Fantasy Hockey 2014-2015

With the new NHL season drawing closer, many of us are preparing for our fantasy drafts and trying to decide which players we should take in order to claim the championship, and thus bragging rights!!  I have been playing fantasy hockey for a number of years and every year I look forward to sitting down to try and figure out who will bring me my next championship.  Let’s take a look at the players that you could choose in your own fantasy pools that could bring home a championship for yourself.

TOP PICKS

In the 1st round of all fantasy drafts there are so many top notch players available that it can be quite difficult to choose which player to draft, let’s see if I can make it a little easier for you to make a decision.  The following is a list of the top 12 point producing players this upcoming season:

  1. Sidney Crosby – 107 pts
  2. Steven Stamkos – 100 pts
  3. Evgeni Malkin – 99 pts
  4. Claude Giroux – 91 pts
  5. John Tavares – 89 pts
  6. Ryan Getzlaf – 85 pts
  7. Phil Kessel – 84 pts
  8. Taylor Hall – 83 pts
  9. Tyler Seguin – 83 pts
  10. Alexander Ovechkin – 82 pts
  11. Nicklas Backstrom – 81 pts
  12. Jamie Benn – 80 pts

TOP SOPHMORE PICKS

Every year I always hesitate on taking 2nd year players because I am always afraid that the 1st year phenom from last year will inevitably be struck by the sophomore slump.  Here is a list of the top 5 players that are going into their 2nd NHL season that will not be affected by the sophomore slump:

  1. Nathan MacKinnon – 71 pts
  2. Tomas Hertl – 55 pts
  3. Valeri Nichushkin – 52 pts
  4. Ryan Strome – 45 pts
  5. Torey Krug – 42 pts

TOP DEFENSEMEN

Defensemen are sometimes the difference between winning a championship and losing out on it.  Someone like Erik Karlsson will outscore 99% of all NHL forwards, so to use a top 10 pick on him is not out of the question, and he could bring home a championship for you.  The following is a list of the top 12 scoring defensemen for this upcoming season:

  1.  Erik Karlsson – 70 pts
  2. Victor Hedman – 58 pts
  3. Duncan Keith – 57 pts
  4. Shea Weber – 57 pts
  5. PK Subban – 56 pts
  6. Alex Pietrangelo – 55 pts
  7. Keith Yandle – 50 pts
  8. Oliver Ekman-Larsson – 50 pts
  9. James Wisniewski – 48 pts
  10. Niklas Kronwall – 47 pts
  11. Kevin Shattenkirk – 47 pts
  12. Ryan McDonagh – 46 pts

TOP GOALTENDERS

For the top goaltenders I am going to base this list on Wins, GAA, and Save%.  Here are my top 6:

  1. Jonathan Quick
  2. Henrik Lundqvist
  3. Carey Price
  4. Tuukka Rask
  5. Antti Niemi
  6. Brian Elliot/Jake Allen

TOP ROOKIES

These picks are difficult because it’s always an uncertainty that rookies stay with their NHL team, or if they do make the opening day roster, it’s less clear if they remain for the remainder of the year and not sent back to their junior team.  Having said that, here is a list of the top 5 rookies that I believe will make the opening day roster with their NHL team, stay for the whole year and be a contributing member to the team’s offense:

  1. Jonathan Drouin – 59 pts
  2. Sam Reinhart – 43 pts
  3. Sam Bennett – 39 pts
  4. Michael Dal Colle – 37 pts
  5. Aaron Ekblad – 23 pts

TOP SLEEPER PICKS

Every year there are players that fly under the radar and are not considered as a possible pick, or not taken until the later rounds.  Whether it was because they under achieved the year before, were injured, have not lived up to expectations, or did put up big numbers but are not seen as being ready to make another leap in point production, there are always a number of players that surprise us.  The following is a list of the top 12 sleeper picks for this upcoming season:

  1. Ryan Johansen
  2. Patrick Hornqvist
  3. Brandon Saad
  4. Alex Galchenyuk
  5. Evgeny Kuznetsov
  6. Boone Jenner
  7. Tyler Toffoli
  8. Carl Soderberg
  9. Vladimir Tarasenko
  10. Tomas Jurco
  11. Alexander Edler
  12. Dougie Hamilton

Every September brings a breath of fresh air to the fantasy hockey world.  We all look forward to drafting a team that will utterly destroy our opponents week in and week out.  The fact of the matter is that every team we draft will comprise of at least one player that does not fulfill our expectations of them.  Hopefully the above lists will help minimize those picks and bring glory to your fantasy world.  Good luck drafting.

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