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NHL season preview: Power rankings, best- and worst-case scenarios and bold predictions

The 2021-22 NHL season is being called a return to normalcy. Last season was an unprecedented one for the NHL due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Four geographically realigned divisions, including one solely comprising Canadian teams; teams playing only opponents within those divisions; and a new playoff format that eschewed wild-card teams. But it ended just […]

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Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre’s charity donated to University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation while he pushed for state funds

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s charity, Favre 4 Hope, donated more than $130,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation from 2018 to 2020, according to tax records obtained by ESPN on Wednesday. During this same period, Favre was trying to raise money for a new volleyball stadium at the university, where he played […]

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Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp: Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more

But now that fall is officially set to begin on Thursday, it’s also time for training camps around the NHL to open, as we look ahead to opening night of the season on Oct. 11. To help get you ready for the next few weeks — as teams decide on which players make the roster, […]

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Fantasy hockey dynasty ranks: What will the NHL look like in 2027

Well, we know their age. We also know what kind of production they have put up in the past. But beyond those two criteria, we don’t really know a whole lot. We can certainly guess a lot. In January 2018, ESPN asked me to do the first one of these dynasty rankings. While I didn’t […]

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2022 NHL draft – Fantasy hockey wrap-up and reaction

Once again, we expect most draftees to blossom in seasons beyond 2022-23 – especially following recent limited opportunities to play through the COVID-19 pandemic. Most, but not all. And even in re-draft or limited keeper leagues, it’s never too early to look ahead, or remain prepared in case some promising player makes an unexpectedly premature […]

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Fantasy hockey: Way too early 2022-23 rankings

To get the ball rolling on discussions for the fall, we present the way-too-early top 300 fantasy rankings. Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs Leon Draisaitl, W, Edmonton Oilers Igor Shesterkin, G, New York Rangers Nikita Kucherov, W, Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning Kirill Kaprizov, W, […]

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The 2022 fantasy hockey awards: Who were the biggest difference makers?

It’s time for a bit of a retrospective; a look back at some of the most pleasant surprises this season, the disappointments and the future assets. Using ESPN’s preseason top 300 rankings (the one’s done in the fantasy game itself that you would have seen in your draft room back in the fall), I’ve compiled […]

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Fantasy hockey: What to expect from those traded and those who were not

As expected, new Panther Claude Giroux is initially hooking up with (a very excited) Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe on the club’s top line, leaving the potent second unit of Jonathan Huberdeau, Sam Bennett, and Anthony Duclair intact. More interestingly, the former Flyer appears to be joining an all-forward cast on Florida’s top power play. […]

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Fantasy hockey rookie watch: Outlook on Zegras, Seider, Boldy and more

Moritz Seider, D, Detroit Red Wings (Rostered in 92.3% of ESPN.com leagues): I mean, we all knew the Red Wings’ top defensive prospect was going to be good, but I’m not sure too many of us believed he would make such a formidable impact, so quickly. The experience of playing with men in the Swedish […]

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‘A hardworking, competitive team’: What Pat Verbeek wants to build for the Anaheim Ducks

“Once they said, ‘OK, Pat, you can’t play hockey anymore’ — this is what they tell you, that’s how you come to the realization you’re no good anymore and you’re never coming back — I started to do things I never got to do as a player,” said Verbeek, who was hired in early February […]

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