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Bringing you fantasy hockey keeper league advice for NHL prospects from multiple junior leagues including; OHL, WHL, QMJHL, NCAA, USHL, AHL, KHL, SHL, Liiga and more. Giving you great scouting tips both live and on the television. Peter Harling will keep you up to date for all things Fantasy Hockey prospects.

Episodes

The Mock Draft episode is here! DobberProspects writers and draft experts Jokke Nevalainen, Tony Ferrari and Josh Tessler join Peter to mock draft live to podcast the first round of the draft.

Follow the fantasy style draft as the boys take turns picking for NHL teams through the first round. Who makes the top ten and why do we think each team picks the payer we pick for them. 

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If you need to rebuild your fantasy hockey team, this episode is about the strategy options you want to use.

1. Scorched Earth: (2-3 years) - Your team is a dumpster fire! You have no quality long term assets, sell everything for draft picks, prospects and futures

* Owning your own draft picks is essential - Don't get stuck in "Futures mode". If you have been rebuilding for five years its not a rebuild, you just suck.

2. Rebuild: (1-2 years) - Two to five players that are the core of your roster and should be valuable for the next five years. Look to fill holes in targeted and identified weakness or opportunities. Sell off players 30+ years old for futures, or trade 50 point players for 60 point players that are injured for season (Dougie Hamilton)

3. Retool: (1 year) - Good team having bad year, bad luck. Sell two or three players for great futures to make next year or next few years even better. One step back, two steps forward.

 

Three ways to acquire players:

1. Trade: Target opportunities to acquire players that will help you in future and for teams that can use what you have to offer. Trade can be risky, you have to give to get and in a rebuild you are offering established payers for prospects or picks that may not pan out. Trading a 80 point player that is 30 for a prospect that does not pan out can be devastating. Try to get multiple assets in return to ensure you have some long term value

2. Draft: Target blue-chip prospects in the early draft, even if the wait time is up to five years. Mid round look at either boom or bust prospects, or players with a short ETA such as free agents from NCAA or Europe or over age draftees.

3. Free Agent or Waiver Wire: Best time to acquire top assets here is early in the season as players have breakout performances, exceed expectations etc. Requires some homework but well worth it if you catch wind of this seasons breakout rookies before the competition.

Top NHL Rookies to target in trade:

Cody Glass VGK

Vitali Kravtson NYR

Filip Zadina DET

Kirby Dach CHI

Barrett Hayton ARI

Andrew Mangiapane CGY

Dylan Sikura CHI

Prospects on the brink of the NHL

Logan Brown, Drake Batherson, Erik Brannstrom OTT

Sam Steel ANA

Jake Bean CAR

Jack Studnicka BOS

Evan Bouchard EDM

Kirill Kaprizov MIN

Ilya Sorokin NYI

Igor Shesterkin NYR

Morgan Frost PHI

Rasmus Sandin TOR

Alex Romanov MTL

Injured players you may want to target

Juuso Valimaki CGY

Dougie Hamilton CAR

Anthony Mantha DET

Vladimir Tarasenko STL

Victor Olofsson BUF

Ilya Mikhayev TOR

Alex Texier CBJ

The Ottawa Senators are a NHL model example of how to rebuild. They have traded star players like Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene for futures and now have a bright future and two lottery first round picks. Peter reviews the top ten prospects and ten more since they are so deep.

1. Erik Brannstrom

2. Drake Batherson

3. Logan Brown

4. Josh Norris

5. Alex Formenton

6. Lassi Thomson

7. Vitali Abramov

8. Rudolf Balcers

9. Joey Daccord

10. Jacob Bernard-Docker

The next five:

Filip Chlapik, Shane Pinto, Jonathan Davidsson, Max Lajoie, Jon Gruden

Five more sleepers:

Jakov Novak, Markus Nurmi, Max Veronneau, Jonny Tychonic, Mark Kastelic

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After watching both an AHL game and the CHL Top Prospects game live in the past week Peter gives some scouting notes and observations from each game. Vitali Abramov and Russ Cohen were interviewed in the intermission of each game (Apologies for background audio) Peter asks Vitali about the differences between junior, AHL and NHL and for Vitali to forecast his fantasy upside.

Russ gives Peter plenty of great prospect insight from players in the Top Prospect game, junior all the way up to hot rookies in the NHL.

 

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2020 World Junior preview of Team Canada with special guest Steven Ellis of The Hockey News

Steven and Peter review the Canadian roster, the outlook for the tournament. There are questions in goal and more cuts still to come but Canada may be an underrated team this year and may rally around the under dog, us vs the world attitude.

The two top players for the 2020 NHL Draft will play for Canada in Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield. Will playing together tip the balance one way or the other as to which player is selected number one?

Who will emerge as Canadas goalie? Guelph star Nico Daws has come from nowhere, can he run with it?

