The Man Behind the Mask: Jon Quick

01/09/2010
USA Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp

The second installment of “The Man Behind the Mask” takes a look at the road to the National Hockey League for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick. We hope you enjoy this weekly installment only on NHL Hot Stove.

Jonathan Quick rose quickly through the ranks on his road to the National Hockey League.  Born in Hamden, Connecticut on January 21st, 1986, this east coast native now shoulders the load for the youngest team in the League.

Selected in the third round (72nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Quick emerged as one of the leagues young, up-and-coming netminders in the game today. So much so that  Team USA selected the 23-year-old with hopes of him getting his feet wet in international competition.

His journey began on his high school team in Hamden where they named him to the New Haven Register All-Area Ice Hockey team.  He then starred in the famed Avon Old Farms hockey, similar to another famous USA Hockey Hall of Famer, Brian Leetch.

While at Old Farms,  Quick led the team to two straight New England Prep Championships holding the all time New England prep school record for most shutouts in a season (9) during his senior year.  His stay there showed signs of things to come.

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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/04/2010

01/05/2010
Phoenix Coyotes v Los Angeles Kings

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, and four teams in action so not too much to discuss.  Our betting expert Anthony Curatolo did well, going a perfect 2-2 and sticking by his sure bet of the night in a slumping New York Rangers team.   Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 4, 2009:

THIRD STAR: Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) –  Wheeler made last night’ s contest interesting with a game-tying goal with four minutes left in regulation time.  Even though his Bruins eventually fell to the the Rangers 3-2, the 23-year-old scored a goal and an assist in over 16 minutes of ice time.  In addition, the former 5th overall pick finished a perfect plus two on the evening while firing two shots on goal.

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Looking for a Defenseman?

12/30/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres

As we approach the midway point of the 2009-10 season in the National Hockey League, many questions remain unanswered.

Which teams are serious about playoff contention?  Who needs a massive upgrade to make the push from a bubble team?  Which team should sell off the year and attempt a mini-rebuild?

Those are some thoughts circulating the League as we take a look at the state of all teams around the NHL.  Now, when perusing through certain rosters some names that could bring in returns which would benefit a team in need of depth.

Today, we look at the defensemen around the NHL likely to be moved by the March 3rd, 2010 trade deadline. As a side note, be sure to tune into “The Hockey Guys” on deadline day as there will be an all day live event with a live chat room for discussion on all the rumors and news as it breaks in the NHL.

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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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Minor Signings Around the NHL

12/21/2009
San Jose Sharks v Calgary Flames

With the National Hockey League roster freeze upon us, we can see some teams trying to find some solutions and bringing in players to their roster. Meanwhile, other teams choose to add to an already bright future.

What do I mean you ask?  Let me answer that for you.

Today the Phoenix Coyotes were able to solidify a spot on their blue line by signing free agent veteran blue liner Anders Eriksson to finish out the rest of the year (barring injury) with the big club.

In order to fit Eriksson in to the mix, the Coyotes subsequently assigned David Schlemko to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.

Eriksson scored a goal and chipped in two assists in his eight games with San Antonio.  Previous to this year, he has appeared in 552 NHL games with six teams, compiling 22 goals and 149 assists over parts of 11 seasons.

With the Coyotes excellent start to the season,  it seems to me that they feel the playoffs are a reality.  By signing Eriksson, the team adds another veteran to the blue line, one which already accommodates Ed Jovanovski, Adrian Aucoin and James Vandermeer.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/09/2009

12/10/2009
Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders

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.

Quiet night on the offensive front.  Out of our 10 games and 20 teams in action, four goaltenders registered shutouts.  In addition 60 percent of the teams in action (12/20) registered two goals or less.  Regardless our diligence enables us to find a few standout players on the offensive side.

THIRD STAR: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings (0-0-1) – Most Kings fans screamed “FINALLY!” when their captain helped lead the team to victory.  In fact, Helene Elliot of the LA Times found it necessary to write a similar sentiment.  Prior to last night, Brown produced 22 points in his first 31 games putting him on pace for 58 points.  Last night the 25-year-old scored a goal and assisted on another, leading his team to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks.  The Ithaca, New York native registered four shots on goal while sitting two minutes in the box and finishing a solid plus one.  Excellent effort for the power forward who is now on pace for 62 points.  What a difference a day makes!

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Cost Efficiency: Rich Peverley, best player in hockey?

11/22/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Well maybe our headline is taking it a bit too far, but you can’t get a better player for your money.  Claimed off waivers last year from the Predators the 27-year-old now has 59 points in 58 games for the Thrashers. The undrafted free agent recently signed a 2 year contract worth a total of 2.6 million a modest raise from his current 487,500 cap hit.

Since he makes 487,500 this year, as a technicality we can put his stats over his salary to determine his cost-per-point production.  Prior to joining Nashville, Pevs was a point-per-game player in the AHL showing glimpses of his potential.  If the graduate from St. Lawrence University continues his pace, he may be one of the greatest bargains of all time.

He averages a goal for every 61K he makes, a small value in comparison to Dany Heatley’s 441K per goal.  The center assists on a goal for every 33K paid, making Joe Thornton’s 300K per assist look like a king’s ransom. Peverley’s 22K per point is 15K less than the next player James Neal, who is coming off an entry level contract himself.  Nobody can compare to his proverbial bang for the buck.

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Quick Picks – Week of 10/5/2009

10/07/2009

Quick Picks will be a weekly feature here at NHL Hot Stove.

Quick Picks lists the top players that are 50 percent or less owned and what makes them valuable to your fantasy team.

Wojtek Wolski:  Wolski just barely makes the cut at 43%, however his role on the top line in Colorado will surely raise that.  As long as Paul Stastny stays healthy, Wolski has value.

Brandon Dubinsky, Vaclav Prospal:  See Gaborik, Marian.  Seriously, this line is in great shape and again if Gaborik can maintain his health these two will be just fine.

James Neal:  This promising sophomore looks to improve on his impressive 24 goals just a year ago.  He already has three playing on a line primarily with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson, not bad company if you ask me.

Ryan Whitney:  Just under 30 percent owned.  He hasn’t gotten much hype after being shipped out west but I feel he should regain the form that labeled him a keeper just 3 years ago.

Drew Doughty:  Doughty has been the top D-man in LA to start the year and don’t look for that to end anytime soon.  Playing heavy minutes with guys like Frolov, Kopitar, Brown and Ryan Smyth should keep up his statistics.  Not bad for a #4 or even a #3.

These five should produce more than draft favorites Ryan Clowe or Steve Montador, but I would consider most of these guys quick fixes who should be ridden often and early and then most likely discarded should their circumstance change.

-Alexander Monaghan