Big Board: Hockey

Matt Romig
Yahoo! SportsMarch 10, 2010

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The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy hockey players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today for a league counting stats for the remainder of the regular season only. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board.

Big Board 50: Hockey
Rank Player Stock Pvs.
1 Alexander Ovechkin, Was, LW Boudreau said he was in a 'funk.' Ovie answered with 2 goals. 1
2 Sidney Crosby(notes), Pit, C 2 goals, 4 assists in 4 games since gold-medal heroics. 2
3 Martin Brodeur(notes), NJ, G Just 4-7-2 since Jan. 25. Admits confidence has been better. 3
4 Ryan Miller(notes), Buf, G 2-1, 1.63, .952 since 'break.' Wonder what he was up to? 8
5 Mike Green(notes), Was, D Ranks No. 5 overall in default formats. No. 8 last year. 7
6 Evgeni Malkin(notes), Pit, C Pts. in 15 of 16 (10-15-25). Pens getting deeper at forward. 5
7 Roberto Luongo(notes), Van, G Pulled in 2 of 4. Not great month for Team Canada in net. 4
8 Evgeni Nabokov(notes), SJ, G 2-1, 2.34 GAA since that awful game vs. Canada. 6
9 Dany Heatley(notes), SJ, LW Closing in on best point total since Stanley Cup season. 9
10 Henrik Sedin(notes), Van, C Snapped 10-game goal drought Sunday w/goal, assist vs. NAS. 10
11 Daniel Sedin(notes), Van, LW See Sedin, Henrik -- only his 'streak' is alive at 11. 11
12 Patrick Kane(notes), Chi, RW 8-game point streak: 4 goals, 9 assists, 5 power-play points. 12
13 Ilya Kovalchuk(notes), NJ, LW 3 goals, 5 assists in 9 games since trade to Devils. 13
14 Patrick Marleau(notes), SJ, C/LW 4 points in last 2 after 5 off the scoresheet. Next tally is No. 40. 14
15 Nicklas Backstrom(notes), Was, C Ranks No. 3 on season. 4 of top 5 are Caps. 22
16 Corey Perry(notes), Ana, RW 2 assists will match career high. 3rd straight 100 PIM yr. likely. 16
17 Henrik Lundqvist(notes), NYR, G Win total will dip despite uptick in GAA and save percentage. 17
18 Martin St. Louis(notes), TB, RW Few hotter: 10 goals, 13 assists in last 13 games. 26
19 Jarome Iginla(notes), Cal, RW 4-point game Sunday included career hat trick No. 10. 23
20 Zach Parise(notes), NJ, LW The pts. didn't count, but screw it, he gets an Olympics bump. 28
21 Joe Thornton(notes), SJ, C Only 3 PPG and might not get 20 goals. So much for shooting more. 15
22 Marian Hossa(notes), Chi, RW 38-goal pace right around career norm. Overlooked on PP. 18
23 Ryan Getzlaf(notes), Ana, C 14 points in last 9 games. 3 pts. in big win over Russia. 20
24 Miikka Kiprusoff(notes), Cal, G GAA, save pct. at 4-yr. bests. Why does it feel like a lost season? 19
25 Marian Gaborik(notes), NYR, RW No points in last 3. Last goal was on Feb. 6. 21
26 Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), Det, D 6 PPP in last 6. 23 points in last 25. 40
27 Alexander Semin(notes), Was, LW 1.23 points per game over last two seasons. 25
28 Henrik Zetterberg(notes), Det, LW/C Wings getting well; 10 points in last 8 for Zetterberg. 29
29 Steven Stamkos(notes), TB, C 16-game pt. streak includes more goals, assists than I care to tally. 45
30 Dan Boyle(notes), SJ, D 3 points in 8 games since missing time with UBI. 24
31 Rick Nash(notes), Cls, LW Day-to-day with LBI. No points in 3 since break. 27
32 Pavel Datsyuk(notes), Det, C Points in 9 of last 10 (5 goals, 7 assists). 30
33 Chris Pronger(notes), Phi, D Just 1 pt. shy of last year's total. Numbers best since Cup season. 31
34 Mike Richards(notes), Phi, C 5-game point streak: 3 goals, 5 assists, 5 PPP. 32
35 Jonathan Toews(notes), Chi, C 2nd assist Friday was No. 100. 8 pts. in ast 5. 33
36 Duncan Keith(notes), Chi, D 6-game point streak: 2 goals, 6 assists, 4 PPP. 41
37 Eric Staal(notes), Car, C Will take an 8-game goal drought into Washington on Wed. 34
38 Tomas Vokoun(notes), Fla, G Won last 2 after dropping last 6 prior to the break. 35
39 Alex Burrows(notes), Van, LW Goals in 3 of 4. Next tally gives him first 30-goal season. 36
40 Jimmy Howard(notes), Det, G 3-1 since break despite 3.41 GAA, .879 save pct. 37
41 Marc-Andre Fleury(notes), Pit, G No shutouts in last 59 regular season starts. 38
42 Jeff Carter(notes), Phi, C 8 goals in last 8 for 2nd career 30-goal season. 39
43 Craig Anderson(notes), Col, G Has more wins this year (33) than previous high in starts (31). 42
44 Drew Doughty(notes), LA, D 50 points at age 20. Raise your hand if you saw this coming. 43
45 Vincent Lecavalier(notes), TB, C Have we really reached point where Downie is better fantasy option? 44
46 Sergei Gonchar(notes), Pit, D 6-gamer snapped Sunday. Still among elite at age 35. 46
47 Ilya Bryzgalov(notes), Pho, G Shutouts matter, and when he's good, he'll throw up a wall. -
48 Patrick Sharp(notes), Chi, RW/C Pos. flexibility gives him edge over productive pivots. -
49 Anze Kopitar(notes), LA, C Held off scoresheet only twice in last 21 games (26 pts.). -
50 Andrei Markov(notes), Mon, D Scoring on a 57-point pace, but those lost games hurt. 50
DROPPED OUT: Marc Savard(notes), Bos, C (Concussion); Tim Thomas(notes), Bos, G; Cam Ward(notes), Car, G (Back)

ON THE BUBBLE: Shea Weber(notes), Nas, D; Mikko Koivu(notes), Min, C; Jaroslav Halak(notes), Mon, G; Jamie Langenbrunner(notes), NJ, RW; Rene Bourque(notes), Cal, LW/RW; Cristobal Huet(notes), Chi, G; Michael Cammalleri(notes), Mon, LW; Bobby Ryan(notes), Ana, RW/LW; Simon Gagne(notes), Phi, LW; Daniel Alfredsson(notes), Ott, RW; Jason Spezza(notes), Ott, C; Tim Connolly(notes), Buf, C; Martin Havlat(notes), Min, RW; Alex Kovalev(notes), Ott, RW; Steve Downie(notes), TB, RW; Chris Stewart(notes), Col, RW; Jose Theodore(notes), Was, G; Jussi Jokinen(notes), Car, LW.

Rankings and statistics through games of Monday, March 8.