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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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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The Seven Million Dollar Man

12/26/2009
Rangers Sign Chris Drury And Scott Gomez

How does a team know their investment will pay off?  Better yet, What would inspire a team to devote a large percentage of their cap space to one single player? This article plans on analyzing the production from “top-tier” forwards based on a seven million dollar cap hit or higher.

As of this writing there are 14 forwards making this salary or higher, with most of these players filling the scorecard adequately.  These 14 forwards discussed are Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Alexander Ovechkin, Scott Gomez, Evgeni Malkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Thomas Vanek, Dany Heatley, Chris Drury and Eric Staal.

A quick glance at this list screams Drury and Gomez as the noticeable busts.  Coming into a weak free agent year for centers the two cashed in on GM Glen Sather’s ludacris spending.  However, a deeper look into their 2009-2010 season makes other players current production look similarly as bad.

In addition, this article will identify the best of the bunch showing exactly if and why the top salaries are actually worth it.  Impending free agent Ilya Kovalchuk believes his worth to be 20 percent of the current cap, an enormous 11 plus million cap hit. With his current production, not to mention countless intangibles would you consider the 27-year-old worth it?

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/22/2009

12/23/2009
Vancouver Canucks 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.

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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/17/2009

12/18/2009
San Jose Sharks v Phoenix Coyotes

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.

Another even disparity between offense and defense.  Exactly nine out of the 18 teams in action scored 2 goals or less.  However, of the teams that scored three goals or more, four teams scored over five goals making some fantasy owners very happy.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators (0-0-1) –  Hornqvist displayed his immense talent by scoring two goals, one on the powerplay and one even strength, and assisting on another tally giving him three points on the night.  The 22-year-old stepped up for his team leading them to a impressive 6-3 victory over the Oilers.  In addition to his three points the Sollentuna, Sweden native fired three shots on goal and and posted a plus two rating on the night.

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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 11/29/2009

11/30/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Dallas Stars

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: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks (0-0-1) – Little Joe makes his debut on this list with a valiant two assist effort.  His Sharks defeated the Canucks easily, carrying a three goal lead late into the third finishing them 4-2.  On the defensive end of the puck, Pavelski was not on the ice for a goal against rendering him a plus two on the evening. In addition, he also took five shots on net.  An above average contributor in three offensive categories, the 25-year-old now has 12 points in 13 games.

SECOND STAR: Jim Vandermeer, Phoenix Coyotes (0-1-0) – A surprise hero in tonight’s game Vandermeer scored the game-winner in overtime.  On top of putting one past the streaking Jean-Sebastien Giguere the journeyman defenseman finished the evening a plus two with four shots on net.  Now with four goals on the year, he has doubled his goal totals from the past two seasons.

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