Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
This time of year all the fantasy hockey drafts are quickly approaching and poolies are scrambling to stay up to date on what’s happening at training camps across the league and what prospects may make the jump into the NHL.
To help answer this question lets point you in the direction of a few places that can help you figure that out. First you want to track the daily transaction wire and stay on top of what prospects have been assigned to their junior teams (to which there is no coming back from this season) and who has been assigned to the AHL. Top destinations for this include
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For the players still in main camps and playing in pre-season games, how are they doing? Finding preseason stats can be difficult and frustrating. Not to worry, you can find a sortable report generator for your preseason stats on Frozen Pool. If this site is new to you it is a gold mine for fantasy hockey research as you will also find reports such as line combinations, compare a player, nightly previews, Roto rater, hot and cold streaks and so much more.
One key tip or suggestion to keep in mind is what is the players opportunity? Has the team lost a player in the off-season to free agency or retirement and not acquired a replacement meaning the position will be filled from within? Or perhaps a roster player is injured to start the season, creating an opportunity to start the year in the NHL for a player. Lets look at some current injured players we know of, and what that means in terms of opportunity for a prospect to fill the void in the interim.
Hampus Lindholm, D – The Lindholm injury (out until early November) and loss of Shea Theodore to Vegas opens the door for two prospects. Jacob Larsson is a 20-year-old coming from the SHL and arguably the Ducks top prospect. A more under the radar player is Andy Welinski, 24-year-old had a strong rookie AHL season and is turning heads in training camp. Don’t sleep on this player.
Ryan Kesler, C – Out indefinitely opens up a spot in the 2C position. There are roster players on the wing who can fill in such as Rickard Rakell and Andrew Cogliano in the short term. Look for the roster replacement to be on the wing and the biggest benefactors could be on of Ondrej Kase, Nicolas Kerdiles, or Kale Kossila, all saw at least one NHL game last year and have been solid AHL performers.
Jakob Chychrun, D – Out indefinitely but may be back sooner than originally expected. If he isn’t ready to start the season, Kyle Wood who had a stellar rookie AHL season could be at the top of the list. He has NHL size and a canon of a shot.
Marian Hossa, RW – It is expected Hossa will miss the entire season and his career is likely over. That opens up a plum job on Jonathan Toews wing. The early favorite is Richard Panik, but poolies who have been waiting and drooling on Alex DeBrincat may be rewarded soon. He has carried