The five best fantasy hockey stories of 2021


As 2021 draws to a close, NHL.com takes a look at five of the greatest fantasy hockey stories from the past two regular seasons combined. For more fantastic coverage visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe to “NHL Fantasy on Ice” podcast.

NOTE: Statistical trends are from the start of the 2020-21 regular season January 13 through December 22 of the 2021-22 regular season.

Jack campbell, G, TOR

Primarily a replacement during his first five seasons in the NHL with the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings, Campbell has arguably become the most valuable fantasy goalie of the past two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Campbell’s save percentage (0.930 in 45 games) leads the NHL among goaltenders to play more than five games. Campbell has won 71.1 percent of his games (32 wins in 45 games), second in the NHL behind the Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has won 72.7% (48 wins in 66 games), among goalkeepers with at least 40 games played since the start of the 2020-21 season.

With an elite attack with attackers Auston matthews, Mitchell marner, Jean Tavares, Guillaume Nylander and defender Morgan riellyCampbell set an NHL record for winning streak at the start of a season (11 in a row in 2020-21) and quickly landed the starting job in Toronto. After performing well in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (.934 save percentage, one shutout in seven games) despite the Maple Leafs’ loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Campbell maintained his strong game this season and was standard Yahoo’s most valuable fantasy goalie. Fantastic leagues.

Kirill Kaprizov, LW / RW, MIN

The Minnesota Wild forward was worth the wait after being selected in the fifth round (No. 135) of the 2015 NHL Draft; he signed with them on July 13, 2020 after starting his professional career in the Continental Hockey League. Kaprizov has 87 points (39 goals, 48 ​​assists) in his first 85 games, 13th in the NHL.

Kaprizov, who anchored the Wild’s top line primarily with the wing Zuccarello carpet (0.89 points per game over the past two seasons) and one crosses rotation, is fourth in tied points (67) behind Edmonton Oilers forwards Connor mcdavid (95) and Leon Draisaitl (78) and Matthew (71). Kaprizov received the Calder Trophy last season as NHL Rookie of the Year and placed 40th overall in standard fantasy leagues; he’s taken another step forward this season and is in Yahoo’s top 10 overall (eighth).

Adam fox, D, NYR

The New York Rangers defenseman has made a huge jump in points per game (0.92 over the past two seasons) from his rookie year (0.60) and is second in that category during this season. period behind Makar Wedge Colorado Avalanche (1.04). Fox soared in the fantasy rankings last season after landing a leading power play role and winning the Norris Trophy named top NHL defenseman.

Fox has 68 assists in 85 games over the past two seasons, fourth behind McDavid (104), Draisaitl (79) and the Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick kane (69) and is tied for third in power play points (36) behind McDavid (59) and Draisaitl (53). Fox and Makar are widely regarded as the two best defenders in any fantasy format.

The New Dallas Duo

The stars ahead Jason robertson and Roope hintz, with a veteran Joe pavelski, became their most productive fantasy line in 2021, overthrowing the well-established unit of Jamie benn, Tyler seguin and Alexander Radulov. In terms of points per game over the past two seasons, Hintz (0.96; tied for 24th in the NHL, minimum five games), Robertson (0.95; tied for 28th) and Pavelski (0.92 ; tied for 34th) are among the leaders in the NHL.

Robertson wasn’t drafted into most Fantasy Leagues last season, but went on to become a Calder Trophy finalist by voting for NHL Rookie of the Year, and Hintz had a full-fledged breakthrough down the line. Robertson despite lingering injuries. Robertson has proven he has fantastic power this season, averaging 1.09 points per game (25 points in 23 games). Since Robertson made his season debut on Oct. 27 after injury, Hintz has scored 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 21 games.

Senators front row

The Ottawa Senators had one of the NHL’s most underrated lines of 2021 with the left wing Brady Tkachuk, center Josh norris and right wing Drake batherson. Tkachuk has been one of the most valuable fantasy players in the multi-category leagues; he’s fourth in shots on goal (300 in 81 games) and second in hits (348; behind Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas‘369) over the past two seasons, ranking 12th overall at Yahoo last season and 32nd this season.

During that same span, Norris is tied for 25th in goals (31) and Tkachuk is tied for 35th (29). Batherson is tied for 12th in points per game (1.22; 28 points in 23 games) this season among those who have played at least five games, is tied for 34th in power play points (24) during of the past two seasons combined, and an average of almost two hits per game (1.97; 156 in 79 games).

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