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Ty writes...

Sleepers for Your Fantasy Pool

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Saturday, April 7, 2007 For a sports fan this time of year is like Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and a birthday all wrapped into one. With the start of the baseball season, March Madness, and the Masters, Tivo’s and VCR’s (for those still living in the Stone Age) aren’t being given very many nights off. But out of all of this quality television is there any...
I am a refugee from ESPN Fantasy Hockey Correspondent purgatory. For the first three years I wrote a column there, I had something like 110K page views. I got email from all around the planet. But since ESPN got rid of hockey, fantasy hockey is the ugly duckling of fantasy sports, and I'm lucky to get one email a month. So I figured I'd give MYHB a shot. I like Ecklund's w...
Sabres Fans… Join in for round 2 of the hometeamhockey.com playoff fantasy league. Below is a short description from the site's creator. I've participated for the past few "divisions" and really enjoy it. You should give it a try. [quote][i]Fantasy Hockey for the Home Town Fan. Why a fantasy league with just one team? My thinking is this: I like Fantasy sports, bu...
clarasax writes...

My Fantasy Hockey Curse

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So, hubby is running a Yahoo Fantasy NHL league again this year, and he wants me to join. I'm not sure that's such a good idea. I joined the league last year, and it was a blast. I got to trash talk his co-workers and learn a lot more about the NHL. I even managed to draft many of my beloved Predators for my team. It is for the sake of the Predators, though, that ...
It's about that time for Fantasy Hockey drafts and I have a few ideas on sleepers and busts for the upcoming season. A bunch of us Hockeybuzzers got together and created a yahoo league and had the draft last night. It was good fun and if you'd like to take a peak inside the draft results, have a look-see at the link below. -[url]http://hockey.fantasysports.yahoo.com/hoc...
I bet you're wondering what I am talking about and saying to yourself "No one uses Time on Ice as a strategy for fantasy Hockey...." In my league we have just announced a statistic that will now become a strategy for our hockey team owners. This has been worked out to detail and such but is still actually being worked on to tweak out the bugs. Who played the most in the...
In an old school, no goalies and straight points only format, ten people participate in a pool. You're second to pick, just barely missing out on that first overall pick, and drafting Sidney Crosby. You're up, the second pick overall, whose name do you select to your team? San Jose's Joe Thornton, Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier, one of Ottawa's Dany Heatley or Jas...
dagley writes...

Rate my Fantasy Team!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I haven't had the chance to write a blog for quite sometime, due to class restrictions and working on my papers. Although I took tonight to draft my fantasy team. I had the second overall pick and just missed out on Sidney Crosby, and I decided to take Mr. Joe Thornton. Below is my team I drafted, and would like if you all would rate my team :) Joe Thornton - C - San Jo...
So, the draft for my fantasy hockey league was this weekend. I went second from last, so my top picks (the usual -- Crosby, Ovechkin, Chris Mason) were long gone. I got most of my other requested players, though. This is going to be a tough league. In addition to my Hockey Husband, who is running the league, we have Hockey Buzz bloggers Paul McCann and Brandon Felder, p...
Stlbluescujo31 writes...

Fantasy hockey feedback!

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I havn't written a blog so I figured I start with my fantasy teams and get opinions from everyone how how it is. I would appreciat all feed back positive and negative. I enjoy reading all blogs on the site and I will continue to blog probily regularly. A little about me I'm obvously a Blues fan. Have been ever since I've been into hockey. Despite that I try as much as posi...
Sabres Fans... Join the hometeamhockey.com fantasy league. Below is a short description from the site's creator. I've participated for the past few "divisions" and really enjoy it. Give it a try. [quote][i]Fantasy Hockey for the Home Town Fan. Why a fantasy league with just one team? My thinking is this: I like Fantasy sports, but I don't have the time to [img:right...
[b]SHUTOUT?,,, 0-0 Ties, shootout, backup goalie, regulation time, overtime, hmmm. [/b] Fantasy Hockey players can get very anxious over these kind of things,,, he gets a shutout!, he gets a shutout not? Recently I was very curious about who potentially would get a shutout in a 0-0 tie. This came up after the Saturday, October 20, 2007 - BOSTON 1, NY RANGERS 0 (Shoo...
TheStig writes...

Fantasy Picks - Week 8

Posted Friday | Comments 0
All right all you fantasy hockey junkies out there this blog is for you. This is the 1st in a once a week blog I am going to start putting out, to help make your picks, and especially for those of you in larger pools, to pick up some sleepers that most people would overlook, and for those of you in HBSL this will help when your trying to make that last pick to fit under th...
philkash writes...

Fantasy Hockey, Questions

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How many times have you picked up and dropped players this season? What sleepers can you pick up to win the following week in your H2h game? Which free agent goalies should you pick up due to injury? Who's injury might have an effect on next weeks games? These are some of the questions Hockey Fantasy Owners have each week. We all love Hockey Buzz, why don't you as...
First time blogging on this site and I figured I'd kick it off with a focus on fantasy hockey. A few surprises: [b]Patrick Sharp[/b] - Where in the h-e-double hockey sticks did this come from? Sharp is on pace to put up both more goals and more assists than he has in the last two seasons combined. Looks like the kids in Chicago are having an impact on everyone in th...
Some players who might help your team. Andrei Kostitsyn (MTL) winger : He has 18pts in the last 19 games Nicklas Kronwall (DET) Defense : He has 20pts in the last 28 games Mike Mottau (NJ) Defense : He has 5 pts in the last 9 games Kris Letang (PIT) Defense : He has 4 pts in the last 6 games. Watch out for this guy. He's a stud in the making. Grab him up w...
Jlebang writes...

Rate my Fantasy Team.

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Pavol Datsyuk Jason Spezza Mike Richards Andre Markov Brian Campbell Nicklas Kronwall Dion Phaneuf Shane O'Brien Kris Letang Marian Hossa Rick Nash Henrik Zetterberg Wojtek Wolski Lee Stempniak Andrei Kostitsyn Ian Laperriere Kevin Bieksa James Wisniewski Ryan Clowe Eric Godard Rick Dipietro Ray Emery
clarasax writes...

