Few things deepen your hockey geekery quite like playing fantasy hockey. For sports haters and the sports-oblivious, it’s probably bad enough to see grown adults wearing hockey sweaters out in public. What about when someone is obsessing (and sometimes muttering profanities) about a team that only exists to about 8-15 people? Still, this is the Internet, where niche obsessions can go really deep. Just fall down a rabbit hole about Star Wars extended universe if you want to get a taste. Us fantasy hockey nerdy dorks got some understandable but still sad news today: it appears to be an end of an era for Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns being considered eligible as both right wings and defensemen.
EA Sports released top player rankings for NHL 17 about a week ago, but it isn’t too late to needlessly argue about them. The top 50 overall ratings is probably the best place to start, but EA also shared top 10 lists for centers, defensemen, goalies, left wings and right wings. Now, it’s important not to take this stuff too seriously. There are plenty of things to cool down any diehards who feel like Their Guy was disrespected, but do note that ratings sometimes get tweaked. Still, there are some fun observations and debates that can come from pouring through these rankings, especially if you’re … well, bored. Shea Weber vs. P.K. Subban Did Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin chime in on the debate?
Birthday: November 5, 1993 (Age 22) Height: 6’1” Weight: 200 lbs. NHL Draft: 2012 2nd Round, 50th Overall Captain, Milwaukee Admirals (AHL): 38 GP, 8 G, 11 A, 19 P, 31 PIM, -3 Nashville Predators (NHL): 34 GP, 4 G, 2 A, 6 P, 12 PIM, +5 At the end of last season, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile announced he would not be resigning veteran fourth-line center Paul Gaustad so he could give Colton Sissons his spot; Sissons has done everything he can to earn that spot. With 51 games played in the NHL regular season and 10 played in the post season, the young centerman has shown the ability to be a very effective fourth-line center in the NHL. Also, because he has so much NHL experience