Your Guide to Fantasy Hockey in 2020

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BetMGM Jun 16, 2021, 2:27 PM
Canadian Ice hockey team celebrating gold medals Fantasy Hockey is a great way to join in on a competitive league where you can put your knowledge of NHL to the test, as well as meet new, like-minded people and possibly win some money at the end of the season.If you’ve been playing Fantasy Hockey for the 2019-20 season, you’ll know that the league this season has sprung a few surprises. This means that those who thought that they knew what was going to happen in the NHL actually had a couple of weeks where their ‘foolproof’ teams struggled somewhat.If you’re serious about live sports betting or playing Fantasy Sports then you’ll know that it’s imperative to keep up to date with all the comings and goings, surprising season superstars, those that haven’t lived up to expectations, and the unfortunate injuries that tend to roll around at this stage of the season.To get your 2020 Fantasy Hockey up to scratch, here’s how the players fared in the recent All-Star games, the free agents you could snap up, and the players you should put in if you’ve lost someone through injury.

The 2020 All-Star Game

The 2020 All-Star Game took place on 25 January and that meant there was a short hiatus of games in the regular season. Although the All-Star Game has no bearing on your Fantasy Hockey points, it’s a good match to watch to see how your players do. In this year’s game, the cream of the NHL crop came together in St. Louis to hash it out on the ice for the ultimate prize of $1 million for the winning team.The All-Star Game is a 3-on-3 tournament with four teams in total, from each division in the league. The Atlantic and the Metropolitan made up the two Eastern Conference teams and the Central and the Pacific made up the Western Conference division. Each team played each other and the Atlantic and the Pacific are the two teams that made it into the final.The tournament-style format was put in place in 2016 and in the third year since its inception, the Pacific division won the cash, despite being the weakest in the NHL’s standings this year. They were helped to victory by Tomas Hertl, who bagged five goals, and Leon Draisaitl, who contributed nine points.

Injuries

Andrew MacDonald, of the New York Islanders, injured in a game Now that the All-Stars game is done and dusted, it’s back to business as usual in the regular season. However, there have been some very big injuries in the last couple of rounds and these are the players you should keep an eye on that are forcing their way into their teams due to injury:

Forwards

There are some seriously talented forwards that are putting in some good skating in the wake of injuries to their teammates. These are some of the forwards that you could do well adding to your team for the rest of the 2020 season:
  • Dominik Kubalik: The Chicago Blackhawks’ left-wing is benefiting from the partnership of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, who have been playing together on and off for many years. The unfortunate injury to Dylan Strome has resulted in a reunion of the right-wing and center, and Kubalik is enjoying playing alongside a very strong, established partnership.
  • Alex Tuch: Jonathan Marchessault has been on day-to-day injury since early January and although he has rejoined practice, his return date is currently unknown. Alex Tuch has stepped up into the role of right-wing alongside William Karlsson and Reilly Smith for the Vegas Golden Knights. Tuch is enjoying playing on an even-strength line and is getting more chances in a strong unit.
  • Zemgus Girgensons: The center is playing for the Buffalo Sabres in the place of Victor Olofsson, who is out injured. Girgensons has scored in each of the last two games and despite the impending return of Skinner, we don’t see the role being removed from a player that has grabbed the opportunity in the team with both hands.
  • Valeri Nichushkin: With Joonas Donskoi out with a concussion, the Colorado Avalanche winger Nichushkin has got a golden opportunity. He has been fairly consistent throughout the season with an average of around a point every other game. However, we see this improving by playing with Nazem Kadri.
  • Adam Henrique: The Anaheim Ducks center has jumped up 19 spots to 181 and although he hasn’t blown the league away, he is taking more shots in a wing role than his usual center. His partnership with Ryan Getzlaf is one to keep an eye on.
  • Jason Zucker: Zucker plays wing for Minnesota Wild and has come back from injury to immediately resume business per usual alongside Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello. Given his current run of form, we are confident that Zucker would have hit 30 goals this season were it not for his long injury layoff.