Curses!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Tootoo's injury was the last straw. It appears that my fantasy hockey curse is back in full force this year. So I did it. I made the ultimate sacrifice. I dropped all the Preds from my team. [sniffles] I had dropped Gelinas and Hordichuk early in the season. I dropped Bonk a few weeks ago. On Sunday, I dropped Tootoo, Legwand, Suter, and Radulov. The change ...
Yesterday/Early Today, all off us were caught up with the actual game held in real (really long) time. So it is understandable that many of you who participate in fantasy leagues might have missed Monday's good news: The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari for [i]Major League Baseball Advanced Media v. CBC Distribution and Marketing[/i], 07-1099. And even though ...
Lupini writes...

Make Your Super Team

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
So, being that this the first blog I have ever written on here, I wanted to stay somewhat neutral with my topic. That means no Sundin or McCabe talk, no Radulov and CHL talk, no trade rumors or speculations. Just something fun. What I want to know is if you were to make a team, using one player from every team, who would you pick? Now let me add the restrictions. You mu...
I participate in a 12 man fantasy league and we draft very early before every season. Our draft was conducted last weekend. The league is very competitive and is worth quite a bit of money by fantasy league standards or atleast by college student income standards, seeing as we are almost entirely composed of college students. The requirements of the league are also very in...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50

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I absolutely cannot wait for the NHL season to start, and I just might be more excited to draft some fantasy teams. October 4th cannot come soon enough, school is boring during the week nights and homework is just lame, I need the center ice package to deliver me from boredom. I decided to complete a "big board" type of list for a blog on hockeybuzz that I would like to ma...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I absolutely cannot wait for the NHL season to start, and I just might be more excited to draft some fantasy teams. October 4th cannot come soon enough, school is boring during the week nights and homework is just lame, I need the center ice package to deliver me from boredom. I decided to complete a "big board" type of list for a blog on hockeybuzz that I would like to ma...
I've said it in different ways before, but we're really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel here, folks. That said, this very brief edition of Duck Puck will focus on which Ducks you may want to add to your fantasy rosters, after a quick news roundup. As we've finally reached a month in which NHL teams will hit the ice, the annual season previews are being rele...
stromie writes...

Random Sabres Thoughts......

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Max Afinogenov is in the ultimate contract year. Not only is he in the last year of his contract, but he was shopped around in the offseason and is auditioning for all 30 other teams in the NHL either via trade during the season, jockeying for line placement on the Sabres or for his free agent contract following the season. Right now, it looks like we are going to go be ge...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50 Pre-season

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Oh boy, we are just days away from the regular season now. I wanted to post the 2nd installment of FT50 before the regular season gets under way, you may notice a few changes. Any difference from the last, may be because of any announcements or rumours of line combinations that I have heard since the last post. Also the news of Gonchar's injury has dropped him off the list...
Greetings to all buzzers. Thanks for clicking on my maiden web log. If brevity is the soul of wit, I either have no wit or no soul. Thus, my season preview will be posted in two hefty installments. With the trans-Atlantic set of games aside (and it was nice to see those Easterners learn what [b]real[/b] travel is like), I’m looking towards Thursday when the true fant...
It's pretty hard to believe, but I am currently in first place in the Fantasy Hockey Pool presented by KIA on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada! Ron McLean even said my name on TV! I currently have a 2 point lead over second place, and am trying to keep a blog updated daily to show my progress. http://rblight18.blog.ca/ Or check out the CBC website if you don't believ...
I thought I'd give this a shot ... maybe SOMEONE in EK's staff could at the VERY LEAST address the players as to what is going on and when they estimate all will be up and running correctly. A simple update note is really not asking too much. [b]ANY WORD FROM EK AND STAFF WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED BY ALL INVOLVED![/b] Thanks!
Montreal trades Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko & Doug Janik to New York for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto. Montreal landed their long sought-after #1 Centre on Tuesday, but it wasn't the Flying Frenchman that everyone expected. GM Bob Gainey felt the price was too high for Vincent Lecavalier and instead settled for an overpaid, underac...
As we start to turn the corner on summer, it's just about time to start gearing our minds towards next season's draft. To kick things off, let's take a look back to see which players had the strongest finish to the 2008-09 season. We'll ignore the obvious players who were strong from start to finish, and focus on players that turned it on in the last quarter. It's not ...
If you've been playing fantasy hockey for a number of years, you inevitably start to get attached to certain players. You have it stuck in your head that the player is a star and has to be drafted. If you're interested in winning, you sometimes have to forget the past and acknowledge when the dog just can't run like he used to. The trends indicate that these boys are on...
As you evaluate your draft list for the upcoming season, pay special note to a number of players who carry a bit of a high-risk, high-reward aspect. While you don't want to necessarily avoid drafting them, you definitely want to limit the number of these guys that wind up on your roster. It's ok to roll the dice on Marian Gaborik in round 3, as long as your first 2 picks...
In preparing for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, one of the keys to watch for are players who are poised for a breakout season. If you draft purely off of last season's stats, you're always going to miss out on some of the best performers. If you managed to snag Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, or Bobby Ryan last season, you were well ahead of the game. Here are 4 names a...
[url]http://s1.zetaboards.com/NHSL/index/[/url] See Below So here's something that really gets to me.. Yea I’m not liking what Heatley’s doing, but what was management thinking when they gave him the “A”, permanently?! I remember watching the first or second game since he'd been promoted; with that fancy letter on his jersey he started it off with an undiscipli...
When it comes to fantasy hockey drafts, the temptation is to pull out last year's stats and pick the guy who had the most points. A lot of bad assumptions go into that philosophy. For one thing, you ultimately end up with a host of one-hit wonders and miss out on the rising players. We've assembled here a list of players that peaked last year or had a fluke of a great s...
As you continue to prepare your draft list, take some time and scour the stats sheets for players on the rise. The trends indicate that these players are getting better every year and should continue to climb in 2009. If you draft purely on last year's stats, you'll probably undervalue many of these players. [u]Offense[/u] [b]Nik Antropov[/b] - Atlanta just may be...
Here are the top 10 goalies you should target for your fantasy hockey draft, and why: [b]1. Luongo [/b] Luongo has ousted Brodeur as the can't miss goalie come draft day. Although injuries limited his value last season, his second half performance demonstrated why he's the definition of money when it comes to goalies. Don't hesitate to draft him in the top 5 picks. ...
Here are the top 10 defensemen you should target for your fantasy hockey draft, and why: [b]1. Mike Green[/b] Worthy of the #1 overall pick, if your league places any significant value on defensemen. He's a lock in for the top blueliner in 2009, as he has been for the past 2 seasons. [b]2. Sergei Gonchar[/b] Say what you must about about Crosby and Malkin, but the ...
When it comes to drafting a fantasy hockey team, there is no greater joy than the moment you call a name and hear 3 other GM's groan, "I forgot about that guy!". These players will be overlooked by your average GM for a plethora of reasons. Mostly, because they're not as smart as you. Some of these guys had below average seasons last year, due to injury, etc. Others are t...
Yahoo finally opened up fantasy hockey season today, so I'm sure many of you will be signing up shortly to get in on the action. After all, draft time is the most exciting time of the year for fantasy hockey fanatics. There are a variety of formats out there from Yahoo and others. But which one is best? I've been managing a fantasy hockey league for 18 years now, and w...
When it comes time in your fantasy hockey draft to select a goalie, one critical thing to be wary of is goalies sharing time in net. You might be drafting a stud with a 2.1 GAA, but if he only gets 50 starts, it's going to hurt you in the long run. So here a handful of teams that have a cloudy picture between the pipes, and what it should mean for you at the draft table....
gkmkiller writes...

