The 2013 season is going to be a lot of fun to follow. With a shortened 48 game schedule, luck and randomness will play a larger role compared with a typical 82 game season. And from a fantasy hockey perspective, making predictions and projections is even more difficult, because players across the league spent the lockout doing such a wide variety of things.
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The San Jose Sharks have been one of the NHL’s most successful franchises over the past decade. They have been first or second in the Pacific Division in nine of the past 10 seasons. They have advanced to the Conference Final three times. However, they have been unable to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks are not as strong as they once were – their forward depth, in particular, is much shallower than it was a few seasons ago.
The Hurricanes had arguably the best off-season of any NHL club. They upgraded at center considerably with the acquisition of Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh. They signed a top line winger in Alexander Semin. Their young defense should be one of the best in the NHL in a few years. In particular, rookie Justin Faulk had a stellar 2011-12. However, the Hurricanes won’t be blowing through any NHL cities for the forseeable future thanks to the lockout.
With the CBA deadline fast approaching, the Overtime crew shares their thoughts on a variety of hockey issues.
The impending NHL lockout could be a blessing in disguise for several NHL teams. Thanks to a busy summer, the Nashville Predators are not one of them. The Predators were forced open the bank account up for Shea Weber, and they lost Ryan Suter to free agency. Why would a lockout hurt them? Read on to find out.
The impending NHL lockout could be a blessing in disguise for several NHL teams. However, the Los Angeles Kings are not one of them. Although they played hockey well into the month of June, the Kings would likely lose out from any missed hockey in 2012-13. Why? Read on to [...]
The dog days of summer are here, but that won’t stop the Overtime writing crew to share their thoughts on the NHL in this roundtable discussion.
Erik Johnson, the former 1st overall pick of the St. Louis Blues, has had a rocky start to his NHL career. Now that he is in Colorado, his road to redemption begins.