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Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

In the Cage: Ray Emery rising

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, goalie specialist and founder of The Goalie Guild Justin Goldman 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.
 
As many poolies know, Chicago's backup goaltender position has carried tremendous hidden value in the past. It first happened with Antti Niemi two seasons ago, and then history repeated itself again last season with Corey Crawford. Now it's starting to happen again, this time with veteran Ray Emery.
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Fantasy Mailbag: Toews holds more value than Ovi

Fantasy Insider Pete Jensen answers your weekly fantasy hockey questions

Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 11:34 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com fantasy insider Pete Jensen has you covered all season long with the weekly Fantasy Hockey Mailbag. The most compelling questions posed each week will be answered in an effort to provide you with the best chance to succeed in your particular league.

Submit your best questions for the NHL.com Fantasy Mailbag by contacting PJensen@NHL.com.




ELI FROM TORONTO was offered a trade where he would receive Alex Ovechkin in exchange for Jonathan Toews.

Ovechkin may have sported the second-highest average draft position in Yahoo! fantasy drafts this year, but – expectations aside – it's quite clear that Toews has inspired more confidence in his fantasy owners as we approach the 30-game point in the season. Toews (17 G, 15 A, plus-11, 12 PIM, 8 PPP, 97 SOG, 11 hits) has the NHL's third-best goal total and is tied for fifth in points. While both players are at the same level in power-play production, shots on goal and PIMs, Toews' rating is superb while Ovi's is sub-par. Ovechkin (9 G, 12 A, minus-8, 14 PIM, 8 PPP, 104 SOG, 78 hits) offers a key element in leagues that categorize hits, but there's not much else for his owners to be proud of in this comparison of elite forwards.
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Right of Way: Late picks providing all-around value

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Friday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy right wings in our weekly segment: "Right of Way." From updated right wing rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy right wing expert all season long.

After breaking down and comparing Craig Smith and Alexander Steen to some of the League's most prominent players Wednesday and Thursday, today we'll wrap up this fun little game with the right wings. We will present you with the stat lines for the three players without telling you who they are -- and then we'll reveal the players and explain the comparison.

Player X: 28 games -- 10 G, 8 A, plus-6, 28 PIMs, 3 PPP, 78 SOG
Player Y: 25 games -- 11 G, 8 A, plus-2, 29 PIMs, 5 PPP, 82 SOG
Player Z: 25 games -- 12 G, 9 A, plus-7, 8 PIMs, 5 PPP, 80 SOG

Clearly all three players have produced similar fantasy value -- in fact they are separated by just four ranking spots in Yahoo! Leagues. The biggest difference is Player Z has just eight penalty minutes, but Player Z also sports the best plus-minus rating and has the most goals of the three guys.
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Turn Left Here: Who's been more valuable than Ovi?

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 2:10 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy left wings in our weekly segment: "Turn Left Here." From updated left wing rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy left wing expert all season long.

Like we did in yesterday's Center Stage, we're going to break down and compare a left wing that you might not realize is having such a good season with two players that are far more well-known and usually produce at a high level.  We will present you with the stat lines for the three players without telling you who they are -- and then we'll reveal the players and explain the comparison. Today we assess the left wings and tomorrow we'll finish up with a right wing comparison.

Player X: 24 games -- 10 G, 9 A, plus-6, 6 PIMs, 6 PPP, 72 SOG
Player Y: 27 games -- 9 G, 11 A, minus-7, 14 PIMs, 7 PPP, 96 SOG
Player Z: 27 games -- 9 G, 10 A, plus-12, 18 PIMs, 3 PPP, 85 SOG

Only one point separates the three players, but there are some definite differences in there surrounding stats. Player X doesn't get a ton of penalty minutes, but has decent power play totals and an average shot total. Player Y has a bad plus/minus rating, but does produce on the power play and shoots a ton. Player Z has sound numbers across the board except with the man advantage. So which player would you want without knowing who they are? Probably Player Z, right?
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Center Stage: Gauging the value of unknown talent

Wednesday, 12.07.2011 / 2:26 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy centers in our weekly segment: "Center Stage." From updated center rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy center expert all season long.

We all know about the big-time surprise players this season -- the Joffrey Lupuls and Brian Elliotts of the NHL -- but what about some of the lesser-known shockers from the first two-plus months of the season?

In today's Center Stage we're going to take a look and compare a player that you might not realize is having such a good season with players that are far more well-known and usually produce at a high level. We will present you with the stat lines for the three players without telling you who they are -- and then we'll reveal the players and explain the comparison. We'll start with centers today and then move on to left wings and right wings on Thursday and Friday.

