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 continue with the Atlantic Division. Plenty of stud players for fantasy poolsters to familiarize themselves with, so lets keep it going with the Detroit Red Wings.
The Elite Suite – Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg continue to lead the charge in Hockeytown with elite suite status. Both players battled injuries which limited their totals, so lets hope they can regain health as these could be their last few years in this rarified air. Considering their dynamic skillsets, we consider this a buy low moment as they should bring it with a cast of youngsters to ride shotgun with them. PPG heights are entirely reasonable for the veteran dynamic duo.
Dependable Joe – Niklas Kronwall nearly topped 50 points for the second time with 49 as he led a Red Wings D core that is still trying to pick up the pieces from Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement. With the same crew back in tow, look for Kronwall to continue put up strong fantasy stats across the board.
Risky Plays – He owns the once enviable Detroit crease, yet Jimmy Howard provided fantasy owners poor returns last season. With goaltending depth in the form of Jonas Gustavsson and Petr Mrazek behind him, Howard is looking less and less the long term option in Detroit. We’ve been wowed by Johan Franzen’s beastly game in the playoffs as he sure knows how to score goals in bunches. In the fantasy game though, Franzen is often injured and leaves fantasy poolsters wanting more. Being productive on woeful Florida Panthers teams gave the notion that Stephen Weiss was ready for a strong season with insulation from Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Alas, a season of injuries and struggles quelled hopes and slab a big fat asterisk next to Weiss’ name in the fantasy game.
Sleeper Seeker – He may be decently ranked in the fantasy game, but many may not realize how dazzling Gustav Nyquist really is. Remember this guy almost topped 30 goals despite playing just 57 NHL games last season, and with top 6 minutes coming his way, Nyquist will be a key piece in fantasy. The man certainly paid his dues, the Red Wings’ way of course, as Tomas Tatar finally got a shot in the big leagues. He showed that extra seasoning served him well as he immediately contributed with 39 points in 73 games.
Rookies Ready to Break the Ice – Rare for the Red Wings to have a prospect with pedigree like 2013-14 CHL player of the year Anthony Mantha, who recorded a monstrous goal per game mark over last season and playoffs. If not for a fractured right tibia in camp, Mantha was a good bet to start the year in Detroit. He may still get a good shot after returning in a couple months.
Keep Eyes Peeled – Another key component on the vaunted 2011 Memorial Cup winning Saint John Sea Dogs is ready to make a mark in the NHL. Tomas Jurco got a healthy dose of 36 NHL games last season, and has offensive ability to contribute for deep leaguers. Riley Sheahan played a responsible defensive game that won over head coach Mike Babcock last year. Even with a respectable 0.57 PPG to start his career, Sheahan believes he has more in the tank as far as offensive production. Petr Mrazek dazzled both in the AHL and NHL last year with top end puck blocking that could soon challenge Jimmy Howard for crease square footage.
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