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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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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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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Keeper Watch: A Deeper Look at Kids with Impact

11/25/2009
Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every couple of days, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. 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.

D – Jonathan Ericsson / Derek Meech, Detroit Red Wings – Although Brad Stuart is the first to get a start in place of Niklas Kronwall, there has been mention of both of these defensemen getting a chance.  Ericsson showed a lot of promise during last season’s playoffs so he certainly is on the radar while the coaching staff feels Meech has some untapped potential.

Prognosis: Watch the situation closely and see how this situation plays itself out.

D – Alexandre Picard, Ottawa Senators – The 24-year-old defenseman is on a tear, scoring five points in the last four games.  Seeing healthy time on the Senators second powerplay unit accounts for three of these points.  Picard is an excellent post-hype sleeper who plays a solid point.

Prognosis: Grab the kid and stream him while he is hot.  If he gets a bump onto the first unit his value should climb.

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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