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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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