Fantasy Hockey Time

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I will admit it; I don’t know about most of you but I am a fantasy addict. I play fantasy baseball, football and especially hockey. In fact, this year I have joined 3 leagues, two of which are keeper leagues. This will be my first foray into a keeper hockey league so I am looking forward to it. In one of the keeper leagues, the league manager paired up all of the teams a...
A-Mar writes...

Quick NHL Season Players Preview

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Anaheim -MVP: Ryan Getzlaf -Key New Face: Saku Koivu -Sleeper: Andrew Ebbett -Super Sleeper: Luca Sbisa Atlanta -MVP: Ilya Kovalchuk -Key New Face: Nik Antropov -Sleeper: Anssi Salmela -Super Sleeper: Jason Krog Boston -MVP: Zdeno Chara -Key New Face: Marco Sturm (back from injury) -Sleeper: Matt Hunwick -Super Sleeper: Vladimir Sobotka Buf...
In the fantasy hotspot, we evaluate players who are experiencing a boost in production (or potential production), due solely to the linemates that have landed with. At least for the short term, it's worth picking up one of these guys and riding the wave that comes with being paired up with top talent, or with added power play time. Here are a few players going into the s...
When it comes to draft time for your fantasy hockey season, there are certain players that require you to look beyond the numbers. For one reason or another, you ought to tread carefully with this list. Whether it's off-ice troubles or uncertain roles within a team, be careful to not put too much faith in this crew. [u]Offense[/u] [b]Jonathan Cheechoo[/b] - After s...
Welcome to week 2 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/12 through 10/18). [u]Week 1 Review[/u] Week 1 was all about the Washington Capitals, with the top 4 scoring leaders coming from D.C. Of those, only Brooks Laich can be considered surprising. Most likely, he's already been nabbed in your league. What's more surpris...
The rate of injuries to significant fantasy hockey players seems to be pretty high this season compared to most years. Many key names have gone down, some of which will be out for a significant stretch of time. This can wreck a fantasy hockey team, particularly if you own several of these players in your lineup. Here's a look at the key injuries so far, and what it mean...
Welcome to week 3 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/19 through 10/25). [u]Week 2 Review[/u] A few surprising starts seem to be continuing in the West as Colorado and Phoenix haven't slowed down a bit in week 2. The entire Pacific division seems to be upside down from top to bottom, with the Coyotes and Kings on top an...
Welcome to week of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/26through 11/2). [u]Week 4 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 5 Games:[/b] NY Islanders, Phoenix [b]Teams with 4 Games:[/b] Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota, Montreal, NY Rangers, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington [b]Teams with 2 Games:[/b] Atlanta, Calgary Despite decent start...
Welcome to week of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/3 through 11/8). [u]Week 5 Matchups[/u] Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta Teams with 2 Games: Chicago, Edmonton, LA, Minnesota, Nashville, Ottawa, Philadelphia It's a well balanced lineup on the schedule next week, with every team but one having 2 or 3 games. Altanta is...
Welcome to week 7 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/16 through 11/22). [u]Week 7 Matchups[/u] Teams with 4 Games: Florida, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa Bay Teams with 2 Games: Minnesota, NY Rangers, Vancouver This is the week to ride the Coyotes. Phoenix has 4 games, including matchups with Tampa Bay, Minnesota, a...
Welcome to week 8 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/23 through 11/29). [u]Week 8 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 Games[/b]: Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, Calgary, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: LA, Montreal, New Jerse...
Welcome to week 9 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/30 through 12/6). [u]Week 8 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 Games[/b]: Anaheim, Columbus, Colorado, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: Carolina, Edmonton, NY Islanders, Philadelphia, Phoenix Not a good week to be starti...
Welcome to week 10 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (12/7 through 12/13). [url]Week 10 Matchups[/url] [b]Teams with 4 Games:[/b] Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Colorado, Florida, LA, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: Boston, NY Rangers The Av...
Welcome to week 12 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (12/21 through 12/27). [u]Week 12 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 Games[/b]: Buffalo, Chicago, NY Isles, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: Calgary, Detroit, NJ, Washington [b]Teams with 1 Game[/b]: LA L.A. is enjoying a nice Christmas break ...
Welcome to week 13 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (12/28 through 1/3). [url]Week 13 Matchups[/url] Teams with 4 games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Calgary, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose Teams with 2 games: Florida, Toronto Not a strong week to ...
Welcome to week 14 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/4 through 1/10). [u]Week 14 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Edmonton Although 3 of their 4 games this week are on the road, the Flames have the mo...
Welcome to week 14 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/11 through 1/17). [u]Week 15 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Calgary, Detroit, Minnesota, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Washington [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Buffalo, Colorado, NY Isles The Rangers get the prize for most favorable schedule this week, with thre...
Welcome to week 16 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/18 through 1/24). [u]Week 16 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, New Jersey, NY Isles, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Calgary It's a pretty full ...
Recent injuries can either wreck your fantasy hockey team's season, or provide an opportunity for you to cash in on another's misfortune. Here is what you need to react to some of the biggest IR news in the NHL: [b]Teemu Selanne (F - ANA)[/b] With Selanne being out of NHL action until after the Olympics, many owners will be tempted to dump him (if they haven't already...
Welcome to week 17 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/24 through 1/31). [u]Week 17 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Calgary, Detroit, LA, New Jersey, NY Isles, NY Rangers, Phoenix, St. Louis, Washington [b]Teams with 2 games: [/b] Boston, Philadelphia, San Jose Look for the Capitals to have a big week, not th...
Welcome to week 18 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (2/1 through 2/7). [u]Week 18 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Washington [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] NY Isles The Islanders have cooled off a bit on the fantasy front over the past week. Don't expect g...
landsharkhockey writes...

