All the injuries in Vancouver have made choosing a Canucks Fantasy Hockey team a tall task
There must be something in the water.
How else can you explain all the injuries the Canucks have been suffering of late? It’s uncanny and it’s making life as a Canucks Fantasy Hockey player miserable.
There’s no quick fix to the problem, we just have to wait out all the breaks, fractures and sprains and try to piece together a decent fantasy team in the time being.
Easier said than done, I know. Is it safe to pick Kyle Wellwood or Sami Salo yet? Are Aaron Rome or Tanner Glass viable options? Who is Mario Bliznak and can he or Matt Pettinger do any good to a fantasy roster?
In short, yes and no. As you’ll see from the week that was, fantasy scoring is varying as much from game to game to make one sick.
Try not to heave, I’m here to help.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Four games, two wins, two losses, three different fantasy leaders. Pegging exactly who would lead the Canucks in fantasy points during this past week was next to impossible, the revolving door line-up changed lines, ice times and roles. Not surprisingly, some flourished in thier new roles, while others didn’t.
In Vancouver’s 5-4 loss to Detroit it was Kevin Bieksa paving the way with a 35 point performance backed by three assists and a plus-2 rating, while Henrik Sedin also picked up three points via two goals and a helper, and he also earned a game star which boosted his output to 34 points.
Two nights later Bieksa and Sedin were nowhere to be found, replaced by Andrew Raycroft and Ryan Kesler, who secured 34 and 31 fantasy points. Both players received a game star for their efforts in the Canucks’ 2-1 win over the Kings.
If you went with Raycroft again a night later in Anaheim, you likely didn’t come out on top. Raycroft, in just his second start of the season, allowed four goals on 22 shots to finish with 0 points. Yikes. Steve Bernier and Willie Mitchell had 13 each in a forgettable 7-2 loss to the Ducks.
If, for some bizarre reason, you rebounded and went with Raycroft on Sunday versus Colorado, you were once again rewarded. Two-face put up a brick wall the Avalanche couldn’t knock down in a 2-0 Canucks win, he earned 39 fantasy points for his seventh career shutout, including game star honours. Kesler (36) and Raymond (34) each scored, had an assist and received a game star.
WE HAVE A WINNER
Halloween meant more than just jujubes from strangers this year, the scariest night of the year marked the end of the first month of Canucks Fantasy Hockey leaving us with our first monthly winner.
The man of the month was Cam W (go canucks), he put up the highest average points (minimum 10 games played) with 99.18. For his efforts Cam W (go canucks) picks up a TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630 and two tickets to the Nov. 3rd game against the NY Rangers.
chewy123 was another big winner this past week as the 134 points put up in the Canucks/Red Wings game had them in top spot, one point better than 6o4_dc. chewy123 and 6o4_dc had four players the same, but chewy123 opted for Samuelsson and Hordichuk over Raymond, Grabner and Glass and that one point decision results in a pair of tickets to the Nov.20th game against the Avalanche as this was the TELUS Game of the Week. Nice.
jmacpher rode Kesler and Raycroft to a victory with 116 points against Los Angeles; Juniorc scrapped just enough goodness together in Anaheim with Bernier, Sedin, Raymond and Rome to amass 65 points. Tarzan closed out the week with a breathtaking 178 point performance on the tales of Raycroft, Kesler and Raymond, who all put up more than 30 points.
tarzan is currently the season leader with 1478 points through 15 games.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
After playing six games in nine nights, the Canucks face three in four before the schedule hits a snail’s pace with four games over an 11-day span. Enjoy the flurry of games while they’re here.
Vancouver hosts New York on Tuesday before ending the week with back-to-back games in Minnesota and Dallas on Thursday and Friday.
The team then has three days off before their five-game road trip continues in St. Louis, Detroit and Colorado.
There used to be some method to this madness, lately there has been none. As I said before, it’s next to impossible to predict who is going to emerge as Vancouver’s top performer on any given night, so I’ve come up with a pre-selected team system to help you out incase you're stumped.
Below are three sets of players, you can either afford to buy A, B or C for any given game. It’s kind of like having three sets of lottery numbers and going with your gut as to which ones are the winner.
A – Hot shots
Bieksa - $3 mill, Salo - $3 mill, Raymond - $2 mill, Sedin - $5 mill, Kesler - $4 mill, Bernier - $3 mill.
B – All hands on deck
Ehrhoff - $3 mill, Schneider - $2 mill, Burrows - $3 mill, Samuelsson - $4 mill, Raycroft - $4 mill, Rypien - $1 mill, Wellwood - $1 mill, Rome - $1 mill, Hordichuk- $1 mil.
C – A little O, a little D
Mitchell - $3 mill, Edler - $2 mill, Bernier - $3 mill, Kesler - $4 mill, Raycroft - $4 mill, Burrows - $3 mill, Rypien - $1 mil.
All three of these squads have their strengths and weaknesses, but I’m willing to wager that over the next three games, each comes out on top once.
C Alex Bolduc (shoulder), G Roberto Luongo (ribs), C Ryan Johnson (neck/concussion), LW Daniel Sedin (broken foot), RW Jannik Hansen (broken hand) and RW Pavol Demitra (shoulder) are all on injured reserve, while RW Michael Grabner is out indefinitely after injuring his ankle prior to Vancouver’s game versus Colorado.
While I claim to be the Canucks Fantasy Hockey swami, the man with all the answers and a crystal ball as clear as they come, this is very self-described. Most of my picks are backed by stats, while others come from the gut. Use with caution!