The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
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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.
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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