Take 'em to the Curb

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
As we approach the Olympic break, it's time to start making those last minute tweaks to your fantasy hockey roster to prepare for the playoffs. Often times, one of the toughest decisions facing a GM is letting go of a guy that was drafted high but having a subpar season. Sometimes we'll hang on to him simple because of his name and the foolish hope that surely he has to ...
Welcome to week 19 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (2/8 through 2/14). [u]Week 19 Matchups[/u][b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Anaheim, Colorado, Edmonton, Nashville, NY Isles, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Toronto It's the final week before the long ...
Yes, for fans who were expecting a grand fireworks finale coming off the Olympic high, Trade Deadline Day was a bit of a let down. To the casual fan, not a single trade made yesterday would register more than an "Oh. Is he any good?" However, to the fantasy hockey nut (which I assume you are, since you're reading this), there was plenty of fallout from what did, and wha...
landsharkhockey writes...

Rookie Fantasy Report

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
It's been a relatively slow season in terms of significant rookie impact in the fantasy hockey realm this year. The past few seasons have been extraordinary in terms of rookie showings. Consider: Steve Mason and Bobby Ryan in 09. Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom in 08. Malkin and Stastny in 07. And, of course, Ovechkin and Crosby in 06. All of these players were m...
Welcome to week 22 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (3/15 through 3/21). [u]Week 22 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Dallas, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay [b]Teams with 2 games: [/b] LA, Montr...
Welcome to week 23 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (3/22through 3/28). Only three weeks left to go in the regular season, so not much time for those final roster tweaks. [u]Week 23 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Calgary, Columbus, Detroit, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Toront...
landsharkhockey writes...

Fantasy Feed - 3/25

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Here's your Fantasy Hockey Feed for today… 4 Stars #1 - Marian Gaborik (F - NYR) - Gaborik came up huge with 2 goals and an assist, leading the Rangers to a much needed 5-0 victory over the Islanders. #2 - Valtteri Filppula (F - DET) - The Redwings are fighting for the final spot out West, and Filppula's performance last night granted the team 2 more points in th...
Welcome to week 24 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (3/29 through 4/4). Only 2 weeks left to go in the regular season, so not much time for those final roster tweaks. [u]Week 24 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games[/b]: Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, LA, Minnesota, Nashvill...
Here is your final edition of the Fantasy Planner for this year's regular season, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (4/4 through 4/11). If you made it this far, that means you're in the finals and may have room for one last tweak to that roster. [u]Week 25 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Edmo...
The first week of July is always a busy time in the hockey universe in terms of player movement. It has evolved into a Mini Me of the Trade Deadline. While the top stories this year will center around the likes of Kovalchuk, Gonchar and Hamhuis, in terms of fantasy hockey, these deals will have little impact on where those players will rank on your draft list. The real ...
Most of the major off season moves this summer were obviously made with an eye towards capturing the Cup. The Penguins and Devils restructured their defense in a big way and role players were shifted all around the league. While these deals will play a big role in the fortunes of these NHL franchises, they barely register on the radar in terms of fantasy hockey impact. ...
Update: And then there were four. Four franchises left so it's not too late to grab one for the upcoming season. See contact information below. Welcome to the Federal Hockey League. The FHL has been setup to provide a simulation for lovers of the greatest sport on earth, ice hockey. The league homepage can be found here: [url]www.greytowergames.com[/url] You as t...
First lets all take a deep breath and say "FINALLY". We have been waiting on Kovalchuck for 19 days and quite frankly getting a little tired of this saga. With Kovy finally putting pen to paper in thr Swamp, this has already affected the fantasy hockey world. Had Kovy signed in Los Angelas as had been rumoured many times it could have been a fanatsy bonanza for may Ki...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Kovy Conspiracy

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Ok, once again we are in a situation where Kovalchuk reigns supreme in the headlines. I thought we had finally rid ourselves of this 3 week dog an pony show. Now 17 years and a 102 million dollars on the surface seems no different then Loungo, Zetterberg, Hossa and DiPietro. But here is where you are wrong. This is different and shady all in the same breath. Yes we ...
Over that past few days I have heard over and over that Burke will begin to entertain offers for Kaberle once the Kovalchuk situation gets ironed out. To a certain degree I agree with this thinking, because I do believe that if the Kings do not get Kovalchuk (which I do not believe they will), then I feel that Kaberle will be a King and I truly believe Wayne Simmons will ...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Will Hall have an Impact?

