2021 Central Division Fantasy Hockey Preview Feat. Jack Michaels

2021 Central Division Fantasy Hockey Preview Feat. Jack Michaels

2021 Central Division Fantasy Hockey Preview Feat. Jack Michaels

In the 26th episode of the Fantasy Hockey Hacks Podcast; Devon, Bruce, John, and Tyler proudly welcome a special guest – Edmonton Oilers play-by-play broadcaster, Jack Michaels! Jack will join us for our 2021 Central Division Fantasy Preview episode; helping the FHH team assess the division. We’ll go over each team’s top fantasy targets, projections, team analytics, team schedule, and more! This should be another entertaining and informative episode that you will not want to miss!

Highlights:

  • Special Guest | Jack Michaels – Edmonton Oilers & Sportsnet Play-By-Play Broadcaster
  • Recent hockey news, injury updates, pre-season actions
  • 2021 Central Division Fantasy Hockey Preview
  • Top fantasy targets and projections for each team in the Central Division
  • Notes on team analytics and schedule

Chapters:

  • 00:00 – Hockey News & NHL Pre-Season Action
  • 21:44 – Special Guest Jack Michaels – Edmonton Oilers Play-By-Play Broadcaster (Oilers, Penguins & General Fantasy Hockey)
  • 0:46:08 – Rapid Fire Segment (2021-2022 Predictions)
  • 53:00 – 2021 Central Division Fantasy Hockey Preview (Jack’s Take)
  • 1:09:38 – 2021 Central Division Fantasy Hockey Preview (FHH Take)
  • 1:10:07 – Arizona Coyotes Fantasy Hockey Preview
  • 1:15:25 – Chicago Blackhawks
  • 1:19:29 – Colorado Avalanche
  • 1:36:28 –  Dallas Stars
  • 1:52:51 – Minnesota Wild
  • 2:01:07 – Nashville Predators
  • 2:08:18 – St. Louis Blues
  • 2:16:06 – Winnipeg Jets
  • 2:25:55 – Central Division Standings Predictions

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Hockey News | September 19 – 26

September 19 | The Vegas Golden Knights signed center Nolan Patrick to a two-year contract with a $1.2M AAV.  

September 20 | Travis Zajac signs a one-day contract to retire as a member of the New Jersey Devils. He played in more than 1,000 games and scored 550 points with the team. 

September 21 | The Philadelphia Flyers announced that Kevin Hayes will miss 6-8 weeks following abdominal surgery. 

September 21 | Alex Galchenyuk agreed to a PTO with the Arizona Coyotes. 

September 21 | Elvis Merzlikins and the Columbus Blue Jackets agree to a 5-year $27M ($5.4M AAV) contract. 

September 21 | Hall of Fame broadcaster, Jim Hughson, announces his retirement from broadcasting, ending his 42-year career. 

September 22 | Rasmus Dahlin and the Buffalo Sabres agree to a 3-year, $18M contract with a $6M AAV. 

September 22 | Evander Kane and the San Jose Sharks have agreed that the player will not attend training camp until further notice.

 

September 23 | Evgeni Malkin will miss at least the first two months of the season, according to GM Ron Hextall. Jeff Carter the most obvious replacement?

September 23 | Niklas Backstrom is week-to-week, will miss at least the start of training camp. Evgeny Kuznetsov’s fantasy value gets a bump early in the season.  

September 23 | John Carlson had a cracked knee cap late last season, he’s been cleared and is fully healthy. 

September 23 | Paul Byron (hip), Mike Hoffman (lower-body), and Carey Price (knee) all failed their physicals on day 1 of training camp. It was reported on Saturday, September 25th, that Mike Hoffman will miss 4 weeks. 

September 25 | Florida Panthers head coach, Joel Quenneville, told media that, “Sergei Bobrovsky will carry the Florida Panthers goaltending workload this season. At least that’s the plan.”

September 26 | Cole Caufield is considered day-to-day, he was pulled from warm-ups earlier today as a precautionary measure.

September 26 | Sam Bennett’s ADP is 109.4 (9th RD), I wouldn’t hesitate to grab him a round or two early. Today’s Stats: 1 🚨, 1 🍎, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, 58% FOW, 20:44 TOI, 5:33 PPTOI! 👀 It’s pre-season, but wow. 

September 26 | Jared McCann scored in his first pre-season game with Seattle.

September 26 | Nik Ehlers left the game yesterday, keep an eye on his status from the remainder of pre-season.

