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09/10 Fantasy Hockey Forwards: Guide & Analysis

This is a helpful guide (hopefully) for fantasy hockey owners regarding 2009-2010 Fantasy Hockey Forwards, including which players I think are being drafted too early, which ones are being drafted too late, and which ones you can steal late in your draft. I will also give you my Top 50 ranking. First things first, if you have the 1st overall pick, don’t be an idiot, take Ovechkin, the guy is a goal scoring machine and the fact that he’s a left-winger makes him the best fantasy hockey player to own in history. As for #2 and #3, trends show that Malkin is being taken 2nd overall with Crosby going 3rd and these are pretty much the only picks that are set in stone. One thing to reme...

FACTORS That Will Have You Rethinking Your Predictions

The team to watch this year is the Coyotes because if you don’t who will? But in all seriousness, the big factor here is the “star struck” factor. Opposing players will be star struck on the ice when they get to meet the stars of last year’s ever popular soap opera. The season premiere did not disappoint with disgruntled coach Wayne Gretzky being killed off. But don’t get too excited, the Coyote’s season finale is usually in the middle of November. Based on these factors expect the Coyotes’ to go nowhere this season…except for maybe Hamilton. Next stop is New Jersey, a team that will greatly benefit from the Snooze Factor. The Devils, already annual hosts of the...

The six best teams in the NHL: Who will win each division?

A lot of teams have made changes this past off-season, which is going to make for an interesting season in every division this year. For the first time in a long time, the Central division is competitive from top to bottom. The Northeast, Atlantic and Northwest divisions will be intense, as always. Even the Southeast is tough to predict, with both Washington and Carolina having legitimate shots at winning the division, and Atlanta, Florida and Tampa all improving to the point where, while they may not make the playoffs, at least 2 of them might be able to come close. The only real ''gimme'' division seems to be the Pacific division, and even then, it could go to either Anaheim or San Jose. ...

Pre-season is serious business

I've been watching some preseason games... well those that were on TV anyway. Is it just me or does no one seem to care about preseason anymore? From what I could remember it used to be a bigger deal for younger players. The young Habs sure don't seem to care much. I haven't seen much fire from anyone yet, except perhaps from David Desharnais (who's amazing, too bad he's 4'5). Jaroslav Halak has been the most solid bleu-blanc-rouge 'tender. Anyone surprised? Didn't think so. When will he get a chance to shine? Poor guy has been labeled a #2 since... well since forever. Habs' management seem to be testing Sanford in pre-season games so far... If he looks the part, will they package ...

Preseason news/notes: Souray breaks (2!) panels of glass, Phaneuf breaks Okposo's face, Laraque breaks himself (again)!

Didn't watch the Habs/Panthers game last night (seeing as I couldn't... you'd think RDS would get the idea considering they sold out a pre-season game against the Panthers, but anyway...) but I caught the highlights and the boys looked good. O'Byrne was feisty and ready to go, Gomez and Cammalari scored and made a statement (and a case towards why either should be captain), Latendresse was hitting everything, and D'Agostini showed why he belongs next to Lapierre and Latendresse. Really enjoyed his goal. Lots of people seemed to shine last night, but unfortunately, it looks like they kind of shut down after 2 periods. I hope that doesn't become a problem this season, as we've had issu...

The lost art of Offer Sheets

The Brian Burke - Kevin Low feud of the past few years has been well-documented. A lot of people would say, too well documented. But for those who don't remember the story, let's rehash, shall we? Lowe can't sign players to play Edmonton (I wonder why...). Lowe sees Dustin Penner. He thinks Penner will be a good fit on his team, so he extends him an offer sheet. Everything he does is well within his rights and the laws of the NHL CBA. He does the same with Thomas Vanek, offering both over-inflated contracts that they may not deserve, except in Vanek's case, it doesn't work, Buffalo matches. But Penner ended up moving to the Oilers and receiving a 5 year, $21 million contract for h...