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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. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Hockey default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis.

Big Board 50: Hockey

1

Evgeni Malkin, PIT, C/RW

He's stepped it up with Crosby out

2

2

Daniel Sedin, VAN, LW

As always, the safest power-play to invest in

1

3

Steven Stamkos, TB, C

Hard to maintain that 19.5 shooting percentage

3

4

Claude Giroux, PHI, C/RW

Makes the power-play go: 20 helpers on the man advantage

5

5

Henrik Lundqvist, NYR, G

Start clearing room on the mantle

7

6

Pavel Datsyuk, DET, C/LW

Chara knows how valuable he is

8

7

Jonathan Quick, LA, G

Pride of Massachusetts makes it 3,000 miles away

10

8

Alex Ovechkin, WAS, LW

Karma won't stop kicking him

4

9

Phil Kessel, TOR, RW

Homeboy: 19 goals in TOR, 7 outside of YYZ

11

10

Marian Gaborik, NYR, RW

Puck bounced his way in December; payback in January

15

11

Corey Perry, ANH, RW

Team is rallying, he's in typical ornery mood

22

12

Jonathan Toews, CHI, C

He'll play through the wrist injury

12

13

Pekka Rinne, NAS, G

The best keeper who hardly gets talked about

18

14

James Neal, PIT, LW/RW

Love to hit, be hit, shoot the puck (210 SOGs)

23

15

Marian Hossa, CHI, RW

Finally has mojo back for good

16

16

Jimmy Howard, DET, G

Always feels like it's the team more than it's him

13

17

Henrik Sedin, VAN, C

Playmaker nonpareil, but should shoot a little more

9

18

Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT, G

Shootout star: six wins, just one loss

20

19

Tim Thomas, BOS, G

Can't deny skills but Rask steals a lot of the work

14

20

Joffrey Lupul, TOR, LW/RW

Mild dip this month but we'll take 3-9-12, 29 SOG

17

21

Ilya Kovalchuk, NJ, LW/RW

Fourteen goals over last two months, shootout ace too

32

22

Anze Kopitar, LA, C

Road-heavy schedule comes in second half

33

23

Erik Karlsson, OTT, D

Went too early in ASG draft, but nonetheless a stud

39

24

Patrick Sharp, CHI, C/LW/RW

Wrist problem stops the momentum

6

25

Patrick Kane, CHI, C/RW

You don't tug on Superman's cape

28

26

Antti Niemi, SJ, G

More wins at home, better percentages on road

26

27

Roberto Luongo, VAN, G

Not standing on his head, but bankable numbers

24

28

Tyler Seguin, BOS, C/RW

Smart at both ends of the rink (plus-34)

27

29

David Backes, STL, C/RW

Dynamic power forward fills all the categories

30

Scott Hartnell, PHI, LW

Not an assist hoarder, but otherwise a versatile option

31

31

Miikka Kiprusoff, CGY, G

At this point, you trust the save-percentage spike

29

32

Zach Parise, NJ, LW

Watch out for him on the shorthanded unit (seven SH points)

34

33

Jarome Iginla, CGY, RW

Shooting percentage bouncing back, as expected

43

34

Martin St. Louis, TB, RW

He's been consisent in every month

35

Thomas Vanek, BUF, LW

No show in January: two points, minus-6

19

36

Shea Weber, NAS, D

That howitzer is going to hurt someone someday

35

37

Tomas Vokoun, WAS, G

Has to go into the disappointment file

36

38

John Tavares, NYI, C

He's a possible keeper-league chip now

39

Drew Doughty, LA, D

Fifteen points over last 26 games, getting there

40

Patrick Marleau, SJ, C/LW

Lowest shooting percentage in four years

38

41

Johan Franzen, DET, LW/RW

Will all-out style burn him out by playoff time?

37

42

Teemu Selanne, ANH, RW

He's not the problem in Anaheim

47

43

Dan Boyle, SJ, D

Pride of Miami (OH) seldom makes a bad decision

44

Zdeno Chara, BOS, D

Shot pace down, hits are up

41

45

Henrik Zetterberg, DET, C/LW

Just one goal over last 19 games

21

46

Brian Elliott, G, STL

Surging Halak forces a committee

40

47

Carey Price, MON, G

Volume is nice but team isn't helping much

25

48

Jordan Eberle, EDM, RW

Back from knee injury, plug and play

44

49

Alexander Edler, VAN, D

Notable shot dip in January, keep an eye out

48

50

Mike Smith, PHO, G

A working class hero is something to be


DROPPED OUT: Sidney Crosby, PIT, C; Mike Green, WAS, D; Rick Nash, CLS, LW/RW; Dion Phaneuf, TOR, D; Nicklas Backstrom, WAS, C; Niklas Backstrom, MIN, G

ON THE BUBBLE: Loui Eriksson, DAL, LW/RW; Dustin Byfuglien, WPG, RW/D; Matt Moulson, NYI, LW; Keith Yandle, PHO, D; Bobby Ryan, ANH, LW; Jamie Benn, DAL, C/LW; Daniel Alfredsson, OTT, RW; Nicklas Lidstrom, DET, D; Jaroslav Halak, STL, G; Ryan Kesler, VAN, C; Jason Pominville, BUF, RW; Ryan Getzlaf, ANH, C; Taylor Hall, EDM, LW; Jeff Skinner, CAR, C/RW; Brad Richards, NYR, C; Jason Spezza, OTT, C; Eric Staal, CAR, C; Joe Thornton, SJ, C; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM, C; Nathan Horton, BOS, RW; Cam Ward, CAR, G; Brad Marchand, BOS, C/LW; Alex Pietrangelo, STL, D; Jonas Gustavsson, TOR, G; Duncan Keith, CHI, D; Brian Campbell, FLA, D; Kari Lehtonen, DAL, G; Craig Anderson, OTT, G; Vincent Lecavalier, TB, C; Kimmo Timonen, PHI, D; Corey Crawford, CHI, G; Kris Versteeg, FLA, LW/RW

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