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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

The Stock Exchange: Finding the 'one and dones'

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

The grind of a fantasy hockey season is just that: A grind. When you consider all the details, big and small, all the nuances and all the possibilities, you're still left with roster setting and juggling, trade offers and rejections and day-to-day focus and attention. But ain't it great?

To get fantasy hockey owners to where they want to be, NHL.com fantasy insider Sergei Feldman brings you his weekly piece highlighting various players who have increased or decreased their value after each week and suggesting which players to buy or sell moving forward. In the end, you'll have a clearer picture of the marketplace and be in perfect position to enhance your fantasy hockey portfolios.

Let's be frank, with a condensed 48-game schedule, you've been in the thick of things from the first drop of the puck. But nowadays, you're in the thick of the thick of things. As such, tinkering with your rosters becomes a much more difficult task.

The stars aren't available. The sleepers woke up and are likely picked up by your competitors. Trade deadlines have come and gone.

What now? Simple: pick 'em and drop 'em. Do a couple repetitions of that a couple times a week and you'll find your lineups growing into lean, mean machines.

The first trick is to find players who have come out of nowhere or who have been forgotten and, in all likelihood, will ride their waves of success for just a little while longer.

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In the Cage: Kings' Bernier on the rise

Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 1:15 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, the Director of Goalie Scouting for McKeen's Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

Jonathan Bernier
Goalie - LAK
RECORD: 7-2-0
GAA: 1.94 | SVP: 0.923
The month of March seems to bring out the best in Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier. In 58 career games, the former first-round draft pick (11th overall in 2006) is 10-2-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

That includes this month's current stat line of 3-1-0 with a 2.33 GAA and .914 SV%, as well as one of the best games in his career, a 40-save gem in a 3-2 win over the Coyotes Tuesday night.

And since volume (games played, shots faced) is intimately tied to a goalie's fantasy value, when forced to sit behind one of the league's best goalies, every single start and save is that much more important.

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On the 'D'-fence: Martin enjoying rebound season

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 1:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man expert all season long.

Paul Martin
Defense - PIT
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 19
SOG: 35 | +/-: 7
After going through one of the toughest seasons of his career, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin could have taken the easy way out over the summer. General manager Ray Shero was willing to trade his high-priced defenseman if he wished to move on and get a fresh start someplace else, but that just didn't sit well with Martin.\

The once-maligned blueliner knew he had it in him to be better -- to be the player that earned a five-year, $25 million contract during the 2010 free agency period.

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The Front Line: Stewart rises in ranks, Hartnell falls

Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

For the past couple of weeks NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen has taken over The Front Line graciously, but after a two-week absence, I am here for you again and ready to jump back into the fantasy hockey pool.

So what did I miss? Sidney Crosby is still the best. Chris Kunitz is quite valuable himself, ranking second among all players in Yahoo! fantasy leagues. No one is even close to as good as a duo as Crosby and Kunitz, who have recorded a point on the same goal 28 times (seven more than the next best NHL duo, Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis).

Fellow Pittsburgher James Neal has climbed the ranks quickly -- he's seventh in Yahoo! leagues. Stamkos has 21 goals in 29 games, which is a 59-goal pace over the course of an 82-game season. Jeff Carter has 18 goals, but miraculously only three assists (he notched one last night). How is that possible? How does he not accidentally get an assist more than three times in 28 games?

What else? Mike Ribeiro is tied for the NHL-lead with 16 power-play points (Andrei Markov). Evander Kane leads the NHL in shots on goal with 126 -- 10 more than Alex Ovechkin, who's second on the list. Jiri Tlusty is the only NHLer with five multi-goal games (Kunitz, Marian Hossa and Patrick Marleau all have four). Other than Crosby, St. Louis is the only other player to have at least 30 assists (he has 31; Crosby has 35).

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Fantasy All-Access: Stars coming off IR to produce

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

On Saturday, we saw two top fantasy contributors get activated off injured reserve and pay immediate dividends for their owners.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, who missed 25 games with a broken forearm, scored on his first shift back and later added a second goal. The 29-year-old played mostly on a line with Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin, and with three games this week against two teams giving up a lot of goals (TB, @BUF, BOS) Lupul needs to be activated or picked up (owned in 68 percent of Yahoo! Leagues) for your drive toward the fantasy playoffs.

About 750 miles away in St. Louis, the hot-shot rookie that stole the first week of the fantasy season, Vladimir Tarasenko, returned for the Blues. The 21-year-old returned after missing 10 games with a concussion and had a power-play assist and four shots on goal. The Blues have one of the top-rated power plays with Tarasenko now healthy, and he is only owned in 41 percent of Yahoo! Leagues.

