Kukla's Korner Hockey
This will be the 8th year of my commissionership in a Yahoo fantasy league, and like most years, the end of the labor day weekend marks the always unexpected beginning to a phrenetic 3-week period of feverish research to get ready for the draft before the beginning of the season. One thing I see as missing in most online blogs is some good in-depth fantasy hockey analysis and subjective commentary. I’m sort of somewhere between a math geek, a schizophrenic, and a compulsive gambler when it comes to fantasy hockey, and I think I could have something real to contribute to the topic.
Paul’s been kind enough to give me a shot at constructing a forum on Kukla’s Korner about fantasy hock, and I hope to entertain, inform, and inspire some good dialogue on the art of fantasy hockey management throughout the season.
ESPN Ranks the Top 200 Fantasy Players.
1 Alex Ovechkin, LW, Was
2 Evgeni Malkin, C, Pit
3 Pavel Datsyuk, C, Det
4 Tim Thomas, G, Bos
5 Sidney Crosby, C, Pit
Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com answers emails from the fans…
Is Claude Giroux poised to be a fantasy steal this year, or what? Based on his 27 points last year in only 42 games as a rookie, can he make it to 60 or 70 points this year, especially if he manages to get significant time with Jeff Carter and/or Daniel Briere?...
Would you take 21-32-53 from Giroux? That is my projection, and I read recently that Giroux will play mostly with Briere. Sixty to 70 is a bit much with Briere, Carter, Scott Hartnell, Mike Richard and Simon Gagne higher on the depth chart. You’d do well to tab Giroux in the 15th round of a standard 10-team league.
many more Q & A’s…
from Dobber at PuckDaddy,
For DobberHockey’s inaugural Puck Daddy Blog, it’s only fitting I kick things off with a countdown.
Now that we’re into draft season—and I love being negative—let’s run though 10 guys who I won’t be taking in a draft this year.
10. John Tavares, New York Islanders
To explain… I’m not an idiot (just ask my mom). Of course he is a top player to own in a keeper league and he’s a pretty good one to own in a one-year league. But to be able to select him in the draft you will have to beat out the prospect geeks. These are the ones who will be drafting Ryan Ellis in the ninth round of a one-year league to be their No. 3 defenseman.
from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
Welcome to the fourth and final part of your preseason fantasy preparation class. I highly doubt that any of the players below are going to singlehandedly win you a fantasy championship, but some possess the skill to give your squad that little something extra that could be the difference between third and first place.
Funny how in my 2008 preview, Jaromir Jagr was listed among the players who signed to play in Europe last season, but this year I’m calling him a sleeper to gamble on late in your fantasy draft. Jagr is only the ninth-leading scorer in NHL history!
from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
The biggest challenge of ranking the top 125 forwards is not predicting who will finish first, but determining which player from the entire league other than a member of the “Big Three” will place fourth. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are the consensus top three picks, the only debate being their order (last season I ranked them Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin).
from Owen Good at Kotaku,
The scene is familiar: Midway through the first period of an NHL game, and the shot knots up the score. Randy Hahn considers the action for a split-second and leans into his microphone.
“The Sharks have come right back and tied this one up,” says the television voice of San Jose hockey. “That goal is a real refresher - you get down early, but you’ve come right back and tied it up here in the first period.”
It’s 2:30 p.m., Aug. 20 in Novato, Calif. San Jose’s next game will be 28 days and 400 miles away, in Los Angeles. Hahn is familiar to South Bay fans through his work on Comcast Sports Net. But he’s in the North Bay today as the play-by-play man for NHL 2K10, cutting some final audio for the game before its Sept. 15 release.
It’s a job Hahn could do with his eyes closed, and not because it’s easy.
Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Stortini breaks down NHL 10’s new fighting engine.
Fantasy Hockey Scouts asked bloggers from the 30 NHL teams to pick two breakout players from their teams…
Written by Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,
If you look at Fabian Brunnstrom’s numbers from last season, they weren’t too bad. He picked up 17 goals and 12 assists in his rookie season and his first in North America. Those numbers are better when you consider he played in just 55 games and averaged only about 11 minutes per game. It was an up and down season for Brunnstrom. He scored three goals in his first game, but struggled with his play away from the puck, found himself a healthy scratch at times and had some injury issues too.
Patrick Kane talks EA NHL Franchise…
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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