Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/16/2009

12/17/2009
Carolina Hurricanes 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.

A completely even disparity between offense and defense as exactly eight teams finished with two goals or less.  Of course 16 teams were in action.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) –  Kane really acted like an MVP last night for the Hawks.  The former first overall pick assisted on all three of his teams goals, including a powerplay tally from Brian Campbell, to lead his team to a 3-0 victory.  A native of Buffalo, New York the 21-year-old also fired two shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and finished the evening a plus two.  Certainly an easy selection for third star of the evening.

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Restoring the Rosters: Buffalo Sabres

12/14/2009
Florida Panthers v Buffalo Sabres

I previously skipped over the Sabres, so here they are.

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
  2. I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

The Sabres rely heavily on their drafting and development of young players in order to keep their payroll down. Due to their restrictions monetarily, the team has succeeded in producing a vast amount of NHL regulars as well as some well regarded players.  Overall, there really is no weaknesses to their lineup from the net on out.  A mostly young core, this team greatly resembles the team currently constructed but with more depth and much improved blueline.

The lineup for the Buffalo Sabres is as follows.

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Trade Rumors: Fallout from the Big Three Signings

11/20/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Six

The big three in Chicago reportedly signed todayPatrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both for 6.3 a year for five years and Duncan Keith 72 million over 13 years.  By my calculations, the Blackhawks need at least 4.5 million off the books to even get under the cap and realistically around 7 million to round out their roster.

Analyzing their roster and cap room, NHLHS will break down the most likely candidates to be moved and what their trade value may be.  All value is based on recent trades in the market.

Patrick Sharp, RW – The 27 year old is one of many talented right wings on the team.  In theory, this  could make him expendable with Kane and Marian Hossa naturally lining up on the right side.  Sharp’s cap hit is 3.9 million, a manageable sum if he produces to his potential.  His market value is relatively high due to his age.

Projected value: Two young roster players or prospects knocking on the door, preferably a forward and defensemen.

Brian Campbell, D – The 30 year old defensemen carries a lofty $7,142,875 cap hit.  Although a big dent in the Hawks cap number he remains an elite puck-moving defensemen who can QB a power-play with the best of them.  An argument can be made that shedding Campbell’s contract would alleviate every cap problem Chicago is dealing with.  It would also open up a glaring hole on a strong PP, not something a Stanley Cup contender should do.  Not to mention there is entirely no way his contract will be moved, Bob Gainey simply does not have the cap space anymore.

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