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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

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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Fantasy Five: The questionable right wing position

Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 3:43 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the All-Star break behind us and the fantasy hockey final stretch approaching, today's Fantasy Five takes an in-depth look at our right wings. Right wing has been arguably the hardest position to predict this season, and it also seems to possess the least amount of superstars among any of the offensive positions. However, there are still a few studs in the group and definitely some up-and-coming talent to keep your eye on for the future.
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Fantasy Spin: Forsberg returns to Colorado

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

Five-time NHL All-Star Peter Forsberg announced Sunday that he will sign with the Colorado Avalanche for the remainder of the season.

The 37-year old center may provide a much-needed spark of hope to the slumping Colorado offense, which has struggled to produce since losing left wing Tomas Fleischmann for the remainder of the season. Forsberg made his decision to return to the NHL and to the Avalanche after practicing with the club since Jan. 22.

"After testing my abilities with NHL players over the last few weeks, I feel confident that I can play at the NHL level and help this team," said Forsberg. "I wanted to see where I was at physically and I am ready for this new challenge."
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Fantasy Spin: Malkin set to return for Penguins

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

After a five-game absence, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is slated to return Friday night when the Buffalo Sabres visit Consol Energy Center.

The tweaked knee is healthy once again, while the recent sinus infection that caused "Geno" to miss the All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., last weekend has also cleared up.

He should also be returning to your fantasy lineups, as a talent like Malkin is hard to leave on the bench.
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Eleven questions for the remainder of fantasy season

Thursday, 02.03.2011 / 4:58 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the All-Star festivities behind us, it's time to start planning for the stretch run in fantasy hockey leagues. Whether you're in a standard rotisserie league, the ever-growing head-to-head league or a straight up points league, all fantasy owners have to gear up for the final 30 NHL games. If you're at the top of your league, you have to figure out a way to hold on for dear life; if you're at the bottom, don't give up, there's still a little bit of time to make a run -- and if not, we all know no one likes to finish in dead last, so you've got to try to get out of the basement.

We've seen plenty of fantasy surprises and disappointments throughout this wildly, entertaining 2010-11 NHL season, and now it's time to answer some questions regarding the players that have amused us. Here are 11 intriguing fantasy-related questions as we approach the final stretch.
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Boyle, Corvo could be under-the-radar pickups

Fantasy Weekly Wire: Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

Bill Dean - NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to NHL.com's Fantasy Weekly Wire. This will be your resource for weekly pickups, offensive strength of schedule rankings and much more. Without further ado, let's go to the wire.

If you haven't been paying attention to the NHL All-Star roster, you'd miss that of the 54 players that will skate in Raleigh this weekend, seven of them are natives of Sweden. After Canada-born stars, Sweden boasts the highest number of players in the game. The point is, if you have one of these Swedes on your fantasy roster, chances are your team is doing well in many categories.
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All-Star Break Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Thursday, 01.27.2011 / 12:45 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

In addition to recently providing fans with our midseason top-50 overall fantasy hockey rankings, NHL.com felt that with the All-Star break upon us, we would give you a fantasy rankings cheat sheet. Below you will find up-to-date rankings at each individual position.

These rankings can help you gauge where players on your team stand and who they compare with. As we approach the fantasy trade deadline, this cheat sheet can also give you a sense of what caliber player you can acquire if you're considering dealing any of your guys.
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Fantasy Spin: Avs' Fleischmann out for season

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 9:27 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Deborah Francisco - NHL.com Staff Writer

The cold that Colorado forward Tomas Fleischmann thought he had was something a lot worse. The Avs announced Thursday that Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the season due to pulmonary emboli.

Fleischmann played in Colorado's 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 18 and even had an assist. However, after experiencing cold-like symptoms in the past few days he was evaluated by doctors on Thursday afternoon.

"Tomas' condition was discovered this afternoon when he was evaluated for shortness of breath," Avalanche team physician Dr. David Mellman said. "The nature of his condition requires him to be on blood thinners for several months and he will be unable to play hockey during this time."
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Midseason Top-50 Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Thursday, 01.13.2011 / 4:41 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the midway point of the 2010-11 NHL season officially behind us, it's time to provide fantasy hockey fans with our second modification of the top-50 overall fantasy rankings. Our original rankings came during the preseason, and then we gave an updated set at the quarter-point of the season. In both of our previous rankings, Alex Ovechkin was ranked as the top fantasy player. Obviously a lot has changed in the past 20 games, and to no surprise, so have our rankings.

This deep into the season, we clearly are aware of players that have proven legit (Tim Thomas, Dustin Byfuglien, Brandon Dubinsky) and players that are just in line for a down season (sorry Ilya Kovalchuk owners, but 25 goals seems like the ceiling for the underachieving forward). Obviously we still have a full half-season of action ahead of us and things can change, but for now this is how we see the top-50 fantasy players.
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Crosby among midseason fantasy award winners

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the official midway point of the 2010-11 season here, it's time to hand out our first-half fantasy awards. We've seen numerous surprises this season, but we also still see plenty of our usual suspects leading the way in fantasy leagues.

Last year it was Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby battling it out for the top fantasy rank at season's end. This season, Sid the Kid still remains at the top, but instead of Ovi, it's Steven Stamkos trying to chase down the top fantasy spot at the end of the first half.

From the midseason MVP to the midseason underachievers and comeback players, we'll take a look at everything that surrounds the fantasy hockey world we live in.
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