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Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky is a high-end No. 3 defenseman in fantasy this year. | 09/29/2014 6:52 PM
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Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky is a high-end No. 3 defenseman in fantasy this year.
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Impact
Zidlicky will start the year playing the point on the Devils power play. Eventually, we expect youngster Eric Gelinas to take that role sometime this year, but Zidlicky should produce on the power play and put up solid plus/minus numbers with D-partner Bryce Salvador.
Devils center Adam Henrique's biggest obstacle to taking his fantasy game to another level is fellow centerman Travis Zajac. | 09/29/2014 6:47 PM
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Devils center Adam Henrique's biggest obstacle to taking his fantasy game to another level is fellow centerman Travis Zajac.
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Impact
Henrique proved last year that he can score 20 goals with Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe as linemates, but Henrique would be far more productive if he received playing time with Jaromir Jagr and Mike Cammalleri. Henrique is a handcuff that fantasy owners hope will see more playing time on the top line.
Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas has a chance to be New Jersey's best fantasy defenseman in 2014-2015. | 09/29/2014 6:43 PM
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Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas has a chance to be New Jersey's best fantasy defenseman in 2014-2015.
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Impact
Gelinas showed tremendous potential for a 21-year-old last year. He scored just one fewer point and took just four fewer shots than Marek Zidlicky despite playing in 20 fewer games. Gelinas is New Jersey's future at the blue line and look for him to take over the point on the power play this year.
Devils winger Michael Ryder looks poised for a bounceback season in 2014-2015. | 09/29/2014 6:37 PM
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Devils winger Michael Ryder looks poised for a bounceback season in 2014-2015.
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Impact
Ryder scored 35 goals, a career high, three years ago in Dallas, but scored just 16 in an injury-plagued season in 2012-2013 and then only 18 goals last year in his first season with New Jersey. Ryder wants to make amends and has been playing like he means it this preseason.
Devils winger Patrik Elias is the last player left from the Devils 2003 Stanley Cup Champion team. | 09/29/2014 6:33 PM
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Devils winger Patrik Elias is the last player left from the Devils 2003 Stanley Cup Champion team.
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Impact
With the departure of Martin Brodeur, Elias is the last man left to have won the Cup with the Devils. Jagr, or course, won it as a youngster with the Penguins. If Elias can play a full season for the first time since 2011-2012, he could see an increase in production, but it seems unlikely he will suit up for 82 games at the age of 38.
Devils coach Pete DeBoer is not 100 percent sure free agent signee Michael Cammalleri will play with the top line this year according to the Bergen Record. | 09/29/2014 6:29 PM
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Devils coach Pete DeBoer is not 100 percent sure free agent signee Michael Cammalleri will play with the top line this year according to the Bergen Record.
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Impact
DeBoer actually said that he is not sold on Travis Zajac, Jaromir Jagr and Cammalleri as his top line and one has to assume that Cammalleri would be the odd man out. Zajac and Jagr had pretty good chemistry last season. Still, Cammalleri was brought in to help the Devils score, so he is still the best bet to occupy a top-line spot.
Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr continues to find the fountain of youth in his 21st season in the NHL. | 09/29/2014 6:22 PM
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Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr continues to find the fountain of youth in his 21st season in the NHL.
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Impact
Jagr told The Bergen Record that he isn't even close to thinking about retirement and that he wants to play until he is at least 50. He also said he wants to continue to get better and not play just to play. It's hard to argue with him as he led the Devils with 67 points and scored 24 goals last season at the age of 42. He comes into the season in great shape once again.
Devils center Travis Zajac will have to be more productive this season if he expects to keep his top-line center position. | 09/29/2014 6:12 PM
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Devils center Travis Zajac will have to be more productive this season if he expects to keep his top-line center position.
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Impact
The Devils are hoping the addition of Michael Cammalleri on the wing along with Jaromir Jagr will increase Zajac's production. It better because Zajac was somewhat inefficient with 48 points while averaging 20 minutes a game. Even though other players might do more with the same opportunity, Zajac is still a quality fantasy play as long as he can keep his top line spot.
Center Cody Eakin has agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Dallas Stars according to the Dallas Morning News. | 09/29/2014 6:03 PM
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Center Cody Eakin has agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Dallas Stars according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Impact
Eakin is projected to be the third-line center behind Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza. Eakin scored 16 goals and 19 assists in his third season in the league last year.
Winger Patrick Maroon is practicing on the first line with center Ryan Getzlaf and winger Corey Perry. | 09/29/2014 6:00 PM
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Winger Patrick Maroon is practicing on the first line with center Ryan Getzlaf and winger Corey Perry.
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Impact
Maroon is taking the place of the injured Dany Heatley, who is out with a groin injury. Maroon is a player worth keeping an eye on because there is no timetable for Heatley's return. If Maroon plays well, he may even stay on the first line when Heatley does return.
Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com. | 09/29/2014 5:58 PM
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Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com.
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Impact
Visnovsky left Monday's practice because of the spasms. His back has always bothered him, so we will see if Visnovsky gets healthy enough to play the season opener.
Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com. | 09/29/2014 5:57 PM
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Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is day-to-day with back spasms according to NHL.com.
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Impact
Visnovsky left Monday's practice because of the spasms. His back has always bothered him, so we will see if Visnovsky gets healthy enough to play the season opener.
Winger Cody McLeod agreed to a three-year, $4 million extension with the Colorado Avalanche according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. | 09/29/2014 5:55 PM
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Winger Cody McLeod agreed to a three-year, $4 million extension with the Colorado Avalanche according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
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Impact
McLeod had 13 points and 122 penalty minutes in 71 games in 2013-2014. He is now locked up through the 2016-2017 season.
Defenseman Brad Stuart has agreed to a two-year, $7.2 million contract extension with Colorado. | 09/29/2014 5:51 PM
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Defenseman Brad Stuart has agreed to a two-year, $7.2 million contract extension with Colorado.
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Impact
This does not really effect fantasy owners. He had just 11 points in 61 games with San Jose last season. Colorado traded a 2016 second round pick and 2017 sixth round selection to acquire him. He is not fantasy relevant.
Defenseman Brad Stuart has agreed to a two-year, $7.2 million contract extension with Colorado. | 09/29/2014 5:51 PM
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Defenseman Brad Stuart has agreed to a two-year, $7.2 million contract extension with Colorado.
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Impact
This does not really effect fantasy owners. He had just 11 points in 61 games with San Jose last season. Colorado traded a 2016 second round pick and 2017 sixth round selection to acquire him. He is not fantasy relevant.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is likely to miss the final two preseason games according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. | 09/29/2014 5:46 PM
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is likely to miss the final two preseason games according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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Impact
It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it cannot be good either. Malkin will now go into the regular season without playing a single exhibition game, and one has to wonder about whether he will be ready to go on opening day.
Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson should not be drafted in fantasy leagues. | 09/29/2014 5:05 PM
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Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson should not be drafted in fantasy leagues.
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Impact
While he provides penalty minutes, Clarkson is an irrelevant fantasy player. His career-high in points is 46, but will most likely be around the 20-point plateau in 2014-15.
Toronto center Nazem Kadri could be in line for a breakout year. | 09/29/2014 5:01 PM
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Toronto center Nazem Kadri could be in line for a breakout year.
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Impact
He had a career-high 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) last season. And playing at 24-years-old this year, will look to increase those numbers. Kadri is a sleeper pick, that owners should target atthe end of drafts.
Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul is looking to bounce back this season. | 09/29/2014 4:57 PM
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Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul is looking to bounce back this season.
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Impact
He still had 22 goals and 22 assists last year, but also had a -15 rating. If Lupul is able to stay healthy, he will have the opportunity to produce 60 points. Target him, staring around the 12th round.
Toronto right wing Phil Kessel should be targeted early in fantasy drafts. | 09/29/2014 4:53 PM
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Toronto right wing Phil Kessel should be targeted early in fantasy drafts.
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Impact
Kessel is a machine and should have no issue duplicating his 80-point mark from a season ago. Look to draft him in the second round, while targeting him at the end of the first, is not a ridiculous move as well.
Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is coming off a career year. | 09/29/2014 4:49 PM
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Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is coming off a career year.
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Impact
While playing only 58 games, Bozak produced a career-high in numbers all across the board (19 goals, 30 assists, +2 rating). Heading into drafts, Bozak should be considered a sleeper, with potential to hit the 60-point mark, if he can stay healthy.
Toronto left wing James van Riemsdyk should be targeted in the middle rounds of drafts heading into the 2014-15 season. | 09/29/2014 4:37 PM
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Toronto left wing James van Riemsdyk should be targeted in the middle rounds of drafts heading into the 2014-15 season.
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Impact
Coming off a career-high 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists), van Riemsdyk is really starting to come into his own. Still only 25-years-old, his numbers should still continue to trend up.
Lighting winger Ondrej Palat is line to for a 60-point season in 2014-15. | 09/27/2014 5:12 PM
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Lighting winger Ondrej Palat is line to for a 60-point season in 2014-15.
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Impact
He had 59 points in his first full NHL season, and at 23-years-old, should continue to improve. Palat should be on all owners' sleeper lists.
Lightning center Valtteri Filppula looks to build off a strong 2013-14 season. | 09/27/2014 5:09 PM
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Lightning center Valtteri Filppula looks to build off a strong 2013-14 season.
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Impact
In his first season in Tampa Bay, Filppula produced 25 goals and 33 assists. He should be able to at least duplicate those numbers, and as a result should be taken starting around the 15th round of your drafts.
Lightning center/winger Alex Killorn will start the season on Tampa Bay's second line. | 09/27/2014 5:06 PM
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Lightning center/winger Alex Killorn will start the season on Tampa Bay's second line.
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Impact
He is expected to start at left wing this year, and after coming off a 41-point season, will have a chance to improve upon those numbers. However, Killorn holds nothing more, than sleeper potential.
Tampa Bay right-wing Ryan Callahan will start the season playing next to Steven Stamkos, on the top line. | 09/27/2014 5:03 PM
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Tampa Bay right-wing Ryan Callahan will start the season playing next to Steven Stamkos, on the top line.
