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Hockey Daily Dose

2017-18 Fantasy Awards

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The NHL Playoffs will kickoff today with three games, but before that starts, we thought it'd be nice to look back on the 2017-18 campaign and highlight some of the league's top performers.  We asked each of our writers to give their award winners and you can see their picks below:



  Fantasy MVP Top Fantasy Goalie Top Fantasy Center Top Fantasy Right Winger
Michael Evgeni Malkin Connor Hellebuyck Evgeni Malkin Nikita Kucherov
Brian Evgeni Malkin Pekka Rinne Evgeni Malkin Nikita Kucherov
Ryan Connor McDavid Pekka Rinne Connor McDavid Nikita Kucherov
Corey Connor McDavid Connor Hellebuyck Connor McDavid Nikita Kucherov
Joey Connor McDavid Andrei Vasilevskiy Connor McDavid Nikita Kucherov
Gus Taylor Hall Pekka Rinne Connor McDavid Nikita Kucherov
Daniel Connor McDavid Pekka Rinne Connor McDavid Nikita Kucherov
Jeff Jamie Benn Connor Hellebuyck Evgeni Malkin Nikita Kucherov


While McDavid isn't likely to win the Hart Trophy because many will see the Oilers' failure to miss the playoffs as disqualifying him, half of us did feel that he was this season's top fantasy player.  Rinne also managed to edge out Hellebuyck in the goaltending category, but Kucherov was the unanimous pick as the top right winger.


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  Top Fantasy Left Winger Top Fantasy Defenseman Top Rookie Biggest Surprise Biggest Disappointment
Michael Taylor Hall P.K. Subban Mathew Barzal Dustin Brown Braden Holtby
Brian Brad Marchand P.K. Subban Mathew Barzal William Karlsson Brandon Saad
Ryan Alex Ovechkin Victor Hedman Mathew Barzal William Karlsson Carey Price
Corey Taylor Hall John Carlson Mathew Barzal William Karlsson Max Pacioretty
Joey Taylor Hall Victor Hedman Mathew Barzal William Karlsson Jonathan Drouin
Gus Patrik Laine John Klingberg Mathew Barzal William Karlsson Jamie Benn
Daniel Taylor Hall John Klingberg Mathew Barzal Mathew Barzal Kevin Shattenkirk
Jeff Claude Giroux Tyson Barrie Mathew Barzal William Karlsson Carey Price

Barzal was the easy pick as the league's top rookie.  Clayton Keller certainly had a great campaign too and perhaps Brock Boeser would have been given serious consideration if he didn't get hurt, but Barzal's 22 goals and 85 points are just amazing.  That gave him a 20-point edge in the rookie race and should make him the blowout pick when it comes time to hand out the Calder Trophy.


Karlsson was the near-consensus pick for biggest surprise with only Michael and Daniel offer alternatives.  Karlsson jumped from 25 points in 2016-17 to 43 goals and 78 points this season.  There was no real agreement when it came to the biggest disappointment though.  Jeff and I both named Price, so technically he "won."

Ryan Dadoun

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