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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

01/05/2010
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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups is a weekly column where we discuss players worthy of your fantasy team.  We hold no responsibility over the outcome of your roster, however, if you view past articles you will find a pretty successful track record.  Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week we will go over some promotions to the top lines and analyze the longevity of their value.  In addition, some players elevated their games following an Olympic selection, so there are a number of exciting topics to go over on this weeks edition of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Erik Christensen, New York Rangers –  Would you believe me if I told you in August Erik Christensen would be the Rangers number one center?  The latest pivot for Marian Gaborik recently put together a modest 3 game point streak, putting in two goals and two assists.  A waiver flier from the Rangers earlier in the year seems to thrive in the offensive system of coach John Tortorella so as long as the kid stays healthy, he should be productive.  The 26-year-old showed past success playing in the Atlantic Division playing with the Penguins before leaving for Atlanta in the storied Marian Hossa swap.

Prognosis: Ride him while he is hot.  A good streaking option for at least five more games.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/30/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Dallas Stars

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week we will go over several streaking players in the NHL leading us to another extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues –  Despite his position in most fantasy leagues, Steen plays left wing on the second line for the Blues.  Although this team deals with lack of production at times, this second generation forward continues to score at an alarming rate.  With nine points in his last five games the chemistry with current line-mates TJ Oshie and David Backes seems electric

Prognosis:  Hopefully Steen will gain LW eligibility.  Regardless, his production rivals many top fantasy superstars so ride him while he is hot!

C:  Tim Connolly, Buffalo Sabres –  With Derek Roy day-to-day, Connolly should get extended ice time.  This news comes on the heels of a four-game point streak in which this 28-year-old center produced six points.  Since the lockout, the Syracuse, New York, native averages nearly a point-per-game making him a safe bet in all formats.

Prognosis:  Another grab him while he is hot comment would fit here.  When healthy, Connolly makes a solid number two center in all formats.  If your league excludes PIMs, even better.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/22/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Washington Capitals

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week saw several players breakout, several produce above their means and others who continue to produce all of which leads us to an extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Dean McAmmond, New Jersey Devils –  As of this writing, McAmmond slots between Zach Parise and Patrik Elias.  Having said that the veteran center boast a four-game point streak where he scored two and assisted on four more.  Although center is his position called upon in real life, the 36-year-old qualifies at LW due to playing there the majority of his career.  Does anyone remember the McAmmond – Craig Conroy Jarome Iginla line? I sure do, that was a looooong time ago.

Prognosis: McAmmond showed signs of life last year with the Isles when he posted 9 points in 18 games.  His current projection mirrors these numbers with 8 points in 16 games.  This production marks the veteran’s absolute ceiling.  At best he will pot 40 points, but with David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus eventually returning even that is a stretch.  Stream if desperate, definitely not a keeper.  Otherwise read more for better options on the left side.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/15/2009
Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators –  Perhaps the feel good story of the decade, Sullivan plays a large part in the Predators early season success.  A fixture on the top line playing alongside Martin Erat and Jason Arnott, the diminutive forward has six points in his last four  games and ten points in his last seven.  With the Predators one of the hottest teams in the league and a surprise story of the year expect the trend to continue.

Prognosis:  You need to grab this guy if you need help on the left side.  Sullivan should provide at least 60 points by the end of the year.

C: Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks – Fellow Finn Teemu Selanne went down, but Koivu did not miss a beat.  In fact, the older of the Koivu brothers is one of the hottest players in the league posting five points over his last three games.  The Ducks new second line of Bobby Ryan – Koivu – Dan Sexton looks incredibly dynamic and has outproduced the likes of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as of late.

Prognosis:  Not sure how long this trend will continue but you would be hard pressed to find a hotter player at the moment.  Stream him until he runs out of gas.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/08/2009
Boston Bruins v Phoenix Coyotes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Here are today’s picks:

RW: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche – Over the past week we have discussed Stewart at length.  A player this young usually would be on our Keeper Watch, but his stats over the last week are simply too good to not play in all formats.  Playing regularly on their top PP and with Paul Stastny will keep him this hot or at least relevant.

Prognosis: I’ve said enough, get this guy on your team.

C: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – An NHLHS star of the week, Weiss has been incredibly hot over the last few weeks.  In the previous seasons we have seen spurts of production similar to this so it is not a surprise.  Also in previous seasons we have seen his production drop off the map completely.  Still with a healthy Nathan Horton and David Booth expected back around Christmas things look good for the 26-year-old.

Prognosis: If you need a depth center, stream Weiss until he fizzles.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/29/2009
St. Louis Blues David Backes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, although this time there is an exception.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils – Earlier today, we wrote about Rolston’s hot streak here.  To date his second stint with the Devils has been a disappointment after several successful years with the Wild.  New Jersey boasts one of the League’s hottest lineups with two solid scoring lines.  The combination of regularly playing with Patrik Elias and the recent injury to David Clarkson should keep the 36-year-old fantasy relevant.

Prognosis: A safe add if you need help on the left side.  As long as the Devils stay hot so should Rolston.

D: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning – Foster found his way onto our Calgary Flames roster in our series Restoring the Rosters and then made an appearance as a 3 Star.  So it is only fitting for us to recommend him.  In all seriousness, the 28-year-old plays LW in real life and soon in fantasy hockey making his position eligibility invaluable.  I forgot to mention that he plays LW on the Vinny Lecavalier line.

Prognosis:  Grab and stream until Alex Tanguay takes his place.

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