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.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun recently reported that the New York Rangers are shopping wingers Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins.
The Rangers brought in both players this past off-season to bolster their offense with hopes that they would fit into coach John Tortorella’s system. GM Glen Sather hoped they would fill holes and perform at levels, but at this point both have vastly disappointed. Now Sather looks for alternative options to “beef” up his top six in order to gain a bigger presence up front, something Kotalik should provide.
What do I mean?
The Rangers want size in front of the oppositions crease in order to create more traffic to generate more offense.
When the team they signed Marian Gaborik they had one goal in mind: the Stanley Cup playoffs. Currently, the Rangers sit on the outside looking in, knowing some tweaking in the line up is a must.
Tortorella simply cannot work with the mix of forwards he currently has. Outside of Gaborik, most of the team fail to put together a consistent effort. We know the personality of Mr. Tortorella, a fiery, intense coach with a limited tolerance. The team’s current players show they cannot play his system properly.
It is time to make a change.
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Here are today’s picks:
RW: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche – Over the past week we have discussed Stewart at length. A player this young usually would be on our Keeper Watch, but his stats over the last week are simply too good to not play in all formats. Playing regularly on their top PP and with Paul Stastny will keep him this hot or at least relevant.
Prognosis: I’ve said enough, get this guy on your team.
C: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – An NHLHS star of the week, Weiss has been incredibly hot over the last few weeks. In the previous seasons we have seen spurts of production similar to this so it is not a surprise. Also in previous seasons we have seen his production drop off the map completely. Still with a healthy Nathan Horton and David Booth expected back around Christmas things look good for the 26-year-old.
Prognosis: If you need a depth center, stream Weiss until he fizzles.
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.
Somewhat weird night. Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals. However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.
THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted. The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition. The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three. Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.
SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker. Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games. The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally. He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box. Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.
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 goal-tending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.
This Flames team features a legitimate NHL player in every slot, not something I can say for every team. Their strength seems to be in drafting and developing solid grinding type forwards and defensemen. The roster lacks star power but makes up for it with solid depth.
The lineup for the Calgary Flames is as follows.