This past offseason there was plenty of intrigue and surprises to go around for everyone; however, the biggest fantasy news and most intriguing of all surprises was Phil Kessel getting traded to Pittsburgh.  The rich got richer, and the immediate benefactor of Toronto ridding itself of its “problem children” is the Penguins’ power play unit.  It was only 8th in the NHL last season with a 19.3% conversion rate, but that was a down year in the Steel City after finishing in the top position the previous year.  This could be a flashback from the 2000-01 Penguins team, which had five of the top 29 league scorers with Mario Lemieux at #29 tallying  (76) points and (16) power play goals in 43 games.  Go ahead and get 76 points in today’s game and you’ll get $8 million per season for your troubles.  That first power play unit consisted of Mario, Jagr, Kovalev, Martin Straka and Robert Lang.  While the thought of this year’s version has me at half mast already, the proof will be in the pudding or net.  With all the options available to head coach Mike Johnston, he has to be tent pitching as well, while opposing coaches are having nightmares on trying to figure out how to   Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz and a healthy Kris Letang as a possible power play unit one, if they stay healthy for once.  That was the Penguins’ Achilles Heal last year, man games lost, but a return of Pascal Dupris from blood clots, a healthy Patric Hornqvist and steady David Perron makes this one very skilled and very scary team.  Anyway let’s get to the business of my 2015-16 Fantasy Hockey Top 12.

1) Sidney Crosby  – Is the straw stirring this drink, and no I am not a die hard Penguins fan, but the best of the best are residing in the Steel City . . . and not that awful 80’s gymnastics movie that makes me sick just thinking of the 90 minutes of my childhood I lost watching that just once.  Crosby is still the best around, but this season a healthy Malkin will shine just as bright.  With a career points per game average of 1.36 Crosby will destroy most mortals if the concussion bug has finally been cleared out of his locker, which seems quite possible after playing 77 and 80 games the past two seasons.  Crosby gets first line centering duties since God appointed him the savior of Pittsburgh and his right wing will have Phil Kessel and David Perron riding in the garden seat.  Fantasy drafters would be wise to get as many pieces of the Penguins pie as possible, and they will not let you down.  The Auction value on all the top-12 players is worth reaching for and overpaying, especially for Crosby and Malkin.  The trophy battle will be played out in Pittsburgh with Sid and Geno going toe-to-toe for the Hart and Art Ross Trophies.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 43 G, 71 A, 114 PTS.

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2) Evgeni Malkin – While Sid is the straw stirring the drink in Pittsburgh, Geno is the bartender (and not just because Russians love their vodka); he returns to dominate this year.  Malkin is just too skilled to let anyone or anything stop him, and watching his game film when healthy seems to be moving in slow motion while chaos surrounds him.  He will most likely center the second line with Chris Kunitz on his left and Patric Hornqvist on his right, but when power play time comes he’s gonna be top dog front and center.  With the mentioned above first power play unit,  Geno will vastly improve on his nine power plays tallies from last season of which he missed 13 games.  His 1.01 points per games will also increase this season simply due to the fact of who he will be passing too.  With leagues that count penalty minutes, Malkin also chipped 70 minutes’ worth there too, so he believes in filling your stat box across the board.  I hope Geno cleared space in his trophy cabinet because I see an Art Ross Trophy returning to his case and a possible Hart Trophy as well.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 41 G, 72A, 113 PTS

3) Tyler Seguin – Had Seguin not missed 11 games last year, he would be polishing the Art Ross scoring championship trophy each day as opposed to his stud line-mate Jamie Benn.  Also, pay attention students because a common theme in my top players is line-mates everywhere you look.  Seguin’s second year in Dallas could not have gone better as a solid “screw you” to Boston for not having faith in him getting more mature as he gets older, like we all do Peter Chiarelli.  Like I mentioned above, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn stick together like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The luckiest right wing in Dallas is young 3rd year player Valeri Nichushkin, forming one of the NHL’s top lines as the season starts. Additionally, bringing Patrick Sharp to the Lone-Star state will show these kids the dedication and practice ethics that make champions.  Expect to see these two dance on power play unit one while Sharp lines up with Jason Spezza on line two at even strength.  Seguin gets all the top power play time he wants after potting (13) goals in the PP last season and 29 Power Play points total and expect an increase this season if healthy as he is one of the league leaders in shots as well, with 290 last season.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 44 G, 50 A, 94 PTS.

