New exciting changes to Yahoo Fantasy Hockey

Yahoo Canada Sports
Even Alexander Ovechkin is checking out the Yahoo Fantasy app on his phone, probably. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Even Alexander Ovechkin is checking out the Yahoo Fantasy app on his phone, probably. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey is officially back! And there’s a lot to be excited about in 2018-19.

This season will see some new changes made to standard leagues that will affect the way you draft your team.

For starters, penalty minutes will no longer be a category in standard leagues. Much as in reality, there’s no longer a reward for when a player takes a trip to the sin bin. But fortunately, players who do play with a physical edge will be recognized in standard leagues with hits now a standard category.

The change definitely makes a lot of sense considering how much more of a positive impact a hit has on a game opposed to a penalty. This will help boost the value of star players such as Alexander Ovechkin, Jamie Benn and Evander Kane, who dished out quite a few checks last season.

The most impactful player to gain dual eligibility is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers, as he gained the left-wing tag while also being available to slot in at centre. Tyler Seguin, who was once available to slide into both the centre and right wing position, can now only be deployed down the middle.

Here’s the current top ten on Yahoo Fantasy according to their average draft position.

Name

Avg Pick

Avg Round

Percent Drafted

Connor McDavid   Edm – C

1.1

1.0

100%

Nikita Kucherov   TB – RW

2.6

1.0

100%

Alex Ovechkin   Was – LW

3.2

1.0

100%

Sidney Crosby   Pit – C

4.2

1.0

100%

Brad Marchand   Bos – LW

6.4

1.1

100%

Patrik Laine   Wpg – RW

7.4

1.1

100%

Patrick Kane   Chi – RW

8.1

1.1

100%

Nathan MacKinnon   Col – C

9.3

1.1

100%

John Tavares   Tor – C

10.0

1.2

100%

Tyler Seguin   Dal – C

11.2

1.3

100%

Click here to sign up and create your Yahoo Fantasy hockey league today.

Don’t have the Yahoo Fantasy app? Click here to download the app on Apple devices, and here to download it on Android devices.

What to Read Next