Getty ImagesDobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
In keeping with yesterday's theme, it's time to cover the Western Conference. Because if we didn't, my OCD brain would probably explode.
And to kick off this second of two playoff primers, I'll turn to Frozen Pool for another riveting and relevant snapshot. Here are the Top 50 faceoff men of the past three weeks, minimum 135 faceoffs taken:
The Obvious - Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan and Saku Koivu.
The Sleepers - Although Kyle Palmieri has played all of five playoff games as a pro, his ability to score when it's needed most speaks volumes. He has five game winners out of his 10 goals. I also find it interesting that in his four playoff games for Syracuse in 2012 he took 21 shots…
Nick Bonino is another good secondary option. His lower-body injury kept him out for 21 games, but of the games he did play he has 11 points in his last 19. His ice time is also much higher than it was early in the season, at times topping 19 minutes.
Rookies to Watch - Defenseman Sami Vatanen has played five straight games, covering for the injured Luca Sbisa. Vatanen has two points in those games and next year could surprise you with strong numbers in what will still be a rookie-eligible season…
After a couple of recalls and demotions, Etem was brought to Anaheim for good in late February. He has chipped in some timely points, but for the most part his ice time is carefully controlled. Neither Etem nor Vatanen will likely make a playoff impact this year.
Don't Overrate - Early in the season, the Ducks relied on their secondary scoring. Now that the top line has been flying for a couple of months now, some of the other guys have slowed down. Francois Beauchemin has just two points in his last 13 games, Teemu Selanne (nine in last 34), Andrew Cogliano (one in his last eight), Daniel Winnik (12 in last 42), and Sheldon Souray (10 in his last 34).Read More »from Fantasy Hockey Stanley Cup Playoff Outlook: Western Conference