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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Western Conference playoff pool primer

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 26 days ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    Time for playoff pool drafts! And as always there will be a handful of players who perform far better than their draft position would indicate. Here are 10 players in the Western Conference who you shouldn’t sleep on. (Check out our Eastern Conference picks here.) These are in no particular order and not every Western Conference team will be represented (so put down the pitchforks Nashville fans).

    Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks – Silfverberg may not even reach the 40-point mark this season. But you may remember last year when he tallied 18 points in 16 playoff games. In his first 39 games of 2015-16 he had just six points, but in his last 39 games he’s picked up 30. And that includes 13 in his last 12. So he heads into the postseason on a roll.

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference playoff pool primer

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 28 days ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. 

    Time for playoff pool drafts, Part One! As always there will be a handful of players who perform far better than their draft position would indicate. Here are 10 players in the Eastern Conference who you shouldn’t sleep on. These are in no particular order and not every Eastern Conference team will be represented (so put down the pitchforks Detroit fans).

    Matt Beleskey, Boston Bruins – There is one race still open for an NHL playoff spot and that one is a battle between three teams for two spots. And wouldn’t you know it, the Bruins, Flyers and Red Wings are playing each other in some pivotal match-ups over the final few days. Assuming Boston makes it, Beleskey is a solid sleeper pick. He had nine points in 16 playoff games last year and he had three points in four games in 2014, both with the Ducks. He plays a hard-nosed style that is custom-made for the NHL playoffs.

    J.T. Miller, New York Rangers – I just really like the trend of Miller’s points-per-game average:

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: The Best and Worst of 2015-16

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website   DobberHockey  back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    We’re heading into the last week of the NHL season and you know that means. That’s right – it’s time for the fluff pieces! Your fantasy squad won or lost the championship thanks to some of the below names. This column kicks off about 13 days of “best of” and “playoff primer” articles that will be all over the Internet. I’m happy to be one of the first; perhaps I can desensitize you to it a little bit.

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    Top 10 Pleasant Fantasy Hockey Surprises

    10. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins (72-35-20-55, plus-19, 90 PIM, 231 SOG, 8 PPPts)

    Marchand has slowed down significantly, otherwise he’d be closer to the top of the list. As things stand now he is on pace to finish with 59 points, which isn’t too far above his career high. But it’s his 35 goals that is the surprise. Brad Marchand, 40-goal scorer. Does that sound weird?

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Mark Scheifele is a stud, Petr Mrazek a dud

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Rick Roos has been a senior writer at DobberHockey since 2012. 

    Much has been made of Donald Trump asking supporters to pledge their vote for him. Don’t worry, I’m not getting political; but I’m insisting you make a fantasy hockey pledge - that you’ll not own five certain skaters on any of your fantasy teams in coming years. Why not? Because each is a member of the unfortunate “much better in real life than in fantasy hockey” club.

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    Without further ado, here’s the list, noting each player’s average 2015-16 Yahoo draft selection for his position, along with – surprise, surprise – in all but one case his lower current value:

    C – Jonathan Toews – Average draft selection = 8th overall C; Current ranking = 21st

    RW – Corey Perry – Average draft selection = 6th overall RW; Current ranking = 15th

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Red hot Mark Scheifele, waiver wire steals

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 1 mth ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Ian Gooding has been the associate editor for DobberHockey since early 2015. 

    Now that the trade deadline has passed, teams are looking more closely at prospects to help improve their rosters – particularly the tanking teams that aren’t doing so well. Should you do the same for your fantasy roster?

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    If you don’t think you should pin your championship hopes on prospects, consider this: Non-playoff teams with injured key players may eventually consider shutting down these players for the season, as opposed to playoff teams who will often push these players back as quickly as possible. Consider the status of the likes of James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Justin Faulk, Alex Edler, and Cory Schneider, each of whom are dealing with lingering injuries on teams that are closing in on April tee times.

