Fantasy Rankings!

By … JoelLeafs

Well, the season is set to start with puck dropping around the league on the 15th. With that, I’m sure many of us are scrambling around to organize our fantasy leagues. In the spirit I thought we should have a discussion around the anticipated best of every position.

I’m making the assumption that we’re going off points, PPP, face offs, PIMs, hits, and the usual goalie stats.

Here’s my take:

Quick – Does anyone look as stable on a good team as Quick?

Lundqvist – nothing needed here, it’s Lundqvist

Howard – maybe not in too many top 3s but he’s on a stable team that didn’t change too much and know their system

Schneider – a short one, but likely his first full season and the Canucks are still a very good team

Stamkos – well, obviously.

Crosby – despite all that happened last year and his lengthy absence from play, hard not to go with best player in the world™

Giroux – I just love watching him play. He was still leading the playoff scoring two rounds after being eliminated. Beast

Spezza/Hank Sedin – couldn’t pick between these two. Tavares or Seguin might step up too, but hard to put them above the established group above

Zetteberg – again, on a stable team and he happens to be one of the most talented and creative players of this generation

Parise – a bit of a risk going at number 2, but he could have a huge year in his new home

Kovlachuk – with the departure of the above teammate he’ll have to step up for the devils to succeed. Remember all those years in Atlanta? Yeah, he’s good when he’s got a team on his back

Ovechkin – comeback year? Sure hope so. Plus, if you have hits in your league he’s a huge bonus.

Perry – contract year and a short season with familiar faces. With some questions in net, you know his team will be all out offense.

Kessel – F you, I’m a Leafs fan. He’s been consistent and doesn’t seem to get injured.

Iginla – Calgary has stated they don’t want to rebuild. A shorter season might be just what an aging iggy needs to really put up big numbers

Neal – He’s got some talent around him…

Karlsson – I kind of doubt he can repeat last year, but hey, I live in Ottawa now, gotta root on the home town boys

Chara – it’s Chara. He breaths fire

Suter – new digs in his hometown with an upgraded team.

Weber – his playoff beard still haunts my dreams

13 Responses to Fantasy Rankings!

  1. 93killer93 says:

    C- Crosby
    LW- Neal
    RW- Kessel
    D- Letang
    G- Fleury/Rinne

    • mojo19 says:

      How do you think the Penguins will do this year? – Joke

      • JoelLeafs says:

        hah. I did that with my playoff pool two years ago with Vancouver and fucking destroyed everyone. I think I would revise my list to include Fleury. After the playoffs I think a lot of people will undervalue him way too much.

        • 93killer93 says:

          I think with the season being as short as it is, it’s going to come down to who’s hot. If the Pens start strong I don’t see anyone beating them this year. My only concern with Fleury (fantasy wise) is they could run with Vokoun, if Fleury has a string of bad performances. So I’m definitely going after both of them for my fantasy league.

          • JoelLeafs says:

            Possible, but other than the WJC and the playoffs last year, I’m pretty confident in Fleury’s record.

  2. mojo19 says:

    Miika Kiprusoff never disappoints in the fantasy department. From 2005 to present, he’s racked up more fantasy pts (depending on your league rules) than anyone in the NHL.

    He’s a work horse, he gets wins, posts good SV%, good GAA, and always gets more than his share of shutouts.

    He’s also often overlooked because Calgary is never in contention.

    • mojo19 says:

      look at Kippers win totals the last 7 seasons:
      42, 40, 39, 45, 35, 37, 35.

      Lundqvist also great:
      30, 37, 37, 38, 35, 36, 39.

      • 93killer93 says:

        The big thing with Kipper is the amount of games he’s played over that time. In those 7 seasons he played 74, 74, 76, 76, 73, 71 and 70 games. I wonder whether having the shortened season will help him. If the Leafs are trading for a goalie, then I think he should be their top target not Luongo.

        • JoelLeafs says:

          I think this season could be huge for a lot of the vets out there that don’t have the energy for a full bore 82 game season. I think Iggy is going to kill it. He can safely go all out knowing he likely won’t see the post season and only has to play 42 games.

  3. blaze says:

    I gotta say there’s only a handful of guys I’m taking before John Tavares in a fantasy draft. I don’t even think its a stretch to be calling him a top 5 player by seasons end. Looked great in the Spengler, screw training camp he’s ready to go now.

    • JoelLeafs says:

      True, but is he realistically going to get that many more fantasy points than Stammer, Malkin, Crosby, Hank, Giroux, and Spezza? If he was available for my 2nd pick, I’d jump on it.

      I don’t disagree with him being potentially top 5 by season’s end, but fantasy wise, I dunno. Same with Seguin. I think he’ll kill it this year, especially if the system has to adjust for not having Whiney McThomas, but I’m not taking him in my pool if Stamkos, Crosby, Malkin and co are available.

  4. blaze says:

    I missed you HTR, hockeybuzz is a 500+ post troll fest good to be back.

  5. blaze says:

    So does Pheonix even have an owner yet? All this Luongo talk kills me. Have people forgotten Mike Smith exists? Is he willing to resign in Pheonix, what did the lockout do to this teams future? I’d love Mike Smith in the blue and white.

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