4) John Tavares – Tavares is the king of the up and coming Islanders squad that finished last season with 101 points, which was a 22 point gain from the 2013-14 disaster.  Tavares is fortunate enough to play with Kyle Okposso who finished 35 points behind JT last season after missing 22 games.  With these two in tow as the lead dogs of this pack the Islanders the have a bright future ahead of themselves and if the after mentioned Jamie Benn not scored four points in the last game of the season a year ago, Tavares would have the Art Ross trophy.  The Isles just need to find the third wheel for this first line date, and not just throw me out there on the left wing!  Just like Ricky Bobby, John Tavares wakes up in the mornings and pisses excellence, and this could get even scarier for opposing defensemen if young guns like Ryan Strome and Josh Bailey keep getting better as they mature.  It’s scary to think what his ceiling would be if he had the likes of a Phil Kessel or Tyler Seguin on his line, but Tavares makes due with what he has, and without a doubt JT will be in the running for all the major individual hardware this season, Art Ross, Hart and Rocket Richard trophies are all within his grasps this season and the next ten to come, but the Isles would like nothing more than having him bring Lord Stanley back to Long Island since it left after the dynasty of the 80’s was over.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 47 G, 47 A, 94 PTS.

5) Steven Stamkos – I’m not one to believe in I told you so’s but something tells me Stamkos is going to remind everyone quite often that he is still the premiere goal scorer in the NHL after last seasons Stanley Cups Finals zero goal performance.  Also to make matters even more intriguing he is the top Unrestricted Free Agent for next summers class if GM Steve Yzerman doesn’t lock him down soon, and anyone who follows sports knows how great players play in contract years.  With Stamkos leading one of the youngest and most potent teams in the NHL I’d expect nothing short of spectacular from him and Auction Drafter’s be wise and don’t tuck you wallet away when his name is called, in fact over pay for him and fill in the pieces after, there is plenty of lesser humans out there. With goals (43) and  assists (29) last year I still see him getting upwards of 90 points this season easily after playing all 82 games last year. Now Stamkos will be again centering Alex Kilorn and Valtteri Filppula and they may become the Lightning’s 2nd Line, with the Triplets being the new top line (Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Nikata Kucherov) when this season opens.  None of that should impact his power play time or partners though, he is still the Alpha Dog in Tampa.  Polkadamas is calling his shot right now with a Rocket Richard Trophy coming back Stamkos way at seasons end and a possible Stanley Cup.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 52 G, 41 A, 93 PTS.

6) Alex Ovechkin – Speaking of Rocket Richard here is our reigning champion and contender every year.  53 goals last season with a possible repeat this season and only 25 goals shy of 500 already for the soon to be 30 year old.  While Ovechkin’s age would look like he is on his way down from prime, I beg to differ with Nicklas Backstrom centering Ovi, 50 goals is the target every year until he retires, and the lighting quick release, booming cannon shot and Tasmanian devil hustle Ovi is as potent at 30 as he was at 23. Possibly even more now that Head Coach Barry Trotz has him believing in the defense first system that according to me has the Caps in the Stanley Cup Finals this year for the first time since 1998.  The key additions of Stanley Cup winner Justin Williams from Los Angeles through free agency, and the trade for T.J. Oshie from St. Louis will also carry huge benefits for the best shot this side of Rock Ridge.  I can easily see Alex Ovechkin getting drafted at number one and no later than five, he is just to good to pass on, and think I got him 9th in a 20 team league I drafted in last year. With 25 power play goals last year  and 395 shots he is the Well Known Gun and all should beware.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 51 G, 42 A, 93 PTS.

