Another week has come and gone in Oil Country, and the action around Oilers Fantasy Hockey is heating up like never before. The introduction of salary adjustments has put an interesting twist of strategy and increased competition into an already intense and fevered Fantasy atmosphere.
Of course, that continues again this week.
When you think of some of the great individual performers on a Fantasy Hockey scale, chances are you’re flooded with thoughts of Greg Paslawski’s ’86-87 campaign, Neal Broten’s reign with the Minnesota North Stars, and of course Jarrod Skalde’s domination of the minor leagues and eventual promotion to the NHL. That’s natural, as these big league greats provided some excellent moments for hockey fans.
But what we’ve learned is that Fantasy Hockey is dependant on teamwork, and the ability of great performers to develop chemistry in order to achieve team success. The above players were all surrounded by teammates that possessed complementing skill and desire.
After all, this is the winning formula for the team on the ice as well. Game LeaderboardSeason LeadersPlayer StatsNot a member? Sign up!
With that in mind, the salary adjustments this week are going to reflect some of the week’s great performers – both on an individual level and from the chemistry and execution developed across the lineup. MARTIN GERBER ($1M > $2M)
Martin Gerber made his second career start as an Edmonton Oiler Monday night when the Oilers trounced the Senators 4-1. The masked man provided a stable backdrop behind an Oilers team that came to play, both offensively and defensively. While Oilers fans have only seen glimpses of the veteran Swiss netminder since arriving in Edmonton, he’s made quite an impression on everyone around the organization.
Gerber now boasts a 2-0 record with the big club and has gained the immediate respect of fans, teammates, and management as the Oilers look to turn things around.
However, Nikolai Khabibulin
is on the mend and should return shortly, and young protégé Devan Dubnyk
has earned his keep after having secured the backup role over Jeff Deslauriers. Simply due to the roster limits and in the best interest of playing time, the veteran’s time with the Oilers is limited on his current stint.
As such, he may or may not get another game with the team this week. While those decisions are still to be made, Gerber will receive a Fantasy raise this week as his $1 million cap-hit doubles to $2 million following a strong week in Edmonton.
DUSTIN PENNER ($4M > $3M)
After a slower start to the season, power forward Dustin Penner is one of the hottest Oilers at the moment. With six points in his last five games and providing one of the best Fantasy averages over the past week, Penner is poised to make a charge to the top of the leaderboard.
The aforementioned teamwork strategy is the driving force behind Penner’s inclusion as one of the highlighted players this week. Penner was already taking a large spot of your roster with a $4 million cap hit, so we decided that a salary reprieve was the best course of action.
As such, Penner’s cap-hit will drop to a more manageable $3 million. This should give everyone a little more flexibility with roster management, particularly if you’re looking to include entire lines.
Combined with linemates Andrew Cogliano and Gilbert Brule, this trio has provided an excellent offensive attack over the past few games and could result in tremendous gains on the Fantasy leaderboard over the next week. RYAN WHITNEY ($4M > $5M)
Of course, with this being a game of intense competition and difficult decision making, we couldn’t be reducing the price of hot players without consequence. That will be the case for the Oilers’ top defenceman Ryan Whitney
this week, as his $4 million cap-hit will jump to $5 million for the next seven days.
While his cost will certainly impact your roster space, Whitney has proven to be as reliable a player as you could hope for. Whitney is still in search of his first goal, but his expertise in other areas has made him the most valuable player available.
Whitney leads the overall standings and is showing no signs of slowing down, with a team-leading 18 assists highlighting his 2010-11 resume. The increase in Whitney’s cap-hit will make your roster decisions more difficult, as it truly does become a contest of cap management.
High price, high reward. It’s up to you if he’s worth the addition. MONTHLY WINNERS
Bragging rights are nice, and the shout-out in the Fantasy Hockey Forecast is pretty spectacular, but there’s more to our game than the online glory. In addition to our year-end prizes, we recognize the efforts of our monthly leaders in the following categories: Total points and top average points for the month of November. November – Top Point-Getter: msoilers
narrowly topped slim2001 by the “slimmest” of margins. With a total of 1361 points, he edges out the second-place finisher by a mere five points. It was a close battle throughout the month, but this means that Oilers Fantasy Hockey sees another new winner added to our list. November – Top Average Points: puzzle
set an incredible pace this month by accumulating an average of 108-points throughout the month. His performance was highlighted by a 167-point outing against the Senators that ultimately sealed the procurement of top spot in this category.
On behalf of the entire edmontonoilers.com staff, I would like to say congratulations to each of our winners! Both msoilers and puzzle will receive a signed 8x10 of one of their favourite Oilers players. We will be in contact with both of you shortly to arrange the delivery of your prizes.
Remember, monthly prizes will be handed out throughout the regular season, in addition to the year-end prizes at the conclusion of the campaign. With a greater discrepancy in point averages, combined with the introduction of salary adjustments, there's plenty of time for everyone to make their move and challenge for the top spot in one of our winning categories.
Author: Ryan Dittrick | edmontonoilers.com