Fantasy Hockey Notes 11/06/2008

Thursday, 06 November 2008 05:41 AM Written by 

Anaheim Ducks - Don't look now, but the Quackers are back.  After having a horrendous start, the Ducks are firing on all cylinders.  The top line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz is red hot and raking in the points.  Don't forget about Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger as well, who are finally getting on the score sheet.  Pronger is currently riding a 5 game point streak, while Niedermayer has 5 points in his last 5 games.  At this point, almost all Duck players are good options, so if you had any doubts about any of them after their slow start, you can start them with confidence.

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Kevin Weekes - No one will ever confuse Weekes for Brodeur, but his numbers, when not being compared to Marty, look pretty good.  He has a 2.32 GAA with .917 save percentage thus far.  Stepping up and being the man, isn't that uncommon for him either.  In 03-04 he posted a 2.33 GAA to go along with 6 shutouts.  Unless you're stacked at goalie, he would make a great third or fourth goalie on your team.

Derick Brassard - This may not be a surprise to KevinZuk, who has been singing his high praises since the beginning, but Brassard is making a strong case for the Calder Trophy this year.  The Blue Jackets rookie has 12 points in 12 games and leads the team in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus.  He's available in 90% of ESPN fantasy leagues.  You better believe he'll show up in next week's stock market report.

Kyle Okposo - In an attempt to get him going, the Isles have placed Bill Guerin and Doug Weight on the top line with Okposo.  Coaches have said they're seeing improvement, but if he doesn't get better fast, he could very well get sent to the minors.

Kimmo Timonen - Last Sunday, Timonen recorded an assist but ended with a -4 rating.  Timonen is off to very slow start, but I wouldn't give up on him yet.  He has the talent to be a top ten defenseman and the Flyers, as a team, are starting to come around.

Vincent Lecavalier - All that talk about Vinny's shoulder slowing him down, forget about it.  Vinny is on a roll with 6 points in his last 4 games.  Linemates, Vinny Prospal and Martin St Louis, should also benefit from this burst as well.

Alexander Ovechkin - This past week AO went to Russia to visit his ailing grandfather, which may be why he's gotten off to a slow start and still struggling.  His first game back in the lineup, he recorded no points and finished with a minus 1.  Ovie is having a tough time, all around, right now, but nothing lasts forever.  Ovechkin will battle out of this and get back to form.

Patrick Sharp - I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but Patrick Sharp is a heck of a hockey player.  Sharp currently has 9 goals and 7 assists in 12 games and is showing no signs of slowing down.  Since he's a right handed shot, he has been playing the left circle on the powerplay and racking up the power play points.  His linemate Martin Havlat is a good buy right now.

J.P. Dumont - Not a lot of people pay that much attention to the Nashville Predators, but maybe they should.  Dumont recently had a 7 game point streak broken in which he recorded 2 goals and 7 assists during that time.  He and linemate, Jason Arnott, are the most talented offensive players on the Preds and get a lot of ice time and are a great source of fantasy points.

Jarome Iginla - Since Iginla recorded a hat trick on October 23rd, Iginla has scored just one goal.  The Flames have been switching lines on a day to day basis and its beginning to affect Iginla's ability to score.  The most recent line for Iginla is Conroy and Bourque.  I don't believe Iginla will reach his full potential unless Cammalleri is his center.

Joe Sakic - In an attempt to get Sakic going, the Avs have switched him and Paul Stastny, putting Sakic on a line with Hejduk and Smyth.  This should really help Sakic get out of his slump (0 goals in 5 games), but it will have to wait, as he's currently dealing with back problems.

Brad Richards - The bad news for Richards just continues.  He's still on the Stars second line, but playing with Sean Avery and Steve Ott.  How is a player of Richards' talent supposed to take advantage of that?  To make matters worse, he's currently dealing with a lower body injury and its unsure how much time he'll miss.

Erik Ersberg - I'm actually a HUGE Erik Ersberg fan, the problem is the Kings don't play him very often.  Ersberg lost a tough game to the Ducks earlier this week, 1-0 in OT.  Considering he's playing for the Kings, Ersberg has posted great numbers in his 17 NHL games, but for whatever reason doesn't get the opportunity to shine that often.  Hopefully after his most recent performance, he'll get more starts.

Patrick O'Sullivan - Last week, O'Sullivan was placed on the Kings top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.  My mouth started salivating at the thought of the fantasy points that would begin to roll in from this.  After one game, the Kings got shut out and O'Sullivan got demoted to the 4th line.  I'll never understand the moves by Terry Murray, but then again, that's probably a good thing.

Shane Doan - It took some time, but the Coyotes top line of Jokinen, Doan and Mueller are finally clicking.  Doan has 8 points in his last 4 games and Jokinen is finally hitting the back of the net with 3 goals in his last three games.  If this line stays together, it will be one of the top 3 lines in hockey.

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