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

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 Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Kessel3 FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

The Elite Suite – Starting a fresh new $64 million, 8 year contract is sure to carry a weight of expectations for Phil Kessel in hockey mad Toronto.  Sure he can be a streaky scorer, but this guy is remarkably durable while being a perennial top goal getter.  Lock in at least 30 goals and 70 points for another year of elite level production from Kessel.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Two

Dependable Joe – The man taken right after Patrick Kane in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, James Van Riemsdyk recorded his first ever 30 goal campaign with a full non-lockout season in Toronto.  He may have reached his ceiling, but has already made the trade with Philly for Luke Schenn a fleecing.  The buds faithful may hope for a stronger top line pivot than undrafted Tyler Bozak, yet his per game bang for buck production is strong.  Being best buds with Kessel helps Bozak put up numbers, so be cautious if he ever finds himself off the top line.  Dion Phaneuf stepped onto the fantasy hockey scene in a big way over his first three seasons with a combined 54 goals in Calgary.  Being paid the big bucks with another big $49 million, 7 year contract, Phaneuf has now settled into 30 point production and glue numbers for those seeking PIMs, hits, and blocked shots.

 

Bernier FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

Risky Plays – No one in and around the team will admit Jonathan Bernier is the unquestioned number one goalie, so while we all think he is, it falls short of being a sure thing.  He sure faced a ton of rubber and handled himself admirably last season winning 26 games with a 0.923 save %.  We love this guy’s game, just be careful what price you pay as James Reimer is still breathing down his neck.  Having struggled to establish his top end offensive game, Joffrey Lupul found his way under the bright Canadian lights of Toronto.  Lupul can be very productive when healthy as evidenced by his PPG ways from 2011-2013.  Therein lies the problem as you have to go back to 2008-09 to find the last season in which he almost played all 82 games.

 

Clarkson FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

Sleeper Seeker – Some Leafs fans are asking David Clarkson to refine his game to be more offensive and deliver the 30 goal pace expected of his big hometown contract, rather than the mucking it up, fighting style that characterizes his game.  Ultimately, he’ll have to bring the total package as now is a good buy low moment on a guy who can deliver goals, PIMs, and hits when he’s at his best.  Nazem Kadri has been under intense scrutiny ever since being drafted 7th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and he’s shown the offensive flare to justify that draft slot.  With an ever maturing defensive game, Kadri is poised to put it all together and eclipse the 60 point mark for a breakout year this season.  Puck moving D men, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, will be key to the Leafs’ blueline taking a much needed step forward.  They’ve both shown well for young, developing defenseman, but a 40 point campaign is expected for each of them.  For dynasty makers, Rielly has an absurd upside and may go down as the best in his draft class as former GM Brian Burke exclaimed the day he was drafted.

 

William Nylander (62) get congratulated by his team mates at the bench including Jonathan Bernier (45) who played the first half of the game as the Leafs shut out the Flyers 4-0

Rookies Ready to Break the Ice – With strong family bloodlines, Michael’s boy William Nylander has a chance to stick in the big leagues straight after being drafted 8th overall in this year’s 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  Having many options to play, including against men in the AHL or SEL, may cause the Leafs brass to take the patient, slow development approach.  On a team hungry for scoring depth, the slick wristing Nylander will be called into NHL duty before long.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers
Keep Eyes Peeled
– Leo Komarov has returned to Toronto after a stint with Moscow Dynamo of the KHL, and looks to get third line minutes at least to start.  Strictly a deep league option, Komarov is known to throw his body around with regularity despite his smallish frame, so utilize him for his hits and hope for some offense.

 

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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