Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 01/03/2010

01/04/2010
Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

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) and therefore omit salaries.

THIRD STAR: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) –  Toews receives this honor following his name drawn for Team Canada.  In four games last week, the 21-year-old managed a steady five points in four games, with two goals and three assists.  The youngest captain in Hawks history also fired 16 shots on goal, added seven penalty minutes and posted a reasonable plus-one rating.  Of his five points, two came on the man advantage giving him a slight margin over teammate Patrick Kane for our third star.

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Restoring the Rosters: Chicago Blackhawks

12/09/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

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.

Due to excellent drafting over the last couple of years, the Blackhawks have restocked the cupboard nicely.  The core established on their current roster is mostly homegrown with players with free agent signings filling out a few spots.  Both their forwards and defensive units feature high end talent as well as solid depth.

The lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks is as follows.

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Trade Rumors: Fallout from the Big Three Signings

11/20/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Six

The big three in Chicago reportedly signed todayPatrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both for 6.3 a year for five years and Duncan Keith 72 million over 13 years.  By my calculations, the Blackhawks need at least 4.5 million off the books to even get under the cap and realistically around 7 million to round out their roster.

Analyzing their roster and cap room, NHLHS will break down the most likely candidates to be moved and what their trade value may be.  All value is based on recent trades in the market.

Patrick Sharp, RW – The 27 year old is one of many talented right wings on the team.  In theory, this  could make him expendable with Kane and Marian Hossa naturally lining up on the right side.  Sharp’s cap hit is 3.9 million, a manageable sum if he produces to his potential.  His market value is relatively high due to his age.

Projected value: Two young roster players or prospects knocking on the door, preferably a forward and defensemen.

Brian Campbell, D – The 30 year old defensemen carries a lofty $7,142,875 cap hit.  Although a big dent in the Hawks cap number he remains an elite puck-moving defensemen who can QB a power-play with the best of them.  An argument can be made that shedding Campbell’s contract would alleviate every cap problem Chicago is dealing with.  It would also open up a glaring hole on a strong PP, not something a Stanley Cup contender should do.  Not to mention there is entirely no way his contract will be moved, Bob Gainey simply does not have the cap space anymore.

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