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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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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December Fantasy 3 Stars

01/02/2010
Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers for the month 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) which also excludes player salaries.

THIRD STAR: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) –  The 21-year-old right wing turned in an impressive and dominating month, finishing with 19 points, eight of which were goals.  The Buffalo, New York native fired a whopping 57 shots on goal over the month, tied with Ovechkin, an equally impressive feat.  His six powerplay points helped his owners as did a plus seven rating over that span.  Not know for his physical play, 20 cent even contributed four penalty minutes.  Throughout the year the former first overall stabilized his efforts becoming much more of a consistent scoring threat.  He will try to continue his scoring prowess when he represents Team USA in the Olympics this February.

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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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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 12/27/2009

12/28/2009
Chicago Black Hawks v Los Angeles Kings

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: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens (0-0-1) –  The impending RFA continues to prove his worth to the team following an off year.  The 27-year-old and first line center scored two goals and assisted on six more totaling nine points over the week, three of which coming on the powerplay.  A native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia, made famous as the birthplace of superstar Jaromir Jagr, Plekanec fired only six shots on goal while posting a plus three rating.  Not known as a goalscorer he sits slightly over a point per game and projects to post 90 points when the season ends.  Pretty impressive for a guy deemed expendable before the year began.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/27/2009

12/28/2009
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.

Honestly, it was not a terribly boring Sunday.  With six games and 12 teams in action the NHL took on the NFL head-to-head and fared rather favorably.  A night for the offense as seven of 12 scored at least 3 goals. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Lee Stempniak, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-1) –  Stempniak earned first star honors in his actual game as he lead the Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Penguins. The 26-year-old right wing scored a powerplay goal while assisting on two more goals.  In addition, he fired three shots on goal while posting a perfect plus two on the evening.  Mostly labeled a bust since his arrival in Toronto Stempniak’s game shows signs of turning the corner and becoming a true scoring threat.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/20/2009

12/21/2009
Hawks vs. Red Wings

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 two games so the selections were somewhat difficult.  Only a handful of players really helped their fantasy team as we saw a 3-1 game and a 3-0 game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) – A constant beneficiary of playing minutes with Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith amongst others, Versteeg helped his team defeat a injured Red Wings team 3-0.  The left wing assisted on Keith’s powerplay tally, while taking a shot on goal, sitting two minutes and posting a plus one rating.  A contribution across five of the six standard categories puts the 23-year-old in our third star seat.

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Peter Mueller on His Way to Broadway?

12/21/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v Phoenix Coyotes

Look closely at the picture to the right, it may be the last time you see Peter Mueller in a Coyotes jersey.

The 21-year-old native of Bloomington, Minnesota continues to baffle both his coaching staff and fans alike with his minimal effort and limited offensive production.  With only one goal and six points all season, Mueller sits on the hot seat almost begging GM Don Maloney to trade him elsewhere.

If you are keeping score at home, those totals project to an impressive three goals and 18 points.

Since the inception of Dave Tippett into the coaching staff, the entire Coyotes organization seems to thrive.  Tippett implemented his system quickly as he took over in preseason with little time to spare. The system teaches his youngsters solid two-way play and evidently turned Ilya Bryzgalov into a Vezina Trophy candidate.

Meanwhile Mueller’s totals have only plummeted from a successful rookie campaign under Wayne Gretzky.  Greatly slowing down over the second portion of last season many people had high hopes the talented youngster would turn it around.  The right wing played 28 games before watching from the press box since December 14th.

So what will Maloney do with Mueller?

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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/21/2009

11/22/2009
Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

Another new feature here on NHLHS. I will 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: Daniel Alfredsson (0-0-1), Ottawa Senators – The Senators captain capitalized on more than one opportunity last night leaving him with quite the fantasy line.  The soon to be 37-year-old potted two goals and added an assist as the Senators routed the Sabres 5-3.  The former 6th round pick also added a power-play point, four shots on goal and finished the night a plus three contributing to five of six offensive categories.  Enjoying a bounce back year, Alfredsson is proving to his naysayers he still has a few years left.

SECOND STAR: Jerome Iginla, Calgary Flames (0-1-0) – The Flames captain also enjoyed a strong performance, leading his team to a 5-2 victory over the Kings.  Iginla finished the night with a hat-trick (one on the power-play), four shots on goal, four penalty minutes and a plus one giving him seven points in his current four game point streak.  Iggy is as hot as they come, giving him a whopping 15 goals on the year. No signs of aging here, he is still a fantasy superstar and a legitimate first-round pick.

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