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Impact
His career high in points is 54 (2011-12 season). Callahan will have a chance to top that this season, but is not a recommended pick, until later in drafts.
Center Steven Stamkos debuted Friday night againstthe Stars. | 09/27/2014 5:00 PM
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Center Steven Stamkos debuted Friday night againstthe Stars.
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Impact
He managed an assist in a 6-3 win, and seems to completely healthy, after suffering a broken leg last season. Assuming Stamkos stays on the ice, he should be looking at another 50-goal, 90-point season. Stamkos should go later than the third overall pick in drafts.
Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin is expected to make team once he returns from a thumb injury. | 09/27/2014 4:54 PM
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Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin is expected to make team once he returns from a thumb injury.
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Impact
The third overall pick of the 2013 draft is dealing with fracture, which should keep him sidelined for another 2-3 weeks. As of now Drouin is penciled in, as the left wing on Tampa's top line. If he is able to stay there, Drouin holds major sleeper potential.
Penguins right wing Beau Bennett is expected to miss six weeks, according to coach Mike Johnston. | 09/27/2014 3:07 PM
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Penguins right wing Beau Bennett is expected to miss six weeks, according to coach Mike Johnston.
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Impact
Anther bad break for Bennett who missed 51 games last season with a wrist injury. He was set to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin which is always a good thing for his fantasy value, but now he could miss 20 games.
Panthers Brian Campbell is the team's best defenseman, but he is not a worthwhile fantasy player. | 09/26/2014 8:15 PM
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Panthers Brian Campbell is the team's best defenseman, but he is not a worthwhile fantasy player.
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Impact
Campbell logs heavy minutes but does not take many shots and is very disciplined, so he does very little to help fantasy teams. He might be able to score some on the power play, but Dmitry Kulikov and Aaron Ekblad are better offensive options.
Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann is a worthy bench player for your fantasy hockey team this season. | 09/26/2014 8:10 PM
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Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann is a worthy bench player for your fantasy hockey team this season.
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Impact
Fleischmann had an awful 2013-2014 season with 28 points, which is his lowest in seven years. In his first season in Florida, he scored 27 goals and 34 assists, both career highs. We don't expect him to get very close to his 27 goal total from three years ago, but 60 points is not out of the question.
Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau is very familiar with Florida's new head coach Gerald Gallant. | 09/26/2014 8:01 PM
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Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau is very familiar with Florida's new head coach Gerald Gallant.
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Impact
Huberdeau had an amazing junior career while playing under Gallant with the Saint John Sea Dogs. After winning the Calder Trophy in 2012-2013, Huberdeau struggled somewhat with the poor team performance last year. Look for Huberdeau to rebound under his old coach and with a pleathora of young talent around him.
Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad became the first rookie to lead the team in scoring last year. | 09/26/2014 7:56 PM
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Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad became the first rookie to lead the team in scoring last year.
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Impact
Bjugstad had 16 goals and 22 assists in 76 games this season. His 38 points was also the lowest amount to ever lead a NHL team in an 82-game season. We see him increasing those totals this year, but it is unlikely he leads the team in scoring again with a healthy Aleksander Barkov and the addition of Jussi Jokinen.
Panthers forward Brad Boyes feels much more comfortable at training camp this season than he did a year ago according to Miami Herald. | 09/26/2014 7:49 PM
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Panthers forward Brad Boyes feels much more comfortable at training camp this season than he did a year ago according to Miami Herald.
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Impact
Boyes was stuck in a hotel in training camp last year, and he also said it was nice to see familiar faces rather than worried about fitting into a new locker room. He led the team with 21 goals a season ago and could do so again this year.
Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is playing alongside fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov in training camp. | 09/26/2014 7:44 PM
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Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is playing alongside fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov in training camp.
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Impact
As excited as we are about the 19-year-old Aleksander Barkov, Jokinen will not be as productive this year as he was a season ago while playing with Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Last season, Jokinen scored 21 goals, most since 2009-2010, and 36 assists, most since 2005-2006. Expect more like 15 goals and 25-30 assists this year. Jokinen saw top-six minutes for the Penguins last season and finished with 21 goals and 57 points, both his most since 2009-10. However, he'll go from having Evgeni Malkin as his center to 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad, 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov or fellow free agent signee Dave Bolland.
Panthers center Alexsander Barkov has the potential to score 30 goals this season. | 09/26/2014 7:38 PM
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Panthers center Alexsander Barkov has the potential to score 30 goals this season.
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Impact
Our projections have him scoring between 15 and 20, but his high upside makes him a good gamble in the middle rounds of the draft. Barkov is just 19 years old and how productive he is will depend greatly on how much the Panthers can improve under new head coach Gerald Gallant. Barkov will be the top-line center.
Kings defensman Drew Doughty is a solid two-way player who can also add decent scoring to your fantasy lineup. | 09/26/2014 1:44 PM
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Kings defensman Drew Doughty is a solid two-way player who can also add decent scoring to your fantasy lineup.
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Impact
The 24-year-old posted just 37 points in 2013-14, but we see improvement in 2014-15. And you have to love his big plus/minus numbers. He's only posted 40 or more points one time, but we think he cracks it this season.
Kings center Jeff Carter knows how to put the pick in the next and that won't change in 2014-15. | 09/26/2014 1:40 PM
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Kings center Jeff Carter knows how to put the pick in the next and that won't change in 2014-15.
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Impact
He lit the lamp 27 times last season and we are predicting 28 goals in 2014-15 playing on the second line with youngsters Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli. He's not back to his Philadelphia days, but he's still a rock-solid fantasy option.
Kings winger Justin Williams should get the cushy spot on the first line with left winger Marian Gaborik and center Anze Kopitar. | 09/26/2014 1:35 PM
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Kings winger Justin Williams should get the cushy spot on the first line with left winger Marian Gaborik and center Anze Kopitar.
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Impact
Williams played like an elite winger in the playoffs (9 goals, 16 assists), now fantasy owners want to see that same level of production in the regular season. He posted 19 goals, 24 assists and 239 shots on goal in 2013-14. Nice, but we need more and our projection have him reaching the 60-point mark for the first time with Los Angeles.
Kings center Anze Kopitar will play between Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams this season which could help him break into the next level. | 09/26/2014 1:28 PM
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Kings center Anze Kopitar will play between Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams this season which could help him break into the next level.
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Impact
Kopitar scored 29 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season and has scored at least 61 points in every full season. But he's only cracked 80 points one time. The addition of Gaborik might change that.
Kings left winger Marian Gaborik could be in for a very good season on a line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. | 09/26/2014 1:24 PM
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Kings left winger Marian Gaborik could be in for a very good season on a line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.
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Impact
Gaborik showed what he could do for LA in the postseason posting 14 goals and 22 points in 26 games. Now if he can just stay healthy and play a full season, he played 41 last year, the sky's the limit. TSN's projection have him scoring 32 times for 54 points.
Kings center Anze Kopitar will play between Marion Gaborik and Justin Williams this season which could help him break into the next level. | 09/26/2014 1:20 PM
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Kings center Anze Kopitar will play between Marion Gaborik and Justin Williams this season which could help him break into the next level.
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Impact
Kopitar scored 29 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season and has scored at least 61 points in every full season. But he's only cracked 80 points one time. The addition of Gaborik might change that.
Senators right winger Alex Chiasson will begin on the second line, during his first season in his new home. | 09/25/2014 7:01 PM
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Senators right winger Alex Chiasson will begin on the second line, during his first season in his new home.
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Impact
He does not hold much fantasy value besides being a potential 20-goal scorer. However, his -21 rating from last season is a cause for concern.
David Legwand will be centering Ottawa's second line to start the season. | 09/25/2014 6:59 PM
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David Legwand will be centering Ottawa's second line to start the season.
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Impact
He will probably be in the 40-50 point range, making him a borderline player to be drafted. There are better options on draft day.
Left wing Clarke MacArthur should be a solid contributer this season for the Senators. | 09/25/2014 6:56 PM
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Left wing Clarke MacArthur should be a solid contributer this season for the Senators.
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Impact
He is coming off a 55-point season, and is firmly in the prime of his career, at 29-years-old. MacArthur could eventually see time on Ottawa's top line, making him a potential steal late in drafts.
Senators winger Bobby Ryan will look to score 30 goals, yet again. | 09/25/2014 6:52 PM
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Senators winger Bobby Ryan will look to score 30 goals, yet again.
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Impact
He had a somewhat down year during his first season with Ottawa (23 goals, 25 assists). Look for Ryan to be closer to the 60-point mark in 2014-15. Target him starting anywhere from the fifth round.
Senators center Kyle Turris is coming off a career-year. | 09/25/2014 6:49 PM
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Senators center Kyle Turris is coming off a career-year.
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Impact
At 25-years-old, Turris can easily improve upon his career-high of 58 points from a season ago. He is currently being valued in the 10th round, which could end up being a steal for owners.
Senators left wing Milan Michalek looks to improve in 2014-15. | 09/25/2014 6:46 PM
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Senators left wing Milan Michalek looks to improve in 2014-15.
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Impact
He had decent scoring numbers, with 17 goals and 22 assists. However, Michalek had a rough -25 rating. Heading into the season, it would seem he will go undrafted, but could turn into a solid waiver pickup.
Boone Jenner played center in his first preseason game. | 09/25/2014 3:44 PM
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Boone Jenner played center in his first preseason game.
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Impact
With Ryan Johansen still unsigned, the Blue Jackets are giving Jenner an opportunity to play his natural position of center. Playing winger in his rookie year, Jenner had 16 goals and 29 points in 72 games. At just 21-yeard-old, the sky is the limit, and he should be owned in all leagues.
Flyers center Claude Giroux returned to practice on Thursday according to Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News. | 09/25/2014 3:27 PM
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Flyers center Claude Giroux returned to practice on Thursday according to Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News.
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Impact
He still won't play in the team's preseason game against the Devils on Thursday. Flyers coach Craig Berube wants to get Giroux some playing time in preseason, but he did not give Giroux a timetable to return.
Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray skated in full-gear on Thursday, but did say he doesn't want to rush back from his knee injury according to Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch. | 09/25/2014 3:04 PM
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Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray skated in full-gear on Thursday, but did say he doesn't want to rush back from his knee injury according to Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch.
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Impact
Murray had a knee scope in June and still isn't ready to return to the Blue Jackets' line up.The Blue Jackets are counting on the 20-year-old to be a key component to the defense this season. He scored four goals with 17 assists last year.
Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that he has been dealing with all summer according to the Columbus Dispatch. | 09/25/2014 12:03 PM
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Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that he has been dealing with all summer according to the Columbus Dispatch.
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Impact
Not a good sign for Horton, who played in only 36 games last season, the fewest in his 10-year career. He also had a career-low five goals and 19 points in 2013-2014. He will likely miss all of training camp and could miss the start of the regular season.
Boone Jenner played center in his first preseason game. | 09/25/2014 12:00 PM
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Boone Jenner played center in his first preseason game.
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Impact
With Ryan Johansen still unsigned, the Blue Jackets are giving Jenner an opportunity to play his natural position of center. Playing winger in his rookie year, Jenner had 16 goals and 29 points in 72 games. At just 21-yeard-old, the sky is the limit, and he should be owned in all leagues.
Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno could be a quality fantasy bench player this year. | 09/25/2014 11:57 AM
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Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno could be a quality fantasy bench player this year.
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Impact
Foligno has the talent to be a good fantasy contributor, but he has to be in the right situation. Foligno might not begin the season on a scoring line due to the additon of Scott Hartnell and other young developing players for the Blue Jackets. If Columbus suffers a couple injuries or the Ryan Johansen holdout becomes a bigger issue, Foligno is more than capable of getting more ice time and producing.
Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has tremendous potential this season if he plays alongside new teammate Scott Hartnell. | 09/25/2014 11:50 AM
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Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has tremendous potential this season if he plays alongside new teammate Scott Hartnell.
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Impact
Atkinson scored 21 goals last year, but the team has gone on record that the forward's potential is closer to 30 goals per season. Atkinson has struggled with his lack of size, which is why playing with the big bruiser, Hartnell, will help Atkinson so much. No one knows yet if indeed Atkinson and Hartnell will be paired together but better to be proactive in the draft than reactive later on during the season.
Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky could be a great fantasy find late in drafts this year. | 09/25/2014 11:45 AM
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Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky could be a great fantasy find late in drafts this year.
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Impact
Columbus traded for Scott Hartnell, so Dubinsky will likely be a second-line regular, but he excelled in that role last season with 16 goals and 34 assists. We expect him to do all the little things to put up solid numbers: 18 goals and 35 assists are our projections, no matter where he is in the lineup.
Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell will score more goals and points in the 2014-2015 season than he did last year. | 09/25/2014 11:41 AM
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Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell will score more goals and points in the 2014-2015 season than he did last year.
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Impact
Our projections have Hartnell scoring 24 goals and 34 assists in his first year in Columbus. Hartnell should continue to provide across-the-board contribution to all stats, in particular, to the power play. Even still, do not draft him too early because it might take awhile for Hartnell to gain a rapport with Ryan Johansen, especially if Johansen is not in training camp.
Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen lowered his contract demands by more than $2 million per season according to Sportsnea.ca. | 09/25/2014 11:18 AM
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Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen lowered his contract demands by more than $2 million per season according to Sportsnea.ca.
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Impact
The latest report says Johansen is asking for two years, $4.7 million per year. The Blue Jackets would still like their center's demands to lower even more before they begin serious negiotiations. We think Johansen will easily repeat his 2013-2014 numbers, 33 goals, 30 assists, and 237 shots, if a contract is agreed upon before the season, but we are still concerned that woun't happen.
19-year-old Elias Lindholm has moved to center to fill the void left by the injured Jordan Staal. | 09/25/2014 11:11 AM
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19-year-old Elias Lindholm has moved to center to fill the void left by the injured Jordan Staal.
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Impact
New coach Bill Peters was already moving his forwards around, trying out several different combinations and the injury to Staal will only further cause Peters to move players into different positions. He tested Lindholm out on a line with Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlusty. That would be a good line for Lindholm, but even if he doesn't play with those guys, he shoud see an increase of production in his second year.
Rangers center Derek Stepan fractured his fibula and will be out four-to-six weeks according to the Bergen Record. | 09/25/2014 11:08 AM
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Rangers center Derek Stepan fractured his fibula and will be out four-to-six weeks according to the Bergen Record.
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Impact
Stepan will likely miss the first seven games of the regular season, but it should take much longer for him to get back into the swing of things. Missing training camp is never a good thing. Even if he returns in four weeks, his fantasy value has taken a hit.
Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis announced that center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower part of his right left during Tuesday's preseason game against Buffalo according to NHL.com. | 09/25/2014 11:05 AM
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Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis announced that center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower part of his right left during Tuesday's preseason game against Buffalo according to NHL.com.
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Impact
Staal was traveling back to Raleigh to undergo further tests. We do not yet know the extent of the injury. Regardless, this is terrible news.
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks with a separated shoulder according to MLive.com. | 09/25/2014 11:01 AM
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Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks with a separated shoulder according to MLive.com.
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Impact
We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but after just one preseason game, he is already hurt. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau will look to improve in first season in Montreal. | 09/24/2014 5:02 PM
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Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau will look to improve in first season in Montreal.
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Impact
He has 33 points last season in Colorado, and while he could benefit from a change of scenery, a major increase in production should not be expected.
Montreal center Tomas Plekanec should be in line for another 20-goal season. | 09/24/2014 4:54 PM
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Montreal center Tomas Plekanec should be in line for another 20-goal season.
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Impact
He finished last season with 20 goals and 23 assists, combined with a +11 rating. While he will probably not reach the 70-point mark ever again, Plekanec should still be targeted around the 14th round of your drafts.
Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk needs to play better in 2014-15. | 09/24/2014 4:50 PM
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Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk needs to play better in 2014-15.
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Impact
He is only 20-years-old, and managed 31 points a season ago. However, his -12 rating needs to improve. Galchenyuk should be targeted towards the end of your draft.
Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher is coming off a career-high 41 points. | 09/24/2014 4:46 PM
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Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher is coming off a career-high 41 points.
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Impact
He had 19 goals and 22 assists, and is just 22-years-old. Gallagher should continue to improve, as he plays on Montreal's top line. His current 14th round value, could turn into a steal of a pick.
Montreal center David Desharnais will open the season centering the Canadiens top line. | 09/24/2014 4:42 PM
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Montreal center David Desharnais will open the season centering the Canadiens top line.
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Impact
He had a solid season last year, with 52 points and a +11 rating. However, he will need to improve those numbers if he wants to be a relevant fantasy center.
Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty could be line for his first 40-goal season. | 09/24/2014 4:35 PM
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Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty could be line for his first 40-goal season.
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Impact
He had 39 of them in 73 games a season ago. After producing 60 total points in 2013-14, combined with a +8 rating, Pacioretty will be worth his early fourth round value.
Hurricanes coach Bill Peters may be juggling his offensive lines, but he has the perfect top defensive line in Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera. | 09/23/2014 8:32 PM
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Hurricanes coach Bill Peters may be juggling his offensive lines, but he has the perfect top defensive line in Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera.
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Impact
Faulk and Sekera compliment each other extremely well both offensively and defensively. Sekera will likely lead the duo in goals and points, but Faulk should be on your fantasy radar as well. We project him to get around 35 points.
Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera was a huge bright spot for Carolina last season. | 09/23/2014 8:28 PM
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Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera was a huge bright spot for Carolina last season.
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Impact
In his first season in Carolina, Sekera nearly scored more goals than he had in his previous four seasons in Buffalo. He had 11 goals, 44 points and managed a plus-4 on a team that really struggled on defense. Paired with Justin Faulk once again, Sekera can prove that those numbers were no fluke.
Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty may not play on the top line this season. | 09/23/2014 8:22 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty may not play on the top line this season.
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Impact
Everything is up in the air in Carolina due to the new head coach in Bill Peters. Tlusty has been a solid fantasy player the last few seasons, but he is heavily reliant on playing with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin. If that does not happen, he could be moved to the third line, where fantasy hockey players go to die.
It is hard to know what to expect from Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin this season. | 09/23/2014 8:19 PM
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It is hard to know what to expect from Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin this season.
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Impact
Semin scored 44 points in the same number of games in his first season with Carolina, but scored just 42 points in 65 games last season. There is a good chance that a concussion in December of 2013 severely slowed his production. New head coach Bill Peters has jumbled the lines in preseason, so there is no guarantee that Semin again plays on the top line. If he is on the top line, Semin is a solid mid-round pick otherwise, there is some risk involved.
Hurricanes new coach Bill Peters is considering playing the Staal brothers on the same line according to the Raleigh News & Observer. | 09/23/2014 8:11 PM
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Hurricanes new coach Bill Peters is considering playing the Staal brothers on the same line according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
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Impact
Peters also had Eric Staal playing alongside Jeff Skinner and second-year player Elias Lindholm, so obviously Peters is thinking of every possible combination. If the Staal brothers do play together, that will provide a huge boost for Jordan's fantasy value. In all likelihood, Eric will play with Skinner or his mates from last season, Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin.
The Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to make major strides in his second season in the league. | 09/23/2014 8:06 PM
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The Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to make major strides in his second season in the league.
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Impact
The 19-year-old scored nine goals and 12 assists as a rookie last season. Captain Eric Staal said he thinks Lindholm improved as the season went along. With new head coach Bill Peters, it is possible Lindholm sees some time on the top line with Staal. That would make him a tremendous steal late in drafts.
Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will threaten to score 30 goals again this season. | 09/23/2014 8:01 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will threaten to score 30 goals again this season.
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Impact
Skinner had a career-high 33 goals last year as a second liner. At the start of training camp, he was playing alongside top centerman Eric Staal. If he stays on the top line, the expectations for Skinner rise dramatically.
