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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/29/2009

12/30/2009
Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

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.

A pretty strong night for offenses League wide.  Aside from the goaltending clinic on the Island and the rare offensive dearth for Vancouver, every other team scored at least three goals.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) –  By all means Ryan simply dominated last night’s play.  Last year’s Calder runner-up scored two, one on the powerplay and one even strength, while assisting on one more leading the Ducks to a 4-2 victory.  The 22-year-old added three shots on net while finishing a plus two on the night.  Since uniting with Saku Koivu and Dan Sexton the results are impressive.  All three line-mates deserve a spot on your team if they are still available.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 12/27/2009

12/28/2009
Chicago Black Hawks v Los Angeles Kings

Similar to our Daily 3 Stars, this section will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every week 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 therefore omit salaries.

THIRD STAR: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens (0-0-1) –  The impending RFA continues to prove his worth to the team following an off year.  The 27-year-old and first line center scored two goals and assisted on six more totaling nine points over the week, three of which coming on the powerplay.  A native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia, made famous as the birthplace of superstar Jaromir Jagr, Plekanec fired only six shots on goal while posting a plus three rating.  Not known as a goalscorer he sits slightly over a point per game and projects to post 90 points when the season ends.  Pretty impressive for a guy deemed expendable before the year began.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/21/2009

12/22/2009
St. Louis Blues v Colorado Avalanche

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.

A big night for hockey.  We saw 11 games and 22 teams in action, of which numerous players stood out.  Some normally unheard of names make the list as we see some new players make become fantasyworthy. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Michael Frolik, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) –  Frolik led his Panthers to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers last night.  A native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia, the same town as Jaromir Jagr, the 21-year-old scored a powerplay goal.  In addition, Frolik posted two assists (1 PP, 1 ES), took two shots on goal, sat two minutes and finished a plus one. With 23 points now in 38 games, he now projects to post 50 points, a five point improvement from his last year totals.

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