7) Jamie Benn – He’s the NHL’s leading scorer from last season, and we should expect nothing different from him down in Dallas.  Possibly another Art Ross Trophy with even more points, and a healthy Tyler Seguin make that all possible as these line mates march to the beat of their own drum and continue to be one of the top tandems in the NHL.  Dallas was 2nd in the league last season even strength with 3.13 goals per game, but the power play was just above average with a 19.0% conversion rate.  This season’s power play should fair better with the additions of Patrick Sharp from Chicago via trade and the maturation of 2nd year defenseman John Klingberg who revived the team with his mid-season call up.  Benn played all 82 games again last season and should be close to that number again this season, while his goals (35), assists (52), points (87) from last season should serve as the floor for the offensive left winger this year.  Jamie Benn also led the Stars forwards in ice time as well last year with 19:56 per game, and his 10 power play markers were 2nd on the team.  Benn is also one of the Stars better penalty killers with two short-handed markers and six game winning goals, making him an absolute must own taken in the late first round or early second round.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 42 G, 48 A, 90 PTS

8) Carey Price – When it comes to the NHL top net minder’s Carey Price is it, and the gap is widening even further coming into this season.  While the Bleu Blanc Rouge did very little in adding to offensive potential, unless you still consider Alexander Semin fantasy relevant, The Canadians are the same team from last year.  The team that had the 1st ranked team defense in the NHL where Price served as it’s overall best player. Once again this season he will be leaned on very heavily to keep the Habs in playoff contention, but the bright side is that they are really good.  After finishing last season with 110 points they should be considered to repeat last years numbers, and the team in front of Price plays very well defensively, the problem is that they had 20th ranked overall offense, 23rd power play, but a great 9-2 overtime record with a 7-5 record in the shoot-out.  Montreal’s star is hitched to Price’s wagon, and if you’re serious about winning your league your star should be too.  Price’s 44 wins last season to 16 loses and 6 shut-outs will be almost identical again this season, and not to mention a 1.96 GAA and .933 save% makes Carey Price your top target when drafting goalies.  Do not wait too long because he will not make it back to you in serpentine drafts, and again as with all these top players, in Auction Drafts do not shy away from a stud goaltender.  It will be way harder in the long run to try and replace his numbers than your 4th or 5th forward.  He will be occasionally spelled by most likely Dustin Tokarski or Mike Condon from the Habs AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. 2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 45 W, 15 L, 8 SO, 1.98 GAA, .935 SAVE%

9) Vladimir Tarasenko – The Blues finally have a superstar in their midst with Tarasenko, and with his iceberg just beginning to show last season something makes me think we’ll be drafting this young Russian in the first 12 picks for the next ten years or so.  Vlad just became the newest millionaire in St. Louis with his 8 year 80 million dollar contract, so he has a lot to live up too after basically only dominating one season.  Last season Vlad lead the Blues notes in goals (37), assists (36), points (73), plus/minus +27 and shots with 264, he also plays on the top line centered by Hulk-Boy David Backes and sniper Alexander Steen playing the left side forming one of the best lines in the NHL.  Vlad’s ice time was only 17:37 per game last season, and as he matures this year I can easily see a two minute jump there to match Steen’s 19:58 per game.  I watched at least 12 Blues games last season, and every game Vlad did something that made me notice him at the 23 year olds raw skill set.  While the rest of the Blues struggled to score in the playoffs last year with only 18 team goals, Vlad was responsible for six of those during their early round exit to the Minnesota Wild.  This is a very deep team in St. Louis, one of the battleships out west and will continue to be, with the leagues 5th overall offense last year and fourth rated power play 22.3% conversion rate.  Vladimir Tarasenko will again this season be the offensive leader for a Blues team looking to play hockey well into the month of May, and is well worth your Auction Draft dollar.  Serpentine Drafters should be taking him at the end of round one or in the turn of early round two and no later.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 44 G, 44 A, 88 PTS

