Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/19/2009

12/21/2009
Colorado Avalanche v New Jersey Devils

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.

Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings (0-0-1) –  With the subtractions of Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Jiri Hudler over the offseason and pretty much everyone else during the regular season, Bertuzzi finally finds himself in a position to succeed.  Playing primarily with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom works wonders for Big Bert’s confidence as he finally appears back in form.  The controversial winger scored a goal and put two assists on the scoresheet even though his team eventually fell to the Stars.  The 34-year-old tied his season=high six shots on goal while maintaining a modest plus two rating.  Probably would not  hurt to give this guy some playing time until the rest of the lineup catches up.

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Trade Rumors: Not So Lazy Sunday

11/29/2009
2008 NHL Entry Draft, Round One

Just a couple of trade rumors going around the league.

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are not looking to make a move at the moment according to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch.  As of this writing only two teams have less wins than the Blue Jackets in the last ten games, the Oilers and Hurricanes.
    GM Scott Howson believes the team as it is currently constructed needs to and should improve.  If we profile Howson a bit we can see he tends to bring in younger players via trade, picking up Fedor Tyutin and Antoine Vermette in separate deals last season.  If he was to make a move like this, it would likely have to be later in the year when more teams fall out of the race.  It could also involve moving a valuable young player who has fallen out of favor such as he did with Pascal Leclaire and Nikolai ZherdevNikolai Filatov anybody?
  • Chris Botta’s Islanders Point Blank reports that the Islanders will spend cap room to make the playoffs.  As Botta mentions, the Isles need two top six forwards preferably a center and left wing.  With their salary cap situation the way it is, GM Garth Snow can make a salary dump type move and acquire a good player without giving up a high draft pick or solid prospect.  A quick look around the League renders very few clear-cut sellers.  Pure speculation but Paul Kariya or Matt Cullen would make sense if their teams decide to sell.
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Restoring the Rosters: Anaheim Ducks

11/17/2009
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.


Forwards:

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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