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.
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.
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.
A big night for hockey. We saw 11 games and 22 teams in action, of which numerous players stood out. Some normally unheard of names make the list as we see some new players make become fantasyworthy. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Michael Frolik, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) – Frolik led his Panthers to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers last night. A native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia, the same town as Jaromir Jagr, the 21-year-old scored a powerplay goal. In addition, Frolik posted two assists (1 PP, 1 ES), took two shots on goal, sat two minutes and finished a plus one. With 23 points now in 38 games, he now projects to post 50 points, a five point improvement from his last year totals.
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.
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: Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils, (0-0-1) -One of two Devils to make this list, the 36-year-old turned in a solid effort last night scoring two goals and adding two assists (2 on the powerplay). Playing with Patrik Elias has paid dividends for the former first rounder as he now has four goals in his last four games. The left wing added a plus three and seven shots on goal making him a contributor in five of six offensive categories.
SECOND STAR: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-0) –Scoring three and adding two assists puts Sid in this spot. Finishing an 8-3 rout over the Rangers with five points, including one on the powerplay, the Stanley Cup Champion added five shots on goal to go along with a plus four rating. All impressive numbers but not enough to propel the Kid into a first star rating.
Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league, and their most recent status:
- Bryan Little and Pavel Kubina return to practice, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Vivlamore believes both will be ready tonight against Boston. If there are any further updates, I will post them.
- Marc Savard skated with the team Tuesday, as did Milan Lucic per John Bishop’s Bish’s Blog. Lucic expects to be a game-time decision while Savard is not that too far behind. UPDATED 11/19/2009 @ 1:02 PM. Lucic expected to play – Fluto Shinzawa Boston Bruins Blog.
- Drew Stafford returned last night against the Panthers.
- Cam Ward set to return December 5th, News Observer’s Chip Alexander reports. Also mentioned in the entry is Joni Pitkanen, whose return is uncertain. Teammate Eric Staal may return next week.
- Marian Hossa expects to return on either the 25th or 27th meanwhile Kris Versteeg should play tonight against Calgary. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune has the full report
- Jean-Michael Liles and T.J. Galiardi not set to return just yet, per Adrian Dater’s All Things Avs.
- Reigning Calder winner Steve Mason expected to start tonight against Dallas writes Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, ending speculation on his back spasms. The same report lists Mike Commodore and Raffi Torres as likely to play tonight while Samuel Pahlsson still recovers from back spasms.