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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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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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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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Fantasy hockey rankings: Championship week best pickups

If the Toronto Maple Leafs pull away from the Tampa Bay Lightning a little more over the next couple of games, they might be in a position to rest toward the end of the season. The Calgary Flames might be in a position soon where their seeding won’t change, but they still might need to […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: The returns and debuts most important to their teams

Thankfully, however, most of the races are being kept tight enough that teams won’t be able to consider resting players for at least a couple of weeks. Even though the teams in the postseason in the Eastern Conference are all but officially settled, there is enough jostling for seeding left that teams likely won’t be […]

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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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The fantasy hockey schedule hack that could win your playoff matchup

So, in similar fashion to November’s hack, here’s a look at how to maximize your fantasy assets’ FPG-potential by playing to the schedule’s feast or famine rhythm when it matters most. Setting the benchmark at six games – when only 12 teams or fewer are active – I tabulated which clubs are booked to compete […]

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Fantasy hockey forecaster: April 4 to April 10

Claude Giroux, C/W, Florida Panthers: I’ll qualify this by suggesting the Panthers really don’t have any wrong answers for how to deploy their top three lines these days. That said, Giroux got a few games in with Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe before a recent switch to give him a try with Jonathan Huberdeau. But […]

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Fantasy hockey: The “what have you done for me lately” rankings

With that final push in mind, let’s have a spin through the “what have you done for me lately?” file. This is looking at fantasy points per game (FPPG) for the past three weeks and cross-referencing with availability in fantasy leagues. Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders (3.2 FPPG in past three weeks; available in […]

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