Big Board: Hockey

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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
Rank Player Stock Pvs.
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