ESPN’s Fantasy Hockey Rankings Separate the Sedin Twins

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by Puck

Hockey Correspondent, White Cover Magazine

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It feels like this has already happened…

This whole, Best Fantasy Players of 2012/13 has simply transformed itself into a 2013-inclusive event. It’s like we’re working our away through the two seasons: 1) The original 2012-13 season which was set to begin on October 1, 2012, and; 2) The second, shortened, lockout seasons, which will kick off in January of 2013.

No All-Star Game. No Winter Classic. No more debates or folly. It’s just a 48-game sprint to the playoffs which sees strong but slow-starting teams like Vancouver and San Jose competing with younger and flightier teams like Edmonton and Carolina.

So, when ESPN releases its rankings for the best Fantasy Hockey Players of 2013, we had to look at it with a perfectly applicable version of hindsight. We’ve been given into the past, because we’re simply fast-forwarded through October, November, and December and landed smack-dab in the middle of the next calendar year.

It’s no surprise that Evgeni Malkin is number one, or that Steven Stamkos is two and Sidney Crosby is three.

It’s a surprise, however, that Daniel Sedin is number four and his brother — Henrik — isn’t even on the first page. It used to be, you took one and then the other. You traded up to get them, just like Brian Burke did in real life in 1999. (RIP, Burkie.)

ESPN always gives us their overall rankings and then shows us how they filter out by position. Your draft will veer way off course from the overall standings, because fantasy hockey is a positional game. So, while Evgeni Malkin may be the consensus number one pick, there’s always somebody out there who will go for the goalie that will definitely end up with more total points at the end of the year.

Here are the Top 30 overall players from ESPN’s list, listed position-by-position:

(*Canucks are bolded and italicized. Links will take you to stories of players often featured on White Cover Magazine.)

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Forwards

1. Evgeni Malkin

2. Steven Stamkos

3. Sidney Crosby

4. Daniel Sedin

5. Alex Ovechkin

6. John Tavares

7. Claude Giroux

8. Corey Perry

9. James Neal

10. Nicklas Backstrom

11. Brad Richards

12. Henrik Sedin

13. Patrick Sharp

14. Jonathan Toews

15. Zach Parise

16. Jason Spezza

17. Phil Kessel

18. Anze Kopitar

19. Rick Nash

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Defencemen

1. Erik Karlsson

2. Kris Letang

3. Zdeno Chara

4. Dustin Byfuglien

5. Brian Campbell

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Goalies

1. Jonathan Quick

2. Henrik Lundqvist

3. Pekka Rinne

4. Jimmy Howard

5. Mike Smith

6. Jaroslav Halak