are you ready? We are back to the 82 regular season game system, which means more happiness, but also means more pain. Every season is an emotional roller coaster, because there are always surprises. The good ones can make us feel like geniuses, and the bad ones can make us feel like belly diving into an empty pool.
But we are all punishing gluttons, so we’d better stay as informed as possible so that we can explain why the god of fantasy hockey hates you in the future. Yes, they hate you very much.
2021-22 Fantasy Outlook: Edmonton Oilers
Last season: There is not enough superlative to describe Connor McDavid’s dominance. His 1.88 P/GP performance is so far The best performance in the hat era. He led the Oilers to the seventh-best offense in the league, and because of Mike Smith’s excellent season, he entered the playoffs as the second seed, and almost every team in this division was disappointed.
Despite leading the Jets by 9 points, the Oilers were swept in the first round, and McDavid and Leon Dresettel only scored three goals in total. This is a very worrying result because it shows that unless McDavid and Dresettel play well, the Oilers really can’t win the game. The match between McDavid and Draisaitl lasted for 45 minutes, but in the other 15 minutes, the Oilers just hoped that this was not a complete breakdown.
Best choice: Nurse Darnell, D
You know McDavid and Draisaitl, but Nurse also had a very good season, ranking second in the number of goals (16), 14th in the points (36), and fifth in the positive and negative numbers (+27). Ranked fourth in TOI/GP (25:38) among defenders. The only reason he hasn’t reached the elite level with Roman Josie and Victor Herdman is because he has to prove that he can do it again. There are many critics because the nurse’s performance last season is truly incredible; of the 27 guards who played at least 50 games in the blocking era, scored 15 goals and shot more than 10% from the field, only Lubomir Wei Sinofsky was able to do this for several consecutive seasons (he did it) twice).
Nurse and Jakob Chychrun are the only defensive players able to chase this rare milestone. Nurse is also one of seven defensive players with at least 100 blocks and 100 hits, although only two of them (the other is Seth Jones) It is worth drafting in Fantasy League.
Hidden gem: Zach Hyman, LW
I am very happy to see what Hyman can do. Reliable mid-six wingers are willing to do dirty work and don’t fancy hockey too much. They are perfect for McDavid and Dreset. They don’t always need another talented player to help them score. Think of Alex Burrows and Sedins or Chris Kunitz on the pen; practical wingers, they are really good at winning and stealing the ball, and finally get a career season only because they are very suitable for more talented players than them.
This is not a new role for Hyman. Last season, 23 of his 33 points were scored or assisted by Orston Matthews or John Tavares, and both Burrows and Kunitz played their best in at least a 30-goal season. transport. According to THN’s pool guide, Hyman is expected to score 54 points, the third highest score among Oilers forwards, second only to McDavid (129) and Dreiser (113).
goalkeeper: The Oilers season is a potential disaster, because their series can easily be mistaken for someone who wants a tank.Smith is great—when Dave Tippet sits behind the bench, he usually does—but this is easily the second best season of his career, 0.923 Sv% and 2.31 GAA are difficult to replicate any A goalkeeper, let alone a goalkeeper who turned 40 in March of this year.
The Oilers do not have good insurance policies in Mikko Koskinen, which they can’t get rid of, and 34-year-old skilled worker Alex Stalock, who has only made 151 appearances in the NHL. In addition to nurses, defense will not help much unless Dunken Keith’s revival season and Evan Bouchard’s Calder are worth the season, neither of which seems unlikely to happen. Smith has fantasy value because he will win, but when Smith allows four goals per night, it will be a difficult victory.
Appearance: McDavid and Draisaitl should be two of the top three picks in any form and any league, and because next to them, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Hyman — maybe Yamamoto, Puljujarvi and Warren Foegele — with some fantasy value . Even without scoring, Hyman can provide some hits, but Yamamoto and Puljujarvi also have an advantage of 20 goals.
The McDavid effect extends to Tyson Barry’s blue line. He leads all defenders with 48 points, and his strong offensive scores are especially valuable. An assist is an assist. Statistics don’t care about whether Roman Josie has to walk the line and place the puck on a labyrinth of sticks and legs to set a timer, or whether Barry leaves the puck behind his own net for Mike David end-to-end.