Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/08/2010

01/09/2010
Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

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.

Not a big night in hockey with only 5 games and 10 teams in action.  Actually it was more like 4 games and 8 teams when considering the postponed game between the Devils and Tampa Bay.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 8, 2010:

THIRD STAR:  Raffi Torres, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-1) – Torres scored a goal and assisted on another leading his team to a much needed 3-2 victory over the Flames.  The 28-year-old seems poised to come near his career high of 27 goals, set with the Oilers in 2005-2006.  In under 15 minutes of ice time, he managed a plus three to go along with two shots on goal making him our third star of the game.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/01/2009

12/02/2009
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

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.

THIRD STAR: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Although his team eventually lost to the Kings 4-3, Getzlaf continues his fantasy dominance despite his team in the the bottom of the standings.  Actually all three stars come from the same game which is a rarity but we did only have four games last night. The 24-year-old assisted on two goals, one of which coming on the powerplay. The center added two shots and finished the evening a plus one.  Not his most impressive fantasy outing but a star nevertheless.

SECOND STAR: Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – This 22-year-old defenseman is not known for his offense, yet. JJ broke out last night, adding two assists, taking two shots on net, sitting four minutes in the box and posting a plus two rating.  Johnson now has eight points on the season, putting him in line to shatter his career high of 11 points.  Will this year be his breakout year? Probably not, but the offense is definitely coming around.

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Trade Rumors: Whole Lot of Nothing in Columbus

12/01/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

TSN’s Darren Dreger wrote that the Blue Jackets were looking to move a wing for a defenseman if there is a “right fit”.  Clearly the injury to Rostislav Klesla (right) appears scary as the defender ranks third on the team in TOI, averaging a little over 20 minutes a game.  This injury comes with Marc Methot already out, a 24-year-old defenseman who averages over 19 minutes a game.  Needless to say, GM Scott Howson needs to make a move soon or his team could fall out of the race. Although they appear to want to improve from within, I think they will be forced to trade a younger asset.

The options at wing are: Jared Boll, Michael Blunden, Alexandre Picard, Jacub Voracek, Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and/or Antoine Vermette and RJ Umberger. Looking at this list, I am pretty sure Nash, Voracek, Huselius, Vermette and Umberger are not getting moved while Blunden and Picard probably would not fetch much.  If Derek Dorsett is healthy, he could make Boll expendable.  Another option is Nikita Filatov.

Quick to rebut, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says Howson has not talked to a single GM and is not actively pursuing a trade. Portzline makes it abundantly clear that a trade is not brewing right now.  Most trade talk starts around February but with the Olympics who knows how things will play out.

What are your thoughts? Who do you see being moved?

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/30/2009

12/01/2009
Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers

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)

THIRD STAR: Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals (0-0-1) – Semin out, Ovechkin out? No problem, says Fehr.  The 24-year-old now has six points in his last four games.  Last night he added a goal and an assist as his Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 3-2.  The right wing put two shots on net, posted four penalty minutes and finished the evening a plus one making him a solid contributor across five offensive categories.  He should be on your radar now, keep him there, this kid has legitimate power forward potential and could be a huge post-hype sleeper.

SECOND STAR: Curtis Glencross, Calgary Flames (0-1-0) – After being held scoreless in his last two games, the 26-year-old broke out in a big way.  The left wing scored a goal and assisted in two more as the Flames routed the Predators 5-0.  In addition, his goal came shorthanded and one of his assists came on the powerplay making him a special teams force. The former Oiler added three shots on goal and a plus one to his line giving him solid contributions across five categories. Glencross now has 13 points in 23 games, putting him in line to post career highs for the second year in a row.

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Trade Rumors: Not So Lazy Sunday

11/29/2009
2008 NHL Entry Draft, Round One

Just a couple of trade rumors going around the league.

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are not looking to make a move at the moment according to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch.  As of this writing only two teams have less wins than the Blue Jackets in the last ten games, the Oilers and Hurricanes.
    GM Scott Howson believes the team as it is currently constructed needs to and should improve.  If we profile Howson a bit we can see he tends to bring in younger players via trade, picking up Fedor Tyutin and Antoine Vermette in separate deals last season.  If he was to make a move like this, it would likely have to be later in the year when more teams fall out of the race.  It could also involve moving a valuable young player who has fallen out of favor such as he did with Pascal Leclaire and Nikolai ZherdevNikolai Filatov anybody?
  • Chris Botta’s Islanders Point Blank reports that the Islanders will spend cap room to make the playoffs.  As Botta mentions, the Isles need two top six forwards preferably a center and left wing.  With their salary cap situation the way it is, GM Garth Snow can make a salary dump type move and acquire a good player without giving up a high draft pick or solid prospect.  A quick look around the League renders very few clear-cut sellers.  Pure speculation but Paul Kariya or Matt Cullen would make sense if their teams decide to sell.
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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/26/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Here are today’s picks:

D: Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings – The 30-year-old is first in line to take Niklas Kronwall’s PP time.  Although scoreless in his last two, Stuart did score a goal on the PP against Montreal.  The former 3rd overall pick can assume most roles and has scored 9+ goals three times in his career.

Prognosis: Stream him for the points, as mentioned in the most recent ‘Keeper Watch’ Derek Meech of Jonathan Ericsson could replace him.

D: Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes -The veteran defenseman showed life recently with three points in his last three games.  Injuries have taken over a strong Hurricanes team that made it to the Conference Finals but things can only go better with Eric Staal returning.  The departure of Anton Babchuk opened up a spot for Corvo and if this team gets going so should he.

Prognosis:  See if the offense turns itself around.  If it does, Corvo would be a suitable #3 or #4 d-man.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/24/2009

11/25/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks

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)

THIRD STAR: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens (0-0-1) – Only one game last night, making the options for 3 Stars pretty thin.  Cammy stood out among his peers, scoring a goal, adding five shots and finishing the night a plus two.  The Canadiens victory over the Blue Jackets was a pretty well-rounded effort in which four different players scored.  The left wing now has four goals in his last three games making him one of the hottest player in hockey.

SECOND STAR: Anton Stralman, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0) – The secret is out on Stralman, he is one of the hottest PP quarterbacks in the league.  I admit it, I have been sceptical but this kid is simply impressive.  Adding a goal and an assist (one on the powerplay), the Swedish defenseman finished the night contributing in four of six offensive categories.  Not his best outing, but it certainly adds to his numbers evenly.  See if Stralman is still available in your league and take a long hard look at your teams current defensemen.

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