The 2022 Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship is just around the corner and the FanTeam fantasy contests are now live for it. In this article today we will take a closer look at the teams and how it should all pan out. It will be the 85th edition of the tournament and will be played in Finland between 13 and 29 May.
16 teams are set to compete in Tampere and Helsinki in two different groups for Ice Hockey’s greatest prize.
More information on the tournament can be found by CLICKING HERE with our tournament preview.
FanTeam Ice Hockey World Championship contests start Friday 13th May 14.20BST 15.20CET be sure to enter quickly to avoid missing out.
Friday’s Ice Hockey World Championship contest features two buy-ins, €2 and €20. The difference in the contests is of course the prize pool at stake. In the low entry, the prize pool sits at €750. A massive €5,000 is up for grabs in the high entry, with €2,000 awarded to first place!
Friday sees the start of our Ice Hockey World Championship contests. Here’s a breakdown of all the rules.
- Friday’s contest runs over One game week only.
- Normal prize distribution decided by a ratio of 20
- Standard Ice Hockey scoring applies
- No more than 3 players from the same team can be selected
- Maximum 20 entries per user
- No bench spots – Safety net is enabled.
- Budget system is in play for our contests and Fridays feature a 77.0M fantasy budget to work with
- If 2 teams are tied in a daily game the team with the most remaining wins.
- Eight a side format is used for the Ice Hockey World championship contests with a fixed formation of 1,3,4.
More Ice Hockey rules and scoring can be found in the game lobby or by CLICKING HERE
Teams have been divided into two groups consisting of eight teams. During the preliminary round, each team will play single matches against all the other countries in their group. The top four teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stage which will be a classic single-elimination style tournament starting with the quarter-finals.
With 16 teams to choose from across the championship here’s some standout players to target from each team across the championship.
CANADA – Matthew Barzal (islanders) and Pierre luc-Dubois (jets) look the main scoring threats. Defensively expect Thomas Chabot ( senators) and Damon Severson ( devils) to play plenty of minutes.
GERMANY – Leon Drasaitl ( oilers) participation is dependant on how far the oilers progress in the stanley cup playoffs,he is Germanys most potent goal threat.Others to watch out for are Tim Stutzle (senators) and Goaltender Philippe Grubauer who has had a solid season for the Seattle Kracken.
SWITZERLAND–Timo Meier (sharks) and Nico Hischier (devils) are two outstanding players to keep an eye on with 56 goals between them this season in the nhl.
With the Nashville Predators now out of the playoffs Roman Josi should join the squad and is a upper tier defender
SLOVAKIA– Not too many NHL stars to call upon but Martin Gernat (defenseman) and Peter Cehlarik (forward) are a couple of players to watch out for.
DENMARK– Forward Nickolaj Ehlers is the main star of the team (56 points) for the winnipeg jets last season and will need to be on top form if denmark are going to be a force in this championship. Another player that could make some noise is Oliver Laurisen (defensemen) an experienced defender at this level.
KAZAKHSTAN–Roman Starchenko (forward) is their most experienced player but at 35 this could be his last major tournament.No household names but keep an eye on but defenseman Darren Dietz who should see quality minutes.
ITALY– Outsiders of the 16 teams competing wouldnt expect too much fantasy goodness but Michele Marchetti (forward) looks an interesting player who may pop up with a goal or two.
FRANCE–Alexandre Texier (11 goals + 9 assists) for the Blue Jackets in the nhl this season looks the top french performer and certainly has a eye for goal, Yohann Auvitu ( defenseman) has had a strong season domestically and can get some valuable ice time.
FINLAND– Jere Innala ( 18 goals + 30 assists ) had his finest season so far and should score plenty of goals for the hosts.Harri Sateri (goaltender) played a few games for the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL and is expected to be between the pipes.
USA– -Defender Seth Jones is a elite player for Team usa he is a Great defender with good offensive skills he had (51 points) for the blackhawks last season expect to see him on the powerplay. Alex Galchenyuk chipped in with (21 points) with the Coyotes last season and looks the leading player for goals for the USA squad.
CZECH REPUBLIC– Jakub Vrana (red wings) and Tomas Hertl (sharks) are two of the stars from a very deep Czech roster both players are very talented and expected to have good tournaments.Defenseman Filip Hronek (red wings) should see plenty of ice time.
SWEDEN– The Sweden side has the luxury of two quality defenders in Oliver ekman Larsson and Rasmus Dahlin both should see extended minutes on the blue line as for putting the puck in the net Max Friberg has had a solid domestic season and could be a under the radar pick.
LATVIA– Elvis Merzlikins (goaltender) has the potential to become one of the top shot stoppers of the tournament , the Blue jackets Goaltender has had a good season and his good form should continue.Another to watch out for is Rudolfs Balcers (sharks) the forward scored a creditable 11 goals this season in the NHL.
NORWAY-Not fancied to be a force at this championship but two who could surprise are Mathis Olimb and his brother Ken Andre Olimb both are very experienced campaigners who will log minutes and can put the puck in the net.
GREAT BRITAIN– expected to struggle this time around Robert Dowd may be worth taking a flier at at low ownership in tournaments.
AUSTRIA-Another expected to be outclassed with only home grown talent to call upon Dominique Heinrich (defender) and Goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum will give the austrians some much needed experience.
Although I will be entering multi entries in Friday’s cash games, this is one of my lineups for the Ice Hockey World Championship contests on Friday.
As you can see, the lineup is built around my player selections above.
I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought – especially for those of you that know very little about Ice Hockey, but plan on playing in the Ice Hockey world championship contests on FanTeam.
Gameweek 1 Ice Hockey World Championship cash contests start at 14.20BST 15.20CET 13/05/22, so be sure to enter your lineups early to avoid missing out.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the game lobby.
Best of luck to everyone entering tonight – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.