agent next season. Will the Jets trade him or resign him this season? There is a tremendous amount of speculation surrounding the fact that Winnipeg just might trade him.   It looks as though the asking price for Byfuglien may be too high for the Jets. The Winnipeg Jets have a master plan, and at the head of it will be signing center Mark Scheifele and defenseman Jacob Trouba at the end of the season. These two cri

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Stepan vs. Voracek: Who your Pick?

Stepan vs. Voracek: Who your Pick?   At first glance, little separates the two 25 year-old emerging superstars Jakub Voracek and Derek Stepan. Both have been at the eye of Stanley Cup Playoff appearances for their respective teams and both have failed to raise the Stanley Cup. Both have also put up impressive numbers during their stints in the NHL, while becoming go to leaders on their respective rosters.   Voracek, a native of the Czech Republic, has become an automatic 20 goal-scorer in e

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The Guys that Fans Love to Hate

Top Ten Villains- The guys that fans love to hate.   10) John Scott- The 6 ft. 8, 32-year-old punching bag who has played at both defensemen and left wing for various teams in the NHL, has been the recipient of several suspensions. Scott, who recently signed with the Arizona Coyotes, has had several epic bouts with arch nemesis, Tim Jackman. The first of these earned him a spot in “Goon Hall of Fame” when he came off the bench not during a line change and leveled Jackman which escalated into

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The Holtby Price Tag?

The Holtby Price Tag?   Salary Arbitration meeting for Washington Caps & Braden Holtby   Braden Holtby entered the 2014-’15 season for the first time in his career, as the undisputed starter for the Washington Capitals. He started 73 games and stood strong through two 7 game playoff series against the New York Islanders and New York Rangers. Now, as a RFA, Holtby hopes to cash in on the best season of his young career. Early reports have said Holtby has put his asking price somewher

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Early Playoff Predictions: Who’s In and Who’s Out.

2015-’16 Early Playoff Predictions: Who’s In and Who’s Out.   WESTERN CONFERENCE: Top of the Mountain ANAHEIM DUCKS- Trading for speedster Carl Hagelin and signing veteran Chris Stewart bolsters a strong forward attack. The major move comes in acquiring blue line specialist Kevin Bieksa who gives depth and muscle to an inexperienced defensive group. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS- Stan Bowman has done this before, reconstructed a team after a Cup victory, and he has once again allowed the ‘Hawks to get

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Top 10 NHL Players Under 25

These young NHL stars will play key rolls in their teams 2015-2016 success as well as their teams future success.   Honorable Mention: Dylan Larkin- 19 year old Michigan born and breed Center may or may not find himself apart of a legacy in Detroit as early as this season.   10) Jack Eichel- There is no guarantee the Boston College alum will start or stay in the Buffalo line-up all season but he is the center piece in a rebuild that includes Evander Kane and Ryan O’Reilly.   9) Jeff Skinne

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Maatta Hits the Reset Button

Olli Maatta: Fresh start comes in the form of a new season.   After his 29 points in 78 games played campaign of 2013-’14 the Finish defenseman was considered to be a big part of a Pittsburgh squad ready to return to playoff success. Unfortunately last season was nothing short of a catastrophic disaster for the 20 year-old. As the season began it was announced Maatta would need surgery to remove a tumor, caused by thyroid cancer, from his neck. His recovery was surprising quick and alth

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What's Left in the Tank: The St. Louis Dilemma

WHAT’S LEFT IN THE TANK: THE ST. LOUIS DILEMMA   When Martin St. Louis demanded a trade to the New York Rangers something happened that he was not accustomed to. St. Louis was hated. The undersized forward to that point had only been loved by most hockey fans for his tenacity and heart that propelled him to elite status in the NHL ranks. He had appeared a prima donna that no longer wanted to play for Steve Yzerman. This came to be after Yzerman, VP and General Manager for Tampa Bay, left his t

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Fantasy Hockey Awards 2014-15

Fantasy Hockey Awards 2014-15 The 2014-15 NHL fantasy hockey season was another classic, and now it is time to reflect on what players put up the numbers, and who failed miserably. Here is our list of year-end awards, a look at this year’s underachievers and top rookie. Early projections on next years sleeper picks and top bounceback candidates will get you set for next years picks. MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals Ovechkin regained his top-notch goal pro

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Deadline Day Winners!

The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone. Trades were a plenty, but some of the big fish expected to be dealt were not. General managers took a bit more conservative approach and did not fly off the handle with too many deals. Although the deals were somewhat minor there were some deadline day winners. Anaheim Ducks Ducks general manager Bob Murray went after the key aspect that wins championships, DEFENSE. The Ducks bolstered their blueline by adding defenseman James Wisniewski, Simon De

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Blockbuster Trade May Create Fantasy Options

Blockbuster Trade May Create Fantasy Options There are fewer and fewer blockbuster trades in the salary cap NHL. This week when the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres worked out a massive seven player deal fans were amazed, and some fantasy owners looking for help had thoughts run through their head? Later in the day the Sabres also dealt their starting goalie Jhonas Enroth to the Dallas Stars. It was like a mini trade deadline day. The truth is this deal will have little impact on fantasy te

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Leafs Officially in Full-Rebuild Mode

Leafs Officially in Full-Rebuild Mode Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has received approval from the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment board to initiate a complete and full rebuild. Reports from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail - New Leafs president Brendan Shanahan was hired with a mandate to remake the team. From very early on, he’d realized that if the club aspired to be a Stanley Cup contender, it required a major overhaul. But he needed the evidence of the season to

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Frustrated Phaneuf Fights for Respect

The Toronto Maple Leafs are on a six game losing streak, and team captain Dion Phaneuf has totally lost his composure. The play of Phaneuf has been in question for years in Toronto, and the questions are becoming more and more prevalent. Not only is the respect of a captain in Toronto coming into question. The respect of Dion Phaneuf throughout the league has now been brought to the limelight. Just two nights ago, Phaneuf dropped the gloves with Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. This was

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Coyotes, Trade Bait

The Arizona Coyotes have had a year to forget, but brighter days may be on the horizon. It is never fun when teams have to dump players to improve, but it is a little better when you have assets to dump that will bring a return. Teams like New Jersey have aging players to dump, that will bring less of a return than what the Coyotes have. The Coyotes are at a point where they may have to give to get. They are in need of young offensive prospects, and the time to retool is now. The Coyotes have

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