After a few minutes of talking about the solar eclipse, Reid and I get to talking about what everybody wants, hockey! Today, we preview the Metro Division. What teams got better and who got worse? We pick players on each team that we like to break out and regress for this fantasy season along with some sleepers that we like throughout the division. Things get wrapped up with each of us predicting the final standings in the Metropolitan for the upcoming season. Reid has a couple bold predictions! All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by League Safe! Use leaguesafe.com/razzhockey to collect your entry fees for your fantasy leagues and get $10 added to your prize pool!
Last season for the New York Rangers was both a success and disappointment. The Rangers were the 4th team in a 4 team race in the Metro division last season but that was a huge boost to their playoff chances since that meant they would cross over into the Atlantic Division. After beating the Canadiens in the first round, the Rangers were upset by the Senators in Round 2. A few big offseason moves give the Rangers a different feel than in the past. Off went mainstays Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi, in comes Kevin Shattenkirk. A few forwards will be placed into bigger roles giving us a few potential value forwards. Let's take a look at what Alain "The Brain" Vigneault has to work with:
After the season from hell in 2015-16, the Columbus Blue Jackets took the NHL by storm to begin last season and never looked back. Their goalie won the Vezina Trophy, their rookie defenseman was a Calder finalist and a bunch of their forwards broke through in a big way. Now, they have some more young forwards on the way and made another blockbuster trade bringing in Artemi Panarin for Brandon Saad. Let's take a look at what Torts is working with:
It's finally time! After hours of writing and nitpicking one or two spots for multiple players, my top 50 overall players for this coming season are complete. This post is long enough so no need to right a long intro, let's get right into it!
We're back! After a month-plus hiatus, Reid joins me to start looking at the upcoming season. Today, our focus is on the entire Atlantic Division. We discuss each team through a wide array of topics. Which teams are better than last year, who is around the same and who are worse? What player(s) on each team is due for regression, either positively or negatively? In what order will the teams finish this year? All of that and more are discussed on the newest Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by League Safe! You can use League Safe for your fantasy leagues by going to leaguesafe.com/razzhockey
It's nice to have a bunch of superstars and a lot of luck on your side. The Penguins became the first team in almost two decades to win back to back Stanley Cups. On top of their usual fantasy studs, they had a few wingers emerge that look at the verge of becoming elite fantasy assets. Not much has changed on the whole but hey, why change a team that keeps winning? Let's take a look at the Penguins' roster and see what they're working with for fantasy hockey:
Another year, another Capitals heartbreak. Once again, Washington had the most points in the NHL during the regular season only to lose to the Penguins in the second round of the playoffs. I feel pretty safe in saying that last season's Capitals was the best version of them all. They still remain one of the best teams in the league but they lost plenty of talent in the offseason and their window is starting to close. They have as much elite talent as anyone in the league but they desperately need some young players to produce to give them necessary depth. Let's take a look at what the Capitals are working with:
There were plenty of positives and negatives for the Buffalo Sabres last season. Injuries were a big reason why they stayed at the bottom of the Atlantic Division. Their defense was as bad as anyone's in the league. Sam Reinhart failed to take a step forward. On the other hand, they had the best power play in the league, Jack Eichel was outstanding and their goaltending, notably Robin Lehner, was excellent. Out went Dan Bylsma and Tim Murray, in comes Phil Housley and Jason Botterill. It's time for a return to the playoffs for the Sabres and they have the talent to make it back. How the team improves tactically under Housley and how much the defense improves will be the major factors. Let's see what my hometown team are working with:
The streak has finally ended. After 26 consecutive seasons of making the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs last season. They are a team that seems to be stuck in no man's land. They have an exciting young forward core in place (although some of them disappointed last season) but they also have a older set of players that are approaching the end. Additionally, they have one of the worst bluelines in the league. In a division full of teams on the rise, Detroit seems to be lagging a step behind. Let's take a look at what Detroit is working with:
The Florida Panthers were the biggest surprise of 2015-16 as they went from near the bottom of the league to winning the Atlantic Division. They entered last season with lofty expectations but an injury-riddled season saw them miss the playoffs. Despite last season's disappointment, the Panthers enter this season as a favorite to get back into the playoffs. Their young core remains intact but there are plenty of new supplementary pieces around them instead of Jonathan Marchessault and Jaromir Jagr. They have no superstar fantasy players but there are plenty of top end talents and intriguing pieces. Let's take a look at the Florida Panthers roster for the 2017-18 NHL Season: