FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Greetings readers, welcome to Fantasy Hockey, What’s the Point Man? Honestly, what is the point man? The point man is the player who plays the point on the powerplay, near the blueline.  They in many ways run the power play by acting as an outlet for forwards on the half walls, by setting up for seeing eye shots, and by being the last line of defense should the penalty kill counter.  The point man could also be considered the player with the most goals and assists.  Soldiers, politicians, and even entrepreneurs could play the part of a point man as well.  But, What is the Point Man? The point is to dominate your foes at fantasy hockey to win cash and pain inflicting bragging rights.  Here is where you can find the scoop to help you get to the top.

As part of Hockeyland Canada’s season preview, each division will be examined one team at a time to identify players to pick and players to avoid.  There are six categories of players covered and it’ll begin with the  Metropolitan Division.  Tons of talent and intriguing players to kick things off right, lets get going with the New York Islanders.

 

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The Elite Suite – A casualty of the epic 2014 Canadian Olympic team with an injury that ended his season, John Tavares was poised to battle Sid Crosby for the scoring title down the stretch.  Alas, the Islanders unwound without him, but expect Tavares to come back stronger than ever with the C on his chest and ready to lead this team to the playoffs.  A first time ever 90 point season is possible if he can play all 82.

 

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Dependable Joe – Heralded as a potential top line power forward for years, Kyle Okposo finally put it all together last season to the tune of 27 goals and 69 points.  The fact that he continued to play well after Tavares went down bodes well for this season, and a healthy Johnny T is ready to go.  A consistent performer from the back end when healthy, Lubomir Visnovsky is recovered from a concussion and will be counted on to quarterback the Islanders’ powerplay.  He should be good for at least 40 points with upside for 60+ like he did in Anaheim a few years back.  The Denmark native, Frans Nielsen, is one of the more underrated players in the NHL but a 25 goal, 58 point campaign last season put everyone on notice.


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Risky Plays – Jaroslav Halak played well the last few seasons for St. Louis, but he had a very strong team and defense in front of him, not like the current Islanders team he plays for.  Also, keep in mind that he still has yet to play 60+ games and hasn’t shown he can take the starter’s gig and run with it.  Your perception may be skewed from the blazing speed creating highlights on sports packages, but Michael Grabner is very inconsistent and may have been an aberration when he scored 34 goals in his rookie year.  Reuniting Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin bodes well for their production and were astute signings by the New York brass.  With that said, inconsistency and third line minutes curb their fantasy value so don’t expect 2010-11 numbers.

 

Dallas Stars v New York Islanders

Sleeper Seeker – Taking the slow approach with 2011 NHL Entry Draft 5th overall pick, Ryan Strome, was the smart route to take.  After finishing junior strong, Strome went on to put up an impressive 49 points in 37 AHL games last season.  Upon getting the call to the big leagues, Strome acclimated himself well with a respectable 18 points in 37 games.  With a healthy training camp, this is the season that Ryan Strome finally arrives on the Island.

 

Griffin Reinhart

Rookies Ready to Break the Ice – A rock on the Edmonton Oil Kings blueline in winning the Memorial Cup, Griffin Reinhart is ready to take the next step into the NHL but don’t expect huge offensive numbers.  A couple rookies in Anders Lee and Michael Dal Colle are in the running to ride shotgun next to Tavares and Okposo on the top line.  Both could stick this season, but whichever one wins that spot will be fantasy gold.

 

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Keep Eyes Peeled
– A brash young man who is oozing with offensive ability, Joshua Ho-Sang will make some noise in the NHL one day.  Keep an eye on him in training camp and beyond, because his high ceiling could mean serious returns for fantasy GMs.  Goalies take longer to develop, and Chad Johnson may be a perfect example of that after putting up very strong numbers in Boston last year.  With Halak not a sure thing to carry the load, it could be Johnson that starts stealing the crease more often than not.

For Hockeyland Canada,

Ahmad Scientist

 

 

 

 

Pacific Division

Edmonton Oilers FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? PACIFIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – EDMONTON OILERS

Vancouver Canucks  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? PACIFIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Calgary Flames FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? PACIFIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – CALGARY FLAMES

Arizona Coyotes  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? PACIFIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – ARIZONA COYOTES

Anaheim Ducks  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? PACIFIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – ANAHEIM DUCKS

San Jose Sharks  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? PACIFIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – SAN JOSE SHARKS

Los Angeles Kings 

 

Central Division

Colorado Avalanche 

Chicago Blackhawks FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? CENTRAL DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

St. Louis Blues FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? CENTRAL DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – ST LOUIS BLUES

Dallas Stars FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – DALLAS STARS

Minnesota Wild  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – MINNESOTA WILD

Nashville Predators FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Winnipeg Jets  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? CENTRAL DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – WINNIPEG JETS

Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – BOSTON BRUINS

Tampa Bay Lightning  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Montreal Canadiens FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – MONTREAL CANADIENS

Detroit Red Wings FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – DETROIT RED WINGS

Ottawa Senators  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – OTTAWA SENATORS

Toronto Maple Leafs FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Florida Panthers FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – FLORIDA PANTHERS

Buffalo Sabres FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? ATLANTIC DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – BUFFALO SABRES

Metropolitan Division

Pittsburgh Penguins  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Philadelphia Flyers FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Columbus Blue Jackets FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

New York Rangers  FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – NEW YORK RANGERS

Washington Capitals – FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – WASHINGTON CAPITALS

New Jersey Devils FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Carolina Hurricanes FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – CAROLINA HURRICANES

New York Islanders FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? METROPOLITAN DIVISION PREVIEW 2014 – 2015 NHL REGULAR SEASON – NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

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