Two sleeps until the NHL regular season begins, but the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast is already in full swing with a new episode jam-packed with all of the latest hockey news and fantasy spin.
We start with two awful real-life injuries that have an urgent fantasy impact, suggesting which Penguins and Panthers may get or take a bump while Crosby and Huberdeau are on the shelf.
Then, Elan and Brian turn their attention to the NHL's waiver wire, where 3 more-than-serviceable players sit after being surprisingly let go in advance of the season opener. In particular, Brian plays the role of wet blanket to perfection by doubting whether Ondrej Pavelec's waiving means clear skies ahead for Hellebuyck, and also provides his dream scenario for P.A. Parenteau in 2016-17.
The guys then roll through some of the season's newest Calder Trophy candidates as news trickles out of which prospects are making their teams out of camp, with stops in Philadelphia, Chicago, Anaheim, Toronto, Columbus and Montreal.
Finally, we share all the opening night line combos we've seen and mine them for hints at fantasy fortunes in the year ahead, zeroing in on a top-line winger in Detroit, a questionable piece in Ottawa's top six, an expected shift in Chicago, a rising youngster in Boston, and a multi-generational combo in Arizona.
And still, there's more! The Yakupov trade, how to handle injured players, whether to trade for injured players, RFA situations, last-minute IR stashes, pre-season scoring leaders.. and tons more info that'll give you the early upper-hand in your fantasy pool as we head into the season.
Players discussed on this episode include Sidney Crosby, Nail Yakupov, David Perron, Kris Russell, Jonathan Huberdeau, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Steen, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jussi Jokinen, Michael del Zotto, Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Brayden Schenn, Joonas Korpisalo, Sergei Bobrovsky, Marian Gaborik, Nikita Kucherov, Johnny Gaudreau, Hampus Lindholm, Rasmus Ristolainen, Rickard Rakell, Nick Ritchie, Jacob Trouba, Ondrej Pavelec, Connor Hellebuyck, Michael Hutchinson, P.A. Parenteau, Teemu Pulkkinen, Antti Niemi, Kari Lehtonen, Jake Allen, Carter Hutton, Connor Sheary, Nick Bonino, Nikita Zaitsev, Zach Werenski, Yohann Auvitu, Damon Severson, Richard Panik, Tyler Motte, Marian Hossa, Nick Schmaltz, John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Matthew Barzal, Jakob Silfverberg, Anthony Beauvillier, Joshua Ho-Sang, Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, Tomas Tatar, Zack Smith, Colton Parayko, Charlie Coyle, Joel Eriksson Ek, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Mikhail Sergachev, Sam Reinhart, Brandon Pirri, Mikhail Grigorenko, Artturi Lehkonen, Alex Edler, Philip Larsen, Aaron Dell, Jaden Schwartz, Tyler Seguin, and more.
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