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 weekly basis.
Big Board 50: Hockey
Sidney Crosby, Pit, C
12 points in last 5 games w/Malkin on wing.
Jaromir Jagr, NYR, RW
After 50-goal season, may make run at 100 assists.
Ilya Kovalchuk, Atl, LW
8-game point streak (9g, 6a) snapped Wed.
Marian Hossa, Atl, RW
Think he's looking to score? Took 16 shots Wed.
Marty Turco, Dal, G
Should make run at career-high win total (41).
Alexander Ovechkin, Was, LW
Steady despite lack of breakout game.
Joe Thornton, SJ, C
Minus-7 rating a concern. He was plus-31 in '05-06.
Dany Heatley, Ott, LW
Heating up during 6-game pt. streak (7g, 3a).
Evgeni Malkin, Pit, C
How long until Crosby-Malkin rank 1-2?
Manny Fernandez, Min, G
May finally get a night off Saturday.
Roberto Luongo, Van, G
Not getting much goal support from Canucks.
Jason Spezza, Ott, C
2 pts. in first 5. 12 points in 6 games since.
Miikka Kiprusoff, Cal, G
2 or fewer goals of support in 8 of 11 starts.
Martin Brodeur, NJ, G
Up and down, but leads NHL w/3 shutouts.
Brendan Shanahan, NYR, LW
12th all-time in goals (610) and not slowing down.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Det, D
Leads Red Wings with plus-10 rating. Of course.
Kari Lehtonen, Atl, G
At least four goals allowed in four straight.
Eric Staal, Car, C
Needs to keep pace with brother Jordan.
Ryan Miller, Buf, G
Wins keep coming even if numbers aren't great.
Rick Nash, Cob, LW
Career-worst drought. No goals since Oct. 9.
Chris Pronger, Ana, D
Steady, not spectacular with new team.
Maxim Afinogenov , Buf, RW
7 goals, 11 assists in last 9 games alone.
Markus Naslund, Van, LW
Just two multi-point games this season.
Marian Gaborik, Min, RW
Groin strain will keep him out another week.
Tomas Vokoun, Nas, G
OT loss only blemish in last seven starts.
Jonathan Cheechoo, SJ, RW
5-game goalless streak longest w/Thornton.
Scott Niedermayer, Ana, D
Four-game point streak snapped Wednesday.
Daniel Alfredsson, Ott, RW
Ottawa standing by its captain despite woes.
Dion Phaneuf, Cal, D
Averaging a point per game in last five.
Olli Jokinen, Fla, C
Injuries up front haven't helped Panthers.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Ana,G
Still hasn't lost a game in regulation.
Brian Gionta, NJ, RW
No points in three straight as Devils cooled.
Bryan McCabe, Tor, D
Goal Thursday was just his second.
Daniel Briere, Buf, C
Point streak stalled at 10 games Thursday.
Jarome Iginla, Cal, RW
At least a point or minor penalty in nine straight.
Brian Rolston , Min, RW
Refuses to budge off absurd goal pace.
Sergei Gonchar, Pit, D
Malkin effect: 6 power-play points in last 5 games.
Peter Forsberg, C, Phi
18 PIMs Thursday. Hey, it's something.
Brenden Morrow , Dal, LW
Got in a fight Wednesday. Now that's a start.
Simon Gagne, Phi, LW
Flyers deny trade rumors. But a deal would help.
Patrick Marleau, SJ, C
Not much doing lately on SJ's top two lines.
Milan Michalek, RW, SJ
Time on Thornton-Cheechoo line was short-lived.
Martin St. Louis, TB, RW
Rebound year? 8 goals during 7-game pt. streak
Henrik Zetterberg, Det, LW
Return of Samuelsson could jump-start season.
Mathieu Schneider, Det, D
Considered day-to-day with groin injury.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pit, G
Five-straight wins and 30+ saves in 4 of 6.
Vesa Toskala, SJ, G
Sits every-other game, but SJ is talking trade.
Matt Carle, SJ, D
Cool rookie now has 18 points in 26 career games.
Wade Redden, Ott, D
Hadn't done much, then tweaked groin.
Martin Havlat, Chi, LW
Hasn't resumed skating yet, so return uncertain.
ON THE BUBBLE: Paul Kariya, LW, Nas; Dwayne Roloson, G, Edm; Zdeno Chara, Bos, D; Erik Cole, Car, LW; Marek Svatos, Col, RW; Shane Doan, LW, Pho; Vesa Toskala, G, SJ; Mats Sundin C, Tor; Teemu Selanne RW, Ana; Pavol Demitra, C, Min; Daniel Sedin, LW, Van; Chris Drury, C, Buf; Alexander Semin, LW, Was; Ladislav Nagy, LW, Pho; Sergei Zubov, D, Dal; Petr Sykora, RW, Edm
DROPPED OUT: Evgeni Nabokov, SJ, G; Dominik Hasek, Det, G; Todd Bertuzzi, Fla, RW (back)
Keep your eye on Ryan Whitney of Pittsburgh. He'll be making an appearance on your Big Board soon. He's on a power play unit with Crosby and Malkin. He could get point/game production with PIMs to go with it. I'm expecting him to be a top 10 DEF this year. – Bruce, Shakopee, MN
Romig, where is my boy Thomas Vanek? The guy is legit, and has top 20 talent/numbers. I can understand not putting him in the top 50 (yet), but how 'bout some bubble love? – Badadio, Detroit, MI
What else does Henrik Sedin have to do to prove he deserves a Big Board spot? He has more goals and assists than Joe Thornton! Not to mention a plus-7. Quit putting the big name players up there that haven't produced and start putting up the names that deserve to be there! – Ron, Marysville, MI