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    So the NHL’s trade dudline (see what I did there?) has come and gone, and to come up with any kind of reasonable list of impacted players I’ll need to include the weekend trades. I don’t want to have to delve into the repercussions of Michael Keranen as a Senator, or Drew MacIntyre’s return to the Chicago organization. So let’s pretend the trade deadline started on Friday.

    From a strictly fantasy hockey standpoint and just for the short term (i.e. from today until the end of the season), let’s break it down…

    The Winner(s) – Nobody. Maroon was getting checking-line ice time with Anaheim and it will probably be similar with the Oilers. Initially, he may get a look on the Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl. If that works out, then Maroon would be a big winner here. Call him a dark horse.

    The Loser(s) – Zach Kassian. He’ll take a hit in ice time early on and will have to battle for his job going forward. But I guess that’s the point. Kassian goes from dark horse to…not as much of a dark horse.

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Pre-trade deadline moves and strategy

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    The NHL trade deadline is just around the corner and with that comes the trade deadline in most fantasy leagues. Here are the six players on the trading block who could see the biggest boost in short-term fantasy value (i.e. the final six weeks of the season). These aren’t necessarily the biggest names, but they are the ones who would see a nice jump in production.

    Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning – Right now with Tampa he’s on track to get zero points in zero games between now and April 10. However, if Drouin’s traded before the deadline…his production is bound to improve on that. Yes, I really set the bar high there. Anyway, Drouin will be on a mission to thrive and his new team will be on a mission to help their GM look good. So he’ll be given power-play time and quality linemates. If Drouin fails as an NHL player (I don’t think he will, but ‘if’ he does), it won’t start happening until next season because March will be his month.

    The Wire ...

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Stamkos, Rinne, wire recommendations

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Ian Gooding has been the associate editor for DobberHockey since early 2015.

    We often tell you whether to buy, sell, or hold a player on your keeper team. But what if that player is Steven Stamkos?

    On Monday, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman threw a bucket of water on the smoldering trade rumors, stating that Stamkos would not be traded before the deadline. So if we are to take Mr. Yzerman on his word, Stamkos will remain a Bolt for the rest of the season. Stamkos has been good but not great in 2015-16 (22 goals and 42 points in 55 games), but at least we know his situation in single-season leagues should remain stable.

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Duds...

    Somebody wake these guys up – their fantasy owners are counting on them... 

    The Wire...

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Can Sidney Crosby catch Patrick Kane?

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.

    Sidney Crosby is a man on a mission. After seemingly doing all he could to get out of the All-Star Game the proper way (not getting invited) and thereby avoiding suspension if he missed it the old-fashioned way, he has really made up for lost time. But will it be enough to catch Patrick Kane in the scoring race? Heading into Thursday night’s contest, Sid sat 23 points back but he had five games in hand. And the way things are going these days, five games for Crosby is about eight points. So call it a 15-point deficit.

    Here are the NHL’s Top 30 scorers since and prior to the New Year...

    Before December 31, Crosby wasn’t in the Top 30 at all. Or even in the Top 50.

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens (4-3-5-8, plus-6, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 1 PPPts) – While Max Pacioretty continues to flounder as he tries to recapture his magic with David Desharnais, Plekanec is picking up the slack.

    The Wire...

  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Why Joe Thornton is a stud, Tyler Johnson a dud

    Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy 3 mths ago

    Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Ian Gooding has been the associate editor for DobberHockey since early 2015.

    Knowing that not all teams have played the same number of games, you can target and deploy players from teams that have more games down the stretch. Sometimes fantasy leagues are won and lost by the slimmest of margins, so even slight advantages matter.

    For example the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs all lead the league with 34 games remaining after the All-Star break. Maybe this is a good time to target John Tavares, who happens to be just outside the top 50 in scoring at the moment.

    The Chicago Blackhawks have the least number of games with 29, followed by the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues with 30. You probably don’t want to part with Patrick Kane in a non-keeper given the rate he has been scoring, but what if there was a sweet return being offered to you?

    Petr Mrazek (18-9-4, 2.03 GAA, .932 SV%)

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