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NHL IN 30: WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-09-19 08:03

The Barry Trotz era is about to begin and there are so many questions heading into the 2014-2015 campaign.  Trotz is known for being the only Head Coach in Nashville Predator history and is more known for his defensive-style system than his offense which becomes a concern to poolies because of players like Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, two major offensive stars in Washington.  Then there is the flipside of that in which the major defensemen in Nashville led the way on offense for the Preds. Read more about NHL IN 30: WASHINGTON CAPITALS

NHL IN 30: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2014-15

Posted by steve on Thu, 2014-09-18 12:43

After the latest failure to reach the playoffs resulted in the end of the Barry Trotz era in Nashville, there was more of an offseason emphasis on improving the offensive talent for new Head Coach Peter Laviolette. Their biggest acquisition was former Pittsburgh LW James Neal, but adding offensive minded centers like Derek Roy, Mike Ribeiro and Olli jokinen in free agency provided under-the-radar quality value. Read more about NHL IN 30: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2014-15

NHL IN 30: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Wed, 2014-09-17 18:09

The Toronto Maple Leafs surprised everyone two years ago by making the playoffs and last year they surprised their fans who thought that they were pretty much a lock to return but fell a few points shy of the 8th and final playoff spot.  During this past off-season the Leafs held steady except for signing a few role players to round out their forward lines by inking one-time Leaf Matt Frattin and also Mike Santorelli.  The belief is that the existing core of forwards will improve and take that next step.  Gone is Nikolai Kulemin.  The Leafs Read more about NHL IN 30: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 16, 2014: GUIDE UPDATES AND SAMPLES

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-09-16 20:07

The 2014-2015 PrimePucks Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide has been updated, indicated with yellow highlights throughout the Guide.  Just go to your account and click on the FILES tab and you can download the latest version.  Below are a few excerpts from this year's Guide.  

***Here are a few examples of what you will get in the 2014-2015 PrimePucks Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide:

GOALIE-RAMA excerpt;

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NHL IN 30: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2014-15

Posted by steve on Tue, 2014-09-16 05:17

After claiming the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, Columbus battled Pittsburgh "tooth and nail" only to lose in 6 hard fought games during last season’s quarterfinals. With the team on the upswing, their biggest offseason acquisition was Scott Hartnell that arrived via a trade for RJ Umberger. Along with the return of a healthy Nathan Horton, the Jackets are ready to make big strides but contract negotiations with future star Ryan Johansen are still hanging over their head. Read more about NHL IN 30: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 2014-15

NHL IN 30: NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Mon, 2014-09-15 10:05

We had expected the New York Islanders to take the next step in their development and qualify for the playoffs.  Without their star center John Tavares-lost to an injury suffered at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the team actually went 12-7-3 but it wasn’t enough to overcome a poor start to the season.  With the emergence of Kyle Okposo and the new additions in goaltending, there will be some improvement before the Isles move to Brooklyn for next season.  The Vanek-Moulson trade proved to be a non-event so Vanek was later shipped off to Montreal, where Read more about NHL IN 30: NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME- SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: SUNDAY BITS/FREE PRIME+PLUS PREVIEW

Posted by steve on Sun, 2014-09-14 10:18

*On the prospect injury front, highly regarded Sonny Milano will miss the rest of the Blue Jacket's prospects tournament due to facial injuries after being slammed into the boards. The 16th overall pick in this year's Entry draft has plenty of scoring potential, but he will not be rushed into NHL duty. His fantasy impact could be felt in a year or two as he is slated to play with Plymouth of the OHL this season. Read more about DAILY PRIME- SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: SUNDAY BITS/FREE PRIME+PLUS PREVIEW

NHL IN 30: EDMONTON OILERS 2014-15

Posted by steve on Sun, 2014-09-14 06:48

The first season for the Edmonton Oilers under coach Dallas Eakins did not go as well as planned, finishing dead last in the Pacific Division with a 29-44-9 record. With some of the most promising young forwards in the game- Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent Hopkins- the rebuilding process needs to step up for these Oilers. The management addressed many of the team's glaring needs with a very active off-season. Read more about NHL IN 30: EDMONTON OILERS 2014-15

DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: TIDBITS & A PRIME+PLUS SAMPLE

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-09-13 16:27

A few small events happening around the NHL……Minnesota signs RW Nino Niederreiter, one of my favorites names in the NHL today, to a 3-year deal.  A good move on both parts to get this settled before camp opens.  I am always of the belief that missing camp places that player behind the rest of the pack and it often results in a sub-par year.  Nieds played in 81 games and should develop into a strong power forward.  With 36 points in his first full season in Minnesota, there is no way to go but up.  Good job guys! Read more about DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: TIDBITS & A PRIME+PLUS SAMPLE

NHL IN 30: VANCOUVER CANUCKS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-09-13 10:16

Well, The John Tortorella experiment ended just after one season and is being replaced by rookie Head Coach Willie Desjardins.  Desjardins has had success at every hockey level and brings with him a reputation as a great communicator, instructor and someone who gets the most out of his players.  We shall see how the players respond after last year’s circus under Tortorella.  Canuck fans, and especially management, realized just what they had in Alan Vigneault and needed to get that sense of stability back.

 

GOALIES  Read more about NHL IN 30: VANCOUVER CANUCKS 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: ARIZONA COYOTES 2014-2015

Posted by steve on Fri, 2014-09-12 16:24

The Coyotes might have changed their name to “Arizona” but their team still relies primarily on defense and goaltending to win games. Their much-maligned offense suffered two tough losses when both Mike Ribeiro and Radim Vrbata bolted via free agency. They did bring in Sam Gagner, but their forwards figure to be the Coyote’s weak link as they enter the 2014-15 season. Fantasy-wise, a few elite options prevail on defense, while the jury is out on whether Mike Smith can be counted on as a top fantasy goalie.
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NHL IN 30: WINNIPEG JETS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-09-11 14:27

Last year was probably as far away from what every fan and the coaching staff expected as you can get.  Evander Kane getting injured and then trade rumors didn’t help matters. Read more about NHL IN 30: WINNIPEG JETS 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: OTTAWA SENATORS 2014-15

Posted by steve on Wed, 2014-09-10 12:54

After two straight playoff appearances under Paul MacLean, the Ottawa Senators failed to reach the post-season in 2013-14 with a 37-31-14 record. Their acquisition of high-scoring winger Bobby Ryan last summer was supposed to push the team to the top of the Eastern Conference, but they instead failed to make the top eight. Former captain Jason Spezza has since been shipped to the Dallas Stars for a player package featuring promising forward Alex Chiasson. Read more about NHL IN 30: OTTAWA SENATORS 2014-15

NHL IN 30: CAROLINA HURRICANES 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-09-09 11:41

Can you believe it has been 9 seasons since the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup over the Edmonton Oilers?  So many things have turned sour for not only the Edmonton Oilers, who haven’t been back to the playoffs since that debilitating loss, but the Hurricanes have returned only once, and that was 2 years after their Cup win and not since.  Cam Ward, who was the hero in that Stanley Cup series, had his worst season to date last year.  The team seems to be mired in the mud lately and it doesn’t look like they are any closer to returning to the playoffs this year.  There are just too m Read more about NHL IN 30: CAROLINA HURRICANES 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: CALGARY FLAMES 2014-2015

Posted by steve on Mon, 2014-09-08 04:56

Despite owning the NHL’s fourth worst record last season and having missed the playoffs for five straight years, the Calgary Flames have begun to reap dividends from their rebuilding process. Rookie center Sean Monahan played like the "real deal", while youngsters Mikael Backlund and TJ Brodie took positive steps forward in ’13-14. While the veteran losses of Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak will lessen the team’s immediate offensive firepower, there is hope that their young prospects, such as 4th overall pick Sam Bennett will restore legitimacy to their young nucleus of forward talent. Read more about NHL IN 30: CALGARY FLAMES 2014-2015

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