The ESPN Player Rater does a phenomenal job of showing us how pure statistics relate to fantasy value. There’s no interpretation of the data and no external biases toward the ratings, just pure numbers. This plays out nicely among skaters, as the standard categories don’t include any ratio-bound statistics. However, there are some struggles with
3:18 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week’s biggest stories. Seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or do the same if you have suggestions for the column going forward. Enjoy!
7:13 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week’s biggest stories. Seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me at email@example.com, or do the same if you have suggestions for the column going forward. Enjoy!
Who is your favorite player to watch? Greg Wyshynski: The best thing about this question, as a hockey fan, is that there are so many options. As recently as a decade ago, you could name 10 teams that were must-see, but perhaps only four or five players who really earned your attention. Now, it’s the
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has voiced his support for Vladimir Putin ahead of the Russian presidential election. Ovechkin posted a message in Russian on his Instagram account Thursday announcing he’s starting “a social movement called Putin Team.” Ovechkin says he has never hidden his feelings about Putin and has “always supported him openly.” The
9:41 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The question haunts Steven Stamkos. Especially in the good times, like now, when the 27-year-old Tampa Bay Lightning captain is leading the NHL with 24 points in 13 games and assaulting the record book along with linemate Nikita Kucherov. What’s going to happen this time? Will it be like in
The NHL’s first month has brought all kinds of excitement, with scoring up across the league and the standings starting to take shape. Today, more than ever, fans have opportunities to watch teams all over the NHL, rather than just focusing on their home club. Access to more hockey, however, brings tough decisions. Whom should
Who is the most underrated goalie in the league? Emily Kaplan: I’d like to offer some appreciation for John Gibson. He certainly hasn’t had an easy start, with the Anaheim Ducks wading through a ton of injuries. Anaheim began the season without Patrick Eaves, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen and Gibson’s backup,
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Brian Boyle will make his season debut Wednesday night for the New Jersey Devils after fighting cancer. “It’s been a long road,” the 32-year-old center said after the Devils’ morning skate at Rogers Arena. “I’m excited.” Boyle started to feel fatigued in August, and tests at the start of training camp
3:42 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN New York Islanders star John Tavares is an unrestricted free agent next summer. Where he’ll sign his next contract has been a point of intense speculation, and his friend Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning has heard plenty of it — specifically, that Tavares could take his talents to
What’s one trade you’d like to see this season? Chris Peters: It seems as though they have been paired together in rumors for months, with nothing seemingly close to happening, but I still think a Matt Duchene trade to the Nashville Predators makes sense for both teams. That’s especially true with the Preds struggling to
8:15 PM ET SN Staff Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Halloween brings out the best of athletes, and 2017 was no exception, thanks to the creative minds of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and many others. Across the four
Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we’ll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — in the short or long term
Which is the best team no one is talking about? Greg Wyshynski: Before we begin, I must take this medication that combats my allergy to giving John Tortorella credit for anything. *Gulps* Ahhhh. OK, with that out of the way, let’s give some love to the underappreciated Columbus Blue Jackets. With their 4-3 shootout win
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau woke up in his own home in San Jose and drove to the rink to prepare for a hockey game just like he has done countless times during his stellar career. Only this day was much different. Marleau was the opponent in the Shark Tank for the first time
4:52 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN NEW YORK — The term “expansion team” is a pejorative in hockey parlance. These teams are viewed like that shelf at the supermarket that holds deeply discounted items that have reached their expiration date, aren’t selling or are damaged goods. These players are castoffs. They’re misfits. They’re the unwanted. The
Where will John Tavares be playing next season? Greg Wyshynski: I think John Tavares will be playing for another NHL team next season, one with a Stanley Cup in reach, some intrinsic “thing” that entices Tavares out of his comfort zone and, above all else, an arena. Understand this: Tavares wants to be an Islander.
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will miss three to seven weeks after suffering a right knee injury last week against the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced Friday. Fowler had to be helped off the ice after his knee twisted awkwardly as he crashed into the boards in the first period of the Ducks’ 6-2 win