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.
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: Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers (0-0-1) – Now sitting second to Joe Thornton in the scoring race, Gaborik posted an impressive week. The 27-year-old scored two goals and two assists over three games, all of which coming on the powerplay. In addition, he took a massive 17 shots on goal while sitting four minutes in the penalty box. As the scoring in New York continues to improve, the native of Trencin, Czechoslovakia simply needs to stay healthy in order to reap the benefits.
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.
Another even disparity between offense and defense. Exactly nine out of the 18 teams in action scored 2 goals or less. However, of the teams that scored three goals or more, four teams scored over five goals making some fantasy owners very happy. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators (0-0-1) – Hornqvist displayed his immense talent by scoring two goals, one on the powerplay and one even strength, and assisting on another tally giving him three points on the night. The 22-year-old stepped up for his team leading them to a impressive 6-3 victory over the Oilers. In addition to his three points the Sollentuna, Sweden native fired three shots on goal and and posted a plus two rating on the night.