Special Guest | Jack Michaels – Edmonton Oilers Play-By-Play, Sportsnet Color Commentator 

Name: Jack Michaels | Twitter: @EdmontonJack | Instagram: @EdmontonJack

Jack has been calling games in a wide variety of sports for more than 25 years, including the last 11 as the voice of the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League, where he also has served as a regular contributor on the NHL Network. In 2020, he was selected as the television play-by-play broadcaster for Sportsnet’s regional coverage of the Edmonton Oilers.

Topics For Discussion (Jack Michaels):

  • Where can our listeners find you on social media?
  • Tell Our Listeners A Bit About Yourself: 
    • Where are you from? How did you wind up in Edmonton? 
    • Experience/Background?
    • Hobbies outside hockey? 
    • Beverage of choice?  
    • What brought you to Edmonton? 
    • After a decade of doing play-by-play radio; how have you adjusted to doing television? Have you enjoyed it?

Edmonton Oilers Outlook For 2021-2022

    • Connor McDavid – 46 Goals, 139 Points
    • Leon Draisaitl – 49 Goals, 122 Points
    • Darnell Nurse – 14 Goals, 51 Points
    • Mike Smith – 33 Wins, 3 SO
    • Where do the Oilers finish in the division? 
    • Who wins the Pacific Division? 

Pittsburgh Penguins Outlook For 2021-2022

    • Sidney Crosby – 34 Goals, 87 Points
    • Kris Letang – 16 Goals, 68 Points
    • Tristan Jarry – 33 wins, 3 SO
    • Where do the Penguins finish in the division? 
    • Who wins the Metropolitan Division? 

Rapid Fire Segment – 2021-2022 Predictions

  • Who is your pick to win the Norris Trophy? Seth Jones, CHI
  • Who is your pick to win the Vezina this year? Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB
  • Who is your pick to win the Hart Trophy? Connor McDavid, EDM
  • Who is your pick to win the Rocket Richard Trophy? Connor McDavid, EDM
  • Who is your pick to win the Selke Trophy? Pass
  • Who is your pick to win the Calder Trophy? Cole Caufield, MTL
  • Who is your pick to win the Jack Adams Trophy? Gerard Gallant, NYR
  • Who is your pick to win the Pacific Division? Edmonton Oilers or Vegas Golden Knights
  • Who is your pick to win the Metropolitan Division? New York Islanders
  • Who is your pick to win the Central Division? Colorado Avalanche
  • Who is your pic to in the Atlantic Division? Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Who is your pick to win the Presidents Trophy? New York Islanders
  • Stanley Cup Final matchup? Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders
  • Stanley Cup Winner? New York Islanders
  • Favourite NHL team? Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Will Alex Ovechkin break Wayne Gretzky’s scoring record? Yes

 

2021 Central Division Fantasy Hockey Preview

Arizona Coyotes

24-26-6 (22nd) | GF/GM: 2.68 (23rd) | GA/GM: 3.11 (22nd) | GF%: 46.30 (21st) | CF%: 48.32 (21st) | PP%: 20.8 (13th) | PK%: 80.8 (11th)

Schedule Notes: The Arizona Coyotes have 17 back-to-back sets this season; and 52% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Nick Schmaltz, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: N/A (Undrafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 15 Goals, 49 Points

📈 Phil Kessel, RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 166.9 (3% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 193.8 | PTS. PREDICTION: 22 Goals, 57 Points

📈 Clayton Keller, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 170.3 (6% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 204.9 | PTS. PREDICTION: 18 Goals, 53 Points

📈 Shayne Gostisbehere, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 169.4 (13% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 12 Goals, 37 Points

📈 Jakob Chychrun, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 90.5 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 194.3 | PTS. PREDICTION: 20 Goals, 50 Points

 

Chicago Blackhawks

24-25-7 (20th) | GF/GM: 2.84 (16th) | GA/GM: 3.29 (24th) | GF%: 46.36 (20th) | CF%: 46.69 (28th) | PP%: 21.7 (11th) | PK%: 76.8 (28th)

Schedule Notes: The Chicago Blackhawks have 15 back-to-back sets this season; and 50% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Patrick Kane, RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 14.0 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 13.0 | PTS. PREDICTION: 36 Goals, 101 Points

📈 Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 34.1 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 116.5 | PTS. PREDICTION: 40 Goals, 82 Points

📈 Jonathan Toews, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 166.4 (33% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 148.4 | PTS. PREDICTION: 25 Goals, 64 Points

📈 Kirby Dach, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 166.7 (7% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 192.0 | PTS. PREDICTION: 15 Goals, 55 Points

📈 Seth Jones, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 73.7 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 65.3 | PTS. PREDICTION: 12 Goals, 57 Points

