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NHL Hart Memorial Trophy Nominees

This is usually an award that goes to someone who makes the biggest impact to their team but is also one of the top point scorers in the league. Last years nominees were Taylor Hall Hart TrophyClaude Giroux, Taylor Hall and Nathan MacKinnon. Giroux bounced back big time in 2017-18 to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a playoff match up. Giroux tallied 102 points (34G, 68A) in 82 games after only scoring 58 points in 82 games during the 2016-17 campaign. Nathan MacKinnon played a major role in why the Avalanche went from being the worst team in the NHL in 2016-17 to being a playoff team last season. The 23-year-old tenured forward tallied 97 points in 74 games last season, if it were not for missing eight games this award may have been his last season. MacKinnon bounced back from 53 points in 82 games to 97 in 74 games last season. The winner Taylor Hall lead the underrated, unskilled, inexperienced New Jersey Devils team to a playoff spot for the first time in almost ten years. Hall shook up the NHL with his record setting point streak last season but more importantly led the Devils in every facet of the game. Hall had 93 points in 73 games, in just his second year on the team, Hall helped put the Devils back on the map.

This years nominees are different than last years, which is a good thing. It would be hard to not mention at least the top five considerations for this trophy. Based off what last years nominees did for their club last year and what the winner Taylor Hall did for the Devils last season, we can all realize as to why these players below are being nominated for one of the more prestigious NHL awards.

  1. Mikko Rantanen (18G, 43A, 59 points in 37 games) 
  2. Connor McDavid (19G, 33A, 52 points in 35 games)
  3. Nikta Kucherov (16G, 41A, 57 points in 37 games) 
  4. Johnny Gaudreau (16G, 32A, 48 points in 37 games)
  5. Mark Scheifele (22G, 27A, 49 points in 36 games)

Mikko Rantanen has been a freak of nature this year, he has been apart of almost every Colorado win, a major reason the Avalanche are back in a playoff spot right now and continues to do it night in and night out. Sure he has Nathan MacKinnon so his accreditation is a little less valuable. But Rantanen being at 1.56 points per game is incredible.

Johnny Gaudreau has single handily (with the help of Sean Monahan) turned this Flames team around if you ever watched a Flames game, Gaudreau is by far the most impactful player on the ice for Calgary, his ability to take control of the game, create separation and just constantly be involved in every play when he is out there shows his importance to Calgary.

Connor McDavid we all know his significance to Edmonton, he has no one around him besides Leon Draisaitl (they do not always play together) but McDavid has consistently been the one of the biggest reasons all year the Oilers are hanging and fighting for a playoff spot right now. Not to mention he plays upwards of 22 minutes a game, which is unheard of from a forward.

Mark Scheifele, the Jets have tools around him but Scheifele’s presence is definitely known when he is out there and not out there. He is always scoring big goals, plays the best two way game among most centers in the league and is not just a one-sided player. Aside from his leadership Scheifele is one of the most underrated forwards in the game today.

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Fantasy Hockey Players of the week (Dec. 3rd-9th)

Johnny Gaudreau: It seems this kid is involved in every Calgary scoring play. The Flames five-game win streak that just ended Sunday night was in large part due to Johnny Hockey’s production. In the four games the Flames played this week Gaudreau had 2 goals and 6 assists. Gaudreau has been a big reason why the Flames are first in the West right now. On the year Gaudreau has 12 goals and 27 assists.

Elias Pettersson: Same as Gaudreau, every scoring play the Canucks have Pettersson is involved in. On the week Pettersson 2 goals and 6 assists. His big game coming vs St. Louis where he tallied 5 points, but every game this week Pettersson had a point. On the year this makes it now 15 goals and 15 assists for the rookie and clear Calder favorite.

Steven Stamkos: This is the first time Stammer gets on the list but Stamkos and the Lightning have had themselves a nice last two weeks. On a current six-game win streak, over the last week though Stammer managed 4 goals and 3 assists, picking up four points in the Lightning’s 7-1 win over Colorado. Stamkos has 12 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Jake Gardiner: If I am not mistaking this is the first defenseman to make the list. Gardiner is a very underrated offensive defenseman, his 2 goals do not speak for his offensive ability but Gardiner is a big part of this Leafs offensive success. Gardiner on the week had a point in every game, 1 goal and 5 assists, despite the Leafs two loses of their three games Gardiner managed to be productive for your fantasy team. On the year Gardiner now has 2 goals and 15 assists.

Gustav Nyquist: A name you probably have not heard in some time probably but Nyquist is a big part of the Red Wings offense, without his production and veteran leadership the Red Wings would not be as competitive. On the week Nyquist managed a point in every game managing 3 goals and 3 assists in three games this week. Nyquist now has 7 goals and 20 assists on the year.

 

Top Fantasy Hockey Players of the week (Nov. 19- Nov. 25)

Patrik Laine: Well, how are ya Patrik Laine. Laine had 11 goals in the last week, which the Jets played 4 games, he scored in every game and was known for his 5 goal performance vs St. Louis recently. Laine now has 19 goals on the year and, the greatest thing about this weeks number one fantasy player of the week, Laine had zero assists this week. 

