The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
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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.
In order to win a fantasy league, it’s not the early-round picks that matter (unless you choose Sidney Crosby and he misses half the season). The difference between winning and losing a fantasy league lies in making savvy mid to late round picks whose production level matches that of earlier-round picks.
With that strategy in mind, I’ve listed twelve players that I believe have the potential to exceed their current ranking on Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, or any other sites that host fantasy hockey. I’m not suggesting that you draft all of these players. But timing is everything, so these are names that you can consider if they appear at the right spot for you. I no longer enter drafts thinking that I must draft a particular player, since I could end up drafting the player earlier than I need to. Rather, I ensure that the player fills a particular need on my team (positional, statistical) before I add to my roster. Understanding player values is a critical component in winning any fantasy league – whether it be hockey, baseball, football, or fishing (yes, there is such a thing).
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