Mar 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Alexander Radulov (47) shoots the puck against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery (30) during the third period at the United Center. The Predators beat the Blackhawks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
With only two weeks left in the NHL regular season, your fantasy team is either on the cusp of winning or has shut it down for the year. Most leagues most likely have some sort of transaction deadline that has already past but if your league isn't one of those and are still able to add, here's your final list:
Making a run?
...and Alexander Radulov
Looking towards the future?
Let's take a look back at the NHL fantasy season that was, from my point of view.
I made some bad calls such as calling out to sell Joffrey Lupul, Phil Kessel, and Mike Smith high - all which proved to be legit... this season, anyways. (Don't think they'll be as highly regarded next season).
But as the season went on, I started to heat up... Sam Gagner (Before the 8 point game). Youngsters Jeff Petry, Carl Hagelin, Nick Johnson, Adam Henrique, Cody Hodgson coming through. Veterans, Matt Moulson, Jiri Hudler, Martin Erat, scoring more consistently. Believing in young players but not quite household names yet in Jamie McGinn (I think this guy gets 50 points next season) and Derick Brassard breaking out. Jiri Tlusty?? Yup. Not giving up on Jaroslav Halak and Jonas Hiller after a slow start. Resurgence of Peter Mueller.. kinda. Finally, yes, Marek Zidlicky. The Zidlickian one.
If you own Alexander Ovechkin, or Sidney Crosby you didn't win your fantasy league this year. I bet Pekka Rinne owners are winning a lot of leagues. Make way for the Oilers, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall are soon to be (if not already) NHL superstars. Old reliable in Joe Thornton, Ray Whitney and Patrik Elias.
It took a while, but Valtteri Filppula and Blake Wheeler have finally arrived. The most underrated forward in the league (besides Ray Whitney) is Matt Moulson, three straight 30 goal seasons in Long Island. How good could Nick Leddy, Jake Gardiner and Ryan McDonagh be? What if Alex Pietrangelo had a better 2011? Only 11 points in 2011, but 37 points in 2012. How legit are Mike Smith and Brian Elliot? One year wonders?
These questions and facts that will be in the minds of hardcore fantasy hockey GM's throughout the summer and back in the fall when we do it all over again. But it's not over yet, the best is yet to come - the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, which I will be covering a fantasy preview of.