‘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 will take an extended look at the rookies getting their chance around the league. Although most on this list are recent call ups the criteria does not apply to all the rookies mentioned here today. Still there are some young guys worth looking at in your keeper:
RW: Brandon Yip, Colorado Avalanche – Here is one prospect rarely talked about. Fresh off an excellent senior year with Boston University, Yip made the jump to the NHL rather quickly. The 24-year-old spent only six games in the AHL before eventually getting his call to the majors. This player brings a more polished game to the Avs, and drew the praises of beat writer Adrian Dater last night with his hustle and effort. The youngster plays on the fourth line, lucky for him so does Ryan O’Reilly at the moment.
Prognosis: By no means do I advocate grabbing this youngster right now. However, the kid shows promise and produced at almost a point per game clip in his last year of college eligibility. His development at a top US school certainly doesn’t hurt. Another effort like last night and Yip should stick.
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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 three games and six teams in action so the choices were few. Unlike yesterday, the big name players showed up and dominated this list as should be expected. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-2) – Getlaf scored with 25 seconds left in regulation. Seriously. The 24-year-old also assisted on a Scott Niedermayer blast leading his team to a 4-2 victory over Colorado. In addition, Getzlaf took four shots on net, sat two minutes in the box and finished a solid plus two. Now with 10 goals and 41 points on the season, the Regina, Saskatchewan native continues to justify his ranking as a first round pick.
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Slow day so not a lot of news going around the NHL today, so I will combine the goalie starters and injury updates. My sincerest apologies for my absence this weekend, I was traveling between states and did not want to offer a lesser product than usual. A small back story but I recently quit my job in order to write and maintain the site full-time. I am full committed to writing about hockey all day and provide my readers with a good read. By the next American holiday I should have more writers and thus not have a problem with the updates.
Here are your starters/injuries for tonight:
- Joffrey Lupul still not skating. [Ducks Blog]
- Kyle Calder out 2-4 weeks. [Ducks Blog]
- I’m assuming Jean-Sebastien Giguere starts tonight when you consider the streak he is on. Giggy is 3-0 with a 1.30 GAA and .960 SV% in his last three starts. Of course, we will have update if necessary.
- Ilya Bryzgalov expected to start, per Dave Vest of Coyotes.com.
- Vest also lists Peter Mueller and Ed Jovanovski as day-to-day.
San Jose Sharks:
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