are you ready? We are back to the 82 regular season format, which means more happiness and 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 informed as much as possible so that we can reasonably explain why the fantasy hockey god hates you in the future. Yes, they hate you so much.
2021-22 Fantasy Outlook: Los Angeles Kings
Last season: The pandemic allowed the Kings to play some of their top prospects in the AHL, so all eyes are on their prospect pipeline, not the parent team. It’s not surprising that the parent team has struggled for the fifth time in seven seasons. And missed the playoffs. But in general, this is a step in the right direction. Only one of their top 10 scorers in the AHL is over 21 years old (Michael Eyssimont). Rasmus Kupari, Arthur Kaliyev and Quinton Byfield managed to give them a taste of the NHL for the first time. Other positive factors include: Captain Anze Kopitar showed no signs of slowing down at the age of 33, Drew Dowty’s performance has improved, Gabe Villadi is healthy, and Carl Peterson becomes the starter. goalkeeper.
Best choice: Anze Kopitar, C
Fun fact: From his rookie season to his 29-year-old season, Kopitar scored 736 points in 840 games, averaging 0.876 points per game. From the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Kopitar scored 264 points in 289 games, averaging 0.913 points per game.Despite being older and surrounded by fewer supporting roles, Kopita managed to score in a higher The rate is in his 30s. Although I don’t want Kopitar to score at the same scoring rate as last season, it is not surprising to see him maintain or exceed this. He is already the fourth player to score 1,000 points in a Kings jersey and one of the most stable two-way players in the league. Regardless of the situation, Kopita should easily become a fantasy top 25 center.
Hidden gems: Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW
Since Avidson scored 31 goals in the 2016-17 season, among 77 forwards who have scored at least 100 goals, his average number of goals per game (0.37) and average number of shots per game (2.99) ranks first. 35 digits. He failed in the last two seasons of the Predators, but he also struggled with injuries and had to play with Ryan Johansen. Ryan Johansen has become a better two-way player, but not the organizer everyone imagined. Avidson should at least help the Kings improve their 27th shooting percentage per game (28.3), and he gave them better than Dustin Brown, Alex Yafalo and Adrian on the wing. Kemper and Andreas Atanasiu have better scoring threats. According to naturalstattrick.com, Arvidsson’s ball possession has been very good, and his two most common teammates-Johansen and Filip Forsberg-have seen their ball possession drop sharply without Arvidsson and vice versa. . When a long-term player joins a new team and a new system, there will always be some uncertainty, but he should have enough motivation to prove that his former team is wrong and immediately have a major impact on the Kings. Influence. According to Pool Guide data, he was selected in the Yahoo League with an ADP of 176, which is lower than Tyler Bertuzzi, Calle Jarnkrok, and Phil Kessel, who are all expected to score less.
goalkeeper: This is Peterson’s current net. In the past three seasons, according to naturalstattrick.com’s model, the only goalkeeper worse than Jonathan Quick’s 5v5 GSAA was Martin Jones, and Quick ranked 74th out of 79 goalkeepers (minimum 1,000 TOI), GSAA/60 was- 0.43. At the age of 35, most of the speed and athleticism that made him so successful disappeared over time and with injuries, which made the 26-year-old Peterson ranked 16th with 0.23 GSAA/60, one of the best in his career. . The first season as the undisputed starter. Peterson won the starting position by virtue of his merits, and finally ousted Peter Budaji and Jack Campbell from the stage with 0.923 Sv% in the first two seasons of the Kings and became Quaker’s successors. Signing with the Kings was ultimately a shrewd decision by Peterson, who is looking for an immediate opportunity to play after spending three outstanding seasons at Notre Dame Cathedral. The Sabres drafted him in the fifth round of 2013, when Robin Leiner, Linus Ulmark and Jonas Johnson — none of them left — were ahead of him. The Kings may compete for a playoff spot in a very weak Pacific Division, and Peterson should be more motivated as he prepares to enter the final year of an unrestricted free agent in the final year of the $858,333 AAV three-year contract. Peterson is at the low end of the starting goalkeeper because he is not expected to win many games, but he should provide excellent value in auction leagues where player value is linked to the real-life ceiling shot rate.
Appearance: Under the supervision of general manager Rob Blake, the total number of wins for the Kings each season is declining, but the situation is expected to rise in his fifth season. The young core players headed by Byfield and Alex Turcott are expected to take the next step this season. Although they are unlikely to succeed immediately, the Kings are hailed as one of the teams rebuilt in the right way. The remaining loopholes-lack of elite scoring talent, lack of defensive experience even after joining Alex Edler-these issues are expected to resolve themselves over time.
THN’s billiards guide gave Kopitar a 65-point lead again, but they have six other players expected to score at least 40 points: Arvidsson, Iafallo, Kempe, Brown, Doughty and Phillip Danault. There was a time when the Kings were beggars for the California team, but they have now firmly occupied an upward position.