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Fantasy Hockey Top 5

In spite of a potential lockout, fantasy hockey leaguers will still need to plan for a draft. This date may occur well before this season actually starts, so be sure to check your league’s draft date.

Yahoo!, the top-played fantasy hockey game (and the site that started my fantasy addiction), is open for business. As usual, included are its rankings, which appear to be established by its fantasy hockey writing staff. During fantasy hockey drafts, participants will usually see a Yahoo! ranking alongside an average draft position, which is the average place in which a player is drafted in drafts conducted thus far. Keep in mind that the Yahoo! rankings will differ somewhat from the average draft position. This difference will be apparent even in this season’s top 5, where there usually isn’t much variance.

So where will the top 5 players actually be drafted? Keep in mind that my list below doesn’t necessarily reflect where I would draft these players. It’s more of a prediction of where I think they will be drafted, from 1 to 5.

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Free Agent Fantasy Frenzy: Hurricane Semin

It’s more of a dull roar than an actual frenzy right now.

With the world in the midst of the Olympics and North America immersed with major league baseball, relevant hockey news has been few and far between for the past while. So just to assure my dozens and dozens of loyal readers that I’m still alive, I’ll provide an article that is perhaps a little late to the party considering the up-to-the-minute news and analysis that we’ve become accustomed to in the year 2012.

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  Tags: alexander+semin, fantasy+hockey, shane+doan

New York Nash: The Fantasy Take

While many hockey fans expected the other shoe to fall in the Shea Weber saga on Monday, a Rick Nash trade was finally consummated between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their oft-discussed possible trading partner, the New York Rangers. While we patiently wait to find out whether Weber plays in Nashville or Philadelphia next year (another possible article for a later date), let’s quickly get up to speed how this trade will affect both teams.

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  Tags: artem+anisimov, brandon+dubinsky, fantasy+hockey, rick+nash, tim+erixon

Free Agent Fantasy Frenzy: The Main Course Goes To Minny

It wasn’t quite LeBron James and “The Decision”, but one team is far and away the winner of NHL free agency in 2012.

The Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signings will make the Minnesota Wild perhaps the most discussed NHL team throughout the summer and into the season. The presence of these two players alone turns the Wild from an NHL afterthought to a possible Stanley Cup contender. Suddenly snowy Minnesota (and Edmonton, for that matter) turns into a destination hotspot for young talent, while established star power teams such as Pittsburgh and Detroit are suddenly left scrambling for Plan B options.

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Free Agent Fantasy Frenzy: Plenty of Value Aside From Parise

Two days of free agent frenzy have now passed with the two biggest fish in the pond – Zach Parise and Ryan Suter – remaining uncaught. All 30 NHL teams would prefer that Parise and Suter decide sooner rather than later, so that they can concentrate on Plan B options (and C and D, if needed). Since all the dominoes haven’t fallen, these fantasy projections should be considered by no means final. But everything else equal, let’s consider how these players will fit in with their new teams.

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  Tags: derek+roy, fantasy+hockey, jason+garrison, jiri+hudler, olli+jokinen, p.a.+parenteau, ray+whitney, ryan+suter, steve+ott, zach+parise

Free Agent Fantasy Frenzy: The Appetizer

This is the moment in which NHL fans are holding their breaths, the calm before the proverbial storm that is the NHL’s free agency period. My phone, which is set up to receive TSN updates via text message, will be continually beeping with update after update on Sunday. Remembering who went where will also be a tall order, with names big and small switching uniforms, often to teams we wouldn’t have suspected. And we haven’t even gotten into the fantasy implications of these signings. But before we do, there were a few significant player transactions over the past week that should affect fantasy teams next season.

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Draft Day 2012: The Fantasy Take

Friday’s draft came and went with no Rick Nash or Roberto Luongo trade… yet. For those inevitable trades to occur there’s always the free agent frenzy period and the weeks following. In other words, hockey player news during the summer seems to happen in large doses that force us into information overload, followed by long periods of dry spells which include delusional excitement over the signings of the Danny Syvrets and Brad Winchesters of the hockey world.

Here are the most significant names to change addresses on Friday, along with the resulting shifts in fantasy value.

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Bruins Beaten, Rangers and Devils Hang On

There will be a new Stanley Cup winner in 2012, since the Bruins will not be back in the final to defend their title. However, a pair of Game 7’s on Thursday allowed two first-round favorites in the Rangers and Devils to avoid the upset virus that has inflicted damage on top-seeded teams and many playoff hockey pools.

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The Oddsmakers Go Bankrupt; The Two Favorites Go Golfing

If you are like me and trust the oddsmakers, you would have loaded up on Penguins and Canucks in your playoff pool this year. However, an infinite number of betting lines and playoff pools have gone topsy-turvy with the surprise early exits of the two teams that many predicted would meet in the Stanley Cup Final. If we want to find out what this Stanley Cup Final series would have been like, you’ll need to play it out on NHL 12; or if you seldom touch video games (like me), on your table hockey game.

Before we look ahead, let’s look back at what went wrong for these two favorites.

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The Wings Fly Away Early, Other West Powers Next?

Even though the majority of experts picked Nashville to defeat Detroit, the Red Wings were easily the sexier team when it came to playoff pools. On paper, the Predators don’t possess the equivalent of the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, or even Johan Franzen. In addition, it’s difficult to pass up on Nicklas Lidstrom in any playoff pool, for all that he has accomplished in his career. But will be strange not seeing the Red Wings in their usual spot in the second round of the playoffs.

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About The Goods on Fantasy Hockey

My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.

A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to gooding74@shaw.ca, or follow me on Twitter.

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