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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The Seven Million Dollar Man

12/26/2009
Rangers Sign Chris Drury And Scott Gomez

How does a team know their investment will pay off?  Better yet, What would inspire a team to devote a large percentage of their cap space to one single player? This article plans on analyzing the production from “top-tier” forwards based on a seven million dollar cap hit or higher.

As of this writing there are 14 forwards making this salary or higher, with most of these players filling the scorecard adequately.  These 14 forwards discussed are Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Alexander Ovechkin, Scott Gomez, Evgeni Malkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Thomas Vanek, Dany Heatley, Chris Drury and Eric Staal.

A quick glance at this list screams Drury and Gomez as the noticeable busts.  Coming into a weak free agent year for centers the two cashed in on GM Glen Sather’s ludacris spending.  However, a deeper look into their 2009-2010 season makes other players current production look similarly as bad.

In addition, this article will identify the best of the bunch showing exactly if and why the top salaries are actually worth it.  Impending free agent Ilya Kovalchuk believes his worth to be 20 percent of the current cap, an enormous 11 plus million cap hit. With his current production, not to mention countless intangibles would you consider the 27-year-old worth it?

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 11/29/2009

11/30/2009
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins.

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)

THIRD STAR: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – The Ducks all-time leading scorer was among the League’s hottest players this week.  The 39-year-old scored three goals and added two assists in four games, with four of those points coming on the powerplay.  Selanne added two penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal while maintaining an even plus/minus.  On the season, the right wing now has 14 goals in 25 games.

SECOND STAR: Brad Richards, Dallas Stars (0-1-0) – Still flying well below the radar, the 29-year-old is once again an elite playmaker.  This past week was no different as the center scored one goal and assisted on five more.  Although he finished the week a minus one, his five powerplay points and 17 shots were enough to put him in this spot.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 11/22/2009

11/23/2009
CA: Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks

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)

THIRD STAR: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-0-1) – The diminutive right winger did a lot of damage over the last week posting two goals and four assists, three of which coming on the powerplay.  Adding to his impressive line the 39-year-old managed 11 shots on goal, two penalty minutes and a plus one.  Posting statistics in all six offensive categories is a big reason why St. Louis finds himself among the elite right wings in hockey with 24 points in only 21 games.

SECOND STAR: Kristian Huselius, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0) – another player who donned our daily list last week, the talented left wing has been on a tear as of late.  Tied for this weeks lead in powerplay points (4) with teammate Fedor Tyutin, the Swedish native scored two goals and added three assists adding 12 shots on goal and a plus one.  Frequently playing with Rick Nash has vaulted the 31-year-old into a very valuable fantasy player so owners, enjoy it while it lasts.  Streaks like this are not uncommon throughout his career making Huselius a great sell-high candidate.

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Quarterly Review: Projected NHL Trophies

11/23/2009
NHL Awards Presentation

With Atlanta playing their 20th game last night, the first quarter of the 2009-2010 season is officially over.  Seeing as this is a milestone within the season we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the trends emerging around the NHL.

The article’s intent is to show who would win the NHL awards if the season finished today.  Of course these players will most likely NOT win the awards, NHLHS just likes having fun with small sample sizes and hot streaks.

Whether it be injury or inability there are plenty of surprises when compared to preseason predictions.  Teams such as the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres find themselves at the top of the standings, surprising most pundits.

We will outline the NHL trophies and why we think these players as of right now are deserving of them.  In addition, we will include the projected nominees so you can see our train of thought.  We hope you enjoy this mini-series which should continue throughout the NHL season.

Click the link below to see our award winners and tell us what you think in the comments section!

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Cost Efficiency: Rich Peverley, best player in hockey?

11/22/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Well maybe our headline is taking it a bit too far, but you can’t get a better player for your money.  Claimed off waivers last year from the Predators the 27-year-old now has 59 points in 58 games for the Thrashers. The undrafted free agent recently signed a 2 year contract worth a total of 2.6 million a modest raise from his current 487,500 cap hit.

Since he makes 487,500 this year, as a technicality we can put his stats over his salary to determine his cost-per-point production.  Prior to joining Nashville, Pevs was a point-per-game player in the AHL showing glimpses of his potential.  If the graduate from St. Lawrence University continues his pace, he may be one of the greatest bargains of all time.

He averages a goal for every 61K he makes, a small value in comparison to Dany Heatley’s 441K per goal.  The center assists on a goal for every 33K paid, making Joe Thornton’s 300K per assist look like a king’s ransom. Peverley’s 22K per point is 15K less than the next player James Neal, who is coming off an entry level contract himself.  Nobody can compare to his proverbial bang for the buck.

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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