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The Wire Troll: Anders Lee Emerges on Island

February 16, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Anders Lee has emerged as a force for the New York Islanders.
It’s time to give Anders Lee some Fantasy love. (Brad Penner-USA Today Sports)

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.

Since the All-Star Break, there has been no hotter team in the National Hockey League than the Minnesota Wild. Having improved from a mediocre 20-20-6 and 46 points to 28-20-7 and 63 points in nine games, it’s clear Fantasy owners should be jumping on the bandwagon with names like Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk and others ready to be had at relatively reasonable prices on the trade market. Trust us, they’re worth checking out.

That said, it’s a bunch of New Yorkers making the list this week, and, for some decent scoring players, they can be had for nothing on the waiver wire.

Anders Lee, C/LW, New York Islanders (ESPN: 12.3 per cent; CBS: 44 per cent): For a guy with 18 goals, 28 points and a plus-11 rating in 50 games this season, Lee is widely available in the leagues above, and even more so in a Yahoo format in which he’s owned in just 15 per cent of leagues. In Week 18, he had three goals (see video below), eight points, a plus-6 rating, two penalty minutes, a power play point, a game-winning goal, 15 shots on goal, eight hits and a blocked shot. We suggest you jump on this guy if you’re in need of some scoring.

Kevin Hayes, C/RW, New York Rangers (ESPN: 3.2 per cent; CBS: 13 per cent): Hayes is one of many rookies having a quality debut. Through 51 games, he has 10 goals, 25 points and a plus-7 rating, good enough for eighth-best among NHL greenhorns and three points shy of seventh-leading rookie scorer Lee. The big (6′5″, 225-pound) forward had three goals, six points, a plus-6 rating, two penalty minutes, a shorthanded point, 11 shots on goal, 13 face-offs won, two hits and four blocks last week.

Josh Bailey, LW, New York Islanders (ESPN: 6.2 per cent; CBS: 33 per cent): It boggles our minds just how available some of these players are. In Week 18, Bailey had three goals, five points, a plus-5 rating, four penalty minutes, 10 shots on goal, a hit and two blocked shots. Through 44 games this season, he has 11 goals, 28 points and a plus-11 rating.

Dwight King, LW, Los Angeles Kings (ESPN: 0.5 per cent; CBS: 3 per cent): Are you in a league with 12 or more teams and in need of some secondary scoring options? King might be just the dark horse candidate you’re looking for. As a fourth line role player, he’s been pretty solid this season with 10 goals, 18 points and a minus-2 rating through 54 games played. In addition, he’s currently on a three-game point streak with three goals, five points, a plus-5 rating, 12 shots on goal and nine hits last week.

Carl Hagelin, LW, New York Rangers (ESPN: 5.3 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): Hagelin is another New York player doing well this season. Through 54 games, the speedy Swede has 12 goals, 24 points and a plus-13 rating. In Week 18, he managed two goals, three points, a plus-4 rating, four penalty minutes, a shorthanded goal, a game-winning goal, 15 shots on goal, a hit and a blocked shot.

STUDS AND DUDS

“Studs and Duds” is our weekly segment on who was hot and who was not in Fantasy hockey in the previous week.

Studs

No. 1. Kari Lehtonen, G, Dallas Stars: Lehtonen hasn’t had the best of seasons, but he sure had a pretty good week with three wins, a 1.66 goals against average, a .957 save percentage and a shutout.

No. 2. Dustin Byfuglien, D/RW, Winnipeg Jets: It was a banner Week 18 for Byfuglien, who had two goals, seven points, a plus-2 rating, six penalty minutes, four power play points, a game-winning goal, 18 shots on goal, eight hits and two blocked shots. When you consider he’s a very versatile player in Fantasy leagues with dual defenseman/forward eligibility, is there anything this guy can’t do (aside from staying away from donuts, that is)?

No. 3. Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago Blackhawks: If you thought “Big Buff” had a great week – don’t worry, he did – but his former Blackhawks teammate, Hossa, beat him in goals with and points with seven biscuits in the basket, eight points, a plus-2 rating, three power play points, a game-winning goal, 13 shots on goal, two hits and a block. Someone should tell the 12-time 25-goal scorer he’s 36, because he sure isn’t playing like it.

Duds

No. 1. Semyon Varlamov, G, Colorado Avalanche: Varlamov did manage a win this week, but nothing else went right as he allowed 11 goals, a 3.81 goals against average and an .869 save percentage.

No. 2. Ryan Miller, G, Vancouver Canucks: Miller also notched a win and allowed one fewer goal than Varlamov, but posted a horrendous goals against average of 4.10 and an .867 save percentage. On Monday, he’s headed for his third showdown with the surging Wild in three weeks. Seeing as he hasn’t fared well in the previous two, we could be looking at either a similar outcome or one of his best games of the season as he looks to put the past behind him.

No. 3. Zdeno Chara, D, Boston Bruins: Chara has had an uncharacteristically poor season, scoring just three goals, 13 points and a minus-3 rating. In Week 18, the hulking rear guard was scoreless with a minus-6 rating, five shots on goal, five hits and three blocked shots.

And that’s it for our coverage this week. How did you do? Tell us in the comment section below.

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The Wire Troll: The Andrei Vasilevskiy Era Begins

December 21, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
A first round pick of the Lightning in 2012, the 6′3″ 207-pounder was the highest drafted goaltender in the draft at 19th overall. He’s been quite successful — even dominant — at all levels of play he’s competing in so far. That didn’t change when he made the leap across the pond this fall. In 14 appearances with the Syracuse Crunch, “Andrei the Giant” compiled an 8-3-3 record, a 2.34 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and two shutouts. He took his stellar play with him to sunny Florida after being recalled by the Bolts in Week 10, collecting a win, a 1.52 goals against average and a .958 save percentage.
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2014 NHL Draft Grades: Central Division, Part II

August 12, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
A series of solid drafts has left Minnesota’s prospect pool in good shape, even with most of the cream of the crop already playing in St. Paul. A couple of playoff runs have forced the Wild to draft a little later than it’s become accustomed to (though that’s hardly a bad thing), but its scouting staff has still managed to get good results each year.
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2013 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Top 10 Rookies

January 15, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (4)
This is the case where a pivot could benefit from injuries very quickly. Baertschi has talent that is well documented and just seems to succeed wherever he goes. The question becomes does he wind up on the first or second line? That will make a slight difference as far as his production but honestly little else. Expect Baertschi to put up a nice solid rookie campaign and garner some Calder consideration. A point total is hard to project with him but let’s just say he is going to have opportunities to impress.
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Ice Chips: Groin Adhesions and Trade Deadlines Edition

March 6, 2009 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
Daniel Briere is getting over his groin adhesions; for this guy, the problems are just starting. Oh, the life of Daniel “Danny” Briere – it’s just one injury after another these days, isn’t it? If you’re a fantasy manager, you were stoked to see Briere finally back, then pissed to see him get hurt yet again. [...]
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