Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/05/2009

Washington Capitals v Atlanta Thrashers

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.

Last night was a great night for hockey.  While we expected close games in Philadelphia and Toronto, both matches ended in blow outs.  Is this a turning point for the Bruins and Capitals? The same could be said for the Flyers and Leafs.  Regardless, the scorers on the winning teams proved invaluable to their fantasy owners.

THIRD STAR: Marco Sturm, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) – The 31-year-old winger took advantage of playing top minutes.  Sturm scored a goal and added a powerplay assist in the Bruins 7-2 drubbing of the Leafs.  The German native sat two minutes in the box, took four shots on goal and posted a plus two rating giving him contributions across all six standard offensive categories.

Fantasy Note – Now with 16 points on the season, he now has four points in his last three games.  Known to score in bunches throughout his career, Sturm should keep this up for the next few games.  If the Bruins right the ship he should maintain his pace and be a large part of their turnaround.

SECOND STAR: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (1-1-0) – The young Swede continues to put his brief, three game slump behind him with ten points in his last four games.  Perhaps more impressive is that over that span he has doubled his goal production for the season, from four to eight.  Last night Backstrom scored a goal and assisted on four more, three of which were on the powerplay.  Combined with a plus one and two shots on net the 22-year-old simply dominated the Flyers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Restoring the Rosters: Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

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 lineup for the Anaheim Ducks is as follows.


The forward core for the Ducks is extremely deep. Their top 9 combines skill, speed and toughness making a combination that few other teams have rivaled.  In addition to the Ducks great drafting, they successfully signed and implemented undrafted free agents into their roster.

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