10) Patrick Kane – He’s the sickest fella in the NHL with the puck on his stick replacing Pavel Datsyuk as the new Magic Man, but dude cannot stay out of the trouble.  Is there a black cloud we can’t see through the glow of all the Stanley Cups?  If it’s thumping a cab driver for a $1.25 to the alleged rape case that’s plagued the news since mid summer, my best advice is for Kane to move into the locker room in United Center and never leave!  Guy needs to use more common sense and not allow yourself to be put into these situations, but enough chastising.  Patrick Kane is the premiere offensive force on the defending Stanley Cup champs, and continues to be Robin to Jonathan Toews – Batman.  These two studs will forever be linked as the players that resurrected the once dead Blackhawks franchise, and put NHL hockey back on the map in the greatest city in America.  No not Grand Rapids, Chicago, where at one time the AHL Chicago Wolves used to outdraw the Blackhawks when old man Wirtz wouldn’t have a TV contract.  Those days are as dead as he is now and Kane is in the prime of his career at the age of 27.  The Hawks had only a marginal league offense last year at 17%, but the 2nd best team defense with a 2.27 GAA, but the biggest concern for me was the 20th ranked power play at 17.6%.  Even though everyone and their mom will be gunning for the three time champs, they will still break your heart every chance they get and are too skilled to let those paltry numbers deny them another June parade up Michigan Ave.  Patrick Kane missed 21 games last season and that makes three straight seasons with at least 12 missed games, which would be the only problem with drafting him this early.  I see no problem at all taking Kane at the end of the first, early second round in snake drafts.  He plays on the top line centered by the after mentioned Toews, gets top power play time and stays out of the penalty box.  Pending any extended legal troubles and extended injuries I see Kane playing 75-80 games this season.  2015-16  PROJECTIONS: 40 G, 44 A, 84 PTS

11) Corey Perry – I HATE YOU!  But have a man crush on your skill set and best buddy Ryan Getzlaf passer extraordinaire!  Perry missed another 15 games last year and seems to go on one year off the other, so here’s to praying this is the on year for him.  When playing a full 82 games he’s a possible 100 point scorer, while filling up every stat for fantasy players.  The Ducks had 109 points last season, but the power play blew last year with a 15.7% conversion good for 28th in league, and that is not a misprint from the Coyotes home page.  The Ducks brought in former Ottawa Senator Head Coach Paul MacLean to turn things around there, and looking at his past successes with the Sens and Red Wings power play units there should be a great turn around in Anaheim this fall.  Even missing 15 games last year Perry still put up 55 points with 33 goals.  He is a threat to score from anywhere on the ice at any moment, which is what makes him so scary on a line with Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon.  This years Ducks team will again challenge for the President’s Trophy and a deep run in the playoffs.  Perry gets 20 plus minutes a game and almost three minutes per game on the power play, so there is no reason not to expect a return to greatness for this big cry baby.  Most definitely worth a mid to late first round pick in snake drafts and a good sum in Auction Drafts based on your Salary Caps.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 48 G, 35 A, 83 PTS.
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12) Phil Kessel – Regularly plays a full season and scores more often then George Clooney at the Playboy Mansion.  This season though Kessel will smash his previous season high in goals (37) and previous points high of 82 will be within reach.  Playing top line minutes with Sidney Crosby, and top power play minutes with one of the most lethal offenses in the league means only great things for ol’ one-nut this year.  Like I mentioned at the top this team has me all excited to watch them destroy lesser teams penalty kill units.  Kessel was always pegged as a lethargic non-team guy in Toronto, last guy into practice and first to leave,  but he was always there for his teammates and spoke up for them when the press ran them through the ringer for being so awful last year.  But speaking up for bums like Joffrey Lupul won’t win you any fantasy hardware, so in Pittsburgh his actions will have to speak louder then his words and Crosby and crew won’t accept anything but his best.  Kessel will be lining up on Crosby’s right side and will be blessed all year to have guys with so much skill around him, and he doesn’t have to be the center of the Toronto media circus this year and should succeed like never before in his career.  A late first round, early second pick is easily justified for Phil Kessel, and all the stat fillers will make him very valuable to own everywhere.  These guys want another deep Cup run and on paper nobody can stop this offense, but we all know games are played on ice and not paper.  2015-16 PROJECTIONS: 50 G 33 A, 83 PTS.

