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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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Fantasy hockey: Top ten forwards set for their breakout

Saying that forwards at the age of 24 (using their age prior to Jan. 31 of the current season) score more fantasy points than any other age is true. It’s also true to say the largest single increase in production between age brackets is between the ages of 22 and 23, closely followed by the […]

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Top Fantasy hockey picks: Rookies and sophomores

Mason McTavish, F, Anaheim Ducks: If this year’s beau of the WJC ball can even come close to mimicking this summer’s international play in taking his next big step – look out. Team Canada’s captain racked up 17 points in seven games, essentially driving his national squad to the top of the Championship podium. While […]

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Fantasy hockey 2022 centers: Put Sebastian Aho, Trevor Zegras on your draft board

Folks, your faceoff leader from the 2021-22 campaign is listed as a winger. So is the player that finished third. If they aren’t exclusively centers in the NHL despite taking the most faceoffs, then who really is? We’re good? We can move on? Good. Choose your league size, customize the scoring and set the rules […]

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2022-23 ESPN Fantasy Hockey rankings

While many line combinations and goalie splits around the NHL landscape are still to be decided, next season’s top picks won’t look that different from the last. Want Hart Trophy winner Auston Matthews or Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin? Well, you’re going need a top pick or pay up in a salary cap draft. So […]

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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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NHL teams with holes remaining after the first wave of free agency

Well, some teams are. Others have been weirdly silent, unwilling to make moves to clear cap space, or simply aren’t doing much when more is required. There are also teams that fall in the middle, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs. They’ve made trades and signed players, but are they truly better off? The Leafs […]

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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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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

TAMPA, Fla. — Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews collected the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night. Matthews, 24, scored 60 goals, leading the NHL for the second straight season. He set a Maple […]

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2022 NHL awards: Finalists, winners for Hart, Norris, Vezina, Calder trophies

The 2022 NHL Awards show is taking place Tuesday night, and we will finally learn the winners of all the awards for the 2021-22 season. To help get you ready for the event, here’s a rundown of the finalists for the five awards to be presented during the broadcast, as well as a list of […]

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