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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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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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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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2022 NHL playoff fantasy hockey pool guide: Favorites, sleepers and busts

We’re now wading into a fresh fantasy field in which the quantity of games played often rivals quality of individual performance. Alex Ovechkin can do only so much damage if his Washington Capitals are disposed of in five contests at the hands of the Florida Panthers. So, my advice: Pick a handful of teams you […]

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Fantasy hockey waiver watch: Championship week adds and drops

Five days to go, folks! Which means in redraft playoff competition it’s time to ditch certain long-term relationships – regardless of how fruitful they’ve been to date – for the cream of the what-are-you-doing-for-me-now crop. You can select Alex Ovechkin, who’s listed day-to-day with an upper-body injury, again next fall. Right now, the 50-goal scorer […]

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Fantasy hockey forecaster: April 18 to April 24

Let’s have a look at each team, their remaining games and which players are poised for a strong finish that you can use to your advantage. Anaheim Ducks (six games left – Jackets, Kings, Kings, Blues, Sharks, Stars): The Ducks schedule is split into one more game this week, three next week and two in […]

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Waiver watch: Why your fantasy playoff roster needs Canadiens and Predators

Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens (Rostered in 36.4% of ESPN.com leagues): Forced to sit out a couple of weeks with a lower-body injury, the scrappy winger now appears his best, refreshed, dirt-disturbing self. Competing on a line with Christian Dvorak, Gallagher has a goal and four assists in his three games back, plus a bonus […]

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NHL playoff watch standings update: Minnesota Wild-St. Louis Blues a pre-playoffs preview

As we gaze upon the current NHL standings, one first-round playoff matchup appears to be more locked in than all of the rest: the Minnesota Wild vs. the St. Louis Blues in the Central Division’s No. 2-vs.-No. 3 seed matchup. Luckily for us, we get a preview of that series Friday night. These two teams […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Teams resting stars? Here’s who will get those starts

The Colorado Avalanche have a healthy 13-point lead on their current status as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Is that reason enough to consider Nazem Kadri’s upper-body injury a season-ending one? Perhaps he comes back to get his legs for a couple of games before the postseason, but perhaps the Avs hold […]

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