The defense will be lead by two studs Bowen Byram and Ty Smith, and will have another 2020 Draft eligible in Jamie Drysdale, possibly as the seventh defenseman.

Late additions released to Canada to help bolster the forward depth include Barrat Hayton (Arizona Coyotes), and Joe Veleno (Detroit Red Wings) and gives Canada a massive boost.

How will Canada deploy OHL scoring leader Connor McMichael?

Akil Thomas, Aidan Dudas and Peters fan boy favorite player Nolan Foot and more discussion this episode.

Bonus, pretty sure Peter was able to pronounce all the Canadian players names correctly...Maybe

 

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2020 World Junior preview of Team Sweden with guest Jimmy Hamrin of McKeens hockey

 

Jimmy and Peter review the Swedish roster, will this be the year they win a Medal round game, or lose a round robin game?

With a big question mark at the center position, and Peter has big questions about the goaltending that Jimmy answers, there is no question this teams strength is its defense.

Leafs prospect Rasmus Sandin leads the D along with Nils Lundqvist and three top 18-year-old prospects in Philip Broberg, Tobias Bjornfort and Victor Soderstrom. 

Perhaps the most interesting story line to follow on Sweden this year will be the play of two top 2020 draft eligible prospects in Lucas Raymond and Alexander Holtz who will both be top ten picks for sure.

Jimmy also gives a great sleeper player to watch in Nikola Pasic so be sure to listen to what he has to say about him

 

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2020 World Junior Preview of Team Russia with guest Viktor Fomich.

Viktor and Peter review the Russian roster, a annual Medal contender in the tournament and that they look to be a contender again.

Draft eligible goalie sensation Yaroslav Askarov will compete for the starting role in goal, which will be a challenge as Head Coach Valeri Bragin has favored the older players in the past. 

The Russian defense will see the return of last years star Alexander Romanov, a Montreal Canadiens prospect. Philadelphia Flyers free agent find Yegor Zamula is poised to play a prominent role as well coming from the WHL.

At forward, another player coming from the CHL is Alexander Khovanov who dominated for Russia in the two CHL vs. Russia games in the Q. He could be the number one center. Another returning player that dominated with Russia last year is Grigori Denesinko and he will be looked upon to carry the offensive load fro Russia.

Viktor gives a few sleeper pick players to look for and more

 

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2020 World Junior preview of Team Finland with special guest Jokke Nevalainen, Head of European Scouting for DobberProspects.

Jokke and Peter review the Finland roster, if 2020 Draft eligible prospect Anton Lundell will have a spot or not and what impact that may have.

Aatu Raty will be a player to watch as he currently projects to possibly be the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, and would be the first Finnish player in history to accomplish that.

One breakout potential forward to watch is Matias Maccelli who has had a monster season as an 18-year-old in the Liiga and already has two years of experience in North America.

Another question mark for the forward roster is Carolina prospect Patrik Puistola who is currently injured but is expected to go.

Peter and Jokke review the top pairing on defense in Ville Heinola and Lassi Thomson as well as the depth players to watch.

Perhaps the best player to look for is in goal with Justus Annunen who has been crazy good in the Liiga this year and is about to become a household name for Colorado Avalanche fans

 

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2020 World Junior preview of Team USA with Special guest, Steve Kournianos of the Draft Analyst.

Steve and Peter review the USA roster, including discussions on Spencer Knight, K'Andre Miller, Cam York, Cole Caufield, Oliver Whalstrom and more.

 

Be sure to check out the DobberProspects WJC page  that includes full roster of each nations players, links to the DobberProspects profiles for each player and al our related articles.

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Peter is back with three more prospects you need to look for in your fantasy league

Carter Savoie, LW - Sherwood Park Crusaders (2020 Draft)

Tyce Thompson, C - Providence College NCAA (New Jersey Devils)

Matthew Phillips, C/RW - Calgary Flames

Peter also walks you through the rebuild he started in his fantasy league of his own team. The trades he made, are they good or bad, why he made them etc.

We are joined this week by Tony Ferrari of DobberProspects as one of the contributing writers of the Fantasy Ranking the NHL Draft article recently published on DP

 

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Quinton Byfield joins as our guest for a spotlight episode on the 2020 NHL Draft eligible prospect. 

Having viewed Byfield three times live in the past two weeks in games with Team OHL at the Canada Russia Series, in Hamilton and in Kingston with the Sudbury Wolves Peter gives a detailed scouting breakdown of Quinton Byfield.

Following the Four S's of scouting model as defined by Gus Katsaros of Mckeens hockey as well as some on line research using Quinton Byfield Shift Work article on DobberProspects by Tony Ferrari, and The EliteProspects Rinkside article Film Room article by Cam Robinson this episode is an extensive breakdown of Quinton Byfield game.

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