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NHL.com's Midseason Fantasy Hockey Awards

Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 3:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

With the first half of the 2012-13 season now in our rearview mirror, it's time for our team of NHL.com Fantasy Hockey insiders to reflect on the performers and storylines that have defined the fantasy landscape through 24 games.

WATCH: MIDSEASON AWARDS HANGOUT

Our regular fantasy contributors -- Matt Cubeta (@NHLQubes), Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen), Chris Foster (@NHLFoster), Sergei Feldman (@NHLFeldman), Matt Sitkoff (@MSitkoffNHL), Brian Metzer (@Brian_Metzer) and Justin Goldman (@TheGoalieGuild) -- have cast their votes, outlining the best fantasy players at each position based on eligibility in Yahoo! leagues.

The list of midseason awards is also jam-packed with the most notable fantasy rookies and sleepers to watch in the second half of the season. So, without further ado, here are the 2012-13 NHL.com midseason Fantasy Hockey awards. For further analysis, be sure to watch the replay of our "Midseason Awards" NHL.com Fantasy Google+ hangout.
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In the Cage: Bobrovsky red hot for Blue Jackets

Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 12:45 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, the Director of Goalie Scouting for McKeen's Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment: "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.

Sergei Bobrovsky
Goalie - CBJ
RECORD: 8-6-4
GAA: 2.19 | SVP: 0.923
Heading into Thursday night's game with Chicago, the Columbus Blue Jackets have tied a franchise record with their eight-game point streak (5-0-3). Without question, a major reason why the club could make history against the Blackhawks is the red-hot play of Sergei Bobrovsky.

Like many goalies, the undrafted 24-year-old was inconsistent in the first half of the condensed season. He was 2-2-1 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in his first five games, and then 1-4-2 with a 2.86 GAA and .892 SV% over his next seven games.

This month, however, he's a near-perfect 5-0-1 with an 0.83 GAA and .970 SV%. During this stretch, he has allowed just five goals on 166 shots and earned his first career shutout, a 30-save gem against Detroit on March 9. For his efforts, he was voted as the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday.

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Fantasy experts set for 'Midseason Awards' hangout

Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 11:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

We're past the halfway point of the 2012-13 NHL season and it's time to evaluate the fantasy hockey landscape. How's your team looking? Need some assistance?

As always, NHL.com's team of fantasy insiders has you covered.

NHL.com and Rotoworld fantasy hockey experts get together Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET to dish out their selections for mid-season Fantasy Norris, Vezina, and Hart Trophies in their latest Google+ hangout.

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On the 'D'-Fence: Burns back ... but on the wing?

Wednesday, 03.13.2013 / 11:07 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Brent Burns
Defense - SJS
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 13 | +/-: -5
To say that Brent Burns has frustrated fantasy owners this season would be an understatement. The talented defenseman has missed all but seven games due to injury. He missed the start of the season with a sports hernia, returned for six games in which he didn't register a point, and then was out with a lower-body issue before returning to the ice Tuesday night.

Injuries have been the focal point of what should be a great NHL story. Burns, who was converted from forward to defense during his days with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, has shown that he can be a very productive scorer. However, he has managed to play an entire season just once during his career.

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The Front Line: Rangers' Nash a fantasy game-breaker

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen provides owners with in-depth fantasy forward analysis in this week's edition of "The Front Line." From updated top-100 rankings to players worth keeping an eye on, Jensen will guide your fantasy squad in the right direction.

If his recent performance is any indication, Rick Nash has taken his game to new heights as a member of the New York Rangers.

Since returning from injury, Rick Nash has put the New York Rangers on his back and carried many owners' fantasy teams as well with his tremendous all-round production. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nash is locked into the longest point streak of his NHL career (10 games) with seven goals and nine assists over that span. He's notched multi-point games in five of his last six outings after missing four contests due to an undisclosed injury last month.

Most importantly, Nash is making a habit of putting the Rangers on his back when their offense goes quiet. Whether it was his power-play onslaught against the Buffalo Sabres on March 3 or his late-game heroics in a road win over the New York Islanders on March 7, Nash has come through in a number of big spots since being shipped from Columbus to the Big Apple last offseason.

Consistency has been the most impressive facet of Nash's fantasy arsenal. He has registered at least a point in 16 of his 20 games played, while turning in shots on goal at a high rate. Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets (4.4) is the only forward with a higher shots-per-game average in the League than Nash (4.2) -- who reeled off a career-high 12 on net in his return from injury on Feb. 28.

The Rangers have shuffled lines all season long, but Nash is beginning to settle in during his point streak on a unit with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. But regardless of which line he's operated on in any particular game, Nash has put forth maximum effort consistently -- and it's paying dividends from a fantasy standpoint.

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