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The Wire Troll: Frans Nielsen on Fire

October 26, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments (0)
Frans Nielsen has been scoring big time for the New York Islanders.
Frans Nielsen has helped the Isles to a fantastic start. (Flamesnation.ca)

It’s been another great week of Fantasy hockey with surprise sleepers and studs lurking around every corner. Here at RotoRob.com, we’ve adjusted our teams accordingly and suggest you do, too. Here are the week’s waiver wire picks.

Frans Nielsen, C, New York Islanders (ESPN: 42 per cent; CBS: 41 per cent): Nielsen, like his team, is off to a great start. In eight games, the Herning, Denmark native has four goals (including a hat trick against the Stars — see video below), eight points, a plus-4 rating, three power play points, a game-winning goal, 25 shots on goal, 63 face-offs won, five hits and seven blocked shots. Nielsen has proven himself to be very valuable in many different aspects.

As of this writing, Yahoo! Fantasy hockey owners may have an even greater chance of snatching him off the waiver wire as he’s owned in just 20 per cent of leagues. Our recommendation? Pick Nielsen up; you just won’t be able to do so in any league with us — sorry, we beat you to it.

Kris Russell, D, Calgary Flames (ESPN: 16.4 per cent; CBS: 23 per cent): Only two defensemen were better than Russell in Week Two. In three games, he had four assists, a plus-2 rating, a power play assist, six shots on goal, a hit and five blocked shots. For a team expected to be in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel Sweepstakes, the Flames have come out of the gate with a vengeance. Russell has been a key part of it and logs more than 20 minutes per game. This could be a big season for him, his Fantasy owners and Calgary.

Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning (ESPN: 3.9 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): The Lightning is for real this season, and youngsters like Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin are going to be a big reason why. In Week Two, Kucherov collected a goal, three assists, a plus-2 rating, a power play point, nine shots on goal, a hit and a block. He’s got six points in nine games so far, and he’s only going to add more. We’d also recommend you keep a close eye on Drouin; we’re just waiting for a larger sample size first.

strong>Damien Brunner, RW, New Jersey Devils (ESPN: 0.4 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Brunner has played just four games this season, but he’s got three points (on goal, two assists), a plus-1 rating, two power play points, seven shots on goal, a hit and a blocked shot. Will he get back to his Detroit Red Wings form of 2012-13 or will he fizzle out like he did last season? It’s too early to say, but he may be a solid pick up in the time being.

STUDS AND DUDS

“Studs and Duds” is our weekly segment on who was hot and who was not in Fantasy hockey’s week previous. This week, we’re talking Week Two.

Studs

No. 1. Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings: Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper is still on an impressive roll, but he was no match this week for the Kings’ Quick. In two games, The City of Angels’ main puck stopper collected two wins, a 0.50 goals against average, a .986 save percentage and a shutout.

No. 2. Keith Yandle, D, Arizona Coyotes: It’s hard for a defenseman to have a better week than Yandle did. In three games, the Coyotes’ assistant captain scored a goal with three assists, two penalty minutes, four power play points, 19 shots on goal and four blocked shots.

No. 3. Jonas Hiller, G, Calgary Flames: Like Quick, Hiller collected two wins, a 0.50 goals against average and a shutout, but he faced a few less shots, notching a .980 save percentage.

Duds

No. 1. Tomas Hertl, LW, San Jose Sharks: It looks like “Hertl-power” is in need of a boost. In three games with the Sharks, the young Czech had no points, a negative-5 rating, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and seven hits.

No. 2. Alexander Semin, LW/RW, Carolina Hurricanes: Semin has been a major disappointment for the Hurricanes. He has just two assists on the season, and none in the past three games. In those games, the former 13th overall pick has a minus-4 rating, five shots on goal and three hits.

No. 3. Justin Faulk, D, Carolina Hurricanes: The ‘Canes have played seven games and have yet to win. Coincidentally, Faulk’s plus-minus rating for the past three games also has a seven — a minus-7, that is. In addition to that abysmal rating, the South St. Paul, Minn. native added just one assist, four penalty minutes, five shots on goal, three hits and three blocked shots.

And that’s our coverage of Week Two. Now it’s your turn. Tell us in the comments below how we did or what players made or broke your week in Fantasy hockey.

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Review: NHL Gamecenter Live 2014-15 App

October 20, 2014 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
The new NHL season is upon us, and with it, fans are inundated with advertisements to purchase NHL Center Ice (the TV package) or NHL Gamecenter Live (its online counterpart). For years, Center Ice was the most convenient way to get wall to wall NHL action. However, in recent years the functionality of NHL Gamecenter has propelled it to the forefront. The new iteration of Gamecenter is upon us, which leaves two big questions. First, is it any different from last year’s version? Second, is it worth your money?
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The Wire Troll: The All Nordic Edition

October 19, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
With Tuukka Rask off to a shaky start, Svedberg has seen more action than expected, and he’s been up to the challenge. Svedberg has been off the Fantasy radar until now, but he looked phenomenal in shutting out the Sabres Saturday — in just his third career start. Need a backup netminder?
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2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Top 250 Dynasty Rankings

October 18, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (3)
We wrap up the 2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit today with a very special treat — our first ever top 250 rankings for dynasty leagues. Starting a league from scratch? Don’t leave home without this list. In a keeper league? You better refer to this tome then, my peeps. So while Bruce Boudreau shrugs off getting dissed in Teemu Selanne’s new book, let’s get to those rankings.
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2014-15 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Top 10 Busts

October 3, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments (0)
Just a few days shy of his 21st birthday, the former first overall pick has already been considered a bust for a while now. After scoring 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games during the lockout shortened season, the young Russian only managed 11 goals and 24 points with a disastrous minus-33 rating in 63 games in 2013-14, even finding himself a healthy scratch on numerous occasions. Yakupov’s got the ability, but he finds himself slipping down the depth chart of an Oilers team looking to get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Don’t even think about him until you get a better sample size.
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