Not only is our guest today a Red Wing expert but he's also a fantasy expert. Steve writes for Motown Wings and the amazing Fantasy Hockey 911. We're big fans of FH911 (particularly their line combos) and we can't wait to see what they have in store for us when the site gets re-released very soon. We asked Steve eight fantasy relevant questions. Follow the jump to read his answers...
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Q1) Wings Breakout of the Year?
Jiri Hudler, he took a year off in the KHL and now he has something to prove - that he deserves to be in the NHL and make the money that he feels he deserves.
Q2) Darkhorse Breakout on the Wings?
This is a tough one, as there isn't a real break out guy on tis team other than Hudler, but one guy that should elevate his game and get more opportunity is Valtteri Filppula. This is the year he should be able to get close to or over the 50 point mark and possibly approach 60 - that's a big possibly!
Q3) Breakdown on the Wings?
Mike Modano, although he is older, many might expect too much from the veteran. Remember being his age, their might be some injury woes and the speed might not be as quick as it once was.
Q4) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
It's time for Nikita Filatov to live up to the hype, we should see big things rom the kid this year after spending most of last year in the KHL building his confidence.
Q5) Your First Five Fantasy Picks?
Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Backstrom, Steven Stamkos, & Evgeni Malkin
Q6) Value for Money Fantasy Goalie?
Niklas Backstrom, for some reason he's dropping in all drafts I've done this year. He probably won't get more than 30 wins, but he is always a sure bet for a solid save percentage and a decent goals against average.
Q7) Taylor or Tyler?
Taylor Hall hands down, in fact don't be too shocked is Tyler Seguin gets sent back to junior to delay his Restricted Free Agency. But with the centers they have in Boston, he'd have to play wing to make the team and that is a waste of developement.
Q8) Who is Going to win the Stanley Cup?
What kind of Red Wing blogger would I be if I didn't pick them? The Big Red Machine will win it again, closing in on second all-time for most franchise cups!
Haha... definitely not. Lidstrom has a better head on his shoulders and knows the past is in the past, when he just can't keep up with the young guys anymore he'll hang them up and go out on top as one of the best blue liners in NHL history. .