  1. Thomas says:
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    Thanks for the article Polka, i am in a dynasty league so these fellas are all taken but its good info in trade targeting. Last year was my first reading razzball and i wonder where is JD from last season? Will he be writing at all or has he moved to a different section? I am happy to see you writing these with my biggest fantasy season on the horizon!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thomas: Unfortunately, JD got a new job in real life and won’t be returning… Polka’s your new hockey maestro…

      • Polka

        Polka says:
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        @Grey: and not Bob Cobb from Seinfeld, though I often do not wear pants…..

        • Thomas says:
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          @Polka: haha i welcome your information with open arms! Thanks for writing these i will keep reading them polka.

  2. Polka

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    Yeah once we get deeper in to the rankings the real jewels will be unearthed. Not sure where JD went this season, but I have big skates to fill for sure. I love hockey and will do my best to provide you good solid advice.

  3. Gus says:
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    Good stuff Polka – looking forward to getting into the later rankings.

    • Polka

      Polka says:
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      any other questions about hockey shoot them over, even if it’s not about the immediate [email protected]Gus:

  4. Polka

    Polka says:
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    Working on them right now!

  5. Brandon says:
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    Gonna miss JD, but a warm welcome to you, Polka!

    So I’m in a dynasty league and we keep 3 people (30 total in a 10-team league). Through a couple trades last year and this off-season, I currently own the 1st, 10th, and 11th picks overall.

    My keepers:
    C Sidney Crosby
    C/RW Evgeni Malkin
    D Erik Karlsson

    I have an offer on the table of RW Phil Kessel and the 3rd overall pick for C/RW Evgeni Malkin and the 10th overall pick.

    The Top 3 available players in my mind are RW Corey Perry, G Tuuka Rask, and C Connor McDavid. If I make the trade then I lose Malkin, but Kessel isn’t a bad consolation prize AND I secure two of the three players I mentioned as being available by acquiring Pick 3 overall to go along with my Pick 1 overall.

    Goals, assists, plus-minus, PIM, PPP / W, Save %, GAA., shutouts

    Thoughts?

    • Polka

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      Man now you’re just bragging, what’d I’d give to have that problem! Thank you for the warm greeting, I look forward to doing this all season.
      I cannot see anything wrong with that trade, Kessel is going to be Sid’s wingman all year…everywhere. I’ll call that the Chicken/Rib combo.
      And then if you can still grab Perry and Rask get your bank book ready! Crosby, Karlsson, Kessel, and the picks #1 and #3 is one heck of a top line and four of my top players overall.

    • Polka

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      Again I love that trade, Perry would be your#1 then? Rask is great too for your goalie depending on who kept other top ‘tenders. McDavid as a keeper forever is a nice thought as well, so many good [email protected]Brandon:

    • Polka

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      I hope you saw what I posted as my first reply…Just worked out the kinks for myself. @Brandon:

      • Brandon says:
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        @Polka: Thanks for the responses!

        I actually think I’d go with McDavid at #1, but my mind is not made up!

        • Polka

          Polka says:
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          I don’t think you can go wrong any way you pick them

        • Polka

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          @Brandon: you almost have too just based on the Dynasty factor, imagine him on your team the next ten years!

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            @Polka: Polka! I just made another trade … I can’t stop! Traded the 3rd overall pick that I acquired in the last trade (30 total players being kept in a 10-team league) for Braden Holtby.

            Now I have:
            C Sidney Crosby
            RW Phil Kessel
            D Erik Karlsson
            G Braden Holtby

            AND the 1st overall pick, which will most likely be McDavid.

            I’m feeling mighty fine right about now!

            • Polka

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              @Brandon: I LOVE this start for you, now you get one of my top five goalies, I love Holtby just because his team will be way better the Rask and Bastan-
              McDavid would also be my number one for sure, if I was in your skates!
              Way to wheel and deal a hell of a start for your season!!!

  6. Viz

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    Good stuff. Here are a few takes that I have on the rankings. I am not sure what scoring system you are going by so that could make the difference but I am used to G, A, +/-. PIM (more the better), SOG and STP (PPP + SHP)

    1. I’d have Ovechkin at #2. It is a close call between him and Malkin for me but Ovechkin carries less of an injury risk and is massive in SOG. You lose a decent amount of assists but you should gain in goals, barely lose any PIM, STP or +/- (Oshie going there should help them at even strength). Basically, I’ll take the extra 100+ shots now and get the assists afterwards.

