NHL Fantasy Hockey: 8 Things You Need to Know Heading into This Season

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NHL Fantasy Hockey: 8 Things You Need to Know Heading into This Season
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NHL fantasy hockey is all about having an edge on the competition.

Maybe it's adding a young blueliner in the middle of a point streak that turns into a breakout season.  Perhaps you check NHL.com just before heading to bed to find out that a starting goaltender has been injured for the long haul and that the backup is going to have the chance of a lifetime.

These kinds of happenings are typically the difference between winning and losing.  What an owner does in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft, and getting in on the ground floor or surging players through the waiver wire or via trade brings the championship home to your laptop.  Or iPad.  Or whatever.

I am going to try and look ahead a bit at the season in front of us, and predict these things before they happen.  I am one for one in my predictions so far—more than a week ago I said that I firmly believed that Teemu Selanne would return for another season, and was worth the late round pickup.

Those of you who listened are one step closer to winning it all.

I'm not saying I'll go 100 percent by any means, but after several weeks of mocks—and spending at least one week in four different fantasy leagues—I think I have a few ideas worth passing on to you.

Let me know what you think, if you're on the same page (or aren't), or think I missed something.

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