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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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/30/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Dallas Stars

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

This week we will go over several streaking players in the NHL leading us to another extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues –  Despite his position in most fantasy leagues, Steen plays left wing on the second line for the Blues.  Although this team deals with lack of production at times, this second generation forward continues to score at an alarming rate.  With nine points in his last five games the chemistry with current line-mates TJ Oshie and David Backes seems electric

Prognosis:  Hopefully Steen will gain LW eligibility.  Regardless, his production rivals many top fantasy superstars so ride him while he is hot!

C:  Tim Connolly, Buffalo Sabres –  With Derek Roy day-to-day, Connolly should get extended ice time.  This news comes on the heels of a four-game point streak in which this 28-year-old center produced six points.  Since the lockout, the Syracuse, New York, native averages nearly a point-per-game making him a safe bet in all formats.

Prognosis:  Another grab him while he is hot comment would fit here.  When healthy, Connolly makes a solid number two center in all formats.  If your league excludes PIMs, even better.

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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/20/2009

12/21/2009
Hawks vs. Red Wings

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 so the selections were somewhat difficult.  Only a handful of players really helped their fantasy team as we saw a 3-1 game and a 3-0 game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) – A constant beneficiary of playing minutes with Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith amongst others, Versteeg helped his team defeat a injured Red Wings team 3-0.  The left wing assisted on Keith’s powerplay tally, while taking a shot on goal, sitting two minutes and posting a plus one rating.  A contribution across five of the six standard categories puts the 23-year-old in our third star seat.

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What Will Washington Do…

12/19/2009
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

…with all that cap room?

With the loan of Michael Nylander to Grand Rapids of the NHL, the Capitals gained financial flexibility which should allow them to acquire some help in areas they deem necessary.  As of this writing, the Caps 24 wins lead the League making the average fan ask: How can they possibly get better?

Corey Masisak of The Washington Times lists five speculative picks that would bolster this team as they prepare for a lengthy playoff campaign.  As the team stands there is little need for improvement but one could make a case for another top defender.

As we know from our history watching the playoffs, depth is key.  The team’s current construction has featured numerous players shifting up and down the teams forward lines as coach Bruce Boudreau dealt with injuries and juggling in order to find the proper mix.  Still Masisak believes the most glaring need is this top defenseman. His solution: Scott Niedermayer.

Niedermayer currently captains the Anaheim Ducks and has lead them, as well as his former team the New Jersey Devils, to the Stanley Cup.  In addition, this may be the last year in the NHL for the 36-year-old.  Although he only has three goals on the season, he would become a powerful weapon on the Washington powerplay, something dreams are made of.  He along with Mike Green would give them two elite puck-moving defensemen which would be incredibly dangerous for this already powerful offense.

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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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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/29/2009
St. Louis Blues David Backes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, although this time there is an exception.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils – Earlier today, we wrote about Rolston’s hot streak here.  To date his second stint with the Devils has been a disappointment after several successful years with the Wild.  New Jersey boasts one of the League’s hottest lineups with two solid scoring lines.  The combination of regularly playing with Patrik Elias and the recent injury to David Clarkson should keep the 36-year-old fantasy relevant.

Prognosis: A safe add if you need help on the left side.  As long as the Devils stay hot so should Rolston.

D: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning – Foster found his way onto our Calgary Flames roster in our series Restoring the Rosters and then made an appearance as a 3 Star.  So it is only fitting for us to recommend him.  In all seriousness, the 28-year-old plays LW in real life and soon in fantasy hockey making his position eligibility invaluable.  I forgot to mention that he plays LW on the Vinny Lecavalier line.

Prognosis:  Grab and stream until Alex Tanguay takes his place.

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