The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
Now that the trade deadline has passed, the new acquisitions should be settled in with their new teams. This is an opportunity to check in with these players to determine how their new teams seem to be using them and what their fantasy prospects are going forward.
Following some of the names that have been moved these past few days, trade deadline day could shape up to be a day with a lot of little deals. However, names like Miikka Kiprusoff, Roberto Luongo, Mark Streit, and Jason Pominville could make the day interesting. Here is an update on the most notable names that have changed teams so far with the likely fantasy implications. Of course, these evaluations are fluid given that the teams involved may not quite be done in stockpiling their rosters for a Stanley Cup run. At any rate, check back for further fantasy analysis as more deals will be made.
If you don’t think the Pittsburgh Penguins are the league’s strongest team right now (sorry Chicago Blackhawks fans), you might not know that their win against Montreal was their 13th straight. Even after two roster additions this week, the Penguins still might not be done with the trade deadline fast approaching. Two Penguins plus one potential Penguin highlight the latest fantasy hockey Pick Six.
In an abbreviated season, there were bound to be even more players than normal that would be performing well beyond their preseason projections. Some of these players may be available in your league, although this is more of an assessment of whether these players will continue a pace that is simply out of their minds, as well as a comparison with other noteworthy players. Just like an all-star team, I’ve selected a goalie, two defensemen, and three forwards.
Cam Ward and Jose Theodore owners haven’t exactly had it easy this season, even before the news that both goalies would be sidelined for much of what’s left of the fantasy hockey season. But when one door closes, another one opens – unless someone else beat you to the waiver wire for their possible replacements. Regardless, let’s find out how these replacements could shape up in the world of fantasy.
The 2013 season has been light on trades so far, so Tuesday could be considered a very active day in the trade department. The two trades involving three notable players would certainly not be considered blockbusters, but they could have at least a minor impact in fantasy leagues.
We are now one-third into the shortened season (gee, that went by quickly, didn’t it?). I'm not trying to brag, but I currently sit in first place in the fantasy writers Experts League, which I had first written about last month. In fact, I’ll probably jinx myself by bringing up my current perch atop the league.
So what is the secret to my success? Luck, sweet luck. Luck be a lady, as Frankie would sing. A few players have turned out much better than I had expected when I drafted them. Which players would these be, and what are their prospects entering the remaining two-thirds of the season?
You read this column because you love fantasy hockey, but this hobby can break your heart (pick up on the Valentine’s Day theme yet?) when you receive news that your top player could possibly miss the rest of the regular season. Such is the case with Erik Karlsson, who suffered a laceration to his left Achilles on Wednesday against Pittsburgh. Fantasy owners who made Karlsson a first-round or second-round pick in drafts will need to find a way to move forward without his services.
While the world waits for a Roberto Luongo trade (along with possibly many other deals) to happen, Luongo's onetime nemesis' time with the Boston Bruins has officially come to a close. Given that Tim Thomas is taking a year off to "reconnect with friends, family and faith", does this trade mean anything at all in fantasy leagues?
So where are all the fans that said they’d boycott the NHL when it came back? Attendance doesn’t seem to be suffering in the NHL’s better markets, and fans have soaked in their favorite sport more than ever. Fantasy hockey is no different, especially in a shortened season in which teams can’t afford to go into lengthy slumps.
As per usual, here are some names that have grabbed my attention in recent days.
About The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.
A few times each week, I’ll provide an article called “Pick Six” where I will write about six players that should either be in your fantasy team’s starting lineup or bench for the upcoming game. As well, I’ll provide the fantasy takes on important hockey developments. You can also email me your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter.