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The Hockey News 2017/18 - Poolbook (English)

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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scientific fantasy

THEY SAY THAT scouting is an art, not a science, and nowhere is that more evident than on the day of the entry draft. A bunch of teams get together, in an arena with media, TV lights and cameras, and go about the process of trying to plug artistic evaluations into spreadsheets so they can attempt to procure the best young hockey players. It’s about as exact as trying to prove the theory of relativity using a Ouija board and tea leaves. That’s the nature of scouting. Art, not science. You watch a prospect long enough and you think you know. But all you really know is that there are so many variables in play. And on decision day, beauty, like art, is in the eye of the beholder. That’s the entry…

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do your draft one day at a time

THERE’S NOTHING WORSE than taking Steven Stamkos with your first draft pick and finding out two weeks later he’s out for the season with a knee injury. There’s nothing better than drafting Stamkos and knowing for sure he’s going to be in your lineup that night. OK, there’s also nothing better than finding out an opponent in your fantasy league picked Stamkos and lost their first-round pick for the season, but what we’re trying to describe is the basic difference between a season- long draft and a daily draft. If you’re not familiar with how standard daily drafts work, it’s simple. You pick a team of nine skaters and a goalie, and stay within the salary structure. The more fantasy points a player is projected to get, the higher his salary. There are…

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dream teens

CLAYTON KELLER TURNED out to be a quick study at Boston University, taking home Hockey East’s rookie-of-the-year honors. Now the smooth-skating center is eyeing a repeat performance in his first NHL season. If his team-leading 21 goals and 45 points with the Terriers weren’t enough to get the Arizona Coyotes excited about his potential, he also bounced around from tournament to tournament, league to league as a point-producing mercenary. Keller, the cover boy and No. 1 prospect in THN’s Future Watch 2017, was a nightmare for opponents wherever he went. In his debut at the world juniors, Keller cracked the all-star squad with three goals and 11 points on a gold medal-winning U.S. side, and the performance was so impressive Team USA came calling in time for the World Championship. Keller was…

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get your hot shots now

WITH EVERY PASSING season, the kids are making an impact quicker than ever. Auston Matthews hung 40 goals on the league in his initial excursion, and even Matthew Tkachuk – a player we thought might need another year to get his speed up – was excellent in Calgary, straight from the draft floor. Who else is coming down the pipeline? Here’s a look at some of the players you should nab for your keeper pool and their anticipated arrive-in-the-NHL dates. Your call on when you want to pick them up. (Ages are as of the projected-debut season.) 2017-18 CLAYTON KELLER C, 19 We got a taste at the end of last season, now we want the full experience. Keller may be the closest thing to Patrick Kane since ‘Kaner’ himself. BROCK BOESER RW, 20 On…

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wonder boys or one-hit wonders?

BREAKOUT STARS ARE fun as can be, often winning you pools when they surprise as late-round gems or perfectly timed waiver-wire pickups. Those same studs, though, can sink you the next year if you pay too much for repeat performances. Which 2016-17 sleeper heroes were for real, and which carry red flags in? SVEN ANDRIGHETTO He exploded for 16 points in 19 games after a trade from Montreal. Andrighetto found chemistry with Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon. Since you can get him in most drafts with your last pick, there’s no reason to worry when he’ll cost so little. VERDICT: BUYER BELIEVE VIKTOR ARVIDSSON The feisty Swede loves to shoot the puck, and he’s locked down a spot with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg on one of hockey’s best lines. Arvidsson will come cheaper…

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ask the experts

1 How many points for Connor McDavid in 2017-18? 2 Who wins the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer? 3 Who wins the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie? 4 Who’s the first goalie you select in your pool? 5 Who scores more points in 2017-18: Sidney Crosby or Patrick Kane? 6 Which defenseman finishes with the most points: Brent Burns, Victor Hedman or Erik Karlsson? 7 Who scores more goals in 2017-18: Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine? 8 Who’s your favorite sleeper pick this season? 9 Who’s your bust pick this season? 10 Who leads the Vegas Golden Knights in scoring? 11 Which 2016-17 playoff team is most likely to miss the post-season in 2017-18? 12 Which team will have the better bounce-back year: Dallas or Tampa Bay? 13 Who are your bottom three teams in 2017-18? 14…