International Ice Hockey Federation

Fantasy Update

Fantasy Update

You can still play #IIHFWorlds Fantasy

Published 08.05.2017 15:35 GMT+2 | Author Callum Ng
Fantasy Update
Russia's Vladislav Namestnikov #90 and Nikita Gusev #97 celebrate after a third period goal against Italy. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Defenceman Tyson Barrie is leading all players in points, here are some other insights ahead of Fantasy Preliminary Round 3.

Are you having fun yet?

Hopefully you’re getting a handle on how to play the game, and all of the little decisions that need to be made each round. And if you haven’t played yet, you can still join in.

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Tip: Don’t leave money on the table. Even if you have 15 points left in your budget, use them. Players on the bench still earn half points.

On Fire

Canada’s Tyson Barrie is a rearguard but leads all players in points with 2 goals and 4 assists. He also had multi-point games against both the Czechs and Slovenes, so his production has been consistent for Fantasy owners.

Heating Up

After getting no points in Russia’s first game, Vladislav Namestnikov had four (2 goals + 2 assists) against Italy. Perhaps the Italians weren’t the best competition in a 10-1 result, but watch Namestnikov and other Russian forwards.

Ice Cold

Despite getting healthy ice time from head coach Jon Cooper, Canada’s Matt Duchene has no points in the tournament and only five shots.

Key Match-Ups


Again, those Russian forwards looked good against the Italians, but the Germans will be stiffer competition. Still, consider Artemi Panarin, Namestnikov or Nikita Kucherov.


This could be another strong offensive moment for the red and white. Nate MacKinnon is having a good tournament (3 goals and 1 assist), and young forward Travis Konecny is contributing well (4 assists).


Expect this one to be tightly contested between two teams with one win and one loss. American Clayton Keller picked up a hat trick against the Danes, perhaps he can keep that going.


This could be another close affair. The Finnish team suffered a tough loss to the French last round, so they’ll be motivated. Remember, Finland’s Sebastian Aho has two points at #IIHFWorlds. Jakub Voracek might be a nice choice on the Czech side with one goal and three assists in two games.


The Latvians have been a passionate force in this tournament so far, grinding their way to the lead in Group A. Janis Sprukts, Kaspars Daugavins or Miks Indrasis could feast on the Italians in this one. 


Remember when the Slovenes mounted that almost comeback against Switzerland? Forward Robert Sabolic had the tying goal, plus an assist in the game.


Here are two teams that have had a bumpy start to the tournament, with only an OT win (SVK) between them. If you’re choosing a player in this game, look at Slovak multi-point players Peter Ceresnak or Michel Miklik.


After an amazing 5-1 win over Finland, and on an election night in their country no less; the French must have increased confidence. Perhaps the save of the tournament, so far, was a paddle stop by Florian Hardy who had a .977 save percentage for France. Maybe he can shine again in Paris?


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