Keeper Watch: Another Wave of Rookies

12/31/2009
New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every Wednesday, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. We will also focus on young players once considered top prospects. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

This edition of Keeper Watch much like last week’s edition will take an extended look at the rookies getting their chance around the league.  Most on this list are recent call ups with some already receiving their demotions.  Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper:

C: Mattias Ritola, Detroit Red Wings – Ritola received a call-up from Grand Rapids on December 27th and coach Mike Babcock almost immediately inserted him on the second line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller.  In 32 games in the AHL the 22-year-old scored eight goals and added seven assists a modest total but certainly not lighting the lamp.  At this rate second line seems like an absolute ceiling but you never know the way Detroit develops players.

Prognosis: I would not project more than 30-40 points as a career-high once he lands a full-time gig.

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Hungry Preds Avoid Injury Bug

12/18/2009
Nashville Predators v Colorado Avalanche

So far in this season of the National Hockey League, injuries have been a plenty. Across the board every NHL team featured a substantial injury or two.

However, there has been one team able to avoid the issue of a long term injury to a key player or players.  That team is the Nashville Predators.

Aside from the team being one of the hottest teams in hockey as of late, they have been gifted by the hockey gods. Up to today, the Predators lost a total of 60 man-games due to injury or illness, one of the lowest number of man-games lost in the entire league.

The list:

Jason Arnott – Missed from October 21st to October 31st

Wade Belak – Missed from November 14th to November 19th

J.P. Dumont – Missed from October 8th to October 14th and then missed November 5th to November 10th.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/21/2009

11/22/2009
Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

Another new feature here on NHLHS. I will 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)

THIRD STAR: Daniel Alfredsson (0-0-1), Ottawa Senators – The Senators captain capitalized on more than one opportunity last night leaving him with quite the fantasy line.  The soon to be 37-year-old potted two goals and added an assist as the Senators routed the Sabres 5-3.  The former 6th round pick also added a power-play point, four shots on goal and finished the night a plus three contributing to five of six offensive categories.  Enjoying a bounce back year, Alfredsson is proving to his naysayers he still has a few years left.

SECOND STAR: Jerome Iginla, Calgary Flames (0-1-0) – The Flames captain also enjoyed a strong performance, leading his team to a 5-2 victory over the Kings.  Iginla finished the night with a hat-trick (one on the power-play), four shots on goal, four penalty minutes and a plus one giving him seven points in his current four game point streak.  Iggy is as hot as they come, giving him a whopping 15 goals on the year. No signs of aging here, he is still a fantasy superstar and a legitimate first-round pick.

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Daily 3 Fantasy Stars 11/17/2009

11/18/2009
Nashville Predators v Philadelphia Flyers

Another new feature here on NHLHS. I will 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)

THIRD STAR: Mike Green (0-0-1), Washington Capitals – Although Green did not have as flashy of a game as Mike Fischer or Marian Gaborik, he managed to fill more categories than the latter.  Green finished with 2 assists, plus 1, 5 shots-on-goal and a power-play point giving owners production in 5 out of 6 offensive categories.  Despite the lack of goals, Green is living up to his lofty draft status.

SECOND STAR: David Legwand, Nashville Predators (0-1-0) – Legwand exploded tonight against the Sharks boasting a 1-2-1-0-1-2 line.  Although the former 2nd overall pick only had 5 points coming into the game, he showed no hesitancy against a very solid San Jose team.  Despite the production, Legwand is still not worth an add when you consider how deep the center position is and his role as a 2nd/3rd liner.

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