Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/31/2009

01/02/2010
Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

I forgot to post these last night, so here we go.  Big night in hockey with 22 teams and 11 games.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR:  Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens (0-0-1) –  Markov continues to put up points following a nasty injury.  The 31-year-old defenseman added three assists in the Habs win over Florida.  Two of his assists came on the powerplay, while he added two penalty minutes, two shots and a modest plus one.  In eight games, Markov produced an impressive 11 points and he currently sports a seven-game point scoring streak.  Try to acquire this d-man as there is no one hotter on the blue line at the moment.

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Injuries in Ottawa Force a Trade?

12/26/2009
Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The latest from Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun discusses the injury to Daniel Alfredsson as well as the need to replace his production in the lineup.  After sustaining a hit from Craig Adams on Wednesday, the Senators captain expects to miss a few weeks with a bum shoulder.  The 37-year-old joins pivot Jason Spezza and wing Nick Foligno in the press box as they continue to recover from their own ailments while Chris Neil, Shean Donovan and Pascal Leclaire all returned to the lineup a mere three days ago.

Although center Josh Hennessy initially gets a call up, the rookie definitely is not and will not be the solution.  If this team is to stay within the playoff picture they must make a move quickly and patch the gaping hole in their top six.

Garrioch may be onto something for once with his article.  The controversial reporter discusses the merits of trading for Christopher Higgins or Alexander Frolov, both impending free agents after the season.

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Keeper Watch: A Deeper Look at Kids with Impact

11/25/2009
Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every couple of days, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

D – Jonathan Ericsson / Derek Meech, Detroit Red Wings – Although Brad Stuart is the first to get a start in place of Niklas Kronwall, there has been mention of both of these defensemen getting a chance.  Ericsson showed a lot of promise during last season’s playoffs so he certainly is on the radar while the coaching staff feels Meech has some untapped potential.

Prognosis: Watch the situation closely and see how this situation plays itself out.

D – Alexandre Picard, Ottawa Senators – The 24-year-old defenseman is on a tear, scoring five points in the last four games.  Seeing healthy time on the Senators second powerplay unit accounts for three of these points.  Picard is an excellent post-hype sleeper who plays a solid point.

Prognosis: Grab the kid and stream him while he is hot.  If he gets a bump onto the first unit his value should climb.

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Quick Picks – Week of 10/5/2009

10/07/2009

Quick Picks will be a weekly feature here at NHL Hot Stove.

Quick Picks lists the top players that are 50 percent or less owned and what makes them valuable to your fantasy team.

Wojtek Wolski:  Wolski just barely makes the cut at 43%, however his role on the top line in Colorado will surely raise that.  As long as Paul Stastny stays healthy, Wolski has value.

Brandon Dubinsky, Vaclav Prospal:  See Gaborik, Marian.  Seriously, this line is in great shape and again if Gaborik can maintain his health these two will be just fine.

James Neal:  This promising sophomore looks to improve on his impressive 24 goals just a year ago.  He already has three playing on a line primarily with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson, not bad company if you ask me.

Ryan Whitney:  Just under 30 percent owned.  He hasn’t gotten much hype after being shipped out west but I feel he should regain the form that labeled him a keeper just 3 years ago.

Drew Doughty:  Doughty has been the top D-man in LA to start the year and don’t look for that to end anytime soon.  Playing heavy minutes with guys like Frolov, Kopitar, Brown and Ryan Smyth should keep up his statistics.  Not bad for a #4 or even a #3.

These five should produce more than draft favorites Ryan Clowe or Steve Montador, but I would consider most of these guys quick fixes who should be ridden often and early and then most likely discarded should their circumstance change.

-Alexander Monaghan