• The 10 most overvalued fantasy players for 2015-16

    Matt Larkin
    Keith Yandle. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    The fantasy hockey prep schedule continues. The top 200 is two editions deep, I’ve posted keeper league rankings by position, and I’ve hinted at my 10 favorite sleeper picks for 2015-16. Now it’s time for the overvalued list.

    Last year, I dubbed this group the “players to avoid” list. That led to the misconception they were all bad players. I wasn’t trying to say they stank, however. I simply meant I’d avoid them because their average draft positions suggested I’d have to pick them way earlier than I wanted to.

    Still, the readers have spoken. To avoid confusion, we’ll call this top 10 “overvalued” instead of players to avoid. I define overvalued fantasy picks as follows:

    (a) Players whose production won’t match their average draft positions
    (b) Players being drafted ahead of players who will outperform them

    With that, let’s review which players I consider fantasy hockey landmines, sure to return less than what you invest to get them. And remember, this is fantasy hockey, so this list does not reflect the players’ real-life value.

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  • AHL Logo Ranking: No. 12 – Charlotte Checkers

    Jared Clinton
    Charlotte Checkers logo. (via SportsLogos/Chris Creamer)

    (The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.)

    The Checkers weren’t offensively impressive in 2014-15. They scored only 172 goals, the third lowest total in the AHL, and finished third last in the Western Conference.

    It won’t help for the Checkers that they lost a number of players, either. Chad LaRose, the team’s second-highest scorer, is still without a deal. They lost Greg Nemisz to retirement. Alex Aleardi is also on his way out. That’s three players from their top 10 scorers. They did, however, add T.J. Hensick who scored 14 goals and 60 points in 2014-15, which would have made him the top point-getter in Charlotte.

    The reinforcements look good, but they may not be good enough. Youngsters Sergei Tolchinsky, Lucas Wallmark and Erik Karlsson all project to make the team this season. On the backend, Jake Chelios and Justin Agosta will be entering the fold. The goaltending should also be all right with Drew McIntyre and Rasmus Tirronen. Read more

  • Claude Lemieux to play for Avalanche alumni at Stadium Series game against Detroit

    Jared Clinton
    Claude Lemieux (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    Has there ever been a fight during an alumni game? Because if not, we might see the first.

    On Feb. 26, when the Colorado Avalanche take on the Detroit Red Wings at the Stadium Series’ alumni game in Denver this season, Claude Lemieux will be in the lineup for the Avalanche. Lemieux told Bleacher Report’s Adrian Dater that he’s “looking forward” to suiting up for the alumni contest against Detroit, and it’s sure to be fun.

    For Red Wings fans, Lemieux’s role in the rivalry between the Red Wings and Avalanche is infamous. It was Lemieux’s hit on Red Wings center Kris Draper during the 1996 post-season which helped spark one of the most heated rivalries of the 1990s. Lemieux’s hit, which earned him a five-minute major and game misconduct, broke Draper’s jaw, cheek and orbital bone. Read more

  • Peter DeBoer’s 15-year-old son commits to Boston University

    Jared Clinton
    Peter DeBoer. (Getty Images)

    When it comes to learning the game, Jack DeBoer has had NHL calibre coaching for his entire life, so it’s no wonder the 15-year-old son of Sharks bench boss Peter has already found a potential home in college hockey.

    According to SBNation College Hockey’s Jeff Cox, DeBoer has landed a scholarship from Boston University to join the club in 2018-19. While it’s still far away, it’s hard to imagine what kind of frame DeBoer will have by then. At 15, he’s already listed as 6-foot-2, 170 pounds by Elite Propsects. If he adds some bulk to his frame and continues to grow, he could be a monstrous power forward by the time he suits up for the Terriers.

    This past season, DeBoer played for the New Jersey Colonials and scored 27 goals and 62 points in 35 games. He also took part in the USA Select tournament earlier this summer and notched one goal and five points in five contests. Read more

  • New York Islanders to go black and white in Brooklyn

    Jared Clinton
    The New York Islanders celebrate Mikhail Grabovski's goal after a beautiful passing play. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    To go with their big move to Brooklyn, the New York Islanders are going to be unveiling a brand new third jersey and the threads might not feature any of the Islanders’ traditional colors.

    In keeping with the color scheme of the other tenant of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, the Islanders will be sporting a black and white alternate sweater in 2015-16, doing away with the former silver, blue and orange alternate that was used this past season.

    The new sweater is set to be revealed on Sept. 21, according to IslandersPointBlank’s Brian Erni. It will be the third alternate jersey the Islanders have used in the past three seasons. Read more

  • AHL’s Heat, Condors to play outdoor game in California

    Jared Clinton
    Golden State Hockey Rush logo. (via AHL)

    As part of promoting the AHL’s expansion to California, the league is planning to have its first warm-weather outdoor regular season contest.

    The league announced Wednesday that the Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors, two of the new AHL clubs that help make up the Pacific Division, will take part in an outdoor game on Dec. 18 at Raley Field in West Sacramento, Calif. The game will be part of the Golden State Hockey Rush.

    “This event will be a special showcase for our Pacific Division in its inaugural season,” said AHL president David Andrews. “We look forward to this celebration of hockey outdoors and to sharing the experience with the terrific hockey fans in Northern California.” Read more

  • Retiring with ‘C’ on your chest is kind of a big deal

    Ken Campbell
    Nicklas Lidstrom (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

    When Bryce Salvador announced his retirement Wednesday, he did so with a distinction not shared by many players. Salvador hung up his skates as the captain of the New Jersey Devils, a testament to both his leadership skills and his enduring excellence.

    It’s not often a player retires as captain of his team. Most times the player either gets shuffled off to another team to finish his career or his play declines to the point where the ‘C’ is taken away from him and given to a younger player. To retire as captain of a team indicates the kind of continuity, reciprocal loyalty and long-lasting relationship you don’t see very often. Read more