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After reading in a post today on TSN, it was identified that Taylor will not attend the summer evaluation camp for Hockey Canada. By skipping the camp by rule, he will be ineligible to play in Buffalo this Christmas. Which in turn basically states he will be playing top six minutes in Edmonton come this fall. Is this a good thing for both parties? Is Hall ready for a y...
Years ago, drafting goalies was easy. Every season, you could argue over order, but you couldn't go wrong with Roy, Brodeur or Hasek. These days, it's much harder to predict who will be the elite fantasy goalies from year to year. Consider this: the top 5 fantasy scorers from 2008 included the likes of: Tim Thomas, Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason, and Cam Ward. If you s...
Update: And then there were four. Twenty-six filled and four franchises left so it's not too late to grab one for the upcoming season. See details below: Welcome to the Federal Hockey League. The FHL has been setup to provide a simulation for lovers of the greatest sport on earth, ice hockey. The league homepage can be found here: www.greytowergames.com You as the ge...
When it comes to formulating your draft strategy, take some time to carefully consider your approach to defense. More than any other position, defensive scoring can vary dramatically from league to league. Some leagues value scoring by a defenseman higher than forwards, while others lump them together. This can dramatically change your approach in terms of when to draft...
For a solid fantasy hockey draft strategy, there is much to consider for goalies and defensemen. When it comes to forwards, it's a much simpler proposition. First off, get to know your point system. This can make a huge difference in ranking your players. For example, if your league counts goals and assists equally (join a new league), then guys like Joe Thornton and ...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Kaberle...Fantasy Stud?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I have taken some time over the past week to sit back and wait to see how the Kaberle and potentially the Kovalchuk situation would play out before writing my next blog. Well one of the shoes dropped on the weekend with Kaberle remaining a Leaf. I know this has set off a firestorm in Leaf Nation as to whether this move was correct. At this point it is irrelevant because...
In preparing for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, one of the keys to watch for are players who are poised for a breakout season. These are guys who have yet to reach the upper levels of fantasy hockey players, but could get into that territory by season's end. If you draft purely off of last season's stats, you're always going to miss out on some of the best perfo...
Every year some average Nhl player or young stud who hasent lived up to expectations has a huge breakout season. Jussi Jokinen went from a waiver pickup to a 30 goal 65 point player. Genrally younger players tend to breakout in their 3rd or fourth campaign. In this blog i shall post up 10 players who i think will breakout this year . Here are my top 10 breakout players for...
An important key to winning any fantasy hockey league is nabbing one or two steals in the draft. It's a wonderful feeling to call out a name late in the draft and then hear a guy or two mumbling about how they forgot about him on their list. These players may be overlooked or undervalued by other managers for a variety of reasons. Some of these guys had below average se...
In part one of my 2010-2011 fantasy report I looked at 10 forwards who'm I expect to breakt out. In this report I will look at 5 Defencemen and 5 Goaltenders Who are expected to produce and break out. I will give an ion depth analysis on every player. Without further ado. Defencemen: 1. [b]Eric Johnson [/b](St-Louis Blues) Johnson did not play a sinlge game in 08-0...
Finishing in the season near the top of your league can be gratifying, but if you're reading this, you're probably in it to win. And in order to win, you sometimes have to roll the dice on a gamble or two and hope you cash in. You certainly don't want to load up too much on these guys, as the chances of them all panning out is small. Here are a handful of guys that coul...
When preparing for your fantasy hockey draft, the lazy man's plan is to pull out last year's stats and pick the guy who had the most points. Many bad assumptions go into that philosophy. You ultimately end up with a roster of one-hit wonders and miss out on rising players. The players identified below likely peaked last year or had a fluke of a great season. While most o...
Every fantasy hockey league is different. Even if you're Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, it's no guarantee for fantasy victory if you don't fashion your draft strategy to the league you're in. In this post, I'll give you some tips and guidance on how to draft (and win) in a standard CBS fantasy hockey league. Point...
All good things eventually come to an end. When it comes to drafting a winning fantasy hockey roster, it's important to know when the end has come, or at least, know when it's approaching. As much as we hate to acknowledge it, hockey players can only stay on top for so long before they start to slide. If you draft with your heart and pay too much attention to history an...
Information is key if you want to dominate your fantasy hockey draft. Here are some players with major risk factors, that you should be wary of drafting, and in some cases, you should strike him from your list completely. Offense Maxim Afinogenov ATL Afinogenov signed on to play in the KHL. So you may want to avoid drafting him, eh? Paul Kariya UFA O...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league for that matter), so if you missed it, check it out here: http://www.landsharkhockey.com/post/2010/08/31/CBS-Fantasy-Hoc...
One important factor to consider as you're putting the finishing touches on your draft list, is how well the players performed down the stretch last season. Consider two guys who finished last season with 48 points: Lee Stempniak stormed the castle down the stretch, racking up 14 goals in his last 19 games. Meanwhile, David Backes limped across the plate with just 10 po...
Drafting goalies is a risky proposition. More than any position, this choice can make or break the fate of your fantasy hockey team. One of the biggest factors you need to consider is how often a goalie is going to play. Some netminders can be counted on to get 70+ starts a season, while others will sharing the net with another man. In short, you want to avoid the spli...
It's late in the draft and you're starting to lose focus. You've got one spot left to fill and all the good ones have been taken. At this point, you take the next guy on the list with the most points and call it a day. I'm here to tell you that there's a better way. It's called the "Specialist". In general, when ranking your players, you want to focus on guys who ...
Like playing the stock market, when it comes to winning at fantasy hockey, it is critical to identify players who are on the rise. These players are all but guaranteed to improve their numbers over last season. Which means that your average opponent may tend to undervalue these options. Offense Niclas Bergfors ATL Bergfors was the prize coming back to Atlan...
Now that a good many fantasy hockey drafts have taken place, it's a good opportunity to step back and take a look at some trends. When you're dealing with the masses out there, you have a large number of uninformed players making bad decisions, which you can benefit from. After participating in many drafts myself, I'm seeing a host of players being taken way before thei...
For the most part, I encourage fantasy hockey players to largely ignore what goes on in the pre-season. Ryan Craig got a hat trick for the Pens, so should I draft him as a sleeper? (no, you shouldn't). However, the one thing that you should not ignore at this time of year is the injury news. Preseason or not, those things don't just go away when October 10th rolls arou...
If you study my fantasy hockey cheatsheets, you may notice a distinct lack of rookie presence, particularly on offense. There's a good reason for that. As a rule, there's too much risk to spend an early pick on a guy who may not even make an NHL roster. Trying to predict where a rookie will finish is a total crapshoot, particularly when you've never seen them play. Th...
We're just days away from the start of the season, so it's time for our first weekly installment of the Fantasy Planner. Depending on your league, week 1 may be very short, or very long, since the first games are on a Thursday. We'll combine the games from this week, along with the full next week for this edition (10/7 to 10/17). Week 1 Matchups Teams with 3 Games...
Week 1 is just about under our belts and there are many story lines to the fantasy hockey season. No time to panic (yet). We'll save that for next week. Here is what you need to know for week 2 (10/18 to 10/24): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix Teams with 4 Games: Calgary, Chicago, Nashville, NY Rangers, San J...
landsharkhockey writes...

Time to Panic Yet?

