NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

01/05/2010
Ryan Shannon of the Ottawa Senators in action.  Click the picture for more NHLHS Endorsed Pickups!

NHLHS Endorsed Pickups is a weekly column where we discuss players worthy of your fantasy team.  We hold no responsibility over the outcome of your roster, however, if you view past articles you will find a pretty successful track record.  Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

This week we will go over some promotions to the top lines and analyze the longevity of their value.  In addition, some players elevated their games following an Olympic selection, so there are a number of exciting topics to go over on this weeks edition of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Erik Christensen, New York Rangers –  Would you believe me if I told you in August Erik Christensen would be the Rangers number one center?  The latest pivot for Marian Gaborik recently put together a modest 3 game point streak, putting in two goals and two assists.  A waiver flier from the Rangers earlier in the year seems to thrive in the offensive system of coach John Tortorella so as long as the kid stays healthy, he should be productive.  The 26-year-old showed past success playing in the Atlantic Division playing with the Penguins before leaving for Atlanta in the storied Marian Hossa swap.

Prognosis: Ride him while he is hot.  A good streaking option for at least five more games.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 01/03/2010

01/04/2010
Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

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: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) –  Toews receives this honor following his name drawn for Team Canada.  In four games last week, the 21-year-old managed a steady five points in four games, with two goals and three assists.  The youngest captain in Hawks history also fired 16 shots on goal, added seven penalty minutes and posted a reasonable plus-one rating.  Of his five points, two came on the man advantage giving him a slight margin over teammate Patrick Kane for our third star.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/03/2010

01/03/2010
New York Islanders v Ottawa Senators

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 four games and eight teams in action following an exciting night in hockey.  Of the four games, it was the first contest which we derived all of our stars for the night.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Arron Asham, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  Asham helped his team keep the game close, playing his part in half of the Flyers scoring this Sunday.  The rugged winger scored a goal and assisted on one by Darroll Powe helping the team tie the game before their eventual fall to the Senators 7-4.  Not usually known for his scoring prowess, the 31-year-old added two penalty minutes, one shot and a plus one giving him contributions across five categories.

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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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