As NHL keeper pools increase in number each year, fantasy junkies become more active in the off-season as they prepare their team for the coming year. Rebuild? Retool? Tweak? Whatever your intentions, it helps to get all the information you can about your players.
Throughout the off-season, FPL will look at a pair of teams each week and give you the fantasy lowdown. Bucking the trend of past years, we will review alphabetically Â– in reverse. Just to be different. Click HERE to read other team reports.
Looking to Add – The Flyers have done everything they wanted to and are ready to roll now.
Ready for full-time – Coburn is finally going to have a full-time job as the No. 2 man on the power play and he will learn under the tutelage of Timonen, Nashville’s captain last season. Steve Downie, a future energy winger who will eventually play on the second line, has a shot at a fourth-line spot.
Fantasy Outlook – My, how things have changed. With a top line of Briere, Mike Knuble and Simon Gagne followed by a second line of Jeff Carter, Hartnell and Upshall, this team is set up to be an offensive force.
Briere will boost Gagne’s numbers right back up into the 80s.
Don’t count out backup Antero Niittymaki either. He is now fully healthy and is an excellent fill-in if Biron gets hurt.
A young, dynamic team on the rise.
Fantasy Grade: B+ (last year was B- and at one point they probably slipped as low as a D over the course of the season)
Arriving Â– (insert sound of crickets chirping here)
Looking to Add – As always, the Sens are looking to upgrade their second line. However, they will be unable to do so unless they can relieve some cap pressure. Goaltender Martin Gerber and defenseman Wade Redden are both mentioned heavily in trade rumors, but don’t look for a trade to happen. This team is probably going to stay put.
Ready for full-time – The loss of Preissing opens up a spot and Brian Lee Â– arguably Ottawa’s top prospect Â– is signed and hungry for an NHL job. Lee will be brought along slowly, but eventually he could be the No. 2 guy on the power play.
Fantasy Outlook – Don’t count the Sens out in any way. This is essentially the same team that made it to the Cup final in the spring with a new coaching philosophy.
However, the pipeline is pretty dry in terms of offensive prospects and the Sens will likely lose some key UFAs next summer.
Fantasy Grade: C+ (last year was B)
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