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.
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: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) – If you look at Weiss’s production over the last couple of weeks, it is hard find anyone who has been better. The 26-year-old put up points in 11 of his last 13 games and currently boasts a modest 6 game point streak. Over the past week Weiss scored six goals, two of which came on the powerplay, and assisted on another. The center even gave his fantasy owners two penalty minutes while taking a whopping 17 shots on goal. If he is still available in your league I would take a long hard look at him as the former 4th overall pick is only owned in 44% of Yahoo! formats.
SECOND STAR: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – Earlier in the week we mentioned Stewart in our daily section where he won our first star selection. Surely fantasy relevant by now, the young right wing scored two goals and assisted on four more this week. Two of his six points came on the powerplay, ensuring he is playing valuable minutes for his team. Perhaps more impressive is the 19 penalty minutes he racked. In addition, the 22-year-old took 13 shots on goal and finished a plus one for a team split that their four games. If the former first round pick can continue his pace he will give the Avalanche a legitimate scoring power forward.
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.
THIRD STAR: Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils (0-0-2) – The 36-year-old continues his resurgence. The left wing scored a powerplay goal and assisted on another helping the Devils beat the Lightning 3-2. He added two shots on net and posted a plus one rating giving him an excellent fantasy line. Rolston contributed over five standard categories making him our third star for the second time now.
SECOND STAR: Dan Hamhuis, Nashville Predators (0-1-0) – Not usually known for his offense, the former first rounder contribute a goal and an assist. In addition, he took two shots on net, added four penalty minutes and finished the evening a plus two. In his last four games the defenseman has four points. With the Predators on the rise he may be a good pickup for a #4 as he is a large reason they are winning. Read the rest of this entry »
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.