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Waiver Wire Watch - Week 3

by chewy 21. October 2013 07:52

The pickings are getting slim on the waiver wire heading into week 3.  Still, there is some value to be found:





Kyle Okposo (NYI)

Okposo took a long time getting there, but he has finally emerged as the go-to guy on Tavares' Right Wing. That has translated nicely into 3 goals and 5 assists, over the last 6 games.  His ice time has likewise steadily climbed to a season high of 23 minutes in his last contest.


David Clarkson (TOR)

Clarkson has nearly finished his 10 game sentence and is poised to make his Maple Leaf debut later this week.  For leagues that value a mix of points and PIMs, take a look at adding Clarkson to your lineup before other GMs take notice.





Jay Bouwmeester (STL)

I personally drafted Bouwmeester late in most of my drafts with the expectation that he would pick up where he left off late last season with the Blues.  He has managed to contribute 5 assists in the first 7 games, while clocking some serious ice time for St. Louis.  The last few years have been hard on him fantasy wise, but he has started to reemerge as a serious fantasy option on defense.


Ryan Murphy (CAR)

Rookie defensemen are tough to trust, but circumstances have given Murphy the opportunity to take the wheel in Carolina.  He has supplied a steady stream of fantasy value so far in the season.





Ben Bishop (TB)

There's a good chance that Bishop has already been claimed in your league, but it's worth a look.  He has clearly surpassed Lindback as the goalie of choice in Tampa.  Despite a rough go in his last game against Boston, his streak to start the season is the best display of goaltending the Lightning have witnessed in recent years.





Waiver Wire Watch - Week 2

by chewy 14. October 2013 09:12

We're now just about 2 weeks into the season, and already, we've seen some significant surprises pop up on the waiver front.  Here are a few guys to jump on before their swiped up in your league:




Alexander Steen (STL)

Steen often kicks off the season on fire, and it's come to pass once again.  He has scored a goal in each of the first four games and has totaled four assists in those games as well.


Jussi Jokinen (PIT)

With James Neal out, Jokinen has slid into the sweet spot with Malkin.  The results netted him a hat trick against Carolina.  He has done nothing but score goals since joining the Pens late last season.


Michael Grabner (NYI)

The speedy Grabner has gotten off to a quick start with the Isles, registering 2 goals and 5 assists through the first four games of the season.  He has gone on similar hot streaks in the past, so ride him now and drop him later.


Tomas Hertl (SJ)

You've probably missed the boat on this rookie, given all the attentional that swell fourth goal garnered him.  If he's still available in your league, snap him up now.





Jonas Brodin (MIN)

Brodin should have been drafted in your league, but probably wasn't.  He put together a strong rookie season last year and is looking even better in season 2.  He should be a solid fantasy contributor all year.


Brent Burns (SJ)

If you're playing on Yahoo, or some other site that can't seem to fathom that Burns is no longer a defenseman, take him now.  You can slot him in on defense and take advantage of a decent forward's production.  Even as a winger, he's worthy of consideration.


Hampus Lindholm (ANA)

Keep an eye on this rookie over the next several weeks.  He's seeing plenty of ice time for the Ducks and is starting to produce.




Josh Harding (MIN)

With Backstrom on the shelf (again), Harding once more finds himself with the starting job in Minnesota.  He performed admirably in the same situation during the playoffs.  Backstrom isn't expected to be out long, but either way, Harding should get his fair share of starts going forward and is worth stashing.

Waiver Wire Watch - Week 1

by chewy 7. October 2013 13:40

Just about a week into the 2013-14 season, and we already have a fired coach.  With NHL GM's quick and desperate to make a move, you ought to be just as alert in the early going in managing your fantasy squad.  Typically, a handful of top notch fantasy options get swept up in the first few weeks of the season to early waiver watchers.  With a few games played, here are some early waiver options to consider adding to your lineup, if someone else hasn't snatched them up already.




Lars Eller (MON)

Through the first two games, Eller tallied 3 goals and 5 points, earning #2 Star honors.  He won't keep this pace up all year, but he may provide decent value on the year.  It's about time the Habs got some return on the deal that sent Halak away to the Blues.


Mikail Grabovski (WAS)

Grobovski started the season in fine fashion, tallying a hat trick in Game 1.  He put up an assist in the game 2 and has now has 5 points in 3 games.  Given a helping of solid playing time with Ovechkin could mean a career year for the castoff Leaf.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM)

The young Oiler center wasn't expected to start the season until November, but made a surprise early recovery.  He's expected to play this week, so snag him, and hope he's what Edmonton needs to get the offense on track.





Jason Garrison (VAN)

Garrison has displayed streaks of fantasy gold in the past, but has never been a go-to guy over the long haul.    He has 2 goals and 2 assists through 3 games for Vanouver.


Matt Niskanen (PIT)

It's uknown how long Letang will be out, but as long as he is, Niskanen will carry some value as a depth defenseman.  He's filling that gap on the potent Penguins as a key puck carrier on the back end.  He registered 3 assists through the first two games.





Jaroslav Halak (STL)

I have been touting Halak as the solution for the Blues all pre-season, so it's not surprising to see him off to a hot start.  What is surprising is that he's still available in many leagues (just not any of mine, as I drafted him…).  Get him now.

2013-14 NHL Power Rankings (Summer Edition)

by Chewbacca 9. August 2013 07:16

Before we dive deep into the player projections for the upcoming fantasy hockey season, it helps to get grounded in the real world.  That is, how should you expect the NHL teams to fare this year, particularly in the new division alignment.  It's a whole new world, as the focus shifts squarely on the divisions, so we'll break things down that way.  I'll spare you the analysis and jump right to the projections:




1. Pittsburgh Penguins

2. New York Islanders

3. Philadelphia Flyers

4. Columbus Blue Jackets


5. New York Rangers

6. Washington Capitals

7. Carolina Hurricanes

8. New Jersey Devils





1. Boston Bruins

2. Toronto Maple Leafs

3. Ottawa Senators

4. Detroit Redwings


5. Montreal Canadiens

6. Buffalo Sabres

7. Tampa Bay Lightning

8. Florida Panthers





1. Chicago Blackhawks

2. St. Louis Blues

3. Minnesota Wild

4. Dallas Stars


5. Nashville Predators

6. Winnepeg Jets

7. Colorado Avalanche





1. L.A. Kings

2. Anaheim Ducks

3. San Jose Sharks

4. Edmonton Oilers


5. Vancouver Canucks

6. Calgary Flames

7. Phoenix Coyotes



Now for that brief analysis that I owe you.


Going Up

Several teams are clearly on their way up, should things play out the way I've prognosticated. 


Islanders -- Goal scoring continues to rise, as this team takes on the persona of it's captain.  While they'll need to lock things down a little more on defense to find success in the playoffs, they are poised for a bump in the regular season standings and should be a solid squad to target from a fantasy hockey perspective.


Flyers -- This team got off to a horrible start last season, and nearly recovered in time to make the playoffs.  Given a full 82-game schedule, it's a fair bet that they would have qualified.  I expect a significant recovery in 2013.


Stars -- Dallas had a pretty good off-season, at least on paper.  They shed some aging veterans for some speedy talent up front.  They're poised for a return to relevance.


Oilers -- If not this season, then when?  At some point this talent has to come together. 



Going Down


Canucks -- This have not gone swimmingly for the Canucks in recent memory.  Too many distractions and no good vibes.   They can no longer prey on a weak division.  The playoff streak ends this year.


Canadiens -- Despite winning their division, the warts started to show as the season wore on.  This team is too small and not deep enough to compete with the top tier in the Atlantic.


Rangers -- It's just not coming together for the Blue Shirts.  A new face behind the bench may rejuvenate this offense, but it may take more than one season to see it all come together.  Somebody has to be edged out.


Capitals -- All this team did was get worse since the season ended.  Despite bringing Ovechkin and Green back from the dead, Washington doesn't have enough complementary parts to qualify in their division.



Overall Power Rankings

1. Pittsburgh Penguins

2. Boston Bruins

3. Chicago Blackhawks

4. LA Kings

5. Anaheim Ducks

6. St. Louis Blues

7. Toronto Maple Leafs

8. New York Islanders

9. Philadelphia Flyers

10. Columbus Blue Jackets

11. San Jose Sharks

12. Ottawa Senators

13. Detroit Redwings

14. New York Rangers

15. Minnesota Wild

16. Edmonton Oilers

17. Washington Capitals

18. Vancouver Canucks

19. Montreal Canadiens

20. Carolina Hurricanes

21. Dallas Stars

22. Nashville Predators

23. Buffalo Sabres

24. Winnepeg Jets

25. Tampa Bay Lightning

26. Colorado Avalanche

27. Calgary Flames

28. Phoenix Coyotes

29. Florida Panthers

30. New Jersey Devils

Fantasy Hockey Midseason Planner

by chewy 15. March 2013 10:24

The season is half way complete, but with the trade deadline a couple weeks away and fantasy playoffs quickly approaching, you are running out of time to fix your lineup in time for it to matter. 




