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 Dream Vision: Columbus Blue Jacket
Last season: As the season progressed, it became clear that the jacket did not really go anywhere. The deal between Max Domi, Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine was unsuccessful. John Tortorella can no longer squeeze anything out of a roster that must be won by pure will. Therefore, General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen started to work, quickly traded Riley Nash, David Savard, Nick Foligno, and Seth Jones, and then exchanged the contract with Cam Atkinson for a year’s salary. Flexibility, and Yakub Volasek’s three seasons have four remaining seasons. BJ eventually ranked fourth from the bottom in the league, and Tortorella did not re-sign. The fond memories of the always disadvantaged Blue Jackets overthrowing enemies like Goliath will continue, but sometimes you need to take a step back to move forward.
Best choice: Oliver Bjork Strand, RW
The picks in the jacket lineup are slim, but the 26-year-old Bjork Strand has become a very reliable top six scorer after playing with a five-year contract extension of $27 million this season. In the past three seasons, he has reached or is expected to score at least 20 goals each season. THN’s billiards guide predicts that he will lead the team with 60 points. The lack of a well-organized center really hurts the winger army of the Jackets, so the fantasy value of Ryan, Volacek and the returning Gustav Nyquist are all undermined, but they have a younger advantage than York Strand. . He is also more stable than Ryan, Ryan may score at least 30 goals, but he is not particularly good at offense. According to naturalstattrick.com, in the past three seasons, Bjorkstrand’s 2.27 5v5 xGF/60 is still the highest among forwards on the team, and is much better than Ryan’s 1.80 5v5 xGF/60.
Hidden gem: Adam Boqvist, D
Boqvist is an important part of the trade package the Jackets get for Jones and will definitely get more playing time than he averaged 16:59 in 35 games with the Blackhawks last season. Most of the playing time will obviously belong to their best player Zach Velensky, but the jacket may be like Velensky and Jones last season, choosing two defensive players as their top players (he and Bok West is a right back), and whether they have enough personnel to ice a four forward is debatable. With more important roles waiting for him, Bokwest’s stats should improve, although like many young defenders, he will experience growing pains. He may be worth a late-stage flyer, or if he suddenly gets hot, at least he deserves attention.
goalkeeper: Considering his strong performance last season, Elvis Melzlikins should be inside, his eyes are on Quite lofty goal Pay tribute to good friend Matisse Kivlenicos. According to the GSAA of hockey-reference.com, Joonas Korpisalo can definitely maintain his own level-he will never forget his 85 saves in the playoffs-but apart from his rookie and the 2019-20 season, Korpisalo has always been A goalkeeper below average. Merzlikins’ record is not long, but he has shown great hope in the past two seasons, ranking fifth with 0.920 Sv% (minimum 50 GP), tied with Andrei Vasilevskiy and Connor Hellebuyck. Merzlikins may well manage to keep them in the game, but if there are not too many goals to support him, it will be difficult for him to win, which will ultimately damage his fantasy value because it is so important. If goalkeepers are a rare commodity in your league, it would be ideal to have both Merzlikins and Korpisalo, but if goalkeeper positions are limited and managers are only keen on certain games, then Merzlikins is the target candidate.
Appearance: Goals will be a chore, because they really don’t have one The top six centers. Domi’s poor defensive performance means that he is a better winger than the center, and he will return in December after shoulder surgery. Roslovich looked promising in the breakout, but he lost 60% in the faceoff and has not shown high-end playmaking or hockey IQ. The rest-gulp-Boone Jenner, Alexandre Texier and Sean Kuraly.
The wing has additional qualities, including the fast Liam Foudy (18th overall pick in 2018), sniper Yegor Chinakhov (21st in 2020) and 28-year-old Gregory Hofmann, Merzlikins and franchise icon Rick Nash’s former teammate Jackets player development director) in Switzerland, won the Swiss National League twice.
There are benefits, but many of them may not be realized, which makes most of BJ’s mid-term fantasy choices at best, and only worth arranging when the managers are patient and willing to experience a period of exhaustion as Kekalainen prepares to rebuild.