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from Carly Weeks of the Globe and Mail,
In order to cast their net to a wider audience, an increasing number of fantasy sports companies have started offering simpler games that can appeal to a more mainstream audience - one that doesn’t have the statistics of every player and team in a league memorized.
The changes have helped attract a growing female fan base, who now represent up to 25 per cent of the North American fantasy sports industry, according to some estimates.
“It’s all in fun,” said Jeffrey Thomas, president of the U.S.-based Fantasy Sports Trade Association. “Some [women] will do it to say ‘Hey, I can beat you,’ and it’s fun, and it’s fun competition and it’s fun interaction.”
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Some players that are of interest to fantasy owners have yet to light the lamp a month into the season. Here’s a breakdown of the more notable goalless NHL forwards.
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago (0-7-7, minus-1, 36 shots in 12 GP)
He still leads Blackhawks forwards in ice time and he’s getting more shots per game than he did as a rookie last season, so Toews will break through soon enough.
from Victoria Matiash at ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,
Backup goaltenders are funny ducks when it comes to fantasy value. Some provide a positive, if occassional, boost as a third goalie. A few ascend to starter’s status during the season and become those precious fantasy commodities we all strive to find. And others are just downright wretched. A handful, with varying degrees of value, were in action Monday night.
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from the CP,
Still, there are some players with bigger numbers than you might expect heading into the fourth week of the campaign and for poolies they can either represent waiver-wire gold or a wasted transaction.
Brandon Dubinsky (4 goals, 7 assists, all stats before Monday’s play), Filip Kuba (0-11), Mikko Koivu (1-9), Aaron Voros (5-4), Antti Miettinen (5-2), Ales Kotalik (4-3) and Bryan Little (4-3) all fit into that category and trying to decide if they’re legit can be tricky.
If you’re picking them up as an injury stop-gap or to milk a hot streak before moving on, there’s little risk involved. But if you’re looking at them as long-term solutions and plan to drop someone off to a slow start, than you had better be more careful.
from Jim Wilkie of ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,
The new coach, who shares Saskatchewan roots with Marleau and has known his dad from when the Sharks captain played junior hockey in the WHL, has taken a patient approach with Marleau while he adapts to McLellan’s new system. So far at least, McLellan’s communication style has been a better motivator than the blunt criticism of former coach Ron Wilson, who was fired after last season’s second-round loss to the Stars.
“He just looks so strong and he has a lot of confidence,” Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News about Marleau. “You can tell. When you play with confidence the sky is the limit for guys like that.”
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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Durability is one of – if not - the most important criteria in determining where to put a player on your draft list. Take Martin Havlat for example – and the surprise is that so many choose to do so, even if Havlat has proven to be shockingly injury prone throughout his career. Two years ago, he produced 57 points in 56 games and was the dynamic offensive force the Chicago Blackhawks felt they needed to get their organization turned around.
more ‘fantasy’ talk from Eric…
Crosby or Ovechkin? Brodeur or Nabokov? Phaneuf or Lidstrom? With NHL training camps getting underway hockey fans need to know who they should pick in their upcoming NHL Fantasy drafts.
Fortunately help here as TSN.ca Fantasy Expert Scott Cullen has released his position-by-position rankings and scoring projections for the top 250 players for the upcoming season.
for behind the scenes action in the making of NHL 2K9 with Rick Nash.
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from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
Roenick was in Burnaby along with five other NHL players to go through some moves for Electronic Arts, in part to mark its launch of the 2009 version of the popular NHL video game franchise. Although he’s 38 and has logged lots of miles over 19 NHL seasons, Roenick was the most entertaining character on and off the ice.
“I get more people asking about my [NHL 94 for Sega],” laughed Roenick of his legendary status in that version of the game. “I’m holding onto that.”
In fact, Roenick makes most top-five lists for top athlete in video-game history, but he said his 11-year-old son Brett will be more pumped about his being in the 2009 game.
“I’m not a big gamer, but my son is a huge gamer,” said Roenick. “My son thinks this is the coolest thing about me being a professional athlete.”
from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,
Teams tend to take varying approaches. Some opt to season prospects with more junior, college and AHL experience, while others will throw them directly to the proverbial wolves out of sheer necessity or sheer stupidity – take your pick.
Occasionally a player is just flat-out ready to step in and contribute right away; leaving management no choice but to play him.
This is an especially salient topic now, with NHL training camps on the verge of opening.
As poolies, we always want to be on the cutting edge of which guys are set to break out; whether they’re entering their first year in the league or they’ve been finding their stride for the past few seasons in the pros and are now ready to make that next step.
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