We asked Travis nine fantasy relevant questions about the Coyotes and the NHL in general. Follow the jump to read his answers...
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by Travis Hair from Five for Howling
Q1) Coyotes Breakout of the Year?
Scottie Upshall. Upshall Played well in the first half of the season before going down with a knee injury. If he plays the whole season I'd expect good goal scoring from him.
Q2) Darkhorse Breakout on the Coyotes?
Kyle Turris. He finally got the break he was looking for as He performed well enough in Camp that the team didn't negotiate all that much to keep Kyle Wellwood around. He'll likely be getting some top line time with Doan and Wolski which will really help him out and he could finally be the player everyone hoped he would be back in 2008.
Q3) Breakdown Player on the Coyotes?
With how little the Coyotes produce offensively it's hard to say. I think fantasy wise I'd be down on Ed Jovanovski in terms of offensive production. Keith Yandle has taken over that role a bit more for the team.
Q4) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
There are other teams out there? I find this hard to believe. I'll go with Steven Stamkos. Tampa Bay has a real team again and along with Lecavalier and St. Louis he should rack up points.
Q5) Who are your First Five Picks in a Fantasy Draft?
Ovechkin, Crosby, Miller, Bryzgalov and Malkin
Q6) Best Value for Money Fantasy Goalie?
Semyon Varlamov. He doesn't have to do a ton to get the wins as it's the offense in Washington that typically wins games. His save percentage might not win every week, but he's a middle of the pack pick for fantasy that will get the odd goose egg and keep winning.
Q7) Taylor or Tyler?
From the fantasy perspective... Taylor. The Oilers have to play him because they need something to sell to fans. He'll get more points just because he'll get real playing time. As a keeper... Tyler though because he doesn't play for the Oilers.
Q8) Your Stanley Cup Pick?
Bissonnette made the offseason more fun without a doubt, but once the real hockey starts the Wizard will create goals that I'll take that over entertaining tweets any day of the week.
Thanks to Travis for his help. Like we mentioned in our intro... we're liking Upshall and Turris this year. Nice picks. Although, we would say he's a year late on predicting the Stamkos breakout. Tampa is a long way from Phoenix. If you enjoyed this BB... make sure you pay Five for Howling a visit and give it a bookmark.