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Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 02/07/2012

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

A congratulations goes out to last month's fantasy winners. First off, the winner of a bonus 8x10 signed Sam Gagner picture for her leading 299 points on the final game of the month was Susan Ritchie. As for the entire month, 'msoilers' was able to take the victory in both the 'total' and 'average' points categories, congratulations!

On the ice the Edmonton Oilers enjoyed a week to remember. It was a week that sparked the energy back into the team and the city. The Oilers would win three of four starting with a 3-2 win over Colorado last Tuesday.

The next game would be Chicago on Thursday night and it was certainly one for the ages. Edmonton's 8-4 win was backed by a record-tying performance by Sam Gagner. Gagner would factor in on all the goals for 8 points (4G, 4A), tying a record held by Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey from the 1980's. Sam would turn around and add three more points (2G,1A) the next night in an exciting 5-4 shootout win over Detroit. The final game of the fantasy week came last night with the Oil falling 6-3 to the Maple Leafs in Toronto. All-in-all it was a great week for this team and one that fans had been waiting some time for.
Oilers this week

The Oilers come out of the week with a record of 21-27-5 for 47 points on the season.


The Oilers will start by finishing out this week on the road with stops in Detroit on Wednesday and then Ottawa for an afternoon tilt with the Senators on Saturday.

The salaries will then remain the same heading into the following week when Edmonton will once again be at home for games against Toronto, Colorado and Vancouver. It is a steady stretch of hockey that should make for some interesting competition between fantasy owners.


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The newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take place following Wednesday's game versus Detroit. Given that only one game will be played in the week following, all salaries will hold over for the next week as well. In addition, Jordan Eberle will now see his base salary jump to 3 million for the remainder of the season. At the end of Wednesday's game, all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values as normal.  

Here are this week’s salary amendments:


There is nothing to say about Jordan Eberle that hasn't already been said this season. With 54 points in 49 games, Eberle is the team's leading point getter and goal scorer with 24. 

Eberle is the team's leading fantasy point producer and he is coming off a fantastic week where he recorded points in all four games. Jordan would have nine points (6G, 3A) in the four games and is now on pace for 85 points for the season.

Eberle will take on a top dollar price tag for the next couple weeks, a very deserved one at that. He will then return back down to a base salary of 3 million.

The Oilers captain was only able to record one assist in the four games last week, it came in the first game against Colorado. On top of that, Horcoff would be -3 for the week as he went pointless in the final three games.

Horcoff has actually only put up five points (2G, 3A) in his last 25 games overall. He is also a team worst -19 on the season and slipping down the team's scoring list.
For Horcoff, his base salary of 5 million is just too high for his production over the past few years. A drop like this is probably the only time worth looking at Horcoff in fantasy play. 

SAM GAGNER ($2M > $4M)

There is little need to explain the jump in salary for Sam Gagner his week. After a record-setting week, Gagner deserves the jump in price as much as anyone on the Oilers roster.   

Gagner would record points in all four games last week, putting up 13 points (6G,7A) in all. His historic 8-point game against Chicago had the hockey world buzzing and was really a special moment for the young player.

The only question surrounding Sam heading into these coming weeks is if he will be able to maintain this hot play.


Theo Peckham: day-to-day with head
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: 7-10 days with shoulder

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