Monday Morning NHL Papers (Western Conference)

01/11/2010

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Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

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NHL Players in the Olympics

01/07/2010
2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic - Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

The title says it all.  This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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The End to All Team Canada Speculation

12/30/2009
2007 NHL Awards Portraits

As the announcement was made on NHLNetwork in the States and TSN in Canada, NHL Hot Stove was on board and prepared to drop the news to
you directly after the announcement.

The selection, in order as it was announced:

Bob Mickelson: “This is a day every Canadian has been waiting for” and those words have never been more true.
Mike Chambers: “…a first ever Olympic Mens Ice Hockey win at home, on home ice.”
Steve Yzerman: (huge ovation) “….like all Canadians we are very excited to be here.  For all hockey fans, it’s a great day.” “This has
been an enjoyable process, but, a difficult one.” “Every player on this roster was put on after great debate.” “We feel we have a team
that will make Canadians proud…….and compete for a Gold medal which all Canadians know that we can achieve.”

Goaltenders:

Martin Brodeur (Montreal, Quebec)
Marc Andre Fleury (Sorel, Quebec)
Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Quebec)

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Today's Waiver Fodder

12/28/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

Although these are not the type of moves expected following the holiday roster freeze, two GMs made some minor roster decisions today.  The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Kyle Calder on waivers while the Nasville Predators did the same with Dave Scatchard.

Calder skated to the left of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf on the top line however he turned in a sub-par performance.  The 32-year-old Calder produced only two assists in 14 games for the Ducks while posting a minus-seven rating.

Scatchard going on waiver may be a surprise to some  but with the recent callup and play of rookie Nick Spaling, the veteran became redundant.  This move also frees up cap space for the team, albeit not a lot but every dollar counts in this economy.

In 16 games, Scatchard posted five points and a plus-three.  The 33-year-old  averaged a little under 11 minutes of ice time per game.

It makes one ponder what is in store down the line considering both GMs essentially freed up roster spots. Will it be the kids getting the call ups or will these moves precede trade dominos beginning to fall?

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/15/2009
Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

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

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators –  Perhaps the feel good story of the decade, Sullivan plays a large part in the Predators early season success.  A fixture on the top line playing alongside Martin Erat and Jason Arnott, the diminutive forward has six points in his last four  games and ten points in his last seven.  With the Predators one of the hottest teams in the league and a surprise story of the year expect the trend to continue.

Prognosis:  You need to grab this guy if you need help on the left side.  Sullivan should provide at least 60 points by the end of the year.

C: Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks – Fellow Finn Teemu Selanne went down, but Koivu did not miss a beat.  In fact, the older of the Koivu brothers is one of the hottest players in the league posting five points over his last three games.  The Ducks new second line of Bobby Ryan – Koivu – Dan Sexton looks incredibly dynamic and has outproduced the likes of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as of late.

Prognosis:  Not sure how long this trend will continue but you would be hard pressed to find a hotter player at the moment.  Stream him until he runs out of gas.

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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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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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