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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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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 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: The Erik Karlsson renaissance

The easier part of the equation is definitely identifying early movers and shakers whom you would like to add to your roster. But there are more early successes than there are obvious failures. Five or six games is not enough to cut bait on a potentially elite player. The trick is working the fringes. While […]

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Fantasy hockey waiver watch: Options to replace Nikita Kucherov

Fun. Free. Easy. Create or join a league and play ESPN Fantasy Hockey! Sign up for free! With potentially significant and unfortunate news coming out of Tampa Bay on Monday, we’ll buck convention and begin with focussing on the possible loss of an A-plus fantasy performer. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (99.9%): If it truly […]

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Fantasy hockey: Forecaster for the week of Oct. 18 to Oct. 24

Fun. Free. Easy. Create or join a league and play ESPN Fantasy Hockey! Sign up for free! Vasilevskiy will be fine and Forsberg isn’t going to be a world beater. Just like Carter Hutton won’t be letting in eight goals per game for the Arizona Coyotes … Actually, wait, that one is possible. But, for […]

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Fantasy hockey – What to expect from 2021 NHL draft picks … and when

With few exceptions – while knowing a surprise or two is undoubtedly to fall out in training camp – we’re largely looking at most recent draftees blossoming in seasons beyond 2021-22. But that doesn’t mean only dynasty/keeper managers should hold interest. Even in re-draft or limited keeper leagues, it’s never too early to look ahead, […]

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