Player X: 29 games -- 11 G, 12 A, minus-7, 18 PIMs, 5 PPP, 96 SOG
Player Y: 27 games -- 8 G, 14 A, even, 20 PIMs, 9 PPP, 74 SOG
Player Z: 23 games -- 7 G, 13 A, plus-2, 30 PIMs, 9 PPP, 59 SOG
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On the 'D'-fence: Boyle's production slowing down?

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 12:10 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Tuesday 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.

Dan Boyle has been one of the premiere offensive defensemen in the National Hockey League for a while now, and that offensive prowess again made him one of the first defensemen to go in fantasy drafts this season. We here at NHL.com thought so highly of Boyle that he was ranked fifth in our preseason rankings and has managed to stay in the top 10 through last week based largely on that potential and reputation.

Boyle forged that reputation by posting 306 points (77 goals, 229 assists) in 427 games over the previous six seasons. He has had only one season of less than 50 points since the League's work stoppage, and that largely was due to his missing all but 37 games in 2007-08, yet he still managed to put up 25 points. His 0.72 points per game over that span is an average most forwards would relish and it is reason enough to be patient with the early struggles for the 35-year-old. However, there are plenty of red flags that should have his owners feeling a bit antsy. 
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In the Cage: Head Cases -- Miller, Hiller and Reimer

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

Every Monday during the season, goalie specialist and founder of The Goalie Guild Justin Goldman 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.
 
Two starters that suffered head injuries earlier this season -- Ryan Miller and James Reimer -- are back between the pipes. A third starter, Jonas Hiller, recovered from his head issues (vertigo) over the summer, but went just 2-6-3 with a 3.54 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage in November. 
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The Real Spiel: Malkin's more than a sidekick

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

Given the complex, never-steady landscape of fantasy hockey, each week, NHL.com Fantasy Insider Sergei Feldman will give you The Real Spiel on some of the quirks and trends that permeated your week of fantasy hockey by way of in-depth analysis.


GE-NO PROBLEM: The Real Spiel on Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin
Center - PIT
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 24
SOG: 91 | +/-: 3
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has garnered a lot of attention since returning to the lineup after being diagnosed with a concussion and missing action since Jan. 5. Rightfully so, as the superstar center has done nothing but deliver since coming back. But hidden in the shadows of The Crosby Show has been the play of the "other" superstar in The Steel City, Evgeni Malkin. The 2011-12 season is a bounce back/comeback season for Malkin, too, who missed considerable time last season after undergoing knee surgery. Though he was in and out of the lineup at the start of the campaign, "Geno" played well. But of late, the talented center shown he's ready to return to Art Ross form. Can he do it? Why not? When Crosby returned Nov. 21, Malkin collected two points. The next game? Another two points. The game after that? Another two points. How about the one after that? Yep. Through 20 games, the 2004 first-round selection ranks 20th in the NHL in points (24). Moreover, he's a top-20 shot producer (91), has 18 PIMs on the season and is a plus-3 performer. Those figures have elevated the 6-foot-3 center's status as one of the premier fantasy performers. Playing behind Crosby and alongside James Neal certainly won't hurt Malkin’s chances of continued success. As the season progresses, keep an eye out for No. 71.


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Fantasy Mailbag: Window not closed on Hiller

Fantasy Insider Pete Jensen answers your weekly fantasy hockey questions

Saturday, 12.03.2011 / 12:16 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com fantasy insider Pete Jensen has you covered all season long with the weekly Fantasy Hockey Mailbag. The most compelling questions posed each week will be answered in an effort to provide you with the best chance to succeed in your particular league.

Submit your best questions for the NHL.com Fantasy Mailbag by contacting PJensen@NHL.com.
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Right of Way: Selanne still valuable as Ducks struggle

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every Friday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy right wings in our weekly segment: "Right of Way." From updated right wing rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Cubeta will be your fantasy right wing expert all season long.

Amidst a coaching change, teammates being involved in trade rumors and his team struggling worse than ever, Teemu Selanne continues to provide fantastic fantasy value for his owners at the age of 41.

With 8 goals, 14 assists, 11 power-play points, 38 penalty minutes and 70 shots on goal, Selanne has been one of the most effective right wings in fantasy hockey. Of the players eligible solely at RW in Yahoo! Leagues, Selanne is rated only behind Phil Kessel -- he is 25th among all players and somehow is still owned in just 88 percent of leagues.

Despite Anaheim's woeful season and their powerhouse offensive players not playing up to their capabilities (they are showing signs of coming around though), Selanne has been a rock. He has 7 points in his last seven games and has even chipped in with 2 penalty minutes in four of those contests -- a nice little bonus from a guy not known to take too many penalties.

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