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

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 Central Division.  Plenty of stud players for fantasy poolsters to familiarize themselves with, so lets keep it going with the Minnesota Wild.

 

Minnesota Wild v Phoenix Coyotes

The Elite Suite – Zach Parise works for everything he gets as he’s constantly digging out pucks and tossing them at the net with 245 shots which led to 29 goals last year.  The addition of Thomas Vanek up front, and continued growth of a bevy of young players will help Parise return to the 70+ point range.  Surely the Wild offense can improve on its 23rd place showing last season, and that will help Parise get back to those PPG ways of his peak.

 

Minnesota Wild v Anaheim Ducks

Dependable Joe – Injuries have befuddled Mikko Koivu over the past few years, but he gives you 60 point pace when he is in the lineup.  For leagues that track faceoffs, this guy is one of the league’s aces as he was 55% last season.  To complete the top line, Jason Pominville made sure the population of Pominville was well fed in his first year in Minnesota with 30 goals and 60 points.  Look for Pominville to continue to play the same consistent, steady game, now that he’s starting his new 5 year, $28 million deal.  Without question an elite defender in the NHL, Ryan Suter’s offensive numbers don’t pop out of the page enough for such a status in the fantasy game.  Nonetheless, Suter will get you your 40 points, powerplay points, and healthy plus minus.

 

Backstrom FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

Risky Plays – Thomas Vanek has exceptional offensive talent but the production sometimes waxes and wanes, leaving fantasy owners befuddled as to what to do with him.  The days of 40 goals are behind him so bank on 25 goals and be pleasantly surprised if he exceeds it.  Nicklas Backstrom started his career with a series of stellar seasons, but a history of injuries and 36 years of life on earth have his fantasy game on the decline.  Toss in an upstart young backup in Darcy Kuemper, and you’d be wise to avoid Backstrom in fantasy drafts but for the cheapest of prices.

 

Nashville Predators v Minnesota Wild

Sleeper Seeker – The 22 year old Mikael Granlund is mature beyond his years, already a top notch faceoff man, and sublime set up artist, Granlund is ready to take it to the next level.  The trajectory is pointed upwards as look for Granlund to clock 60 points next to new addition Thomas Vanek.  A key piece in the Brent Burns trade, Charlie Coyle is on the cusp of returning serious dividends for the Wild management.  Coyle is an up and coming power forward who will get you the goals and hits needed from the wing.  Jonas Brodin was a key minute munching D man for the Wild last year, yet didn’t produce strong point totals.  A look further reveals 8 goals as a second year player, which suggest Brodin’s production could rise if his coaches give him the green light a little bit more.

 

Anaheim Ducks v Minnesota Wild

Rookies Ready to Break the Ice – Sometimes looking lost when given a 13 game trial in 2013-14, Matt Dumba has another year of experience under his belt and looks to stick in the NHL this time around.  His bone crunching, goal scoring style in the WHL should translate well to the fantasy game should he get the minutes.

Darcy Kuemper
Keep Eyes Peeled
– The aforementioned Darcy Kuemper has produced at the AHL and NHL level the past few seasons, and could run with a chance if Backstrom goes down.  The save % has been above 0.915 and the GAA below 2.50, and as the goalie of the future for an ever improving team, Kuemper is key material in dynasty leagues.  Nino Niederreiter’s rookie season was so abysmal, many were quick to write him off as a bust, but as it is with many young players, Niederreiter took time to find his game.  He may have been bumped out of the top 6, so don’t count on him to produce, but 20 goal potential is there.

 

 

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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