Restoring the Rosters: Chicago Blackhawks

12/09/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

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.

Due to excellent drafting over the last couple of years, the Blackhawks have restocked the cupboard nicely.  The core established on their current roster is mostly homegrown with players with free agent signings filling out a few spots.  Both their forwards and defensive units feature high end talent as well as solid depth.

The lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks is as follows.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/25/2009

11/29/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks

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: Troy Brouwer, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) -We mentioned Brouwer in our most recent Keeper Watch so showing up here is not a big surprise.  One game removed from a four game point streak, the 24-year-old scored a goal and added an assist.  The former 7th round pick took one shot, added two penalty minutes and finished the game a plus three.  Brouwer continues to improve on a strong Blackhawks team that looks like the real deal.

SECOND STAR: Wayne Simmonds, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – The 21-year-old also continues to improve for the young Kings.  Simmonds posted a goal and an assist, leading his team to a 3-1 victory over the Oilers.  The former 2nd round pick added four penalty minutes, five shots on goal and a plus one to his line for the night giving him our second star.

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Keeper Watch: A Deeper Look at Kids with Impact

11/25/2009
Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

‘Keeper Watch’ will come out every couple of days, noting the changes in value for top prospects who are most likely available in your league. Similarly to our ‘Endorsed Pickups’ I will try not to focus too much on one position, which will leave some noteworthy players off the list.

D – Jonathan Ericsson / Derek Meech, Detroit Red Wings – Although Brad Stuart is the first to get a start in place of Niklas Kronwall, there has been mention of both of these defensemen getting a chance.  Ericsson showed a lot of promise during last season’s playoffs so he certainly is on the radar while the coaching staff feels Meech has some untapped potential.

Prognosis: Watch the situation closely and see how this situation plays itself out.

D – Alexandre Picard, Ottawa Senators – The 24-year-old defenseman is on a tear, scoring five points in the last four games.  Seeing healthy time on the Senators second powerplay unit accounts for three of these points.  Picard is an excellent post-hype sleeper who plays a solid point.

Prognosis: Grab the kid and stream him while he is hot.  If he gets a bump onto the first unit his value should climb.

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