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Fantasy Hockey: 50 Draft Day Tidbits

50 tidbits of information to keep in mind before drafting for the 2015 NHL season.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

I over think things...a bit when drafting. You've heard it said before (ok if you haven't I'm going to spoil something for you) facts can be used to manipulate your argument by picking and choosing select ones. I am using ones here to solidify players who I will be targeting this year. More often than not I am weighing 4-5 pros and cons in my head when grabbing a player. If you are like me and want some extra information then I am going to toss this out there as some potential helpers when drafting.

50 draft day information tidbits:

1. I am putting this first for a reason, it's important - Sergei Bobrovsky was among an injury riddled team last year. He, and the team are looking back to full form. 
2. Tampa Bay scored the most goals of any team last year.
3. Steven Stamkos is in a contract year.
4. Arizona scored the least goals of any team last year.
5. Vladimir Tarasenko scored 19points in 2012-2013; 43 points in 2013-2014 and 73 points in 2014 - 2015.
6. TJ Oshie's departure means more time for Vladimir along stars David Backes and Alex Steen on all units.
7. Initial line tinkering in Anaheim has put Ryan GetzlafCorey Perry and Ryan Kesler on three separate lines.
8. The Bruins lost 4 of their top 7 scorers.
9. Those 4 people made up 29.9% of their points last season.
10. Devan Dubnyk did something unseen in the 2nd half of last season AND got a nice paycheck in the off season.
11. History in these circumstances suggests a regression back to the median (aka don't over pay for him). 
12. Montreal had the 2nd fewest points against last year.
13. Not much has changed and their roster remains healthy and young for this year.
14. The last two points are something helpful to keep in mind for players who might have fortuitous +/-.
15. Max Pacioretty lead the league in plus minus last year.
16. New York Rangers had the best goal differential last year at +60.
17. The New York Rangers lost their 4th and 8th top point producers so take a slight discount on expectations this year.
18. Tyler Ennis scored 46pts last season.
19. He might be playing alongside Eichel and O'Reilly this year which should be good for AT LEAST a 10 point bump.
20. Jonathan Drouin has 8pts so far in the preseason which could be a flash in the pan or signs of what everyone has expected of him for years.
21. If you have watched any preseason Red Wings games - Andreas Athanasiou's points are not a fluke, if he cracks the roster, keep him in your mind.
22. Sven Baertschi has 5 points in 6 preseason games...big whoop he does well every preseason. Add in his 2 points in only 3 games as a Canuck last year, I think the new settings might bode well for this potential star.
23. I believe in Mike Babcocks abilities as a coach.
24. Mike Babcock is now coaching a Toronto team who has made the playoffs once in the last 13 years.
25. There aren't many flashy names on the Maple Leafs but keep your eyes open for point production in players like James Van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Dion Phaneuf.
26. The San Jose Sharks scored on average 38 more points per season than the Edmonton Oilers.
27. Todd McLellan, the coach of the Sharks is now coaching Edmonton.
28. Edmonton is ripe with talent just like the Sharks are.
29. Outside of Dynasty formats (Noah Hanifan), there are no Hurricanes players I want to grab.
30. Scott Hartnell scored the 2nd most points of his career last year on a team that is projected to rebound in a big way this year.
31. Scott Hartnell, David Backes and Dustin Byfuglien are the only 3 players who had over 100 PIM's and over 40 points last year.
32. Scott Hartnell, David Backes and Wayne Simmonds are the only 3 players who had over 100 PIM's and over 40 points two years ago.
33 . Over the last 8 years - Marc-Andre Fleury's had his lowest win %  last year at 53%.
34. Marc-Andre Fleury still won 34 games with 10 shutouts last year
35. .920, .915, .916 are his Save Percentages over the last 3 years. 
36. The Penguins have a legitimate shot at the Presidents Cup this year.
37. Nathan MacKinnon went through a Sophomore slump after 63points freshman year and 38points last year. I can see him rebounding (grab him late/cheap)
38. Players with 200 hits and 40 points over last two years: David Backes, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, and Alex Ovechkin.
39. Players with 150 blocked shots and 40 points over last two years: Andrei MarkovAlex Pietrangelo, and Roman Josi.
40. Players with 800 Faceoffs won and 50 points over last two years: Claude Giroux and Patrice Bergeron
41. Players with 250 Shots on Goal and 70points over last two years: Alex Ovechkin, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.
42. Washington CapitalsPhiladelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues have finished in the top 5 in Power Play Goals the last 2 years. Washington and Philadelphia have been in the top five the last 3 years.
43. Short Handed Goals - Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers have been in top 5 in Short Handed goals the last 3 straight years.
44. Team shots for per game: Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks have been in the top 5 in shots for per game the last 3 straight years. 
45. Team shots against per game: Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues have been in the top 5 in shots against per game the last 3 straight years.
46. Pittsburgh had the most PIM against last year, with Phil Kessel on the power play this could pay big dividends. 
47. David Backes and Alexander Ovechkin are great multi-dominant players (Points, Hits, PIM, and Faceoffs for Backes).
48. Teams on the building upswing (steady increase in standings over last 3 years): Tampa Bay LightningNashville Predators and Calgary Flames
49. Mark Stone and Johnny Gaudreau tied for the most points by rookies since Patrick Kane.
50. The Tampa Bay Lightning were one of the best 5 on 5 teams last year.