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During the first few days of the season, when players don't perform exactly how they were supposed to according to your draft list, the constant message is "Don't panic yet. Give it time.". It's never wise to overreact and make poor decisions based on just a few days worth of results. So, when exactly is it time to panic? How long is enough time to look at a player and...
Two weeks into the season. You should have some idea if your team is on the right track or not at this point. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 3 (10/25 to 10/31): Matchups Teams with 1 Game: Vancouver Teams with 2 Games: Boston, Detroit, Nashville, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay Teams with 4 Games: Los Angeles, Montreal, ...
Every season, a handful of players jump out of the gate and exceed expectations in the first few weeks of the season, leading to a mad run on the waiver wire. But how many of these players will still be valuable fantasy contributors two months from now? Years ago, Brian Savage was infamous for having huge numbers in October, only to crash and burn and disappear by Christ...
Soon the calendar will be turning to November and you should have a decent idea of how solid your roster is for the season. Last week, we urged you to load up on Canadiens, based on their favorable schedule. Hopefully you listened... Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 4 (11/1 to 11/7): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Calgary,...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 5 (11/8 to 11/14): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Columbus, Dallas, LA, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Edmonton, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Washington Not that you needed another reason to avoid playing your Devils this week (if you have any that are act...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 6 (11/15 to 11/21): Matchups Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Colorado, LA, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver Every team is looking at a full schedule this week, with either 3 or 4 games each. The Bruins look to have it particularly good, with 3 of 4 at...
landsharkhockey writes...

I'm SO done with you.

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
First off, apologies for a title that sounds like it was written by a 12 year old girl. But maybe that's how I feel. There comes a point in certain relationships when you just can't take it any more. You've been burned so many times that you've had enough, and it's time to break up and move on with your life. And so it is with me and certain NHL players in the fantas...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 7 (11/22 to 11/28): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Anaheim, NY Islanders, Phoenix, Vancouver Teams with 4 Games: Boston, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington If you of the mind that the Sout...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 8 (11/29 to 12/5): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Buffalo, New Jersey Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, NY Rangers, Phoenix, St. Louis After just 2 games last week, Anaheim comes back with 4 matches this week that should favor their fantasy players. The Ducks hav...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 9 (12/6 to 12/12): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Carolina, Chicago, LA, NY Isles, Phoenix, St. Louis Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Dallas, Detroit, San Jose, Toronto, Washington This promises to be a high-scoring fantasy week, as many of the top scoring teams have 4 games on the radar (Dal...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 10 (12/13 to 12/19): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Vancouver Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, LA, Nashville, Ottawa, San Jose Lots of teams with 4 games on the schedule heading into the Christma...
Short schedule this week with two days off for Christmas. All over the board, from 1 game to 4 by team: Matchups Teams with 1 Game: NY Rangers, Philadelphia Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver More than any other week this season, it's important to pay attention to the schedule next week. If you've got Rangers or Flyers in yo...
Well, it's boxing day in Canada, which means it's time to take all of those unwanted presents back to the store and cash them in for something useful. Now wouldn’t be spectacular if you had that option with your fantasy hockey team? After all, I'm sure there a few picks that you were feeling warm and tingly over when you opened them in October, only to find out that th...
It's not right to end the year without a pointless top 10 list. And since fantasy hockey is what we do here, here is my contribution, as I present the events that had the biggest impact on fantasy hockey in the year 2010: 10. Stempniak to Phoenix A deal that largely went unnoticed at the time quickly became the most significant fantasy trade of the season. On Marc...
As you sit back on Saturday and (hopefully) enjoy the Winter Classic, don't forget to give your fantasy roster a little attention. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 14 (1/3 to 1/9): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington Teams with 4 Games: Carolina, Chicago, Florida, Minnesota, ...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 15 (1/10 to 1/16): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Atlanta, Dallas, New Jersey Teams with 4 Games: Boston, Edmonton, Nashville, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington Ride those Canucks this week as Vancouver cannot do wrong right now. They've g...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 16 (1/17 to 1/23): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Chicago Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Florida, LA, Montreal, NJ, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa Bay It's worth noting that Chicago is the only team with a mere 2 games on the schedule, and they come against ...
Short week coming up with the All-Star Break. Make sure you pay attention to the schedule as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 17 (1/24 to 1/30): Matchups Teams with 1 Games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay The other half of the league has two g...
Coming off the All-Star break, most leagues feature a slightly shorter game schedule, so once again, it's important to pay attention to the schedule. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 18 (): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Anaheim, Buffalo, Chicago Teams with 4 Games: Montreal, New Jersey, Pittsburgh Only three teams featu...
Just a couple weeks left before the trade deadline shakes things up a bit. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 20 (2/14 to 2/20): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Atlanta, Columbus, Pittsburgh Teams with 4 Games: Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Washington Only three teams are facing the short schedule this week. ...
When trying to identify value in daily hockey, or when considering waivers and trades, it's critical to know what players have been doing lately. Blindly following the leading scorers to date will give you a host of bad information. The leading scorers over the past 2 months are dramatically different than those who led the league through the first 2 months of the seas...
The trade deadline is still two weeks away, but GMs seemed to have moved the calendar forward a bit this season. The deals that went down last night may ultimately overshadow anything that transpires at the end of the month. So what does all this mean from a fantasy hockey perspective? I'll break down a few here: Anderson (COL) for Elliott (OTT) I speculated at the ...
landsharkhockey writes...

Who Will Be Lee?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Following perhaps the most uneventful trade deadline day in a decade, fantasy owners are left to wonder what impact (if any) will the 16 trades have on the remainder of the fantasy season. As last season proved, some of those low-profile deals can have a huge impact on the stretch, if you can snatch up the one or two players who most benefit from a change of address. Las...
We're down to the final month or so in the fantasy hockey season, which means playoffs are just around the corner. If you're still paying attention at this point, that means you're probably still in the running to win. You've done your homework all season long, and there's no point going to sleep now. There are still some valuable waiver options and last minute tweaks t...
icedog97 writes...

JVR: The New Giroux?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
During the 2009-10 playoffs we saw the emergence of Philadelphia Flyers forward [b]Claude Giroux[/b]. Giroux scored 21 points in 23 playoff games after scoring just 47 points in 82 games during the regular season. [b]Seeing a player jump from .57 points per game to .913 during the playoffs, when scoring is usually at a premium, is like a red light going on behind the...
It's been a couple of months now since the fantasy hockey season ended. Plenty of time to gloat in your championships or lick your wounds (I've done a little of both, being in so many leagues). Now that the dust has settled, it's a good opportunity to look back on this past season and draw out some lessons from the past season. If you've been playing fantasy hockey for ...
landsharkhockey writes...

