Five NHL players who will help you win your fantasy hockey capped pool
With no new CBA in place and my strong disdain towards writing about the CBA there is little news to talk about lately so I will continue to focus on fantasy hockey draft preparation.
On that note, I should mention that the FHC Fantasy Hockey Playbook will be releasing soon and is packed full of insight. This guide will be a very easy read and features a magazine style look. Lots of value!
With out further ado, here is my list of top five players who are not on entry level contracts but have a soft cap hit and will produce significant fantasy value for you.
5. Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators $1.4 million
After arriving in a trade early in the season from Phoenix, Turris immediately stepped in on the Sens second line and centered a unit with Daniel Alfredsson and Nick Foligno giving the Sens a second scoring threat. None is happier than Turris that Alfredsson is coming back for one more year as it will only help Turris achieve a career high season. As each game passed Turris got better and better. Keep in mind Turris was a training camp hold out and missed the start of the season. Turris only played 55 games but scored 29 points. This year he will hit the ground running when the season opens and could reach 50-60 points. The third overall pick from the 2007 draft is coming of age in Ottawa.
4. Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche $3.5 million
Duchene missed 24 games last season due to knee and ankle injuries. He managed only 28 points in the 58 games he did play. In his rookie season he scored 55 points and in his sophomore season his totals increased to 67. Write last season off as a loss to injuries. It happens. Duchene signed a two year deal that only pays him $3.5 per and he will be playing for a massive raise when his current deal expires. Expect him to regain the first line center position with Gabriel Landeskog and reach the 80 point plateau.
3. Jordan Staal Carolina Hurricanes $4 million
In the final year of his current deal before his salary jumps to $6 million per year. Despite having missed 20 games and only playing in 62, he had a career high 50 points last season. Now no longer a supporting player look for Stall to breakout playing with his brother and take a run at 70-80 points this season.
2. Jeff Carter Los Angeles Kings $5.272 million
Carter signed his current contract giving Philadelphia the "home town discount" in the agreement they would not trade him before his no trade clause kicked in that summer, as he enjoyed playing with best friend Mike Richards. He has since been traded twice, and is back playing with Richards. His season started with the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets and injuries cost him to miss 27 games. Carter regained his form late in the season in LA and in the playoffs when he scored 13 points in 20 games. His career high is 84 points and this season he may challenge that total.
1. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers $3.75 million
In 77 games Giroux had 93 points. He has the ability to lead the NHL in scoring and he has two seasons remaining on his current contract. You will not find a better deal than that! That contract puts Giroux in consideration for first overall pick in a salary capped fantasy hockey pool. Even if it is a keeper league I would consider picking Giroux ahead of anyone else including Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, and Alex Ovechkin.
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By Peter Harling
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