NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

01/05/2010
Ryan Shannon of the Ottawa Senators in action.  Click the picture for more NHLHS Endorsed Pickups!

NHLHS Endorsed Pickups is a weekly column where we discuss players worthy of your fantasy team.  We hold no responsibility over the outcome of your roster, however, if you view past articles you will find a pretty successful track record.  Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week we will go over some promotions to the top lines and analyze the longevity of their value.  In addition, some players elevated their games following an Olympic selection, so there are a number of exciting topics to go over on this weeks edition of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Erik Christensen, New York Rangers –  Would you believe me if I told you in August Erik Christensen would be the Rangers number one center?  The latest pivot for Marian Gaborik recently put together a modest 3 game point streak, putting in two goals and two assists.  A waiver flier from the Rangers earlier in the year seems to thrive in the offensive system of coach John Tortorella so as long as the kid stays healthy, he should be productive.  The 26-year-old showed past success playing in the Atlantic Division playing with the Penguins before leaving for Atlanta in the storied Marian Hossa swap.

Prognosis: Ride him while he is hot.  A good streaking option for at least five more games.

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Goalie Starters & Injury Updates 11/26/2009

11/25/2009
IL: Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks

Slow day again, I won’t be posting much today due to it being Thanksgiving.  Keep refreshing this thread all to for up-to-the minute updates, Happy Thanksgiving!

Columbus Blue Jackets:

  • Steve Mason starting against the Senators per Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch.  In a disappointing season, the Calder Trophy winner is 8-5-3 with a 3.59 GAA and .885 SV% in 17 games.

Ottawa Senators:

  • Brian Elliot starting.
  • Alexei Kovalev back in the lineup, Mike Fisher still hurt. [Ottawa Citizen]

Los Angeles Kings:

  • Andrei Loktionov officially out with a separated shoulder. [LA Kings Insider]
  • Top prospect Braydon Schenn makes his NHL debut.
  • Rob Scuderi and Jared Stoll still out with injuries.
  • Coach Terry Murray is undecided over whether to start backup Erik Ersberg or started Jon Quick.  The game is not until 10 PM EST so I will be back on post-Thanksgiving supper. [LA Times]
  • Jon Quick in net [LA Kings Insider]

Vancouver Canucks:

  • Roberto Luongo expected to start according to this feature article by Gordon McIntyre of The Province.  The 30-year-old is 8-8-0 with one shutout, a 2.54 GAA and .908 SV%.

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Injury Updates 11/25/2009

11/25/2009
Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:

  • Tim Thomas may have a broken hand. [TSN]
  • Adam Foote and Scott Hannan play tonight. [All Things Avs]
  • As we’ve been saying all week, Marian Hossa returns tonight. [Tribune Icing]
  • Rene Bourque remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. [Flames Insider]
  • Eric Staal back with the Hurricanes tonight. [Canes Now]
  • The Senators play without Pascal Leclaire, Alexei Kovalev and now Mike Fisher. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Chuck Kobasew set to return. [Russo’s Rants]
  • Chris Drury all set to return, Ales Kotalik questionable. [Rangers Rants]
  • Dan Boyle will play tonight, Devin Setoguchi still not ready. [Working the Corners]

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Cost Efficiency: Rich Peverley, best player in hockey?

11/22/2009
Atlanta Thrashers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Well maybe our headline is taking it a bit too far, but you can’t get a better player for your money.  Claimed off waivers last year from the Predators the 27-year-old now has 59 points in 58 games for the Thrashers. The undrafted free agent recently signed a 2 year contract worth a total of 2.6 million a modest raise from his current 487,500 cap hit.

Since he makes 487,500 this year, as a technicality we can put his stats over his salary to determine his cost-per-point production.  Prior to joining Nashville, Pevs was a point-per-game player in the AHL showing glimpses of his potential.  If the graduate from St. Lawrence University continues his pace, he may be one of the greatest bargains of all time.

He averages a goal for every 61K he makes, a small value in comparison to Dany Heatley’s 441K per goal.  The center assists on a goal for every 33K paid, making Joe Thornton’s 300K per assist look like a king’s ransom. Peverley’s 22K per point is 15K less than the next player James Neal, who is coming off an entry level contract himself.  Nobody can compare to his proverbial bang for the buck.

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