Kukla's Korner Hockey
update, original post was 10/21/14 at 11:13am, Don't forget to register for the free fantasy nightly game tonight!
BoltDraft.com is the place to put your fantasy hockey knowledge to the test. KK members and readers are invited to try out this nightly game. Here is the link to an exclusive free contest with a $100 prize over at BoltDraft. The contest goes live Thursday at 7:00pm ET, so get your picks in now. (It takes 10 seconds to register and less than a minute to pick your players.)
BoltDraft is built for those that don’t have a ton of time to spend on their lineups but want to be in the action. No salary caps and no headaches. It’s all pretty simply from there. You pick three players (F, D, G) that you think will dominate. If your players crush it more than anyone else’s, you win the top prize. It’s a 100% free game and the top scorer gets the whole $100 bill.
To access the Kukla's Korner free contest, simply sign up and then enter the contest in the lobby. If for some reason you don’t see the exclusive contest, go to the top of the lobby and enter pass code “kukla". Good luck!
Scoring points are below....
Now this pool is different, no salary cap, you can only pick three players from the same NHL team, you are allowed four transactions a month and this is a season pool.
You also pick nine forwards, five defensemen and two goalies and if you have any questions they are answered here.
The scoring, we keep it simple and basic...
F/D : G = 1, A = 1
G : A = 1, W = 2, OTL = 1, SO = 1
Let's have some fun, sign-up for the season long pool right here.
from Pete Jensen of NHL.com,
Targeting breakout candidates in your fantasy draft can go a long way in building a championship-caliber roster. Here are five players I believe will take the jump from household name to superstar in 2014-15. Matt Cubeta's five breakout candidates can be found here.
1. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, Colorado Avalanche
Thanks to a monster second half (39 points over final 42 regular-season games) as a rookie, MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 and took it a step further in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (10 points in seven games). He's on everyone's radar, but not high enough in Yahoo leagues. His average draft position is 35.4 (late third/early fourth round) -- way too low for a player who's moving to his natural position with a chance to exceed 80 points as a sophomore. The 19-year-old reportedly added 12-13 pounds of muscle to his blazing speed this offseason, so don't underestimate his fantasy value and room for improvement....
2. Cory Schneider, G, New Jersey Devils
Based on Schneider's stellar save percentage over the past four seasons (0.928), this 28-year-old is more than deserving of a starting role. He has weathered the storm in timeshare situations with Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur and will finally have the crease to himself for the Devils, who had the League's fewest shots on goal allowed per game and top penalty kill unit last season. There are questions surrounding his defense after the departure of Mark Fayne and Anton Volchenkov, but those vacancies mean the Devils can finally develop 'D' prospects Eric Gelinas and Adam Larsson at the NHL level. The team also added goal scorer Mike Cammalleri to fill a top-line need and is in position to contend....
from Tyler Dellow of Sportsnet,
If you want to succeed in a hockey pool, you need to find players who put up more points than your competition expects. One way to go about that is to take advantage of the fact that people have a tendency to weight recent performance too heavily and fail to consider whether a player has benefited from unusually good or bad luck in achieving his results.
Hockey analytics has come up with a number of tools that can be employed to help determine just that—and whether a player’s most recent season causes him to be overvalued or undervalued come draft day. We’ll look at these tools in the context of forwards at even strength (5v5).
from Dan Treadway of Sports Illustrated,
For a sports video game to truly thrive, several factors need to come together. Gameplay and graphics tend to take center stage, but a factor that's often overlooked but can seriously enhance or hinder a game's effectiveness is the commentators....
I spoke with Sean Ramjagsingh, a producer on NHL 15, which will be released on September 9 and boasts "The most realistic broadcast package in a video game to-date."...
And that process has worked well with NHL 15's new commentators, Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk?
Yeah, they just take a second, they pause, they visualize it and then they rattle off ten different speech samples based off that situation we give them. It gives us Doc and Eddie being Doc and Eddie as opposed to Doc and Eddie reading a script that we wrote for them that might be written in a way that's not their style. We ad lib as much content as we can. We'll have Doc and Eddie together, so they play off each other. That's where you get the true synergy between the two commentators. The one piece that we still need to script a little bit is around the names. So we want sentences or expressions to start with a player's name. We have 5,000 players in our game. We get the names right, make sure we get everybody, make sure we get them with the right intonations. So that's the more scripted part. Everything else we try to leave unscripted as much as possible.
For top players, a guy like Patrick Kane for example, would you have Doc and Eddie specifically say 'Patrick Kane' in a bunch of different ways or even give a specific anecdote about him?
Well for every player we'll have different intonations, different levels -- different commentators sometimes have more levels than others and Doc is fantastic.
I am not a gamer at all, but this looks pretty good to me.
Since I am a novice when it comes to video games, what is your impression of NHL 15?
note 12:14pm, removed Gameplay from the headline since someone tweeted saying it is cgi (whatever that is) and not gameplay.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., - May 5, 2014 - Electronic Arts Inc. today announced EA SPORTSTM NHL® 15, the first title in a new generation of hockey videogames that boldly changes everything you know about the award winning franchise. Experience the hard hitting chaos and unpredictability of the sport as real-world physics are extended to all 12 players on the ice, as well as the puck itself. Look, move, play and think like a real hockey player with all new authentic player modelling and an evolved arsenal of tools, including the Superstar Skill Stick and Vision AI that allow for an unprecedented level of control and elevated player intelligence. Take in the emotion of every play as you immerse yourself in authentic arenas across the National Hockey League. You’ll play in front of a full house of fans created with 9,000 dynamic and individual crowd models, the most ever in a sports videogame. Finally, witness the most realistic broadcast package to date, as NHL 15 overhauls the look of the game with the new NBC Sports Game Day Presentation featuring the commentary team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Eddie Olczyk. TSN analyst Ray Ferraro will also provide insights at ice level.
note: original post was 11/26/13 at 7:40pm
The first few KK/FanDuel Challenges have been a success and now the fun really begins.
This week's challenge is Wednesday, November 27th and you will have the ability to pick a great roster with 26 teams in action.
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What can you win?
Well we have made it a little more competitive...
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