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Posted On Wednesday, 07.15.2015 / 1:40 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Sharp should revert to form with Stars

Since the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons, Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Patrick Sharp (Dallas Stars) were traded, and Brad Richards (Detroit Red Wings), Antione Vermette (Arizona Coyotes) and Johnny Oduya (Stars) each left as free agents.

Of those players in new places, Sharp should benefit fantasy owners the most.

Sharp scored 16 goals and had 43 points last season, well below fantasy expectations for a player who scored at least 20 goals in seven of eight seasons prior to that, including more than 30 goals four times. Sharp's ice time diminished by more than two minutes per game (16:49, down from 18:53 in 2013-14).

Whether Sharp was playing on a line with Richards and Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, the offensive numbers weren't there, although he had 15 points in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Posted On Friday, 06.26.2015 / 12:11 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Soderberg has sneaky upside with Avs

Hours after having his rights traded from the Boston Bruins to the Colorado Avalanche, Carl Soderberg has booked a long-term stay in the Mile High City.

Soderberg, 169th in Yahoo's season-end fantasy rankings, signed a five-year contract with the Avalanche on Friday. After playing for years in Sweden, Soderberg (C/LW in Yahoo leagues) had a taste with the Bruins in 2012-13 before playing 155 of a possible 164 regular-season games from 2013-14 to 2014-15 with 92 points and a plus-14.

Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 2:03 PM

By Eric Goodman -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Waiver wire pickups for playoff push

With the head-to-head fantasy hockey playoffs in full swing this week, it’s time to consider some players available on the Yahoo waiver wires who can help push you over the edge in your current and, hopefully, upcoming playoff matchups. As with all head-to-head leagues, a few extra goals, plus-minus points, or goalie wins can make the difference between moving on toward fantasy hockey glory, or an early playoff exit.

The following five players can provide value as additions to your respective teams if you have a roster spot free or can afford dropping someone in favor of getting a boost in categories that you may be lacking:

Posted On Friday, 03.06.2015 / 4:18 PM

By Pete Jensen -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Best bets to replace Avs' MacKinnon

Just when Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was beginning to turn the corner, it all came crashing down.

The Avs announced Friday that MacKinnon will miss 6-8 weeks because of a fractured foot, likely ending what has been one of the most disappointing seasons League-wide based on fantasy expectations. The dual-eligible (C/RW) forward won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 with 63 points in 82 games and was drafted on average this season with the 36th pick in Yahoo leagues. But he took a sizable step back this season with 38 points in 64 games (82-game pace: 47).

Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 11:32 PM

By Sean McCullen -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Keep tabs on Red Wings' Zidlicky, Cole

Defenseman Marek Zidlicky (30 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) made a big impact in his debut with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, scoring a power-play goal 1:09 into overtime in a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers.

Zidlicky, who had 23 points (four goals) and was minus-7 in 63 games with the New Jersey Devils, played 17:44, including 2:28 on the power play. He was paired with Brendan Smith and had two shots on goal, two penalty minutes, one hit and an even rating.


Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:32 PM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Trying to replace Mark Giordano

Mark Giordano's injury was somewhat of a mystery for the past week. On Monday, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving cleared it up, and it wasn't good news, announcing the defenseman has a torn biceps tendon.

"He'll be done for the season," Treliving said. "The surgery we are talking, it's 4-5 months in terms of the rehab process. … He was devastated by the news. … This is not what he wanted, but this is what it is, so we will deal with it."

Fantasy owners of Giordano will have to deal with it too. You can't replace a defenseman who has 11 goals, 48 points, a plus-13 rating, 14 power-play points and 157 shots on goal. But with the fantasy playoffs a few weeks away, unless you're in a keeper league, you likely have to drop him and acquire another player to help your blue line.

Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 5:38 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Vermette, Cole now fantasy relevant

On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired center Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings acquired Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars. Each player has a tremendous fantasy upside.

Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:33 AM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Yandle gets tremendous value boost

Keith Yandle's fantasy owners likely are jumping for joy after learning the defenseman was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

In September, Yandle was selected on average with the 59th pick in Yahoo fantasy drafts and he was the seventh defenseman off the board. Yandle currently ranks 101st among all players, 14th among defensemen. Heading to New York could result in Yandle finishing closer to what his fantasy owners were expecting at the start of the season.

When looking at Yandle's stat line, the first thing that jumps out is his minus-32 rating, which is last in the NHL. But he has 41 points in 63 games, which ranks 10th among defensemen. And he has 26 power-play points, most among defensemen and tied for fourth among all players. Yandle also has 185 shots on goal, sixth among defensemen. Those point and shot totals make you forget about that rating just a little bit, right?

Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 1:51 AM

By David Satriano -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Panthers like Jagr on power play

Jaromir Jagr has had a remarkable NHL career, but he has not played well this season.

Jagr, 43, was traded to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, perhaps making him fantasy relevant again. His ice time with the New Jersey Devils was diminishing and he didn't have a point in eight games with the Devils before the trade.But a fresh start with new linemates could help him become productive yet again.

In a 5-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Jagr (50 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, RW) skated on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau (37 percent owned, C, LW) and Aleksander Barkov (8 percent owned, C). He had 17:09 of ice time, which is more than he had played in his previous 12 games with the Devils, including a whopping 5:24 on the power play.

Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 11:51 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Smith-Pelly, Tlusty get new chances

Two forwards debuted with new teams Thursday, and as expected were given some good opportunities.

Devante Smith-Pelly (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW/RW) played his first game for the Montreal Canadiens, a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After starting on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Jacob De La Rose, Smith-Pelly played most of the final two periods with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk.

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