    2. I think these are the same 12 players that I would have in my top 12. I’m not a fan of taking a goalie that early so I may slide Price down but I completely understand taking him in the back of a first round. This is assuming Kane’s legal troubles do not manifest into anything. I like the aggressive rank of Kessel as we’ve talked about.

    3. Not a problem with the rankings, just correcting something. Tarasenko actually plays the majority of the time with Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz (the STL line based on initials). Half of the time Tarasenko was on the ice at even strength he played with those two forwards. This website gives you the breakdown for every player in the league last season. Here is Tarasenko’s breakdown:

    http://leftwinglock.com/line-combinations/?player1=Vladimir+Tarasenko&flag=y

    With Oshie gone, it could change but I’m inclined to think that Hitchock will keep that line together and let them get the easier minutes last year plus keep Backes and Steen together, presumably with Brouwer or a young guy like Jaskin.

    I look forward to more stuff coming out.

    Best, Viz

    • Polka

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      @Viz: I don’t disagree with your Ovi call at all. I’m just using the basic scoring for these, for now and the hope everyone plays 82 games.
      From what I’ve read out of St. Louis, Hitch is going to experiment with his most expensive toy(Vlad).
      I agree with keeping the STL line together, but with Brower pegged for second line duties…well I guess we’ll find out in Pre-Season. You and I at the Red Wings Rookie Camp in Traverse City, we’d talk everyone’s ears off!! Which is a good thing…..

      • Viz

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        @Polka:

        Makes sense, bettetr off to go with the basics and go from there. I really wish the Sabres were still in the Traverse City tournament, I’m from Buffalo and a Sabres season ticket holder and would love to make the trip. Now we are hosting our own prospect tournament in downtown Buffalo with the Devils and Bruins so I should be able to give good feedback on that in terms of dynasty prospects and of course, my hope for the future, Jack Eichel.

        • Polka

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          @Viz: I wish they here too, I’ve loved the Sabres for some time. My wife won’t be happy with all this hockey right after all these football drafts but oh well. I’m scouting some new duck hunting land up there in Trav as well😉

  7. Jay

    Jay says:
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    Great stuff Polka. I have no idea what Hockey is or what it does, but welcome to the Razzball family!

    • Polka

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      Thanks brother

  8. Fungazi says:
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    Huge keeper league issue that I can’t nail down my last two keepers. We keep 4 players in a 12 team league, and the first two are no-brainer forwards.

    Can keep 1 goalie, and the only one I have worth keeping is Luongo, which isn’t great. It looks like 8 of the top goalies will be kept, and roughly 4 others will be out there that are ranked higher than Luongo. In picking at the end of the first round, I might be completely screwed for goalie options at that point.

    Forwards considered for those 2 spots – Tyler Johnson, Pacioretty, Hall.

    Of these 4 players, I’m leaning keep Johnson & Pacioretty and draft lottery goalies and hope for the best. Thoughts?

    • Polka

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      @Fungazi: well I thought long about this, and no Roberto isn’t the spry youngster he used to be. He will play almost 60 games a year on a up and coming Panthers team, snag Montoya at the end of the draft just in case.
      When drafting though goalie should be your first option from looking at your potential keepers.

      Speaking of then I actually prefer Hall over Patch and I hate saying that to a fellow Wolverine. Montreal isn’t sure yet if he is going to be able to start the season, but when it’s all said and done it’s still your call. Who is your 4th keeper going to be, or is it Roberto and the three skaters??

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        @Polka: Thanks, it pretty much comes down to whether I should keep Luongo over better skaters to avoid having to draft goalies ranked higher than him.. i.e. going with something like Frederik Andersen/Martin Jones and another.

        Keeping Tavares/Giroux with the first two that I didn’t mention. Last two come from the 3 skaters above and Luongo. The main reason I like Pac/Johnson is the huge +/-, Pac is among the top goal scorers over the past 3 years, and that Hall seems to be very injury prone. What 4 would you go with?

