Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/01/2009

12/02/2009
Anaheim Ducks 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.

THIRD STAR: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Although his team eventually lost to the Kings 4-3, Getzlaf continues his fantasy dominance despite his team in the the bottom of the standings.  Actually all three stars come from the same game which is a rarity but we did only have four games last night. The 24-year-old assisted on two goals, one of which coming on the powerplay. The center added two shots and finished the evening a plus one.  Not his most impressive fantasy outing but a star nevertheless.

SECOND STAR: Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – This 22-year-old defenseman is not known for his offense, yet. JJ broke out last night, adding two assists, taking two shots on net, sitting four minutes in the box and posting a plus two rating.  Johnson now has eight points on the season, putting him in line to shatter his career high of 11 points.  Will this year be his breakout year? Probably not, but the offense is definitely coming around.

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November Fantasy 3 Stars

12/01/2009
Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers for the month 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) which also excludes player salaries.

THIRD STAR: Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils (0-0-1) – Perhaps the main attraction of Team USA, Parise’s consistent effort puts him on this list.  The 25-year-old scored nine goals and seven assists with five points coming on the powerplay.  Moreover, the left wing added 50 shots on goal and a plus 15.  Although his zero PIM could use a boost, his stellar stats among the other five categories render him a legitimate first rounder

SECOND STAR: Maxim Afinogenov, Atlanta Thrashers (0-1-0) –After last season’s hapless effort, Max seemed poised to flee to the KHL.  Instead he stayed in North America, signing for 800K with Atlanta and becoming one of the most cost-efficient players in hockey.  The 30-year-old scored eight goals and had ten assists in the month of November, five of which coming on the powerplay.  He posted nearly a 25 percent chance of scoring, taking 21 shots on goal and finished the month a healthy plus 12. Afinogenov deserves some mention after the monstrous month he put up and his return to relevance.

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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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Restoring the Rosters: Anaheim Ducks

11/17/2009
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team.  Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team.  This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
  2. I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season.  All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending.  After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order.  This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

The lineup for the Anaheim Ducks is as follows.


Forwards:

The forward core for the Ducks is extremely deep. Their top 9 combines skill, speed and toughness making a combination that few other teams have rivaled.  In addition to the Ducks great drafting, they successfully signed and implemented undrafted free agents into their roster.

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