2019-20 Bold Predictions
2019-20 Bold Predictions

What fun is fantasy hockey if you don't take a stab at that deep sleeper? Leagues are often won thanks to under-the-radar guys on draft day that explode unexpectedly. Let's be bold in 2019-20.

Here are some bold predictions for the upcoming season...

No player wins 1000 faceoffs

A subtle change to the rule this season: teams on the power play get to decide where the puck is dropped in the offensive zone. This will mean fewer weak-side faceoffs but will also present the opportunity to play multiple centers on both the power play and penalty-killing units. It'll affect teams differently based on personnel, but the idea is to always be on your strong side. For the Leafs, that may mean Zach Hyman, a lefty, will take fewer faceoffs and Mitch Marner, a righty, will take more draws on the penalty kill. For the Flyers, that may mean a more even split between righty Claude Giroux and lefty Sean Couturier on the power play, especially since Couturier was more effective last season (72.5 vs. 64.1 percent). For the Canucks, lefties J.T. Miller (stronger on forehand) and Bo Horvat (stronger on backhand), who was last year's faceoff champion with 2,018 taken, have already discussed sharing duties.

Someone scores 60 goals

In the cap era since the 2005-06 season, only two players have scored at least 60 goals: Alex Ovechkin in 2008 and Steven Stamkos in 2012. Ovechkin became the first player in 12 years since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir

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Jason Chen
Jason joined RotoWire in 2013. In 2014, he was a finalist for the FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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