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.
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: Slava Kozlov (0-0-1), Atlanta Thrashers -The veteran winger contributed in a big way for his team Sunday afternoon. Scoring a goal and an assist his breakout kept the Thrashers in the game. He added 3 shots and finished the evening a plus two. Tough call between Kozlov and teammate Tobias Enstrom, but the Russian edged him out by one shot and an extra plus. Coming off a 76-point season he only has 10 points in his first 20 games, making him an ideal buy-low candidate.
SECOND STAR: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning (0-1-0) -Who would have thought I would mention Foster twice in one week! Playing primarily with Vincent Lecavalier, the journeyman defenseman made the brief switch to forward and it paid dividends. He finished the game with a goal and an assist, contributing a powerplay point, four shots on goal and a plus one. Congratulations Kurtis, you’re a NHLHS celebrity.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
With 6 out of their 11 total drafts in the top 5, 2 more in the top 10 and 2 more in the top 15, the Thrashers drafting has failed them in the long run. With Little more of a RW, the team is yet to develop a legitimate top 6 center at all. The teams depth is lacking at both forward and goaltending with way too many question marks.
The lineup for the Atlanta Thrashers is as follows.