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The 2016-17 fantasy hockey season has been a fun one. We had breakout seasons from some of the young stars of the NHL, classic years from the great players, and a rebound by the collective country of Canada. With multiple teams breaking back into the playoffs, the Canadian teams look stronger than ever this year and are poised to take a shot at the Cup if they can avoid some strong teams in the quest for Lord Stanley’s Legacy. In terms of individuals in fantasy, there were some exceptions of course. Not everyone can live up to expectations, but in this case with the bad comes the good as well.

It didn’t seem possible, but the two newest stars of the NHL broke onto the scene almost immediately and have successfully lived up to all the hype and expectations. Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are 19 and 18 years old respectively. They were the first two picks in the 2016 draft, and neither age nor inexperience has stopped either one from dominating.

They currently rank in the top 10 in the sport in goals, each topping the 30-goal and 60-point marks already. These guys are fantasy weapons before reaching the age of 20.

Another weapon, this one peerless, is Brent Burns. Burns, despite being a defense man, has turned himself into the best fantasy hockey player in the league. He leads all skaters in shots and is the only defense man to rank in the top 10 in points.

As players like Burns have risen into the elite, we have unfortunately seen the decline of others. One player who has fallen from grace is Steven Stamkos. Following his major contract signing account for more money than most of us could hope to earn in a lifetime, he just can’t get himself healthy and back on the ice. After missing time last year, Stamkos has found himself on the sideline even more this season. We may never see the elite 50-goal scorer again.

Stamkos is like a fantasy football running back in this regard. He used to be in the upper echelon of the sport, dominating week after week and putting up gargantuan stats. However, the fall came quickly. Running backs drop from the elite just like that. We didn’t expect it to happen to Stamkos, but it is hard now to trust him in fantasy moving forward. We just don’t know if he’ll ever play at that level again. He is the NHL’s Adrian Peterson, who’s gone from the overall number one pick in fantasy football to being mocked in third round in early mock drafts.

Fantasy Retrospective

Many goalies have found a similar fall in 2016-17. The goalie position has become the most unreliable spot in fantasy hockey. They are almost like boom-or-bust tight ends in football. Some weeks a tight end can go off, but their production is so fluky and flaky. Goalies have been similar this year.

Ben Bishop and Jonathan Quick were each top five goalies in drafts to start this year. Quick got hurt immediately and just came back within the past two weeks. Bishop was simply bad all year, got hurt himself, and then was traded away to become Quick’s backup. He essentially lost all fantasy value just like that. Henrik Lundqvist had a similarly bad year between ineffectiveness and injury. He remains on the Rangers but is nothing close to a star goalie this year. The same goes for Roberto Luongo in Florida and Petr Mrazek in Detroit.

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