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8 months ago

IIHF World Championship. Day 1 Preview

The IIHF World Championship is almost upon us and, to mark the occasion, Fanteam has rolled out a 10k-euro tournament, which is a pretty sweet deal for all the hockey lovers out there. In this article, we are going to select several key players which may win you some money this evening. Let’s get into it!

Game 1. Russia vs. Czech Republic

The Russians’ lineup for tonight’s game is all but secure. The top line will consist of Alexander Barabanov (10.7M), Max Shalunov (11M), and Konstantin Okulov (12.7M). These three are the team’s best forwards, so stack ‘em up if you are confident in their abilities. Down the lineup, I would consider Mikhail Grigorenko as a decent punt (8.1M). Defense-wise, it’s all about Ivan Provorov (10.1M), a good value at that price. Artem Zub at 8.7M sounds like a great gamble to me. And please, no Russian goalies today.

Like I wrote in my Group A preview, the Czechs are going to live and die by their NHL contigent. Filip Zadina (12.2M), Jakub Vrana (11.5M), and Dominik Kubalik (10.9M) are your safe bets in the upcoming game. Filip Chytil, another NHLer, is a great punt play at 8.7M. On the defense front, it’s the Filip Hronek show (10.5M). Libor Sulak (8.9M) will serve as a salary relief. Finally, Czech goalies priced at 7.9M could be a great way to spend some money elsewhere.

Game 2. Germany vs. Italy

In my opinion, there are several mispriced players on the German roster. Tobias Rieder at 11.6M is an overpay, if you ask me, so select him at your own risk. Lukas Reichel at 7.3M is a tremendous value, especially against the weak Italians, and so is Markus Eisenschmid at 8.4M. There is also Matthias Plachta (9.7M) and Marcel Noebels (10.8M) available. And, of course, Moritz Seider (10.3M). I mean, what? Igor freaking Ozhiganov costs almost a million more than a first-round pick against one of the weakest teams in this tournament. Fire this fella up and don’t even look back – it’s going to be a double-digit haul for him tonight.

On the opposite side of things, it’s pretty slim pickings. It’s probably Alex Petan (9.4M), and that’s it. If you’re looking for cheap plugs, try Sebastiano Soracreppa (7.4M) or Phil Pietroniro (8.0M), but honestly, there are plenty of much better options on today’s slate.

Game 3. Belarus vs. Slovakia

The bookies’ odds are close for this one, but if I were a betting man, I would be giving the edge to Team Slovakia.

On the Belarussian side of things, there is the likely top line of Shayne Prince (11.2M), Yegor Sharangovich (10.9M), and Francis Pare (10.4M). Feeling funky? Try Vladislav Kodola (8.4M) or Alexei Protas (exceptional value at 7.2M). As far as the D goes, the only guy worth your attention is Nick Bailen at 10.4M (just a reminder – Moritz Seider is 100k cheaper). If you need salary relief, Yevgeny Lisovets (6.9M) could serve as your punt play. Belarussian goalies at 7.8M could also help you to save up.

As far as the opposition is concerned, there are plenty of options to choose from. The probable top line is Robert Lantosi (9M), Marek Hrivik (11.1M), and Peter Cehlarik (11.7M) actually looks pretty good against not the strongest of teams. The second line should consist of Kristian Pospisil (10.7M), Pavol Skalicky (10.6M), and Michal Kristof (10.1M). That may be an unorthodox stack to look for. Defensively, you should be looking at Martin Gernat (10.6M), the anchor for the top power play unit. Simon Nemec (will likely play in the second pair) priced at 7 million looks good as a punt.

4. Canada vs. Latvia

The main event of Day 1, the hosts against the pioneers of hockey. I believe the Latvians will bring a fight, but Team Canada should prevail.

Latvia’s three best forwards are also their most expensive on tonight’s slate – Rodrigo Abols at 10.8M, Ronalds Kenins at 10.2M, and Kaspars Daugavins at 9.7M. Abols and Kenins are predicted to play together, but they are a bit overpriced in my book. However, you can totally fire them ‘up because this iteration of Team Canada is not the strongest ever by any means. Defensively, Ralfs Freibergs (8.7M) is a great way to save money and get fantasy points from an unlikely source.

To be honest, I was not particularly thrilled about Canada’s roster for this tourney, but then I remembered that the head coach is Gerard Gallant, so for me Canada is again the top pick to win it all. As far as the skaters, there are a couple of price mishaps too. For example, Adam Henrique (9.6M) is projected to start in the top line. If it’s not a misprice, I don’t know what is. Max Comtois (13M) and Connor Brown (12.4M) should see some high ownership as well tonight. If you’re looking to differentiate yourself from the pack, try the likely mini-stack of Gabe Vilardi (9.2M) and Michael Bunting (10.5M). The obligatory punt is Cole Perfetti – a recent first round pick should cost more than 7.6M. Defensively, Sean Walker (10.8M) should be in your teams as the quarterback of the team’s top PP unit. Salary relief is provided by Owen Power (7.9M), a possible number 1 pick at the upcoming NHL draft, and Jacob Bernard-Docker (7.5M) who could sneak in an attacking return from down the lineup.

Good luck to everyone in tonight’s tournament. Go win some ching-ching!



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