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 our stomachs fall 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: Florida Panthers
Last season: There were no real expectations at the beginning.The Panthers have just hired general manager Bill Zito to oversee a team that has no direction-captain Alexander Barkov’s contract will expire in 2022, but anyway they offer to Sergey Bob Rovsky promised 7 years and 70 million US dollars-and within a month and a half of the job, he signed Alex Weinberg, Anthony Duclair and Carter Wilhaig, and completed The most critical deal of the season, to get rid of Mike Matheson and Persuade Patrick Hornquist Leaving Pittsburgh. Hornqvist eventually scored a goal in the first three games, and the Panthers didn’t lose the regular season for the first time until the ninth game.
Zito rewarded the Panthers for their Great Leap Forward deal for Brandon Montour and Sam Bennett-again a positive addition-the latter received a four-year contract extension worth $17.7 million. They were ousted by their in-state opponents in the first round, and Bobrovsky’s performance was still troublesome, but Zito was still aggressive and paid for Coyotes’ second-round pick to get Anton Stralman so they could play Sam Reinhart adds a legal top six forwards. Sunny Miami has never been so optimistic.
Best choice: Aleksander Barkov, C
Selke’s defending champions are an absolute threat on both ends of the ice. This is a good sign that even if they did not play together, Barkov and Jonathan Huberdo can perform well. Barkov is ranked 13th in scoring, 8th in 5v5 SAT% (minimum 50 GP), and is one of only 19 forwards averaging more than 20 minutes per game. A deeper lineup will make Joel Quinneville more selective in his game, but Balkov is a full-court player and will continue to be their number one cat. The addition of Reinhardt-even if they are only playing in a strong team-should help improve his offensive efficiency. Huberdeau is also a good fantasy choice, although Barkov has a clear advantage if your league counts standoffs. In a deeper position, Barkov is a wise choice, arguably the fifth best choice after McDavid, Dresser, McKinnon and Matthews.
Hidden gem: Sam Reinhart, C/RW
Scoring at a speed of 37 goals is ridiculous, especially for a forward who doesn’t shoot often. (Since Reinhardt’s rookie season, among 103 forwards who have scored at least 100 goals, he ranked 36th with a 13.6% S%, but he averaged only 2.21 shots per game and ranked 85th). Reinhart made sure to perform well in his final season with Sabres, although the situation continues to show a downward trend. The Sabres are the worst team in the league, and Reinhardt set a career-low negative 28 points. Now, he will be dragged to the skating rink wearing flip flops with a contract worth $19.5 million and playing with some of the best players in the league. Figuring out where he plays is a tough job, but it is a good question, and the Panthers have enough good wingers, they may have multiple top six configurations. With the changing landscape and real opportunities to win many games, Reinhardt may have a career season.
goalkeeper: The key question is whether Spencer Knight will take over the starting position this season, because that should determine whether managers should draft him before Bobrovsky. For now, it is still Bobrovsky’s network, even if it’s just because his salary is higher, which gives him higher fantasy value. The Panthers’ defense is a bit weak, but they are definitely a good team, so there is at least a 45-50 victory between Bobrovsky and Knight. The best option is to have both goalkeepers on the roster, otherwise Bobrovsky is a better short-term option because he won first place in the starting position. Knight has some risks; the Panthers have not promised to make him their number one player. Just like Carter Hart, the development and career trajectory of young goalkeepers is rarely straight. Knight will play very good games, but there were some short games last season. He was struggling and looked as inexperienced as any young goalkeeper.
Appearance: Under the leadership of Barkov and Huberdeau, according to Pool Guide they are expected to score more than 90 points, the Panthers may be ready to take another step. They have had elite players in the past, but they are not such a pair, and there are more young talents to join, including Grigory Jenisenko, Anton Lundel and Alexi Hponemi. They Both should play at least a few games with the Panthers. Last season, they ranked 4th in the number of goals per game, even if their strong performance ranked 15th, and they are likely to make progress in both aspects in the following season.
In addition to inconsistent goalkeepers, the lack of defensive depth will be their biggest weakness as they try to advance to the first round for the second time in franchise history after their surprising NBA Finals spot in 1996.