NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/22/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Washington Capitals

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week saw several players breakout, several produce above their means and others who continue to produce all of which leads us to an extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Dean McAmmond, New Jersey Devils –  As of this writing, McAmmond slots between Zach Parise and Patrik Elias.  Having said that the veteran center boast a four-game point streak where he scored two and assisted on four more.  Although center is his position called upon in real life, the 36-year-old qualifies at LW due to playing there the majority of his career.  Does anyone remember the McAmmond – Craig Conroy Jarome Iginla line? I sure do, that was a looooong time ago.

Prognosis: McAmmond showed signs of life last year with the Isles when he posted 9 points in 18 games.  His current projection mirrors these numbers with 8 points in 16 games.  This production marks the veteran’s absolute ceiling.  At best he will pot 40 points, but with David Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus eventually returning even that is a stretch.  Stream if desperate, definitely not a keeper.  Otherwise read more for better options on the left side.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/29/2009
St. Louis Blues David Backes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, although this time there is an exception.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils – Earlier today, we wrote about Rolston’s hot streak here.  To date his second stint with the Devils has been a disappointment after several successful years with the Wild.  New Jersey boasts one of the League’s hottest lineups with two solid scoring lines.  The combination of regularly playing with Patrik Elias and the recent injury to David Clarkson should keep the 36-year-old fantasy relevant.

Prognosis: A safe add if you need help on the left side.  As long as the Devils stay hot so should Rolston.

D: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning – Foster found his way onto our Calgary Flames roster in our series Restoring the Rosters and then made an appearance as a 3 Star.  So it is only fitting for us to recommend him.  In all seriousness, the 28-year-old plays LW in real life and soon in fantasy hockey making his position eligibility invaluable.  I forgot to mention that he plays LW on the Vinny Lecavalier line.

Prognosis:  Grab and stream until Alex Tanguay takes his place.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/22/2009

11/23/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks

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: Slava Kozlov (0-0-1), Atlanta Thrashers -The veteran winger contributed in a big way for his team Sunday afternoon.  Scoring a goal and an assist his breakout kept the Thrashers in the game.  He added 3 shots and finished the evening a plus two.  Tough call between Kozlov and teammate Tobias Enstrom, but the Russian edged him out by one shot and an extra plus.  Coming off a 76-point season he only has 10 points in his first 20 games, making him an ideal buy-low candidate.

SECOND STAR: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-1-0) -Who would have thought I would mention Foster twice in one week!  Playing primarily with Vincent Lecavalier, the journeyman defenseman made the brief switch to forward and it paid dividends.  He finished the game with a goal and an assist, contributing a powerplay point, four shots on goal and a plus one.  Congratulations Kurtis, you’re a NHLHS celebrity.

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Restoring the Rosters: Calgary Flames

11/21/2009
Calgary Flames v Toronto Maple Leafs

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 goal-tending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

This Flames team features a legitimate NHL player in every slot, not something I can say for every team.  Their strength seems to be in drafting and developing solid grinding type forwards and defensemen.  The roster lacks star power but makes up for it with solid depth.

The lineup for the Calgary Flames is as follows.

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