The Forgotten Men

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
"Oh man. I forgot about him." Inevitably, you will hear this curse several times at any fantasy hockey draft. It typically comes from the guy whose draft preparation consisted of printing off last year's stats. That guy always overlooks the players who missed a good chunk of time, or even the whole season, due to injury. It seems like 2010-11 had an unusually high num...
The goalie position has become the hardest by far to predict with certainty. The leading fantasy scorers fluctuate dramatically from season to season. While the top 10 here seem to be your safest bets for starting goalies, you could easily make a case for about 5 other guys to finish as this year's top scorer. That complicates your draft strategy. Typically, goalies w...
What to do about defense? The importance of this position, much more so than any other, varies dramatically from league to league. In some formats, defense can win you a championship. In others, it's completely an afterthought. So before worrying about who to rank where, find out how much you should care. The good news when it comes to this position, is that it's mu...
sss333 writes...

Comebacks and Break Outs

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
I have compiled a list of comeback players and break out candidates for the 2011-2012 season. These guys should help any fantasy pool, especially down the stretch. Don't call it a comeback this is a throwback and a showdown! 1. Alex Ovechkin - 85 pts is a bad season when your the GR 8. Expect him to win the Art Ross this year 115pts. 2. Nicklas Backstrom - 65pts i...
sss333 writes...

Comebacks and Break Outs

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
I have compiled a list of comeback players and break out candidates for the 2011-2012 season. These guys should help any fantasy pool, especially down the stretch. Don't call it a comeback this is a throwback and a showdown! 1. Alex Ovechkin - 85 pts is a bad season when your the GR 8. Expect him to win the Art Ross this year 115pts. 2. Nicklas Backstrom - 65pts i...
The center position is where you make your money, so you want to be sure and snag a superstar here. The position is also very deep, so you won't see a horrible drop off beyond the top ten. The other good news here, is that compared to other positions, the top centers are fairly predictable from year to year. With few exceptions, you can draft these guys with confidence ...
The cupboard is stocked with fantasy talent at the wings. As you prepare for your fantasy draft, be sure to know you league's system. Some leagues group wingers together, others discern between left and right wing, and others still group all offense together. If your league drafts by position, be sure to focus on the left wing position. Aside from the elite (Ovechkin/S...
If there is anyone out there having trouble putting together a decent team through a draft let me know and I would be happy to help out. Good luck to all you fantasy nuts out there!! Peace and most importanly GO LEAFS GO!!!
jeffgreig writes...

New Website

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Check out my new website dedicated to giving you all the best and most up to date fantasy information for the upcoming NHL Season.http://fantasyhockeytalkandtips.weebly.com/
dude84 writes...

Top 30 fantasy players

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
11 Forwards Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. Henrik Sedin...
dude84 writes...

Top 30 fantasy players

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
11 Forwards Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. Henrik Sedin...
If you've played fantasy hockey (or any fantasy sport) for long, you know that you don't typically win a season based on those first few rounds of picking superstars. For the most part, those picks all even out. It's the sleepers that can take an ordinary team and propel it to greatness. Finding that hidden gem, late in the draft, that finishes in the top 10 can make al...
dude84 writes...

Top 30 Fantasy NHL Players

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
11 Forwards 1. Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? 2. Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. 3. He...
jeffgreig writes...

Hey there fantasy freaks

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So anyone out there in need of a website that not only gives you the in and outs of the hockey world? I mean not just the major teams in the leagues I mean even the low traffic teams like the hurricanes Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets. All the teams have fantasy relevant players and sleepers that everyone should be able to find out about. So have a peek at the newest we...
You won't get very far in fantasy hockey by drafting purely on last season's stats. For one thing, you'll be sure to miss out on a key segment of the fantasy world: the rising star. These are the guys on the upward trend, who are due to see a significant uptick in their fantasy value over previous seasons. We've targeted a number of players with a strong chance of hitti...
Today's fantasy hockey stats and formulas can provide more information than one person can possibly interpret at one time. It's becoming easier every year to get lost in the numbers. I used to go thru some pretty intense number crunching when trying to predict how well players would perform in the upcoming season. Getting data from previous seasons and computing differe...
Ok...keeper league...everybody has 1 forward keeper...rank these players (projected top 20 picks)...GO! Pavel Datsyuk Anze Kopitar John Tavares Jeff Carter Henrik Zetterberg Brad Richards Marian Gaborik Bobby Ryan Mike Richards Jonathan Toews Derek Roy Joe Thornton Ilya Kovalchuk Patrick Marleau Loui Eriksson Jarome Iginla Rick Nash Matt Duchene Dany H...
FLYERSROCK! writes...

My All-Prospect team

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Alright, 2nd blog today, but this a fun one. I will be doing my all-prospect team today. These prospects can only have a MAX of 1 year under their belt. They must also play their respective position. I will be doing 12 FW, 6 D and 2 G. Yakupov-RNH-Landeskog Schenn-Galchenyuk-Kreider Johansen-Couts-Forsberg Granlund-Hodgson-Connolly Larsson-Gardiner Gudbranson-Ha...
I honestly can't believe we are almost at the start of another season. One that I promise you will begin with no lockout... just don't see it happening this time. What I will be looking at is those players who I believe will surprise and contribute to your fantasy team (If not a "surprise" they will definitely improve from last year). This will be solely on [b]POINTS[/b...
This is Part 2 of my fantasy outlook blog, for those of you who missed Part 1 on [b]players[/b], please check it out here: [url]http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=96143&post_id=13915[/url] Wonderful. So, just as a refresher, the basis of this blog is to assess those fantasy assets who I see taking a step up in the 2012/2013 season. Although that doesn'...
Hawkey writes...

Might be the only hockey we get

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So the new NHL game came out and i saw another writer asking if people would like to see the Sabers simulated day by day and he would write about it. I personally thought it was a great idea and I'de like to offer the same thing. Let me know if you'd like to see the Blackhawks season simulated day by day and maybe see the same scores we will once the season actually stars....
Everyone seems to be in scramble mode this week to pull together drafts, leaving very little time to prepare. If youre like me and play on various sites, its easy to forget the rules and nuances of each league. Blindly drafting without regard to the rules can be fatal. Even if youre Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, ...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league for that matter). For now, Ill focus on the specific things you need to know for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey leagues in order t...
rebel_deucer writes...

If I was GM...