        • Polka

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          Hall vs. Pacioretty??? Hall has been working with Gary Roberts as his strength coach this offseason, and Patch is coming off an injury. This will eventually come to your decision, but I too would lean Pacioretty’s way. He does play on a much better team, and is the Habs best forward hands down fantasy wise. I’d go with the skaters, Luongo isn’t the player he once was and his team is nothing to write home about either. Draft goalies ASAP. Andersen is still the starter on a very good Ducks team and grab a up and comer or one of the Red Wings netminders, or both?
          Last year I did a 20-team league and was stuck with Cam Ward and Luongo and it cost me. Don’t draft goalies from losing teams, it will pay dividends in the long run.

          • Fungazi says:
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            @Polka: I agree about the goalies. The stats are W/L/GAA/S% so basically a good team is worth equal to the individual stats. I think Pacio was fairly locked in even if he might miss a couple of weeks at the start. So you would go Hall over T. Johnson for the last keeper?

            • Polka

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              @Fungazi: no, as much as I like Hall I’d probably go with Johnson just because his health seems better and his team is better.

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                @Polka: Agree, thanks for your help, good luck with your draft season.

  9. gfpao13 says:
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    I’m totally new in NHL and NHL Fantasy (but not new in Fantasy, I’m playing NBA Fantasy many years), but I wanna learn it, so I joined one league, and I’m gonna put it on Autopick as long as I don’t know many players, except from Stamkos, Bergeron etc. What preferences do you think I should put on Autopick Draft Strategy? I won’t do the draft myself, because I’ll be on work, and they can’t change the time, and also I don’t have someone to do it for me.

    Thanks for your time.

    • Polka

      Polka says:
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      Don’t put Bergeron that high, look online for free advice, like right here on Razzball.com the rest of my top 25 will be out. With the rest of the projections soon to follow. You have until early October to draft, don’t rush it, and be sure of your scoring system before you draft to base your projections on. Good Luck and feel free to ask any questions, I’ll be glad to help you break your cherry!

    • Polka

      Polka says:
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      @gfpao13: I’ll do it for you

  10. Slimbo says:
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    We get 12 keepers

    Want to keep…
    Getzlaf/Perry/Hall/T Johnson/Pacioretty/Byfuglien/Huberdeau/Bjugstad/Bishop/Dubnyk/Elliot/Hammond

    Do I keep 4 goalies? Here’s the rest which 2 would you keep from this list?
    Barrie/Giordano/Hamilton/Josi/Evander Kane/Klingberg/Nyquist/Ribeiro/Brayden Schenn/Yandle/Jake Allen

    • Polka

      Polka says:
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      @Slimbo:
      That way you have a even Balance and good goalies

  11. Polka

    Polka says:
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    How many goalies do you start first of all?
    I’d keep
    1) Bishop , Elliot and Allen
    2) Hall, Getz, Johnson, Perry, Nyquist, Buff, Giordano, Josi and Pacioretty
    Or not Josi then Dubnyk

    • Slimbo says:
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      @Polka:
      C, C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, W, W, D, D, D, D, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR, IR, IR, IR+, IR+, IR+

      Categories: Goals (G), Assists (A), Plus/Minus (+/-), Powerplay Points (PPP), Shots on Goal (SOG), Hits (HIT)
      Goaltenders Stat Categories: Wins (W), Goals Against Average (GAA), Save Percentage (SV%), Shutouts (SHO)

      How about Huberdeau or bjugstad? I like them alot this year 🙂

      • Polka

        Polka says:
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        @Slimbo: they are both up and comers but I feel with the teams they’re on they’re production my lag behind.
        I’d keep Bishop, Elliott and Allen- G
        Getzlaf, Perry, Tyler Johnson, Pacioretty, Hall and. Nyquist- forwards
        Giordano, Buff, and the #12 keeper to me is either Dubnyk or Barrie for offensive upside.
        I think each of these guys are better then Hinberdeau or Bujsted
        Only starting two in the pipes the. Has you covered for all St Louis games and Bishop is in my Top 20 for me the last spot comes down to Josi or or Dubnyk

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