Hurricanes center Eric Staal started training camp at center in between wingers Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm according to the Raleigh News & Observer. | 09/23/2014 7:57 PM
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Hurricanes center Eric Staal started training camp at center in between wingers Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
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Impact
Carolina coach Bill Peters said do not read into the early season combinations, but fantasy owners like what they see so far. Skinner could again lead Carolina in goals and Lindholm has tremendous potential, being the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft. Expect Staal to lead the team with around 65 points.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year. | 09/23/2014 6:44 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year.
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Impact
Like a lot of Red Wings, Franzen missed some time last season. After playing in only 54 games and registering 41 points, he is currently being valued in the 13th round of drafts. If Franzen can stay healthy, getting him that late will be a steal.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year. | 09/23/2014 6:44 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year.
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Impact
Like a lot of Red Wings, Franzen missed some time last season. After playing in only 54 games and registering 41 points, he is currently being valued in the 13th round of drafts. If Franzen can stay healthy, getting him that late will be a steal.
Red Wings center Stephen Weiss begins the season on Detroit's second line, but will not be fantasy relevant. | 09/23/2014 6:38 PM
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Red Wings center Stephen Weiss begins the season on Detroit's second line, but will not be fantasy relevant.
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Impact
After battling injury and playing in only 26 games a season ago, Weiss has much to prove. He finished with four points in 2013-14, and will most likely go undrafted heading into this season.
Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist could be line for a breakout year in 2014-15. | 09/23/2014 6:33 PM
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Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist could be line for a breakout year in 2014-15.
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Impact
In only 57 games, he registered 28 goals and 20 assists, a year ago. Nyquist is going at the end of the ninth round in fantasy drafts, and owners who take a shot on him could see tremendous payoff.
Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will begin the season on the top line. | 09/23/2014 6:21 PM
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Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will begin the season on the top line.
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Impact
After finishing last season with 28 points, the fact that Abdelkader will be playing next to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, makes it seem that number will increase this season. Consider him a deep sleeper.
Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk will look to rebound in 2014-15. | 09/23/2014 6:14 PM
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Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk will look to rebound in 2014-15.
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Impact
He played only 45 games, and had his lowest point total (37) since his rookie year. At 36-years-old, Datsyuk still has the skill to produce, if he can stay healthy.
Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg will look to stay healthy heading into 2014-15. | 09/23/2014 6:08 PM
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Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg will look to stay healthy heading into 2014-15.
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Impact
He played in only 45 games a season ago, yet still produced at a high rate (16 goals and 32 assists). If Zetterberg is able to stay on the ice, he will be a steal, as he is currently going in the middle of the fifth round.
Calgary winger Sean Monahan posted a solid 22-goal rookie season and we expect him to improve on that total this season. | 09/23/2014 2:15 PM
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Calgary winger Sean Monahan posted a solid 22-goal rookie season and we expect him to improve on that total this season.
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Impact
If the soon-to-be 20-year old lands on a line with Jiri Hudler he could take a significant jump, though at this time we think he'll be on the second line. We still like a five-goal improvement.
If you are looking for blueline scoring, look no further than Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano. | 09/23/2014 2:12 PM
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If you are looking for blueline scoring, look no further than Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano.
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Impact
Giordano was second on the team in scoring with 47 points despite missing 18 games. TSN has projected 15 goals and 38 assists this season making him an elite fantasy defenseman.
Flames right wing Jiri Hudler led the team in scoring last season and we think will do it again in 2014-15. | 09/23/2014 2:08 PM
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Flames right wing Jiri Hudler led the team in scoring last season and we think will do it again in 2014-15.
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Impact
Hudler scored 54 points last season and we're projecting 52 this time around. It will certainly depend on which linemates he gets paired with.
Calgary center Matt Stajan gets plenty of ice time, but isn't producing statistics for fantasy owners. | 09/23/2014 2:05 PM
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Calgary center Matt Stajan gets plenty of ice time, but isn't producing statistics for fantasy owners.
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Impact
Stajan scored 14 goals with 19 assists last season and we have him producing in a slightly lower range in 2014-15 with 24 points.
Calgary left wing Curtis Glencross plays on the first line with Matt Stajan and Jiri Hudler, but has yet to prove he can put up fantasy-worthy number. | 09/23/2014 2:03 PM
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Calgary left wing Curtis Glencross plays on the first line with Matt Stajan and Jiri Hudler, but has yet to prove he can put up fantasy-worthy number.
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Impact
He totaled just 24 points last season and TSN projections have him with a 15 goal, 15 assist projection which just isn't enough for fantasy owners.
It is not out of the question for Tyler Myers to return to the 40-point level for the 2014-2015 season. | 09/22/2014 6:26 PM
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It is not out of the question for Tyler Myers to return to the 40-point level for the 2014-2015 season.
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Impact
Myers has not reached the 40-point mark again since his rookie season in 2008-2009, the year he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Myers, however, played much better under coach Ted Nolan, who took over mid-way through last year. He will also be paired with his good friend, Josh Gorges, on the blue line.
