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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy Spin: Gaborik, Koivu, Kunitz Injury Updates

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's hard to have many doubts about a two-time 40-goal scorer, but when it comes to New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik, the big question year in and year out centers around his health.

Just how much will fantasy owners be able to capitalize on his talents?

After missing some time earlier in the year due to a shoulder injury, Gaborik now remains out with a concussion -- one of the more difficult injuries to predict a timeframe. As a result, a player who had put up 17 goals, 21 assists and 141 shots through 47 games becomes absent from your fantasy rosters.

Unlikely goaltenders providing plenty of fantasy value

Weekly Wire: February 28 – March 6

Bill Dean - NHL.com Staff Writer

As the NHL and its teams prepare for the stretch run, trade talk begins to really fly as the Feb. 28 deadline fast approaches. Teams look to shore up their rosters, whether they need more scoring, better defense or a more trusted hand in net. The same goes for fantasy owners, as their postseason comes much sooner than the NHL version.

One player that could come available prior to Monday is New Jersey Devils netminder Johan Hedberg. Martin Brodeur has not had the season fantasy owners or the Devils themselves had expected. With his knee injury and Hedberg's strong play, Brodeur has found himself on the bench since he was deemed healthy. Since Feb. 8, Hedberg is 7-0 with two shutouts, a 0.98 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. The Devils are on an eight-game win streak and likely will continue to ride Hedberg as long as he continues to produce.

Updated top-50 overall fantasy hockey rankings

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the three-quarter mark of the season officially here and the NHL trade deadline just days away, it's time to give fantasy hockey fans our final update of the top 50 overall player rankings. While things can definitely change depending on where certain players might get dealt, these rankings are here to help guide your team to the playoffs and eventually to the fantasy championship.

In early January NHL.com provided fans with the midseason top-50 rankings, and to no surprise for many, Sidney Crosby found himself at the top spot. At that time Sid the Kid had just suffered his concussion and we expected him back fairly soon. However, a month and a half later, Crosby is still on the sidelines and there's no telling when he'll return. Obviously, he has been dethroned -- in fact he's not only out of the No. 1 rank, but he's completely out of the top 50. Even if he does return for, say, two or three weeks, he's still not as valuable as any of these players for a full six weeks. If you do own Sid, it's obviously a tough break, but you should play it safe and prepare as if he's not returning.

With that said, read on to find out who is our new No. 1 player for the remainder of the season and how the rest of the top 50 shakes out.

How does the Neal-Goligoski trade impact you?

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Both Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero and Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk had their reasons for Monday's trade, but their concerns are likely not the same as yours. James Neal's move to the Penguins and Alex Goligoski's move to the Stars could have a number of implications for your fantasy team.

In the case of Neal, the change of scenery seems to have little downside. On a roster that was screaming for production from the wing, Neal is almost certain to get time on Pittsburgh's top line, and he'll be continuing his offensive development later this season next to Sidney Crosby, who expects to play again this regular season. If Neal is next to Jordan Staal for now, he should still be a safe bet to exceed the 27 goals he scored a year ago. Neal already has 21 goals through 59 games and if Crosby comes back soon, he could easily see his 39 points balloon past the career-high 55 he tallied in Dallas last season.

Having Neal on your team certainly couldn't hurt, but if Crosby is to return with significant time left in your league's regular season or playoffs, picking up or making a deal for Pittsburgh's newest winger could pay significant dividends.

U.S.-born players delivering fantasy value

Weekly Wire: February 21 - February 27

Bill Dean - NHL.com Staff Writer

In tribute to Hockey Day In America on Sunday, this week we'll look at some under-the-radar U.S.-born players to keep your eye on for this season and the future.

It's easy to write about top-flight stars like Bobby Ryan, Patrick Kane, Zach Parise, Paul Stastny, Tim Thomas and Ryan Miller. Other players, such as Keith Yandle, Dustin Byfuglien and Jonathan Quick, have broken out in the last few seasons and could become future stars as well as reliable, if not extraordinary, NHL fantasy players.

Fantasy Spin: B's make splash, add Kaberle, Peverley

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

For years Tomas Kaberle's statistics slightly have been hampered because of the team he played for. Well, Kaberle fantasy owners finally got their wish Friday, as the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt the veteran blueliner to the Boston Bruins in exchange for top prospect Joe Colborne and Boston's first-round pick.

While Kaberle has recorded at least 49 points in four of the last five seasons, he's also had a minus rating in four of those five seasons. Switching from a Toronto squad that has been building for the future for the last three seasons to a team that is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, Kaberle's plus/minus woes should be a distant memory going forward.

Fantasy Spin: Key names and injury statuses

Wednesday, 02.16.2011 / 8:07 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

With events like the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, the trade deadline and, of course, the Stanley Cup Playoffs all looming, one constant is the injury bug that has plagued fantasy owners for much of the season and shows no signs of abating during the season's final stretch.

While fantasy owners can rationalize injuries as something that's part of the game, some of the recent names headlining the injury list go above and beyond the norm.

Follow along as NHL.com looks at some notable recent injuries, follows up on the status of those who've been missing some time and helps you with those who've gone in and out of the lineup.

Fantasy Five: Trade breakdowns and goalie updates

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Before we get into our goalie talk, let's start the Fantasy Five by giving a quick look at two notable trades that occurred recently in the NHL. While there may not be too many "big" moves before this year's trade deadline on Feburary 28th, it's safe to expect at least a few more fantasy relevant deals.

1. Now on the fantasy radar

Two players that might not have been on many fantasy teams may now be worthy of roster spots for the remainder of the season. We're talking about Kris Versteeg and Mike Fisher, who were both dealt from bottom-of-the-standings-teams to playoff-bound squads.

Injuries causing shake-ups for fantasy rosters

Weekly Wire: February 14 - February 20

Bill Dean - NHL.com Staff Writer

Weekly wire is back again for this installment of weekly pickups, offensive strength-of-schedule rankings and much more.

Injuries have been a huge issue this season. It's hard to remember the last time two of the NHL's biggest stars have been out for as many games as Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby have been in Pittsburgh. When Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6, many were hoping the Penguins' star would be back sooner rather then later. But fifteen games after the diagnosis and there remains no timetable for his return. Penguins fans, as well as Crosby fantasy owners, are hoping Crosby can return shortly for the fantasy playoff run.

Fantasy Spin: Datsyuk, Spezza return to action

Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 7:06 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

A short grace period to get your feet wet again is more than tolerable if you've missed 19 games with a broken hand. Unless, of course, you're Pavel Datsyuk.

The talented two-way center and stabilizing force of the Detroit Red Wings returned Monday night against the New York Rangers in a nationally televised game and didn't miss a beat, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 3-2 victory.

His more than point-per-game pace prior to the injury figures to continue as the Red Wings head down the final stretch of the regular season. This, of course, requires some roster tweaking by fantasy owners.
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