We are now about a week away from the start of training camp for the 2008-09 NHL season, and my hockey-crazed brother and I have begun work on our own fantasy hockey magazine, predicting the stats for every player on the starting roster of an NHL team.
We hope we can accurately predict most players' statistics and we hope to help you with your fantasy hockey teams. A new article will be posted every couple of days at the most, and some teams will come even sooner. We will be doing this in alphabetical order.
Detroit Red Wings 2008-09 Projected Lineup
Tomas Holmstrom-Pavel Datsyuk-Marian Hossa
Johan Franzen-Henrik Zetterberg-Valtteri Filppula
Dan Cleary-Kris Draper-Mikael Samuelsson
Jiri Hudler-Tomas Kopecky-Kirk Maltby
Nicklas Lidstrom-Brian Rafalski
Niklas Kronwall-Brad Stuart
Brett Lebda-Andreas Lilja
Fantasy Stud: Pavel Datsyuk
It was hard to pick just one player from this offensively-dominant team, but Datsyuk just missed reaching 100 points last year. I expect him to surpass that mark this season.
Watch Out For: Daniel Cleary
Cleary has had back-to-back 20-goal seasons, but might slip a little, as he will be playing a bigger checking role then in the past.
Individual Scoring Predictions for 2008-09
1. Pavel Datsyuk 82-36-70-106
2. Henrik Zetterberg 73-46-46-92
3. Marian Hossa 80-39-45-84
4. Nicklas Lidstrom 79-17-55-72
5. Johan Franzen 74-31-26-57
6. Brian Rafalski 76-12-42-54
7. Valtteri Filppula 78-20-27-47
8. Jiri Hudler 72-16-30-46
9. Tomas Holmstrom 73-21-24-45
10. Niklas Kronwall 74-10-31-41
11. Dan Cleary 79-18-20-38
12. Mikael Samuelsson 75-17-19-36
13. Brad Stuart 81-5-22-27
14. Tomas Kopecky 77-8-12-20
15. Kris Draper 74-7-12-19
16. Brett Lebda 72-4-10-14
17. Kirk Maltby 70-3-8-11
18. Andreas Lilja 77-2-6-8
Chris Osgood 43-13-4 .919 SVP 2.08 GAA
Ty Conklin 12-6-4 .912 SVP 2.11 GAA
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