Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/09/2010

01/10/2010
Pittsburgh Penguins v Philadelphia Flyers

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.

Big, big night in hockey with 13 games and 26 teams in action.  We witnessed a blow out and even a laser pointer fiasco out west.  Cheap plug but our goalie starters went 26/26.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 9, 2010:

THIRD STAR:  Tom Poti, Washington Capitals (0-0-1) –Poti helped the Capitals make short work of their division rivals, with a 8-1 route of the Thrashers.  The 32-year-old veteran defenseman scored a powerplay goal and assisted on two more giving him three points on the evening.  In a little under 22 minutes of ice time he also fired three shots on net while finishing the game with a perfect plus-two rating.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/29/2009

12/30/2009
Dallas Stars 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.

A pretty strong night for offenses League wide.  Aside from the goaltending clinic on the Island and the rare offensive dearth for Vancouver, every other team scored at least three goals.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) –  By all means Ryan simply dominated last night’s play.  Last year’s Calder runner-up scored two, one on the powerplay and one even strength, while assisting on one more leading the Ducks to a 4-2 victory.  The 22-year-old added three shots on net while finishing a plus two on the night.  Since uniting with Saku Koivu and Dan Sexton the results are impressive.  All three line-mates deserve a spot on your team if they are still available.

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Restoring the Rosters: Buffalo Sabres

12/14/2009
Florida Panthers v Buffalo Sabres

I previously skipped over the Sabres, so here they are.

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
  2. I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

The Sabres rely heavily on their drafting and development of young players in order to keep their payroll down. Due to their restrictions monetarily, the team has succeeded in producing a vast amount of NHL regulars as well as some well regarded players.  Overall, there really is no weaknesses to their lineup from the net on out.  A mostly young core, this team greatly resembles the team currently constructed but with more depth and much improved blueline.

The lineup for the Buffalo Sabres is as follows.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/27/2009

11/29/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals

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)

THIRD STAR: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-0-1) – One of the hottest players in hockey deserves mention here with his contributions across all six standard offensive categories.  The former 1st overall pick added a goal and an assist on the powerplay to his lofty totals.  In addition the 19-year-old put two shots on goal, sat two minutes in the box and finished the evening a plus one as his Lightning easily beat the Rangers 5-1.

SECOND STAR: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0) – Tough decision here between the 29-year-old left wing and Stamkos.  Poni shined in the Leaf’s 6-4 win against Florida, scoring a goal and assisting on three more.  The former 4th round draft pick broke a three game scoreless steak in fashion by putting up two points on the powerplay, posting a plus three rating and adding a shot on goal.

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Injury Updates 11/19/2009

11/19/2009
Boston Bruins v Phoenix Coyotes

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league, and their most recent status:

  • Reigning Calder winner Steve Mason expected to start tonight against Dallas writes Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, ending speculation on his back spasms.  The same report lists Mike Commodore and Raffi Torres as likely to play tonight while Samuel Pahlsson still recovers from back spasms.
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