Jesse and Victor are joined by Matthew Zator of the Hockey Writers to discuss the prospects who will be playing in the upcoming World Juniors. Dynasty players will enjoy discussion of recent draft picks, especially on the stacked Russian, Swedish, American, and especially the Canadian squad. Have a listen before the puck drops Christmas Day.
Fantasy Hockey Life
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the topic for Victor, Jesse, and special guest Ian Gooding of Dobber Hockey. The returning Stanley Cup champs are dealing with a money-based roster crunch but still feature an embarrassment of fantasy riches. Is Kucherov the #1 player in fantasy hockey? Is Vasilevskiy the #1 goalie? Tune in to get our opinions, then stick around for the dig and Victor’s thoughts on a not-irrelevant system.
Victor and Jesse welcome Brett Duboff of the Lace ’em Up podcast to talk about the Boston Bruins. From the injury questions surrounding the top line to the change of the guard at the top defenseman position, there is a lot of uncertainty on the reigning President’s Trophy winners. In the Dynasty Dig, Victor covers a shallow system with a couple of players who might still make an impact. Tune in!
The Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t replicate their magical “bunch of jerks” 2018-19, but they still feature top notch players like Sebastian Aho, Dougie Hamilton and Andrei Svechnikov. Victor and Jesse talk about their faves on the team as well as who they are fading. The dig is target-rich with Jake Bean, Joey Keane, Dominik Bokk, Alex Nedeljkovic and a top-notch draft class. Tune in!
Episode 83 is dedicated to the Stanley Cup runner-ups, the Dallas Stars. The Stars have an aging core and will be missing their top scorer Tyler Seguin and their all star goalie Ben Bishop for the better part of the season. Are there indications aging forwards like Joe Pavelski and Jamie Benn can lift their game to what we saw in the playoffs? Is career backup Anton Khudobin capable of replicating his excellent playoff run? And how dang good is Miro Heiskanen? In the dig, Victor identifies some incoming offensive players Dallas will desperately need and soon. Tune in!
In episode 82 we talk about the Pittsburgh Penguins. We start at the two immortals – Crosby and Malkin. A group of wingers jockey to play alongside them, and we discuss which might be just products of their lines and which have legitimate star potential. The blue line has some of everything – the established, oft-injured Letang, the up and coming Marino, the frighteningly overpaid Matheson. In goal, Tristen Jarry owns the net now and has to prove last year was no fluke. Plus the boys discuss which Penguin plays Victor’s true passion sport, disc golf. In the dig, Victor makes the best of a shallow system by talking about a couple of guys who might be able to break into the pros relatively quickly. Tune in!
Episode 81 is all about the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers jumped from fringe contender to division runners-up thanks to a star young goalie, Carter Hart. Victor and Jesse quiz Max Nason of the Hockey Writers what we can expect of stars like Giroux and Couturier, breakouts like Konecny, and injury wild cards Patrick and Lindblom. In the dig, Victor takes on a couple of potential breakouts in Philly’s system. Tune in!
Episode 79 of Fantasy Hockey Life welcomes back James Nichols of FantraxHQ and the Hockey Writers. We talk all about the New York Islanders, who always seem to punch above their weight but can’t be called a fluke any more. Barzal leads the way, but there are some intriguing points/peripherals guys and a power vacuum on the blue line. In the Dynasty Dig, Victor praises “the best goalie not yet in the NHL” and Jesse and James don’t argue. Tune in!
Victor and Jesse talk Colorado Avalanche! Can MacKinnon match or surpass his top 5 pick production again? How high would you rank Cale Makar among young D? And what is going to happen to this team when they actually have to pay both of them? In the Dynasty Dig, Victor talks about a top goalie, a top defenseman, and some good forwards on the way. Tune in!
Shaun Filippelli joins Jesse and Victor to sort through the sliding Chicago Blackhawks. Toews and Kane are still stars, but the team around them has slid. Shaun walks us through who to pay attention to in all the moving parts. Jesse gives his HAWT TAEK on the goalie situation over Victor’s vociferous objections. In the dig, Victor looks for the relevant prospects on a rebuilding team.