NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/22/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Washington Capitals

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week saw several players breakout, several produce above their means and others who continue to produce all of which leads us to an extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Dean McAmmond, New Jersey Devils –  As of this writing, McAmmond slots between Zach Parise and Patrik Elias.  Having said that the veteran center boast a four-game point streak where he scored two and assisted on four more.  Although center is his position called upon in real life, the 36-year-old qualifies at LW due to playing there the majority of his career.  Does anyone remember the McAmmond – Craig Conroy Jarome Iginla line? I sure do, that was a looooong time ago.

Prognosis: McAmmond showed signs of life last year with the Isles when he posted 9 points in 18 games.  His current projection mirrors these numbers with 8 points in 16 games.  This production marks the veteran’s absolute ceiling.  At best he will pot 40 points, but with David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus eventually returning even that is a stretch.  Stream if desperate, definitely not a keeper.  Otherwise read more for better options on the left side.

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Injury Updates 12/19/2009

12/19/2009
Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

New York Rangers

  • No injuries but Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik remain healthy scratches.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Simon Gagne returns. [Broad Street Bull]
  • Darroll Powe and Ray Emery remain injured.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Darren Helm back in.
  • Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Williams, Andreas Lilja, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson still out.

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Injury Updates 12/18/2009

12/18/2009
Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Ottawa Senators

  • Nick Foligno set to miss two weeks. [Bob MacKenzie]
  • Pascal Leclaire travelling with the team. [Senators.com]
  • Jason Spezza, Chris Neil and Shean Donovan remain out.

New Jersey Devils

  • Dainius Zubrus close to returning. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson and Paul Martin still out.

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson serving as Toskala’s backup. Luke Schenn back in.  [Jonas Siegel]
  • John Mitchell, Carl Gunnarson and Mike Van Ryn still out.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
Chicago Blackhawks 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.

Somewhat weird night.  Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals.  However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.

THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted.  The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition.  The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three.  Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.

SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker.  Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games.  The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally.  He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box.  Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.

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