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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.
from Jamie’s Hockey Blog,
When the hockey pool first gained popularity, back in the 1980s, it was considered a good excuse for drinking beer and talking trash.
Those days are long gone. For starters, it’s not called a hockey pool anymore. It’s a fantasy hockey league.
And it’s not about drinking beer. Fantasy hockey is serious business, an all-consuming, number-crunching hobby for fans who don’t get out much.
There are fantasy hockey leagues that award points for penalties, shots on goal, and faceoff win percentage. There are leagues with salary caps, waiver drafts, farm teams, and weekly transactions.
1.Martin Brodeur NJ G
2009 Outlook: With more time shares and uncertainty emerging in the goaltender ranks, how can we not put the game’s best at the top of the pile? Brodeur is consistently among the league leaders in all three important goaltending categories and has shown no signs of slowing down. The philosophy in New Jersey hasn’t appeared to change much as most signings or re-signings—with the exception of Brian Rolston’s—have been defensive in nature. The Devils will try to pot a few goals and leave the rest up to Marty.
continue and have fun!
from Manny Almela of Canadiens.com,
It’s an annual tradition for gamers everywhere to wait anxiously for the latest EA Sports NHL game. For the 2009 version, it’s only fitting that its focus be on the rich tradition of the league’s most storied franchise, the Montreal Canadiens
In efforts to commemorate the upcoming Canadiens Centennial on December 4, 2009, NHL09 will feature an assortment of Canadiens All-Stars and legends of the game from the past century.
from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
It’s hard enough projecting familiar NHL players for fantasy purposes. But because the League is so international – last season there were players born in 26 countries – each season has its new crop of unknown Europeans ready to make their impact. Problem is, I’ve never seen these guys play. I only know what you know from reading newspapers and web sites.
That’s why it helps to have an informant. And when it comes to Euros, I turn to NHL.com correspondent and feature blogger Risto Pakarinen, a Finn living in Stockholm.
from Rocky Bonnano of NHL.com,
In 2007-08, the Western Conference featured only three of the top 10 goal-scoring teams in the League (Detroit, Dallas and Chicago). To close the gap, the West pried away some big names from the East via free agency and trade, beginning with the Olli Jokinen deal by Phoenix last month, the top goal scorer to change hands.
from Sean Allen at ESPN,
With those thoughts in mind, let’s look at the teams that likely will change the most, go over the holes they have—- or will have—and how they could go about filling them, with a fantasy twist:...
Colorado Avalanche: To reassemble the 1996 Stanley Cup team yet again or to not reassemble the 1996 Cup team? That is the question. Peter Forsberg, Adam Foote and captain Joe Sakic will be on the open market July 1, but it’s more likely all three would retire before moving to another franchise. Also hitting the free-agent list is top defenseman John-Michael Liles, goaltender Jose Theodore and top-six winger Andrew Brunette. Yes, the Avalanche have some serious decisions to make before they can consider some of the other players on the market, and some of those decisions rival the decision fantasy owners will have to make with respect to these players.
From Rocky Bonanno at NHL.com
In a summer filled sure to be filled with partying and back-slapping, members of the Detroit Red Wings must be careful not to come down with a mythical illness known around hockey circles as “Stanley Cup Hangover.”
I’ve subscribed to this theory for quite some time, and keep it in mind whenever preparing for another fantasy draft. Quite simply, it is the belief that teams that advance to the Cup Final, whether win or lose, are more susceptible to disappointing performances the following season, and especially vulnerable are veterans on the wrong side of 30.
continued… as he puts his theory to the test looking at past finalists
from Darryl Dobbs at the Hockey News,
Just more than five weeks left in the regular season, some big decisions need to be made - let’s get to some letters…
Hey Dobber. My son and I are in a keeper league pool and we want to rebuild for the future. We have 20 players – 14 good ones – and keep only 10 at the beginning of each season…
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