📈 Marc-Andre Fleury, G | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 41.5 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 133.5 | WINS. PREDICTION: 32 Wins, 4 SO

 

Colorado Avalanche

39-13-4 (1st) | GF/GM: 3.52 (1st) | GA/GM: 2.36 (3rd) | GF%: 59.88 (2nd) | CF%: 57.83 (1st) | PP%: 22.7 (8th) | PK%: 83.1 (8th)

Schedule Notes: The Colorado Avalanche have 11 back-to-back sets this season; and 50% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Nathan MacKinnon, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 3.1 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 3.2 | PTS. PREDICTION: 38 Goals, 108 Points

📈 Mikko Rantanen, RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 7.0 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 21.6 | PTS. PREDICTION: 38 Goals, 94 Points

📈 Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 34.8 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 49.3 | PTS. PREDICTION: 34 Goals, 74 Points

📈 Nazem Kadri, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 163.3 (4% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 171.7 | PTS. PREDICTION: 24 Goals, 55 Points

📈 Andrei Burakovsky, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 111.3 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 201.0 | PTS. PREDICTION: 25 Goals, 67 Points

📈 Cale Makar, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 13.2 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 26.3 | PTS. PREDICTION: 20 Goals, 82 Points

📈 Samuel Girard, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 129.4 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 187.4 | PTS. PREDICTION: 6 Goals, 51 Points

📈 Darcy Kuemper, G | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 21.9 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 152.2 | WINS. PREDICTION: 33 Wins, 4 SO

 

Dallas Stars

23-19-14 (17th) | GF/GM: 2.79 (18th) | GA/GM: 2.64 (8th) | GF%: 51.32 (15th) | CF%: 52.02 (9th) | PP%: 23.6 (5th) | PK%: 79.1 (19th)

Schedule Notes: The Dallas Stars have 15 back-to-back sets this season; and 44% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Roope Hintz, C/LW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 65.1 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 184.1 | PTS. PREDICTION: 29 Goals, 75 Points

📈 Tyler Seguin, C/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 80.6 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 186.8 | PTS. PREDICTION: 30 Goals, 72 Points

📈 Jason Robertson, LW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 91.4 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 25 Goals, 70 Points

📈 Alexander Radulov, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 92.0 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 166.9 | PTS. PREDICTION: 26 Goals, 59 Points

📈 Joe Pavelski, C/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 104.1 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 169.2 | PTS. PREDICTION: 28 Goals, 57 Points

📈 Miro Heiskanen, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 80.9 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 64.6 | PTS. PREDICTION: 12 Goals, 54 Points

📈 John Klingberg, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 106.4 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 137.1 | PTS. PREDICTION: 9 Goals, 48 Points

📈 Anton Khudobin, G | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 161.8 (18% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 152.2 | WINS. PREDICTION: 26 Wins, 3 SO

 

Minnesota Wild

35-16-5 (9th) | GF/GM: 3.21 (9th) | GA/GM: 2.84 (15th) | GF%: 53.10 (13th) | CF%: 46.92 (26th) | PP%: 17.6 (24th) | PK%: 80.8 (12th)

Schedule Notes: The Minnesota Wild have 15 back-to-back sets this season; and 43% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Kirill Kaprizov, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 29.8 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 174.7 | PTS. PREDICTION: 38 Goals, 75 Points

📈 Kevin Fiala, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 138.7 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 152.2 | PTS. PREDICTION: 28 Goals, 67 Points

📈 Mats Zuccarello, RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 166.8 (2% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 22 Goals, 55 Points

📈 Joel Eriksson Ek, RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 0.00 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 21 Goals, 47 Points

📈 Marco Rossi, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: N/A (N/A) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 19 Goals, 52 Points

📈 Jared Spurgeon, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 0.00 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 0.00 | PTS. PREDICTION: 12 Goals, 42 Points

📈 Cam Talbot, G | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 138.7 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 152.2 | WINS. PREDICTION: 30 WINS, 3 SO

 

Nashville Predators

31-23-2 (13th) | GF/GM: 2.70 (22nd) | GA/GM: 2.75 (20th) | GF%: 49.51 (17th) | CF%: 0.00 (xth) | PP%: 17.6 (23rd) | PK%: 75.6 (29th)

Schedule Notes: The Nashville Predators have 15 back-to-back sets this season; and 29% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Filip Forsberg, LW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 126.7 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 111.6 | PTS. PREDICTION: 32 Goals, 65 Points

📈 Eeli Tolvanen, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 168.3 (6% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 24 Goals, 51 Points

📈 Matt Duchene, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: N/A (N/A) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 180.8 | PTS. PREDICTION: 20 Goals, 45 Points