Defensemen

  • Tony DeAngelo: DeAngelo has shot up 23 spots to number 122 and the New York Rangers defenseman has produced a season similar to that of Morgan Reilly’s sensational form last year. As of right now, DeAngelo is predicted to finish the season with 21 goals, 23 power-play points, and 67 points. These are some serious numbers for a young player that has certainly got many more league years to come.

Goaltenders

  • Elvis Merzlikins: The Columbus Blue Jackets’ goaltender is up 65 spots to 134 due to his play in the absence of the injured Joonas Korpisalo. The team in front of him means that he is able to put up good numbers and Korpisalo is only expected to be back from injury midway through February and this gives Merzlikins the opportunity to get quite a large number of starts in the next month.

The Fantasy top 100 NHL player rankings

A team of junior ice hockey players in practice NHL.com has put together the 100 players that are ranked in the top 200:
  1. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS
  2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM
  3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL
  4. Auston Matthews, C, TOR
  5. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI
  6. Jack Eichel, C, BUF
  7. Artemi Panarin, LW, NYR (DTD)
  8. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW, EDM
  9. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH
  10. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS
  11. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA
  12. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL
  13. Mitchell Marner, RW, TOR
  14. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL
  15. John Carlson, D, WSH
  16. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
  17. Ben Bishop, G, DAL
  18. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA
  19. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN
  20. Roman Josi, D, NSH
  21. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG
  22. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS
  23. Steven Stamkos, C/LW/RW, TBL
  24. Victor Hedman, D, TBL
  25. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
  26. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK
  27. John Tavares, C, TOR
  28. Jordan Binnington, G, STL
  29. Darcy Kuemper, G, ARI (NEW - INJ.)
  30. Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL*
  31. Cale Makar, D, COL
  32. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR
  33. Brayden Point, C, TBL
  34. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN
  35. Mark Stone, RW, VGK
  36. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL
  37. Frederik Andersen, G, TOR
  38. Tristan Jarry, G, PIT**
  39. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, VGK
  40. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG
  41. Sebastian Aho, C, CAR
  42. Matthew Tkachuk, LW/RW, CGY
  43. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH
  44. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG
  45. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL
  46. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
  47. Johnny Gaudreau, LW/RW, CGY
  48. David Perron, LW/RW, STL
  49. J.T. Miller, LW/RW, VAN
  50. Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL
  51. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR
  52. Brent Burns, D, SJS
  53. Kris Letang, D, PIT
  54. Connor Hellebuyck, G, WPG
  55. Bryan Rust, LW/RW, PIT
  56. Shea Weber, D, MTL
  57. Taylor Hall, LW, ARI*
  58. Ilya Samsonov, G, WSH
  59. Claude Giroux, C/LW/RW, PHI
  60. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH
  61. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK
  62. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK
  63. Tyson Barrie, D, TOR*
  64. Quinn Hughes, D, VAN
  65. Robin Lehner, G, CHI*
  66. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI**
  67. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL
  68. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG
  69. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH
  70. Jakub Vrana, LW, WSH
  71. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH
  72. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ
  73. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR
  74. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH
  75. Travis Konecny, RW, PHI
  76. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL
  77. Semyon Varlamov, G, NYI
  78. Keith Yandle, D, FLA
  79. Torey Krug, D, BOS*
  80. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA*
  81. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG
  82. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL
  83. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL
  84. Sean Couturier, C, PHI
  85. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS
  86. Evander Kane, LW, SJS
  87. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY
  88. Bo Horvat, C, VAN
  89. Neal Pionk, D, WPG
  90. Erik Karlsson, D, SJS
  91. Sean Monahan, C, CGY
  92. John Klingberg, D, DAL
  93. Braden Holtby, G, WSH*
  94. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI
  95. Ryan Strome, C/RW, NYR**
  96. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA*
  97. Carey Price, G, MTL
  98. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL**
  99. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR*
  100. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI

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