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2 years agoWith the 19th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers selected center Jay O'Brien out of Thayer Academy in the US High School Preparatory League. O'Brien weighs in at 5-foot-11 and 176 pounds and scored 43 goals and 37 assists for 80 points in 30 games with Thayer Academy and will commit to Providence College next season. O'Brien was given accolades for his solid shot and hockey IQ and will add to the list of prospects that belong to the Flyers. He should not be drafted in any redraft formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Philadelphia Flyers on Twitter
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2 years agoWith the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers have selected left wing Joel Farabee out of the US National Development Program. Farabee scored 33 goals and 43 assists for 76 points with the US National U18 team and is described as a solid defensive player with excellent hockey IQ. He will commit to Boston University for the 2018-2019 season. He has drawn comparisons to Jake Guentzel by scouts and will almost certainly be a future middle-six player for the Flyers. He should not be drafted in any redraft formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Philadelphia Flyers on Twitter
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2 years agoWith the eighth pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected Adam Boqvist out of Brynas IF in the SHL. Boqvist, who weighs in at six-foot and 165 pounds, is described as an offensively-talented defenseman with an excellent skating ability as well as a solid playmaking ability. He has evidently modeled his game after Erik Karlsson and looks to be a top offensive defenseman in the NHL if he pans out. Only weighing 165 pounds, though, he's certainly not ready to enter the NHL just yet for the Blackhawks and looks to be more of a two- to three-year project in which he can add weight and master his skills. He should not be drafted in any standard redraft formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Blackhawks on Twitter
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2 years agoWith the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Ottawa Senators have selected left wing Brady Tkachuk out of Boston University. Tkachuk, who weighs in at 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, is described as a 200-foot player who can use his frame to get in the corners and take players off their game. He scored 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 40 games with Boston University as a freshman, leading the entire team in assists. Due to him being such a unique archetype of player, he's described to be like his brother Matthew Tkachuk or like his dad Keith Tkachuk. The Ottawa Senators could opt to use him on the roster in the upcoming 2018-2019 season, and he could have serious potential upside like his brother Matthew, who scored 48 points in 76 games in his rookie season. He should be on the radar of every fantasy hockey player in the upcoming season. However, he should not be drafted in standard redraft formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Ottawa Senators on Twitter
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2 years agoWith the 28th pick in the 2018 draft, the New York Rangers selected Swedish native Nils Lundkvist. This 17-year-old defender comes in at 5-foot-11 and has a talent for puck movement, skating and offensive instincts. His only downside is his size, but taking sub-six-foot defenders has become a trend in the first round. If he can learn to adapt his game, he'll find his way onto the Rangers roster eventually.--Anthony VattimoSource: SB Nation
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2 years agoTrading up for the 25th pick, the St. Louis Blues selected German native Dominik Bokk. The 18-year-old right winger comes in at 6-foot-1 and will add to a team that is desperate for offense after they fell short of the playoffs last season. While his game needs a lot of development, in time he could become a talented threat with the ability to move the puck well.--Anthony VattimoSource: Mile High Hockey
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2 years agoIn the last minute, the New York Rangers traded up for the 22nd pick and selected Minnesota native K'Andre Miller. This 18-year-old athletic defender comes in at 6-foot-4 and will most likely be continuing his career at the University of Wisconsin before he finds his way to the NHL. He was noted as one of the best athletes at the combine and will look to compete at every level.--Anthony VattimoSource: SportsNet
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2 years agoWith the 21st pick in the 2018 NHL draft, the San Jose Sharks selected Canadian native Ryan Merkley. This 17-year-old defender has extraordinary puck play and is a power-play specialist. He put up 100 points in his last two OHL seasons but comes with an attitude issue. This is no worry to San Jose, as they "are looking for difference makers." If he can make significant improvements, he should eventually find his way onto the Sharks roster.--Anthony VattimoSource: Fear the Fin
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2 years agoWith the 13th pick in the NHL draft, the Dallas Stars selected center Ty Dellandrea. The Canadian native is only 17 years old but scored 59 points (27 goals, 32 assists) in 67 games for the Flint Firebirds, a team who struggled this past season. With a new coach coming in for the Dallas Stars, we can expect to see Dellandrea -- an aggressive scorer and playmaker -- in a season or two.--Anthony VattimoSource: SB Nation
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2 years agoThe New York Rangers selected Russian native right winger Vitali Kravtsov as the ninth overall pick. The 18-year-old is a towering 6-foot-4 lefty shooter who has a lot of hockey sense and skill. He played in the Kontinental Hockey League during his last two seasons and found some success. Kravtsov is a season or two away from playing in the NHL, as he is still under contract in the KHL. Look for him to make an impact for the Rangers in future seasons.--Anthony VattimoSource: The Hockey Writers
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2 years agoNew York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal captured the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie on Wednesday night. Barzal ran away with the trophy this year, leading all first-year players with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) while separating himself from the rest of the pack by more than 20 points. Taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Barzal has emerged as one of the league's most dynamic skaters and possesses excellent skills with the puck. With the potential departure of the Islanders top center in John Tavares, Barzal could elevate to a top-line role next season. As a result, the young center could be a candidate to build off such a remarkable season in 2018-2019 and should climb in upcoming fantasy drafts.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNew Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall became the first player in his team's franchise history to win the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player on Wednesday. Hall narrowly edged out Nathan MacKinnon for the trophy, earning 164 first-place votes and 1,264 total voting points. Hall, who finished the year with 93 points (39 goals and 54 assists), helped lead a young Devils team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. From a fantasy perspective, Hall was easily one of last season's best draft bargains, having been taken at 92nd overall, on average, in drafts. Hall will surely be taken at a premium price this time around as the former 2010 first overall pick will look to replicate such an individually successful season.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman took home his first Norris trophy, awarded to the league's top blue liner, at the NHL Awards on Wednesday. Hedman posted 63 points (17 goals and 46 assists), a plus-32 rating, 26 power-play points and 216 shots on goal last season, helping lead his team on a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. At 27 years old, the Swedish-born defenseman has certainly emerged as a top-flight fantasy player over the years and should be a lock to be a top-25 overall draft pick next season.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar has won the Selke Trophy, which represents the best defensive forward, for the second time in the past three seasons. He led all NHL forwards in total ice time, average ice time per game (22:05), and short-handed ice time (2:10 per game). He took third in the NHL for total face-offs (1,816) and face-off wins (983), setting career highs in both categories. Kopitar posted 92 points (35 goals, 57 assists) and ended the seasons at plus-21. He had a breakout year, putting up his best numbers yet. Look for more exciting things to come from Kopitar in the upcoming season.--Anthony VattimoSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoDaniel and Henrik Sedin were awarded the King Clancy Trophy, an award that exemplifies leadership on and off the ice. These co-captains retired after 17 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and did nothing but great things for the organization. They donated $1.5 million to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation in 2010 and have helped Canucks for Kids raise $42 million since 2000. They shared the game of hockey with thousands of children and have been fantastic role models for over a decade. This hockey duo will not be forgotten.--Anthony VattimoSource: NHL

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