📈 Ryan Johansen, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: N/A (N/A) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 197.5 | PTS. PREDICTION: 14 Goals, 48 Points

📈 Mikael Granlund, C/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: N/A (N/A) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 191.6 | PTS. PREDICTION: 20 Goals, 49 Points

📈 Roman Josi, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 60.5 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 28.9 | PTS. PREDICTION: 16 Goals, 62 Points

📈 Juuse Saros, G | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 59.7 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 121.8 | WINS. PREDICTION: 31 Wins, 4 SO

 

St. Louis Blues

27-20-9 (14th) | GF/GM: 2.98 (13th) | GA/GM: 2.98 (9th) | GF%: 50.00 (16th) | CF%: 48.32 (20th) | PP%: 23.2 (6th) | PK%: 77.8 (25th)

Schedule Notes: The St. Louis Blues have 13 back-to-back sets this season; and 44% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Ryan O’Reilly, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 66.5 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 76.0 | PTS. PREDICTION: 28 Goals, 75 Points

📈 David Perron, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 101.2 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 155.8 | PTS. PREDICTION: 27 Goals, 69 Points

📈 Brayden Schenn, C/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 108.7 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 113.8 | PTS. PREDICTION: 26 Goals, 59 Points

📈 Vladimir Tarasenko, RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 117.0 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 155.7 | PTS. PREDICTION: 25 Goals, 62 Points

📈 Pavel Buchnevich, RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 165.0 (92% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: N/A | PTS. PREDICTION: 28 Goals, 63 Points

📈 Torey Krug, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 95.2 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 100.0 | PTS. PREDICTION: 8 Goals, 54 Points

📈 Jordan Binnington, G | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 86.5 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 41.5 | WINS. PREDICTION: 32 Wins, 3 SO

 

Winnipeg Jets

30-23-3 (15th) | GF/GM: 3.04 (12th) | GA/GM: 2.71 (10th) | GF%: 52.80 (14th) | CF%: 48.83 (17th) | PP%: 23.0 (7th) | PK%: 80.5 (13th)

Schedule Notes: The Winnipeg Jets have 11 back-to-back sets this season; and 49% of their games are played on “off-nights” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). 

Top Targets

📈 Mark Scheifele, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 41.2 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 38.1 | PTS. PREDICTION: 34 Goals, 89 Points

📈 Kyle Connor, LW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 49.4 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 58.8 | PTS. PREDICTION: 40 Goals, 40 Points

📈 Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 59.6 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 174.5 | PTS. PREDICTION: 32 Goals, 76 Points

📈 Blake Wheeler, C/RW | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 96.5 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 38.3 | PTS. PREDICTION: 23 Goals, 78 Points

📈 Pierre-Luc Dubois, C | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 173.2 (12% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 108.3 | PTS. PREDICTION: 21 Goals, 52 Points

📈 Neal Pionk, D | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 105.8 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 95.6 | PTS. PREDICTION: 6 Goals, 46 Points

📈 Connor Hellebuyck, G | 2021 Yahoo ADP: 22.8 (100% Drafted) | 2020 Avg. ADP: 38.1 | WINS. PREDICTION: 35 WINS, 5 SO

 

Central Division Projected Standings

Devon

  • Colorado Avalanche, 111 Points (52-22-8)*
  • Winnipeg Jets, 104 Points (47-25-10)*
  • Dallas Stars, 101 Points (45-26-11)*
  • Minnesota Wild, 98 Points (44-28-10)*
  • St. Louis Blues, 97 Points (43-28-11)
  • Chicago Blackhawks, 94 Points (43-31-8)
  • Nashville Predators, 90 Points (41-33-8)
  • Arizona Coyotes, 61 Points (25-46-11)

*Playoffs

Bruce

  • Colorado Avalanche*
  • Winnipeg Jets*
  • Minnesota Wild*
  • Dallas Stars*
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Nashville Predators
  • Arizona Coyotes

John

  • Colorado Avalanche*
  • Winnipeg Jets*
  • Chicago Blackhawks*
  • Dallas Stars*
  • Minnesota Wild
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Nashville Predators
  • Arizona Coyotes

Tyler

  • Colorado Avalanche*
  • Winnipeg Jets*
  • Chicago Blackhawks*
  • Dallas Stars*
  • Minnesota Wild
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Nashville Predators
  • Arizona Coyotes

2021 How To Win Your Fantasy Hockey League Series

BONUS: Dom Luszczyszyn’s (The Athletic) Fantasy Hockey Rankings & Cheat Sheet

 

 

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