32 in 32: Analysis of the Lightning for poolers

NOTE: These point projections (based on an 82-game season) are the result of a collaboration between Pete Jensen and Anna Dua. They take into account several factors, such as recent regular season and Stanley Cup playoff performances, potential line combinations, power play use, the situation of a team’s goaltenders, injury history , anticipated regression for a player or the possibility of him rebounding, age, contract and general potential for the season. The point projections presented here are approximate and do not necessarily reflect a player’s full potential in a hockey pool.

Andrei VasilevskiyG – The Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender finished tied with Sergey Bobrovsky Florida Panthers ranked first in the NHL in wins (39) last season, marking the fifth straight season that Vasilevskiy finished first, or tied for first, in that category. After a third straight run to the Stanley Cup Final (14-9, .922 save percentage, one shutout), Vasilevskiy should be considered one of the top two options for poolers in net, with Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers, as well as a top 10 overall pick.

Projection: 40 wins

Nikita KucherovAD – Limited to just 47 games last season due to a lower-body injury, Kucherov still finished tied for second in the NHL in points per game (1.47; 69 points) behind center Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (1.54). Kucherov, who has reached 100 points twice in his career and had more than a point per game in each of his last three playoff appearances, is one of the best right wingers for poolers, including Mikko Rantanen of the Colorado Avalanche.

Projection: 101 points

Victor HedmanD – Hedman had career highs of 85 points (third among league defensemen) and 20 goals (third) last season. He also finished first in his position with 38 points on the power play, and he is probably the poolers’ best choice on the blue line behind Hold Makar of the Colorado Avalanche.

Throw: 86 dots

Steven StamkosC/AG – Author of his first season of 100 career points (106; tied for sixth in the NHL), a sixth season of 40 goals (42) and a fifth with at least 30 points on the power play (36) , Stamkos is gaining value with poolers due to his two-position eligibility. He is one of four Lightning players to make the top 20 options for poolers in all positions.

Throw: 95 points

Brayden PointVS – Point was limited to 66 regular-season games and nine playoff games due to injuries, but still finished second in the Lightning in regular-season goals (28) and maintained the same average points per game than since the start of his career (0.88). Point suffered a quadriceps tear the past few rounds but should be ready in time for training camp. He risks representing a godsend for the poolers if he is claimed after the 50th rank.

Throw: 82 dots

Other Lightning players to consider in the pools: Ross ColtonC/AG; Alex KillornAG/AD; Nicholas PaulC/AG; Brandon HagelAG/AD; Vladislav NamestnikovC/AG, TBL

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