Getty ImagesDobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
In a year that began with no NHL hockey at all, and then nearly had it in July, there's no shortage of big stories that impacted the world of fantasy hockey. The fact that the lockout ended was the biggest story in all of hockey, let alone fantasy, goes without saying. Without the handshake between Donald Fehr (remember him?) and Gary Bettman, we'd have had to resort to spending more time with the family in lieu of tweaking our fantasy team. Crazy, I know.
But there were some big stories on the ice too. Stories that changed the face of fantasy hockey. Events that unfolded that sent ripples throughout keeper, head-to-head and rotisserie leagues around the world. Here are my picks for the biggest ones
20. Vincent Lecavalier - same ol' same ol'
Lecavalier, a former 108-point player, has fallen well short of a point-per-game pace over the last several seasons. And he's also been hit with an abundance of injuries that limited him to 65 games, give or take, during that span. But when he was bought out this past summer and immediately signed with Philadelphia, the fantasy world was abuzz with speculation.
Would he play on the wing with Claude Giroux?
Now that he's out from behind Steven Stamkos he'll flourish!
It turns out that, as is the case with most players, Lecavalier is indeed the same guy in one city as he was in the other. He'll still be well short of a point per game and he'll still be held to just 65 games or so.
19. Claude Giroux's bounce-back
It took Giroux six games to get his first point of the season and 16 games to pop in his first goal. So his 93-point campaign was a fluke? Add in the team making Craig Berube head coach - and all the scary stories about clamping down defensively - and owners were trading Giroux to the first bidder, forget about the highest bidder. Poolies aren't known for their patience. But Giroux has 30 points in 25 games since.
18. Alexander Semin's contract
Fantasy owners are well aware of what Semin "can" do. We're also pretty clear on what he actually does. Last year he signed a one-year contract with Carolina and proceeded to post 30 points in 30 games to go with a plus-18 rating. The Hurricanes signed him to a five-year deal on March 25 and after that Semin has managed 29 points in 42 games and a minus-8.
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