The obvious entry in this slot in Crosby's line.  Kunitz and Dupuis are working magic with the best player in the world.  Let's move on to the less obvious…


Chris Stewart (STL)

After a slow start (ok, a slow couple of years), Stewart is showing flashes of the brilliance that had his name in the conversation for "top power forward".  Since the calendar flipped to March, he can certainly make a case for that title.  Stewart has piled up 6 goals and 7 assists through 8 games this month.  The PIMs and +/- are coming along as well, making him once again an all-around good guy for your fantasy lineup.


Michael Ryder (MON)

Ryder has been one of the most under-rated fantasy forwards over the past decade.  He continues to quietly put up goals year after year without fanfare as he moves from town to town.  Since arriving in Montreal, he has picked up his assist totals, amassing 9 points in 8 games.  He has 3 multi-point contests in the past 5 outings.


Sergei Bobrovsky (G-COB)

No goaltender is as hot as the man in Columbus.  He hasn't lost a game in regulation since February, going 5-0-2 in the process, while averaging less than 1 GAA.  It's probably too late for you to cash in on this mad streak, but he deserves a nod in this space.


Jonas Hiller (G-ANA)

Apparently, Hiller wasn't willing to just step aside and allow Fasth to claim his job after all.  He has reclaimed the crease with an amazing run, going 7-0-1 over this last 8 starts.


Shea Weber (D-NAS)

Weber got off to a tragic start, waiting until Valentine's Day to wake up and contribute.  Since then, he's back to being an offensive beast for Nashville.  His last couple of weeks have been particularly productive, with 6 points in his last 5 games.  He's back.


Ryan Suter (D-MIN)

Speaking of Weber and defensive beasts, his former partner has been exploding on offensive over the same timeframe.  In his last 16 games, he has piled up 17 points.  Doesn't get much better than that.






If you're going to make room for a new edition, you obviously need to let someone go.  Though it's tough to part company, here are some guys that it may be time to cut ties with...


Joe Pavelski (F-SJ)

Just 1 goal and 1 assist over the past 10 games.  He's even seen his ice time dive down to the 16 minute range as of late.  I'm a big believer in Pavelski and expect him to wake up at some point, but it's hard to keep the faith with these numbers in a short season.


David Clarkson (F-NJ)

Clarkson was a monster at the start of the season, even leading the league in goal scoring through the first month.  Since then, he has disappeared completely.  He has zero goals and just 2 assists through his last 13 games.


Dany Briere (F-PHI)

After a hot streak through February, Briere has disappeared offensively.  He hasn't put up a point in 5 games, with a -8 rating during that stretch.  His ice time is in the 4th liner territory.  Drop him and don't look back.






  • Viktor Fasth (G-ANA) - upper body, day-to-day
  • Patrick Sharp (F-CHI) - upper body, IR
  • Jamie Benn (F-DAL) - wrist, day-to-day
  • Entire Florida Panthers lineup
  • Raphael Diaz (D-MON) - concussion, IR
  • Evgeni Malkin (F-PIT) -upper body, day-to-day






Brent Burns (D-SJ)

Burns just returned from a series of injuries.  Before this week, he had no points and sat at a -5 on the year.  In his two games since returning, he has been utilized as a forward, which has resulted in 2 goals and 1 assist, while maintaining the valuable "D" designation on the roster.  Take advantage now!


Ryan Whitney (D-EDM)

After a dark period of healthy scratches, Whitney apparently got the message.  In his last 8 games, he's put up 3 goals and 2 assists.


Slava Voynov (D-LA)

Last year, Voynov hit a stretch where he took off as a top fantasy option.  He seems to be back there again as of late.  9 points in his last 8 games for the Kings.


Jake Allen (G-STL)

It may be a short-term situation, but Jake Allen has kicked Halak and Elliot to the curb, as he's gotten the Blues back to winning.  He has gone 7-1 on the season and has gotten the nod in 4 of the last 5 starts for the Blues (all wins), including a shutout last night.


Derek Stepan (F-NYR)

Stepan has been developing into a feature role with the Rangers for a couple of years now.  It seems from a fantasy perspective he has arrived.  He has totaled up 9 points in his last 8 games.


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