Today we take a quick look at Winnipeg's Michael Hutchinson and Ottawa'a Andrew Hammond. Both goalies enjoyed their fair share of the fantasy spotlight last season; the former being a sensation early on while the latter surging later to lead them into the playoffs. Regardless of circumstances, they will generate much buzz come draft day Read more about FANTASY SPOTLIGHT '15-16: HUTCHINSON/HAMMOND
The mass shakeup with the Toronto brain trust and the subsequent trading of Phil Kessel has resulted in a major makeover in Maple Leaf land. The team is bound to get worse before it gets better but you can only trust the direction that Brendan Shanahan and new coach Mike Babcock are taking in restoring some legitimacy to the team. In terms of fantasy, this situation resembles an immediate "hot mess" as no Kessel signifies a massive blow to the Leaf offense. Like him or not, the talented winger made his line-mates better. Read more about FANTASY SPOTLIGHT '15-16: TYLER BOZAK
This past off-season, enigmatic winger Alex Semin had his final three years of a 5-yr $35 million contract bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes. How could this happen to a forward who was amongst the most talented scorers in the NHL just a few years back? The knock on him has always been not elevating his compete level on a consistent basis and not to mention, being way too injury-prone. Predictably enough, a team was willing to take a gamble on him as the Montreal Canadiens snapped him up hoping that he would rediscover his past elite form. Read more about FANTASY SPOTLIGHT '15-16: ALEXANDER SEMIN
If you're an avid sports fan, regardless if its fantasy related or not, then you always love trades and trade rumors. Trade rumors spur your analytical mind to delve into the basis of the trade for the parties involved to see if the trade even makes sense. And when the trades do make perfect sense, or they are clearly beneficial to one of your favorite teams, that will surely elicit a smile from your face because you have recognized the brilliance in such a thing. Read more about DAILY PRIME: RUMOR HAS IT?
As per Mark Spector for Sportsnet, he believes that Edmonton's RNH could be reaching elite territory as a center in 2015-16. He points out to several key stats that bode well for Nugent-Hopkin's further fantasy breakout in his fifth year. His 20:38 minutes per game last season were second only to John Tavares amongst all NHL forwards. Also, 22 of his 24 goals were at even-strength, surpassing the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin. Perhaps you have heard of them? Read more about FANTASY SPOTLIGHT '15-16: RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
Every year it seems like there is a surprise team or two that make and miss the playoff season. Last year the Calgary Flames were dancing come April and the Colorado Avalanche on the outside looking in after being the surprise team the year earlier. In the Eastern Conference everyone thought that the Boston bruins were a lock for the playoffs but somehow Ottawa pushed past them with a great late-season surge. Read more about DAILY PRIME: A FEW SURPRISES COMING OUR WAY IN 2015-2016
Well, it seems just like yesterday that the Chicago Blackhawks raised the Stanley Cup for the thrid tme in the last 6 seasons. Will they be able to repeat? Just like other past Stanley Cup Champions, adjustments have to be made to the roster because of salary cap restrictions and players going the free agent route. While most of you were working on your summer tans or honing yoru camping/hiking skills, Steve and I have been hard at work preparing our 5th PrimePucks Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide. Read more about DAILY PRIME: TIME TO SHAKE OFF THE DUST!
Let's face it. Phil Kessel represented the only true elite offensive threat on the Maple Leaf roster, so losing him to the Penguins without getting back a comparable talent is a massive blow to their offense. So can we depend on first liners James van Riemsdyk or Tyler Bozak for more than 50-60 point production without the services of Phil the Thrill? Absolutely not. Huge downgrade in fantasy value...Read more about QUICK FANTASY THOUGHTS: KESSEL TRADE TO PITT
1 There wasn't much intrigue with the top two picks of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, as Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel have markedly improved perennial cellar dwellers Edmonton and Buffalo with their superior blend of elite offensive talent and hockeq IQ. Both centers project to be high scoring dynamos, but expect McDavid to make the quicker fantasy splash based mostly on a better offensive supporting cast. Read more about QUICK FANTASY THOUGHTS: 2016 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
A loaded Western Conference battle between two of the elite NHL teams pits superstar forward tandems against each other as Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will try to outperform Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the precursor to the Stanley Cup Finals. The former has plenty of championship pedigree while the latter have fallen short in recent years. A few key factors will go a long way in deciding which team will move on: Read more about 2015 PRIMEPUCKS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS PREVIEW