NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

01/05/2010
Ryan Shannon of the Ottawa Senators in action.  Click the picture for more NHLHS Endorsed Pickups!

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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/03/2010

01/03/2010
New York Islanders v Ottawa Senators

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.

Only four games and eight teams in action following an exciting night in hockey.  Of the four games, it was the first contest which we derived all of our stars for the night.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Arron Asham, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  Asham helped his team keep the game close, playing his part in half of the Flyers scoring this Sunday.  The rugged winger scored a goal and assisted on one by Darroll Powe helping the team tie the game before their eventual fall to the Senators 7-4.  Not usually known for his scoring prowess, the 31-year-old added two penalty minutes, one shot and a plus one giving him contributions across five categories.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/06/2009

12/07/2009
Ottawa Senators v Montreal Canadiens

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.

Only two games last night, so the results may look a bit skewed.

THIRD STAR: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) – Perry continues his torrid pace in what looks to be a career year.  Against the Sens the right wing scored a game-tying goal and assisted on another.  The 24-year-old took four shots on goal and finished a plus three for the game.  Fresh off a 19-game point streak Perry may be on the verge of another.  Despite his team’s place in the standings, fantasy owners should not be upset they drafted this guy.

SECOND STAR: Joffrey Lupul, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Since returning from injury, Lupul now has three goals in his last two games.  Last night the 26-year-old put in one, which helped his team make it to overtime. Strictly fantasy speaking his peripherals propelled him to this spot, as he sat four minutes in the penalty box, put five shots on goal and finished a plus two.  The left wing is making his way back into fantasy relevance and may be surpassing Bobby Ryan on his team’s depth chart so keep a watchful eye.

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Goalie Starters & Injury Updates 11/26/2009

11/25/2009
IL: Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks

Slow day again, I won’t be posting much today due to it being Thanksgiving.  Keep refreshing this thread all to for up-to-the minute updates, Happy Thanksgiving!

Columbus Blue Jackets:

  • Steve Mason starting against the Senators per Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch.  In a disappointing season, the Calder Trophy winner is 8-5-3 with a 3.59 GAA and .885 SV% in 17 games.

Ottawa Senators:

  • Brian Elliot starting.
  • Alexei Kovalev back in the lineup, Mike Fisher still hurt. [Ottawa Citizen]

Los Angeles Kings:

  • Andrei Loktionov officially out with a separated shoulder. [LA Kings Insider]
  • Top prospect Braydon Schenn makes his NHL debut.
  • Rob Scuderi and Jared Stoll still out with injuries.
  • Coach Terry Murray is undecided over whether to start backup Erik Ersberg or started Jon Quick.  The game is not until 10 PM EST so I will be back on post-Thanksgiving supper. [LA Times]
  • Jon Quick in net [LA Kings Insider]

Vancouver Canucks:

  • Roberto Luongo expected to start according to this feature article by Gordon McIntyre of The Province.  The 30-year-old is 8-8-0 with one shutout, a 2.54 GAA and .908 SV%.

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Injury Updates 11/25/2009

11/25/2009
Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:

  • Tim Thomas may have a broken hand. [TSN]
  • Adam Foote and Scott Hannan play tonight. [All Things Avs]
  • As we’ve been saying all week, Marian Hossa returns tonight. [Tribune Icing]
  • Rene Bourque remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. [Flames Insider]
  • Eric Staal back with the Hurricanes tonight. [Canes Now]
  • The Senators play without Pascal Leclaire, Alexei Kovalev and now Mike Fisher. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Chuck Kobasew set to return. [Russo’s Rants]
  • Chris Drury all set to return, Ales Kotalik questionable. [Rangers Rants]
  • Dan Boyle will play tonight, Devin Setoguchi still not ready. [Working the Corners]

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Daily 3 Fantasy Stars 11/17/2009

11/18/2009
Nashville Predators v Philadelphia Flyers

Another new feature here on NHLHS. I will 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)

THIRD STAR: Mike Green (0-0-1), Washington Capitals – Although Green did not have as flashy of a game as Mike Fischer or Marian Gaborik, he managed to fill more categories than the latter.  Green finished with 2 assists, plus 1, 5 shots-on-goal and a power-play point giving owners production in 5 out of 6 offensive categories.  Despite the lack of goals, Green is living up to his lofty draft status.

SECOND STAR: David Legwand, Nashville Predators (0-1-0) – Legwand exploded tonight against the Sharks boasting a 1-2-1-0-1-2 line.  Although the former 2nd overall pick only had 5 points coming into the game, he showed no hesitancy against a very solid San Jose team.  Despite the production, Legwand is still not worth an add when you consider how deep the center position is and his role as a 2nd/3rd liner.

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