Sabres right wing Drew Stafford is trying to repeat his 30-goal season from the 2009-2010 season. | 09/22/2014 6:21 PM
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Sabres right wing Drew Stafford is trying to repeat his 30-goal season from the 2009-2010 season.
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Impact
Stafford told the Buffalo News that the Sabres enter this season with higher expectations despite finishing last year with the fewest points in the NHL. With the right linemates, Stafford could threaten the 30-goal mark again, but with his situation in flex, he is not a player worth spending a high pick on in the draft. We see Stafford in the 15-20 goal range this year.
Sabres winger Chris Stewart is one of the biggest boom-or-bust fantasy hockey players for the 2014-2015 season. | 09/22/2014 6:17 PM
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Sabres winger Chris Stewart is one of the biggest boom-or-bust fantasy hockey players for the 2014-2015 season.
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Impact
Stewart told Buffalo News that he has high expectations for himself this season, and he has the motivation to succeed being in a contract year. Still, Stewart sometimes goes long stretches without a point. It will depend greatly on his situation this year, but he should be one of Buffalo's top six forwards with around 17 goals and 30-35 points.
Sabres center Cody Hodgson looks like he will have a lot of upside playing on Buffalo's top line this season. | 09/22/2014 6:09 PM
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Sabres center Cody Hodgson looks like he will have a lot of upside playing on Buffalo's top line this season.
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Impact
The Sabres have a lot of young, and they, hope up-and-coming players, and it is unclear how they will use them all. Hodgson should benefit from Matt Moulson's presence on the power play, but he needs to show more two-way ability to see more playing time overall.
Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points. | 09/22/2014 5:58 PM
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Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points.
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Impact
King is not going to come forward and say his client is going to perform badly, so on some level, this doesn't really mean much. We see Ennis more around the 50-55 point range with 20-25 goals. He will play alongside Matt Moulson for an entire season this year, which will help, but we don't see a 10 goal increase from 21 scores a year ago.
In his return to Buffalo, Matt Moulson has a chance to lead the Sabres in scoring this season. | 09/22/2014 5:57 PM
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In his return to Buffalo, Matt Moulson has a chance to lead the Sabres in scoring this season.
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Impact
Moulson played for three different teams last year, so he was likely never comfortable enough with his linemates or locker room situation to return to his 30-goal form. Buffalo hopes he can reach the 30-goal mark this season for the first time since 2010-2011. Our projections have him getting close, leading Buffalo with 27 goals and 55 points.
Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points. | 09/22/2014 5:50 PM
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Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, predicted this past summer that Ennis will peak around 30 goals and 70 points.
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Impact
King is not going to come forward and say his client is going to perform badly, so on some level, this doesn't really mean much. We see Ennis more around the 55-60 point range with 20-25 goals. He will play alongside Matt Moulson for an entire season this year, which will help, but we don't see a 10 goal increase from 21 scores a year ago.
the Oilers have a lot of defense-minded defenseman which means the offensive minded Justin Schultz should be a mainstay on the power play. | 09/22/2014 2:46 PM
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the Oilers have a lot of defense-minded defenseman which means the offensive minded Justin Schultz should be a mainstay on the power play.
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Impact
The 24-year-old Schultz came into the NHL with huge expectations after putting up 48 points in 34 games in the AHL in 2012-13, but he's yet to be that type of guy in the NHL. At TSN we have him posting 52 points (20 goals) in 2014-15 and getting a lot closer to those lofty goals.
Edmonton left wing David Perron came close to a 30-30 season, finishing with 28 goals and 29 assists. | 09/22/2014 2:40 PM
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Edmonton left wing David Perron came close to a 30-30 season, finishing with 28 goals and 29 assists.
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Impact
Perron would be a lot more valuable if he were playing on the top line, but he's more likely to be a second line winger with Benoit Pouliot and a question mark. It's the question mark that is the cause for his TSN projections dropping to 20 goals and 26 assists.
Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle should be the third member of Edmonton's top line along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. | 09/22/2014 2:34 PM
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Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle should be the third member of Edmonton's top line along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
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Impact
Eberle (28 G, 37 A) has been a solid points producer for the last three seasons and as long as he stays on this line should be a viable fantasy option, but he's not trending upward like Hall. Another Oiler with a bad plus/minus rating.
Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced career-best number sin 2013 with 56 points. | 09/22/2014 2:29 PM
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Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced career-best number sin 2013 with 56 points.
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Impact
He's only 21-years-old, starting his fourth season, and should be on both the first line and power play unit, so 60-70 points is possible. We'd like him and the Oilers to play better defense as the -12 rating isn't helping his ADP.
Edmonton Oilers young left wing Taylor Hall took a giant leap forward last season, from 50 points in 2012 to 80 points last season but may not make as big a leap this time around. | 09/22/2014 2:25 PM
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Edmonton Oilers young left wing Taylor Hall took a giant leap forward last season, from 50 points in 2012 to 80 points last season but may not make as big a leap this time around.
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Impact
We're primarily concerned about the talent surrounding him. He posted 80 points last season (27 G, 53 A), but could take a step back if his teammates can't play at his level. TSN projections have him with 36 goals and 46 assists.

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