I always believe that the release of the Dobber guide is the unofficial start of the hockey fantasy season, but many others consider the fantasy season begins when Yahoo opens their fantasy hockey site.
The best part of the Yahoo site is the mock drafting, as it allows fantasy general managers to see which players have certain values before their actual draft begins.
Yahoo rankings are broken into three categories: overall ranking, experts ranking and the average draft position. The last one should be the key one that fantasy general managers focus on. That’s the one that will come closest to the true value for your potential draft.
Below are 10 players who are ranked too low in the average draft position in Yahoo. As a reminder, Yahoo's default categories are goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for forwards and defensemen, and wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts for netminders. Keep in mind that these numbers are of Sunday night, so the average draft position can change as more drafts are completed.
10. Jakob Chychrun
Chychrun had a down season last year, but still had an 82-game pace of 37 points, while finishing with three shots per game average. He also averaged at least one PIM, one blocked shot and one hit per game. Injuries are the biggest concern with Chychrun, but there are rumors he might be traded at some point, which could help him reclaim top power-play time. He’s currently being drafted around 148th overall, but he’s a high-risk, high-reward player.
9. Cal Petersen
Petersen is in a 1A/1B tandem in L.A., but he might be the number one starter down the stretch with the Kings. That’s an important time of the fantasy season for head-to-head leagues as it is the championship season. Jonathan Quick is signed for only one more year, but while his cap hit is $5.8 million, his salary is $2.5 million, which would make him attractive to some teams. Petersen is signed for three more years at $5 million per season and is the team’s goalie of the future, so don’t be shocked if he is the team’s number one netminder even if Quick isn’t dealt. It’s great value if Petersen is available in your draft at 173rd overall, which is his average draft position now.
8. Jeff Petry
Petry is being nabbed 145th overall, which is much too low for someone who can contribute in so many categories. Sure, he’s behind Kris Letang for power-play and offensiv