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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Fantasy Five: Stamkos pushing for No. 1 center rank

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With each team having played in 15-20 games this season and about 20 percent of the campaign in the books, we will begin to see a lot of consistency in players going forward. For instance, Steven Stamkos is clearly a legit superstar and he will find himself among the top-10 overall fantasy players for the remainder of the season. On the other hand, a center like Travis Zajac, who was expected to build off an impressive 2009-10 season, might struggle to crack any of our updated rankings.

Having said that, today's Fantasy Five provides you with a look at the center position. From our updated rankings, to the centers that are excelling or struggling, our advice is here for you to shine in your fantasy league.
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Fantasy Five: Statistics that will blow your mind

Thursday, 11.11.2010 / 5:51 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

We've seen some pretty crazy things in the early parts of the 2010-11 season. From Jordan Eberle's amazing highlight-reel plays -- his first career NHL goal, his second act and his final performance (at least for now) -- to Wednesday night's fluke mishandle by Ilya Kovalchuk, this season has seen its share of interesting plays.

By the same token, we have also seen some pretty unusual numbers. Here's a look at the five most interesting/bizarre stats of the 2010-11 fantasy season so far.
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Fantasy Five: Young defensemen on the rise

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With just over a month in the books, we've seen plenty of surprises in the early parts of the 2010-11 fantasy season. Nothing has been more noticeable than the growth of several youngsters on the blue line, specifically Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski, Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson and P.K. Subban. As you'll see in our updated defensive rankings, there has been a continuous youth movement among the defensemen throughout the NHL this year.

However, before we get into our new rankings, let's take a look at some critical injuries along the blue line -- some of them have already happened and some are still in effect, but either way, this year's defensemen have taken some serious hits.
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Toews and Budaj power Saturday's Fantasy Roundup

Saturday, 11.06.2010 / 5:05 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With 12 games on the NHL schedule for Saturday night -- and only the Devils, Rangers, Capitals, Flames, Oilers and Ducks having the night off -- there was plenty of action around the League.

Alex Kovalev may have started the season with no goals in his first eight games, but after scoring two more on Saturday, the veteran forward now has five in his last six contests. He's an extremely streaky player, so start him while he's hot.

• Like Kovalev, Flyers captain Mike Richards also got off to a slow start in 2010. He notched a goal and an assist on Saturday and now has 3 goals and 7 assists in his last eight games. It's safe to start him with confidence again.
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Fantasy Five: Doughty returns; Perry soars to top

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 6:34 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

A few days ago we focused on what's going on between the pipes in the NHL. Today, we're back at our usual Fantasy Five -- providing you with updated right wing rankings, a key player returning from injury and much more.

1. Before we get into the forwards, let's talk about the biggest story around the League: the return of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Sidelined since Oct. 20, Doughty says he's completely recovered from the concussion that forced him to miss six games. If you own him, make sure you've got him in your starting lineup for Thursday night's game against the Lightning. Sure he was off to a slow start with a lone assist in five games, but Doughty is the future of defensemen in the NHL. He's a sure-to-be superstar that brings tons of energy to the game. He's owned in 99% of Yahoo! Leagues and should be relied on as a No. 1 d-man on any fantasy squad going forward.
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Fantasy Five: Plenty of goaltender shakeups

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With most teams having played in at least 10 games (only six have not reached the 10-game plateau heading into Tuesday night's action), the NHL Fantasy Five takes a look at our new goaltender rankings. From the goalies who are hot, cold, on the rise, or on the decline, we'll give you our updated rankings and then analyze some interesting points revolving around the men between the pipes.
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Fantasy Five: Nothing like a pair of aces

Thursday, 10.28.2010 / 6:25 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

When looking at the current top-ranked players in Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues, you'll notice there are a few teammates who crack the top listings. It's no surprise to see that if one player is doing well, one of his linemates is usually producing as well.

The No. 1 and No. 2 overall players are a pair of Tampa Bay Lightning teammates: Steven Stamkos is No. 1 (8 G, 10 A, plus-8, 10 PIMs, 7 PPP and 35 SOG); linemate Martin St. Louis is No. 2 (5 G, 7 A, plus-5, 6 PIMS, 5 PPP and 41 SOG). The No. 4- and No. 9-ranked players are two Anaheim Ducks linemates: Corey Perry comes in at No. 4 (4 G, 6 A, plus4, 29 PIMs, 4 PPP and 32 SOG) and linemate Bobby Ryan is ranked No. 9 overall (4 G, 5 A, +2, 27 PIMs, 1 PPP and 34 SOG). Their center, Ryan Getzlaf, isn't far behind at No. 18 overall. There's a third duo in the top 10: Chicago's Patrick Sharp is ranked sixth (9 G, 3A, minus-3, 0 PIMs, 5 PPP and 45 SOG) and Marian Hossa comes in at No. 7 (7 G, 4 A, plus-4, 10 PIMs, 3 PPP and 30 SOG. While these two don't actually play regularly on the same line, they still produce at an extremely high rate.
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Saturday's Fantasy Roundup: Hat trick heaven

Saturday, 10.23.2010 / 5:32 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Just when we thought we had seen enough hat tricks from Friday night, three more players joined this season's exclusive hat trick club -- that's six hats in two days! From three shutouts to the three hat tricks, Fantasy Saturday was as eventful as ever.

This Saturday featured our busiest day in the League to date: 13 games with only the Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks getting the night off. There was plenty to talk about, so let's get right to it:
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Fantasy Five: The start of normality

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

With a full week of head-to-head action now in the books, the Fantasy Five welcomes you to Week No. 2. Things are slowly starting to return to what we expected. If you glanced at the League leaders last week you saw names like Derek Roy, Josh Bailey and Jordan Leopold at the top of the points charts. Take a look now and you'll see a lot more familiar players -- Tomas Kopecky and John-Michael Liles are probably the only two outliers among the top 10 points leaders.

Marian Hossa leads the league with 7 goals and 11 points; Brad Richards is tied with Liles for the League lead in assists with 8; Steven Stamkos is off to another great start to the season; Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf also find themselves among the top of the points column. Things are starting to return to normal. As stated several times in just about every fantasy story, you need to give your players time to get going. While it is possible some of them might never break out of their early-season struggles, in all likelihood, the good players will eventually be among the leaders -- 10-15 games is usually a good gauge on whether a player is in a slump or might just end up having a bad season.
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Saturday's Fantasy Roundup: Booth is back

Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 5:21 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Last Saturday we saw a few early season breakout performances, including a hat trick from Rangers rookie Derek Stepan, a Gordie Howe hat trick from Toronto's Kris Versteeg and a two-goal game from Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula. Since then, Stepan and Versteeg have gone without a point and Filppula has an assist in two games.

The point of telling you all this is that it is still extremely early in the season. It's hard to gauge what a player is going to produce for a full season after they've played in just 3-5 games. Is it possible Stepan scores 30 goals this season? Of course, but it's too hard to predict at this point. Should you be dropping Stepan? No, you have to see if the rookie emerges and can build off that early performance.
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