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The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide 20/21

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ultimate guide - goalies

RISING STAR: Identifies goaltenders whose performance is on a marked upward trajectory. UFA IN 2021: These goalies are unrestricted free agents in 2021 and have incentive to perform better. WORKHORSE: Goalies expected to start 60-plus games based on full season. Seven goalies made it last season. BRICK WALL: Goalies expected to top .920 in save percentage. There were 11 such goalies last season. BANG FOR THE BUCK: These goalies provide better statistics than reflected by their 2020-21 salary-cap hits. RED FLAG: Goalies at risk of injury, benching, demotion or return to junior or Europe. TRENDING DOWN: Goalies whose performance is expected to start (or continue) to drop off in 2020-21.…

want an edge? play mind games

I’M NOT A SERIOUS poker player. I enjoy it from time to time, but I’m a novice. I was good at math growing up, so if I win, it’s by playing the numbers and knowing the odds. You’ll never see me studying opponents’ body language, reading their eyes, searching for tells. I’m not skilled enough to understand those nuances. Fantasy hockey, though? I’m experienced. I know the best way to win is to understand the predictive statistical trends and be aggressive on the waiver wire, but there’s an intangible side to the game, too, just like in poker. Understanding your opponents can create the microscopic advantages that nudge you toward a championship. A crucial psychological element of fantasy hockey: learning how and when to prey on your fellow GMs’ minds, especially…

make the most of free agency

SO YOU’RE FLIPPING through your Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide – it feels like we’re being a little wishy-washy with the title there – and you come across this story about the top unrestricted free agents for the summer (or fall, or maybe winter) of 2021. And you’re probably saying something like: “Why would I want to read this? How is this going to help me get bragging rights over my bros?” Well, it’s pretty simple, actually. Guys who are playing for a contract the next season are incentivized to put up the biggest numbers they can. Therefore, they’re probably worth a look-see for your fantasy roster. If they have no hope of being re-signed, they might be dealt to a contender, where they will play with better players and have a…

the great goalie reckoning

A NOTABLE GOALIE TURN over awaits us in the next few seasons. It will be such a noticeable changing of the guard that we can expect to see at least 10 new starters and 10 new backups – that’s almost one-third of the workforce – by the start of 2025-26. That’s because, in addition to having two more goalies come in with Seattle, almost half of today’s 62 NHL goalies are 32 or older. So in five years’ time, they’ll be 37 or older. And the vast majority of those greybeards will be past their best-before date. So who are the 20 or so new NHL goalies going to be in 2025-26? We’ve compiled a list of the best-bets to consider for five years down the road. They’re as young as 18…

ultimate guide - teams

ABBREVIATION GUIDE MINOR PRO AHL-American Hockey League (Bakersfield, Belleville, Binghamton, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Hershey, Iowa, Laval, Lehigh Valley, Manitoba, Milwaukee, Ontario, Providence, Rochester, Rockford, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, Springfield, Stockton, Syracuse, Texas, Toronto, Tucson, Utica, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton), ECHL-formerly East Coast Hockey League. OTHERS CHL: OHL-Ontario League, QMJHL-Quebec Major Junior League, WHL-Western League. USHL-United States League. NCAA: ECAC-Eastern College Athletic Conference, HE-Hockey East, NCHC-National Collegiate Hockey Conference, WCHA-Western Collegiate Hockey Association. International: Bel-Belarus, Cze or Czech-Czech Republic, Fin-Finland, Ger-Germany, Kaz-Kazakhstan, Rus-Russia, Svk-Slovakia, Swe-Sweden, Sui-Switzerland. WJC-World Junior Championship, USA (under-18) or U.S. NTDP is U.S. National Team Development Program. STATISTICS A-assists, C-center, D-defenseman, G-goals, GAA-goals-against average, GP-games played, GPG-goals per game, GK-goalkeeper, GT-game-tying, GW-game-winning, Ht-height, H/R-home/road, L-losses, LEA-league, LW-left winger, Min-minutes, Min/Pt-minutes per point, Corsi (percentage of shots directed at opposition net…

nhl statistics 2019-20

>OVERALL >CONFERENCE STANDINGS >DIVISION >SPECIAL TEAMS >SCORING LEADERS >ROOKIE LEADERS >GOALIES >NHL ENTRY DRAFT The 2020 draft was held Oct. 6-7 via video conference call. Listed below are each team’s picks. Information includes round /overall, name, position, 2019-20 team and league. ANAHEIM DUCKS 1/6. Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL) 1/27. Jacob Perreault, RW, Sarnia (OHL) 2/36. Sam Colangelo, RW, Chicago (USHL) 3/67. Ian Moore, D, St. Mark’s School (High-MA) 4/104. Thimo Nickl, D, Drummondville (QMJHL) 5/129. Artyom Galimov, LW, Kazan (KHL) 6/160. Albin Sundsvik, C, Skelleftea (Swe) 7/207. Ethan Bowen, C, Chilliwack (BCHL) ARIZONA COYOTES 4/111. Mitchell Miller, D, Tri-City (USHL) 5/142. Carson Bantle, LW, Madison (USHL) 6/173. Filip Barklund, C, Orebro (Swe Jr.) 7/192. Elliot Ekefjard, RW, Bjorkloven (Swe Jr.) 7/204. Ben McCartney, LW, Brandon (WHL) BOSTON BRUINS 2/58. Mason Lohrei, D, Green Bay (USHL) 3/89. Trevor Kuntar, C, Youngstown (USHL) 5/151. Mason Langenbrunner, D, Eden Prairie (High-MN) 6/182. Riley Duran, C, Lawrence Acad. (High-MA) BUFFALO SABRES 1/8. Jack…