Nikita Kucherov: I believe this may have been Kucherov’s first time on the list, sure we have been doing it for three weeks now but Kucherov comes in at #2 due to his 2 goals and 7 assists on the week. In four games Kuch had a point in every game and three of them were multi-assist games. Kucherov now has 9 goals and 23 assists on the year. 

Johnny Gaudreau: This may be Jonny Hockey’s first time on the list too but Gaudreau had 2 goals and 5 assists in four games this week for Calgary, helping the Flames to three of four wins this week. Gaudreau had a point in every Flames win this week and the one game they lost he was kept off the score sheet. Gaudreau now has 8 goals and 19 assists on the year. 

Jack Eichel: Have to throw on the Sabres star and captain on this list as the Sabres run through the NHL on a 9-game streak and in first in the NHL. Eichel had 1 goal and 5 assists in the Sabres four games last week, the only game he scored in was the Penguins game November 19th which was an overtime winner. Eichel leads the team in points with 5 goals and 23 assists. 

Max Pacioretty: About time the former 30-goal scorer gets going. Patches had 5 goals this week in the Vegas four games. The Golden Knights three game streak Patches has four goals, one assist in that span. On the year Pacioretty now has 8 goals and 3 assists on the year. For Vegas to stay hot and make a run it will come from players like this guy producing more. 

Calgary Flames: Offseason additions make them contenders? Fantasy value in Calgary is soaring

The Flames have had an eventful off season, the signing of James Neal is one their big acquisitions, receiving a 30-goal scorer and veteran winger is big for this Calgary team. Neal is slatted to play with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau being already a top 10 player in the NHL and Monahan being a top 20 center in the NHL, the Flames line one is now looking even better than before.

The Flames came out and had a bit of a rocky start last season, they picked things up and slowly pushed for contention as the season went on. But they fell short and missed the playoffs for the 7th time in 9 years. The Flames dealt with their fair share of issues, they had just Gaudreau and Monahan doing the heavy lifting. After Gaudreau’s 84 points and Monahan’s 64 the next player was Matthew Tkachuk with 49 points, that’s a big difference from 84 to 49 points. They also dealt with Glen Gulutzan throwing fits throughout the year.

Calgary Flames 2018-19 Season preview
With Dougie Hamilton out is Giordano bound for a 45 plus point season?

The Flames relied heavily upfront here two top guys upfront and their back end to do most of the work, Mike Smith came out a little shaky but eventually racketed things up, but it was just not enough for the Flames to get back into the mix. The Flames back end had Dougie Hamilton(44), Mark Giordano(38) and TJ Brodie(32) in the top 10 for points on the team. That means, a few things there is a lack of offensive depth and production or these defenseman just had good years, it was a mix of both. On top of Smith coming out a little uneasy, the Flames fell into a hole early and found themselves constantly digging out of it, every game. Smith posted 25-22-6 record with a 2.65 goals against, .916 save percentage and 3 shutouts. He started in 55 games and we can expect him to be in the crease the same amount maybe more next year.

Can the Flames get back into the playoffs? 

Playing out of the Pacific with the Ducks only getting better, L.A. only getting better, San Jose having Evander Kane for a full season and a depth on both sides, Vegas coming off a unbelievable season, Edmonton looking to get back into the mix and Arizona adding some solid pieces to their line up, the only way the Flames having even some what of a chance is a wild card spot. Which would be having to beat out L.A., St. Louis, Colorado, Dallas, Chicago. I don’t see Calgary making playoff, with the talent in their division and in the conference it is going to be extremely tough to crack that wild card or top 3 in the division.

Calgary will need Gaudreau to produce 100 points, Neal to get into the 30-goal mark or upwards of it, Monahan to produce around upwards of 70, Tkachuk to be even better than last year, Backlund and Frolik to be 50 point guys and defense missing their top scorer now and powerplay threat will need for Travis Hamonic to come out of his shell, Giordano to step up big time and Noah Hanafin to push upwards of 35 points. And Mike Smith to win 35 games or more and be ready from game one to game eighty-two. It is going to be a challenge, it is not impossible but I would have to rule out Calgary next year.

Fantasy impact in Calgary…

The positives to this though is that the Flames have a lot of fantasy value on their roster, Gaudreau is a sure lock, Neal could be a huge addition to that line one and Gaudreau’s 60 assists may be 70 plus with Neal now. Monahan will have a big work load on his plate and after a career year and another 30 goal season Monahan will be relied on to do the same and even more. Hanafin and Giordano have huge potential on that backend with their power play time and ability to play both sides of the puck well, those two should automatically be on your list. Tkachuk and Backlund coming off their best years, we should be expecting Tkachuk and Backlund both to crack 50 plus points this season. The Flames will be in the mix all season and with that comes goal scoring and a lot of fantasy value. These guys are my biggest assets when looking at Calgary’s roster.