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
I will not try to calculate cap or anything, this is for fun, and what I believe could potentially be an ultimate team. I will pick 4 lines, 3 sets of d, and two goalies. The point is to create a team not of superstars but together will play as a team.rnrn1st UnitrnJames Van Riemsdyke - Sidney Crosby - Steven StamkosrnrnThis unit will have JVR is front of the net, and Cros...
Five days. FIVE DAYS. That is all the separates us die-hards from the start of the NHL regular season. It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were wondering if there would even be a hockey season for the 2012-13 campaign. However, it is quite a different story this year. Thank God. With the regular season starting soon many Fantasy Hockey League drafts will be ...
Hall Fan writes...

What does your team need?

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
As it stands right now, this summer looks to have a large selection of UFA's for every position. Teams will have tight budgets, some are in serious trouble already and others are losing tons of players, which will mean a scramble to create a roster. I understand that it is early and that a lot of these players will resign. However lets go with the assumption that they a...
I have been "Fantasy Hockey Blogging" for a few years now, and thought I would drop a small one on here! I have been a (self-appointed) Fantasy Hockey Guru for a few years now. I play in some insanely competitive leagues that mimic all life like NHL systematics for Drafting, ELC's, Contract renewals etc... so after years of this I have always had a knack of planning, sc...
This is a precursor blog and will include my team I have assembled in the last 4 years. I will break down some of the rules each roster allows and will give you a deeper look into how in depth these leagues can get at a certain level. First off, I will start at the roster and cap management. On the Major roster you are allowed 25 players that can accumulate points (head...
Seeing I have already rather the “Top 5 Goalies” for your fantasy leagues this year, I will move onto a position that seems to be lacking in comparison to others in the league. Here you will get your Top 5 Left Wingers for fantasy purposes in 2013-14. To keep it in context, these are the scoring categories I base my rankings on: [b]Skaters[/b] Goal: 2 Assist:...
Before I get into detail about my top 30 fantasy players, let me first show you the scoring setting my league uses. Goals - 1 Assists - 1 SHP - 1 GWG - 1 Wins : 2 Losses : -1 Goal Allowed : -1 Shot against : 0.1 Shutout - 2 __________________________________________________ 1: Tuukka Rask 2: Ben Bishop 3: Carey Price 4: Sergei Bobrovsky 5: Sidney Cro...
For the average fantasy hockey player, draft preparation consists of purchasing a magazine, turning to the last page and cracking open a beer 10 minutes before draft time. They may pull up an injury report while they're waiting for that last guy to drop off his kids and show up 10 minutes late for the draft. For those who put their fate entirely in the hands of the exper...
Part 2 of our look at where you can go wrong by drafting purely off a magazine draft list continues with our underrated players. (Part 1 called out those over-rated players). [u]OFFENSE[/u] [b]Nathan MacKinnon[/b] (Yahoo:25 / landsharkhockey:9) If you trust Yahoo, you're missing the boat. MacKinnon will dominate for the next decade. [b]Anze Kopitar[/b] (THN:29 ...
With just over a week before the first puck drops, we're entering prime time for fantasy hockey drafts. If you're like me and play on various sites, it's easy to forget the rules and nuances of each league. Blindly drafting without regard to the rules can be fatal. Even if you're Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, it's ...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Unfortunately, Yahoo has discontinued the Pro Leagues (probably due to their refusal to move off the rotisserie format). Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league f...
I have managed many fantasy teams and though it makes little sense to share my secrets with those who play in my leagues, in a forum such as this, I am finally free to reveal some of the tips, tricks, and secrets that have netted me success in the world of fantasy hockey. As the season goes on, I will offer advice periodically on whom you should consider picking up, dropp...
speechman writes...

Waiver Wire Tapping Tips

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
In my last post, I discussed strategies for drafting your fantasy hockey team. Drafting well is critical to your team's success. If you play fantasy football, you know that sometimes if a team has an awesome draft, they will hardly need to touch the waiver wire all season, especially if their team crushes the competition week after week because even if they wanted to g...
1. Valeri Nichushkin: Forward / RW Nichushkin is going to be a force for the Dallas Stars this upcoming season. He is a power forward with the offensive skills of an elite play maker. He is not going to be on many people's radar seeing as he only played 8 games this past season. In his rookie campaign in 2013-14, he put up 34 points in 79 games. He also managed to m...
To see more like this go to my website [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?cat=2[/url]! This is the first of many players I'll be recommending as potentially very good picks that will often be available in later rounds of fantasy hockey drafts this season. I usually play in leagues that count shots, hits, PIM, PPP and the usual G, A, sometimes +/- and blocks too. Here's why Ni...
Visit my website [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?p=62[/url] to vote! Current goal scoring pace, 2015-2016 = 0 goals / 0 games = 0 goals per game = 0 goal pace With his arbitration case finally over, most of the summer there has been talk of how well Mike Hoffman will perform this coming season. With forwards like Stone and Zibanejad getting longer, more lucrative d...
To see more like this go to my website [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?cat=2/[/url]! This is one of the first of many players I'll be recommending as potentially very good picks that will often be available in later rounds of fantasy hockey drafts this season. I usually play in leagues that count shots, hits, PIM, PPP and the usual G, A, sometimes +/- and blocks too. Here'...
[img]http://1.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2015/02/EVANDER_KANE_672_BUF_PC.jpg[/img] Check out more like this in the Fantasy talk section of my website! [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?cat=2[/url] This is one of the first of many players I'll be recommending as potentially very good picks that will often be available in later rounds of fantasy hockey drafts this season. ...
The LA Kings roster needs little tampering--their management, little explanation. The Kings’ roster, and the threat they convey to every other team in the league, has been consistent since Darryl Sutter took the reins in December of 2011. Amidst the Voynov and Richards contracts, Dean Lombardi has authored a master class for the craft of GM'ing. Anze Kopitar is one ...
09/02/2016 Hockey, Hockey, Hockey. I waste a lot of my life reading hockey articles, following hockey writers and researching hockey players. I’m at the point where I’ve decided to put my thoughts down on paper, even if they are just for me. I have always enjoyed writing, but could very well find out in a hurry that I am quite lousy at this blogging thing. Turnin...
DeepFantasies writes...

Collecting Keepers

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09/04/2016 Once in a while we will be fortunate enough to witness a goalkeeper such as Matt Murray arrive in the NHL at a very young age and make an incredible impact, circumstances can instantly create hockey heroes. All players start to hit their stride at different points in their career; a good poolie watches closely to recognize indicators. I have been intere...

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