Our friend and San Jose Sharks expert, Victor Nuño (@victornuno12), is back to give us a heads up on some Sharks fantasy insights for the 2019-2020 season. You can read his previous article here.
Gone are Captain America, Little Joe, and fan favorite Pavelski leaving a big hole to fill on the top line and power play. Donskoi, Nyquist, and Justin Braun have also departed leaving some new opportunities. Unfortunately both goalies are back after sinking the Sharks to 20th in goals against/game in 2018-2019.
Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture are the top 2 centers on this team now by a mile. Unfortunately, this means they are unlikely to play together. I have long been saying Hertl will be the Sharks’ best overall player and top line center for years to come. Sharks insider Kevin Kurz at the Athletic agrees that Hertl is the #1C, no offense to Couture.
Alright champs. You drafted well. You’ve worked hard all year. You’ve listened to our advice. Maybe you even fleeced some poor opposing GM in a blockbuster trade that had your whole league whining (if so let us know, we love to hear about #drama). And now, you’re at the beginning or about to start your fantasy playoffs. The only thing standing between you and a cup is a few more weeks. Well, that and mercury in retrograde.
Even those among us who don’t know their ascendant from their ass likely know that mercury in retrograde is what professional astrologers call a “big yikes.” So how does this affect your fantasy playoffs? And how can you harness the power of the stars to win these critical matchups?
I was hyped up about Terry going into the year when he started the season playing on the top line with Rakell and Getzlaf. He did nothing and then was eventually sent down to the AHL where he ripped it up, posting 37 points in 32 games. The Ducks never-ending injury problems earned him a call up again and he played Saturday’s matinee against the Devils on the fourth line and second power play unit. Playing just over 11 minutes, he managed to score a goal and an assist. I have him on my watch list for now – the kid has talent but until he gets the deployment he’s best left in free agency.
As we’re at the midway point of the season, I thought it would be a fun and sad exercise to revisit my drafts and fill myself with regret at some of my picks that didn’t work out quite as expected and then build myself back up with a few that have proven to be pretty pretty nice. Not wanting to keep all the pain and pleasure to myself (I’m giving), I asked you, the lovely followers and readers of ATOI, to share your biggest regrets and baddest steals as well. Thanks to everyone who chimed in! Even if I didn’t give you a mention below it was really fun reading everyone’s comments! Tweet at us @avgtimeonice anytime – we love hearing from you.
You can’t swing a dead e-cat on Twitter without hitting five different posts about the resolutions NHL players or teams or personalities should be making as we step into the tabula rasa of 2019. Frankly, we’re tired of reading the optimistic lies of the season, given that the vast majority will be discarded by March (but that gym membership charges through December, you go-getter you). So we’re bringing you our top five broken resolutions, that try as they might, NHLers will boldly promise and then pretend they never considered before the snow melts. In the spirit of the season, I’ve included my own as number five, and I’ll wager other fantasy GMs out there are as guilty of this vice as I am.
1.Gary Bettman – Resolution to not let NHL All-Star snubs get under his skin. Estimated date of letdown: 1/2/2019.
This failed resolution got accelerated Wednesday morning as Alex Ovechkin announced that despite being selected captain of the Metro Division, he had a standing engagement to wash his hair on January 26th. Bettman can’t do much but suspend Captain Cap for a game and grouse about letting the league down. Look for more stars to follow suit, especially those who were, like Ovechkin, upset with the league’s decision to forgo the Pyeongchang Olympics. Meanwhile, a week and a half of time off with a new baby at home will help Ovi limber up for the playoff run while providing some critical support on the homefront, which any new parents will tell you is as valuable as it gets. And if it should happen to chap Bettman’s ass? Well, все на солнце ровно глядим — неровно пьём и едим.
2. 30 NHL Teams – Resolution to get a Vegas flu shot. Estimated date of letdown: 1/6/2019.
The idea that teams would struggle in their first games against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena spilled all kinds of media ink last offseason, but if anything, the 2018-19 strain has been even more punishing. Vegas is 5-0-2 on Friday and Saturday at home this season, and if you throw in New Year’s Day, which is basically a Sunday, they are 6-0-2 with three shutouts. Obviously these players are professionals, but they are humans with human vices, and when you’re watching San Jose lurch around the ice en route to a 6-0 loss on the second night of a Vegas back-to-back, you have to wonder. This resolution will get its next test on Sunday. If the Devils hit the absinthe and turn their red-hot goalie into Mackenzie Wormwood, we can feel confident that the other 30 NHL teams aren’t turning over a new leaf when they hit the strip.
Not a goal but something I’ve never seen before! Two trips on one breakaway! An underrated skill among the non-hockey-playing public is how hard it is to get back on your feet after a trip. Lehmann just pops right back up and keeps going which is pretty bonkers.
9. Ryan Poehling
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