NHL Players in the Olympics

01/07/2010
2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic - Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

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.

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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/13/2009

12/14/2009
Colorado Avalanche vs St. Louis Blues

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.

Only two games and four teams in action last night, so not much to report.  All of our stars actually come from the same game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Wojtek Wolski, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) –  The Avalanche top line stepped up in a big way.  The recently formed line of Wolski – Paul Stastny – Stewart broke out in the first period and the team never looked back.  The 23-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on another leading his team to a 3-2 victory over the Flames. The native of Zabrze, Poland fired three shots on goal and finished a perfect plus one on the evening.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/08/2009
Boston Bruins v Phoenix Coyotes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Here are today’s picks:

RW: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche – Over the past week we have discussed Stewart at length.  A player this young usually would be on our Keeper Watch, but his stats over the last week are simply too good to not play in all formats.  Playing regularly on their top PP and with Paul Stastny will keep him this hot or at least relevant.

Prognosis: I’ve said enough, get this guy on your team.

C: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – An NHLHS star of the week, Weiss has been incredibly hot over the last few weeks.  In the previous seasons we have seen spurts of production similar to this so it is not a surprise.  Also in previous seasons we have seen his production drop off the map completely.  Still with a healthy Nathan Horton and David Booth expected back around Christmas things look good for the 26-year-old.

Prognosis: If you need a depth center, stream Weiss until he fizzles.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/07/2009

12/08/2009
Blue Jackets vs. Avalanche

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 with 18 teams in action.

THIRD STAR: Matt Stajan, Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-1) – This may come as a bit of a shock, but Stajan has 13 points in his last 13 games.  Playing primarily with Phil Kessel and last night’s hero Alexei Ponikarovsky the soon to be 26-year-old seems poised to break last year’s career high of 55 points.  The Mississaua, Ontario native scored a goal and an assist in his teams 5-2 victory over Atlanta last night.  An overall solid effort, he also gave his owners two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and a nice plus two rating.  If you need a depth C, you could do a lot worse than this Leafs pivot.

SECOND STAR: Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals (0-1-0) – If this guy can stay on his skates he will win you a fantasy championship.  There is no doubt in my mind he will be a consensus first rounder next year.  Including last night’s game Semin now has 8 points in his last 3 games! Last night he assisted on two goals, one of which was a powerplay tally, and took a whopping seven shots on goal.  In addition, the 25-year-old sat two minutes in the box while maintaining a perfect plus one for the evening.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Colorado Avalanche

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.

Somewhat weird night.  Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals.  However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.

THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted.  The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition.  The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three.  Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.

SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker.  Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games.  The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally.  He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box.  Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

11/26/2009
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Here are today’s picks:

D: Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings – The 30-year-old is first in line to take Niklas Kronwall’s PP time.  Although scoreless in his last two, Stuart did score a goal on the PP against Montreal.  The former 3rd overall pick can assume most roles and has scored 9+ goals three times in his career.

Prognosis: Stream him for the points, as mentioned in the most recent ‘Keeper Watch’ Derek Meech of Jonathan Ericsson could replace him.

D: Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes -The veteran defenseman showed life recently with three points in his last three games.  Injuries have taken over a strong Hurricanes team that made it to the Conference Finals but things can only go better with Eric Staal returning.  The departure of Anton Babchuk opened up a spot for Corvo and if this team gets going so should he.

Prognosis:  See if the offense turns itself around.  If it does, Corvo would be a suitable #3 or #4 d-man.

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