Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/08/2010

Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

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.

Not a big night in hockey with only 5 games and 10 teams in action.  Actually it was more like 4 games and 8 teams when considering the postponed game between the Devils and Tampa Bay.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 8, 2010:

THIRD STAR:  Raffi Torres, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-1) – Torres scored a goal and assisted on another leading his team to a much needed 3-2 victory over the Flames.  The 28-year-old seems poised to come near his career high of 27 goals, set with the Oilers in 2005-2006.  In under 15 minutes of ice time, he managed a plus three to go along with two shots on goal making him our third star of the game.

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Restoring the Rosters: Buffalo Sabres

Florida Panthers v Buffalo Sabres

I previously skipped over the Sabres, so here they are.

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 Sabres rely heavily on their drafting and development of young players in order to keep their payroll down. Due to their restrictions monetarily, the team has succeeded in producing a vast amount of NHL regulars as well as some well regarded players.  Overall, there really is no weaknesses to their lineup from the net on out.  A mostly young core, this team greatly resembles the team currently constructed but with more depth and much improved blueline.

The lineup for the Buffalo Sabres is as follows.

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