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The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide 2018-19

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3 min.
a case of the baby blues

SOMETIMES WE FANTASY GMs have issues with the real GMs. They spoil things a bit. We posers go into the summer with a vision of who we think are late-round dark-horse players for our hockey pool the next season. It starts out as a mental list but soon grows to the point of having to jot down names in your daytimer or on your iPhone. The header? “Late-round sleepers!!” And you underline it twice. Adam Gaudette, Robert Thomas, Juuso Valimaki, Kieffer Bellows, Klim Kostin, Jordan Kyrou. Even Kyle Capobianco. These are some of the names who ended 2017-18 with great acclaim and looked to be good bets to crack opening-night NHL rosters this season. Then July came, and those real GMs went to work. Nothing against the Leo Komarovs, Jordan Nolans, Antoine…

7 min.
before you place that hockey bet

NEW BETTING legislation in the United States will have little effect on fantasy sports. How do we know? Canadians have lived with government-operated sports betting for decades now and fantasy sports are stronger than ever north of the border. And while Americans may have been legally shut out of hockey betting, they know all their football point spreads for a reason and still love to play their fantasy sports. They’re two completely different types of wagering. Sports betting is gambling on whether a team wins or loses, while the challenge of fantasy sports involves how players within those teams perform. Fantasy sports requires more intricate knowledge, provides more social interaction, is more about our own performance as a fictitious team manager against a group of friends, and involves the pride of virtual…

3 min.
instant impact

THE PREVAILING belief when it came to Vancouver top prospect Elias Pettersson was that he needed some serious bulking up before he could cross the pond and land a full-time gig with the Canucks. His toughest critics said his slight frame – he’s 6-foot-2 and listed at a generous 160 pounds – would be a hindrance when competing against men in Sweden’s top flight and, eventually, in the AHL and NHL. He was projected to need at least two development years before he’d earn a spot with the Canucks. It’s safe to say the hand-wringing about Pettersson’s size was all for naught. Not only did Pettersson succeed in his rookie campaign in the SHL, he took the circuit by storm with deft playmaking and an underestimated scoring touch. Despite missing eight games…

5 min.
know when to hold ’em

THANKS TO SPEED AND preparation, the NHL has become a young man’s league. That’s great for NHL franchises, who get impact players bound by below-market rookie contracts for three years, but it can also be great for your keeper pool if you strike early enough. It’s a balancing act as some prospects need an extra year or two or three. This is normal, so check this guide on some top-end kids who will be emerging in the next few years. We’ve identified when we expect them to play full seasons in the NHL. (Ages are as of the projected debut season.) 2018-19 ELIAS PETTERSSON C, 19 Expectations are high for Pettersson in Vancouver, but luckily he’s not alone. The Canucks can support the gifted pivot with Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat, among others,…

3 min.
can these gems do it again?

DISCOVERING SURPRISE STARS IN fantasy leagues – hello, William Karlsson – gives GMs a fun high. But the same players who bring joy as out-of-nowhere success stories bring stress in the next year’s draft. This time, they won’t come cheap. Karlsson was undrafted in almost every pool and ended up a top-20 fantasy player in 2017-18. Are you willing to spend a top-20 pick on him this year? Problems like these keep poolies up at night. Which unexpected stories should we trust going into 2018-19? DUSTIN BROWN LOS ANGELES KINGS A career-high 61 points at 33 after five years of fewer than 30 points? Brown’s game opened up under coach John Stevens, but age alone tells us he’s going to decline even if last year’s output was legitimate. VERDICT: BUYER BEWARE MARC-ANDRE FLEURY VEGAS GOLDEN…

2 min.
the hockey news mock draft

BIGGER IS BETTER whenit comes to mock drafts. With that in mind, we decided to double the size of the THN Mock Draft this year, with the hopes of shedding more light on who to pick in the later rounds. After all, that’s where most fantasy pools are won. We opted for a 10-team draft going 20 rounds. Every team had to pick two goalies – two points for a win, one for a shutout – and (at least) four defensemen. The intent here is to provide poolies with a case study on how their draft might unfold. Some highlights: MCDAVID NO. 1: To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Connor McDavid went first. He’s the only player projected to reach the 100-point plateau – we’ve got him down for 114. Tampa Bay’s Nikita…