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The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide 20/21

The Hockey News is an iconic, authoritative and trusted voice of hockey. It was founded in 1947 and grew to become known as The Bible of Hockey. Once a tabloid newspaper, it has evolved into a multi-platform brand that goes deeper and broader than anyone in the industry. The Hockey News publishes regular editions plus its special editions that include the Yearbook, Ultimate Pool Guide and Money and Power.

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in this issue

3 min
rookies on the radar

ONLY TWO NHL ROOKIES have eclipsed 70 points in the past five seasons: Mathew Barzal with the New York Islanders and Artemi Panarin with the Chicago Blackhawks. Barzal had 85 points in 2017-18, making him the only recent freshman to put up a point per game while playing the full season. Panarin had 77 points in 2015-16, which was still great, but not quite on pace. Given the exceptional players who have been part of this cohort – everyone from Auston Matthews to Elias Pettersson to Patrik Laine – it’s clear just how difficult it is to put up gaudy numbers in the NHL as a rookie, even when you have a proven pedigree. So it’s important to place rookies in the appropriate slot when you’re drafting your fantasy team this year.…

3 min
too good to be true?

IT ALWAYS HURTS ON fantasy draft day to turn your back on the surprise player pickup who helped you win a championship the previous season. But sometimes, dispensing with sentimentality is good business. Last year, those who scooped Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik off the waiver wire felt like geniuses. But when players break out unexpectedly, their values change drastically in fantasy drafts, too. They’re not necessarily bargains anymore. Which of last year’s sensations are still worth the investment for 2020-21? Which will give you buyer’s remorse? >KEVIN FIALA LW, MINNESOTA Fiala finished 2019-20 with 14 goals and 26 points in 18 games, but that’s not the full story. He had 53 points in his final 56 games and ranked among NHL leaders in points per 60. He’ll play more – and score more.…

2 min
mock draft

WITH 10 TEAMS MAKING 20 picks apiece, The Hockey News Mock Draft goes 200 players deep. While it’s important to grab as many point-per-game players as possible in the early rounds, it’s just as vital to make sure your depth picks are consistent producers. It will likely be the success – or failure – of the bottom half of your fantasy roster that is the difference between winning and losing. In the 2020-21 THN Mock Draft, we stuck to the same guidelines as the past few years – 20 selections per team, and every team needed two goaltenders (no more, no less) and at least four defensemen. Goalies get two points per win, plus a bonus point for shutouts. For defensemen and forwards, it’s pure points. Here are a few highlights from…

6 min
are we there yet?

>2020-21 ALEXIS LAFRENIERE LW, 19 That Lafreniere is NHL-ready is practically a given. The MVP of the 2020 world juniors and first overall pick by the Rangers brings a tremendous combination of skill, vision and physicality to the table, and on a rising New York team, he’ll have talent to play off. The sky truly is the limit for Lafreniere. KIRILL KAPRIZOV LW, 23 Finally, finally the Minnesota Wild get a chance to see what Kaprizov can do at the NHL level after the silky Russian winger committed to leaving the KHL. At 23, Kaprizov won’t have to worry about man-strength; he just has to get used to the rinks and style over here. We say he gets up to speed quickly. ALEXANDER ROMANOV D, 20 Having already dazzled at two WJC tournaments as well as…

3 min
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…

1 min
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…