Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings stretches in goal against the Buffalo Sabres at the Staples Center on January 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Our new friend Chewy, from Landshark Hockey has a Fantasy Hockey 101 lesson for all of us trying to cram in as much NHL knowledge as quickly as possible.  If you're like most and haven't given much thought to fantasy hockey over the past 8 months (either out of self-defense, spite, or indifference), you may need a little help getting grounded before piecing together your fantasy squad this week.  So, here's a quick primer to get your mind back on important matters:2011-12 RECAPLast season was largely about the dominance of the Penguins (at least in the regular season).  Malkin and Neal were unstoppable.  Crosby was dominant as ever in half a season of action.  Jordan Staal played his way out of town with a career season.  Kris Letang would have been in the running for the Norris, had he stayed healthy.Steven Stamkos ran away with the goal scoring title, pounding in another 60 talliesClaude Giroux continued to show he deserves a spot among the elite, with a 93 point effortJason Spezza returned to star status, finishing 4th in scoringErik Karlsson was in a class by himself on defense, amassing 78 points and 19 goalsIN THE CREASEAfter several years of being overlooked, Lundqvist finally earned a VezinaJonathan Quick made his case for top goalie, piling up 10 shutoutsMike Smith emerged as a top tier goalie in Phoenix with a .930 save percentage and 8 shutouts of his ownBrian Elliot and Jaroslav Halak formed the best 1-2 punch in the league, combining for 13 shutoutsTim Thomas likely played out his final campaign, opening the door for Tuukka Rask to emerge this yearRoberto Luongo slowly slid back in favor of Cory Schneider, opening the door for a likely trade this season Ilya Bryzgalov mostly crashed and burned in his Philly debutSURPRISESPatrik Elias and Ray Whitney showed they still had something to give, piling up 78 and 77 points, respectivelyScott Hartnell became a serious fantasy factor.  Paired with Giroux, he put up 37 goals on top of 136 PIMsRadim Vrbata was among the league leaders in goals through the first 3/4 of the season, before fading…Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel brought fantasy relevance back to TorontoAlex Ovechkin and the Caps disappeared.Marian Gaborik played 82 gamesTHE (LONG AND PAINFUL) OFF SEASONJordan Staal joined big brother and looks to get a more prominent top line center roleThe Minnesota Wild claimed the big double-whammy, signing Parise and SuterRick Nash finally found his way out of Columbus and into New YorkTomas Vokoun was brought into Pittsburgh to spur Fleury on to post-season successAnders Lindback became the man in the Tampa netThe decline in Detroit is eminent.  Lidstrom has finally hung 'em up.  With Stuart gone, too, look for the playoff streak to end.Lubomir Visnovsky was dealt to the Isles, against his wishes, went to Russia, and may never come backAlex Semin will try to reignite his scoring touch, moving to divisional rival CarolinaINJURY NEWS Ryan Kesler remains on the shelf in Vancouver with no timeline for return from wrist and should woesMarian Hossa appears to be recovered from the concussion that ended his playoffsAnze Kopitar injured his knee last week and may need a month to recoverRick Nash injured his groin in December, but should be ready to make his Rangers debut on timeBe sure to check outour free player rankings by position. You can drag and drop / customize your own fantasy rankings from thereas well.  Welcome back, NHL.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.