Draft Guru - Notes

Landshark Hockey breaks down your Fantasy Hockey Draft. Select the category for insight on NHL players to help plan your draft list.


Do Not Forget

These guys suffered for one reason or another last season, and won't be found high on last year's scoring leaders. Don't forget about these guys when formulating your list, as many of can be significant factors in their comeback season.

Offense

Ryan Kesler     VAN Kesler has become the forgotten man in fantasy circles over the past two seasons. A poor season, followed up by an injured plagued one has relegated him to the deep recesses of options on offense. Don't be the guy who says, "oh, I forgot about him" at your draft. He puts up points and PIMS at an impressive rate when healthy. He finished last season healthy enough to put up 8 points in 10 games.
Joffrey Lupul     TOR Lupul has missed significant time over the last two seasons, appearing in just 16 contests last year; however, over that time, he has averaged just over a point per game. Paired once again with Kessel, Lupul should continue to be one of the most dynamic options at the LW position this season.

Defense

Brian Campbell     FLA Campbell tends get overlooked. He's used to being the best defensemen on some offensively challenged teams. Last season, his horrid plus-minus offset his normal fine point production. He's been extremely reliable over his 13 NHL seasons and no real reason to expect a significant demise just yet at age 34. There's really no upside here, but he should be counted on for another decent fantasy season in the 40 point vicinity.
Tobias Enstrom     WIN Following a strong start, Enstrom bowed out early last season with a shoulder injury. Upon returning, he struggled to put up points and ended the season back in the nurse's station with an achin' back. Obviously, injuries will continue to be a concern for Enstrom; however, you can probably wait on him as many will have forgotten on gotten gunshy on trust. Should he return to good health, he should return to the 3rd tier of fantasy defensemen.
Brent Seabrook     CHI Seabrook has never been a fantasy superstar, but his steady goal production makes him a reliable #3 or #4 on your fantasy squad. Over the past 6 seasons, he has produced 8 or more goals 5 times. He will continue to log huge minutes for the offensive powerhouse Blackhawks, making him a safe a pick as any.

Goalies

Ilya Bryzgalov     MIN Despite the bizarre soundbits and Youtube clips off the ice, Bryzgalov's performance in Philly wasn't nearly as bad as it was made out to be. He had very little assistance from the men in front of him. The biggest factor at this point remains his location. Namely, will he be tending net in the KHL or the NHL come fall. Stay tuned to see if an NHL team takes a chance on him. Depending on the situation, his stock could rise quickly, or disappear forever.
Anders Lindback     TAM Lindback likely has almost a 50/50 shot of regaining the #1 job in Tampa Bay. Unfortunately for your draft, that scenario won't play out until just before, or early into, the season. Even so, goaltending in Tampa hasn't been a good thing in fantasy hockey since Darren Puppa left town.
Karri Ramo     CGY Ramo is poised to step in as the starter once/if Kiprusoff officially announces his retirement. Calgary holds little fantasy value for the upcoming season, but in deeper leagues, a starter on any team is worthy of consideration. Ramo hasn't played in the NHL for four years, but has posted excellent stats in the KHL during that stretch.