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THN.com's fantasy expert, Darryl Dobbs, says the Coyotes' Peter Mueller could become an 85-point player.

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THN.com's fantasy expert, Darryl Dobbs, says the Coyotes' Peter Mueller could become an 85-point player.

The NHL trade deadline is just less than four weeks away and many fantasy leagues use the same date for their own deadline – it’s crunch time! Let’s get to some letters…

Hello Dobber. Do you think Kyle Turris will make the Phoenix roster next year?
Dave, Woodstock, Ont.


My guess is he will. Peter Mueller will center the top line and Turris will center the second line, while Martin Hanzal will center the third (although long-term I think Hanzal will eventually be moved to play on the wing on one of the top lines). Phoenix is a team on the rise and I think Turris will debut with 60 points as a rookie, maybe more.

In a head-to-head Yahoo league I can keep five players per year (one goalie). Cats include G, A, +/-, PPG, PPA, SOG, FW, SHP. My planned keeper list includes: Spezza, Getzlaf, Gaborik, Lundqvist and either Kane or Backstrom (Wash). Both youngsters have great potential, how do I decide between the two?
Keith, Minneapolis, Minn.


That is indeed a very tough call. I would look at the linemates. Alex Ovechkin certainly trumps Jonathan Toews here, so I would have to go with Backstrom.

Help! I am in a Yahoo league. My defense is terrible (for fantasy purposes). I have Andrei Markov, Joe Corvo, Marc-Andre Bergeron, and Lubomir Visnovsky (who has killed my plus/minus). I was thinking about dropping Corvo, Bergeron, and/or Visnovsky and picking up some combination of Carle, Komisarek, Spacek, Beauchemin, or Enstrom. Do you think it’s worth considering making a change?
Michael, Columbia, S.C.


I will make two assumptions here: This is a one-year league and penalty minutes are a category. Definitely make the switch from Marc-Andre Bergeron to Tobias Enstrom for starters. Despite Chris Campoli’s absence from the lineup for the rest of the season, Bergeron will be no match for what Enstrom will give you.

Corvo has decent numbers in several categories, especially plus/minus. However, he is a minus-10 in his past 11 games. Ouch. So his greatest value is now hurting you. Mike Komisarek won’t give you Corvo’s offense, but he will give you some and will probably match the plus/minus. Where he will really benefit you is in penalty minutes, so absolutely make that switch, as well.

My team has been hit with big-name, long-term injuries of late (Crosby, Heatley, Stastny) and I need to make some major moves. I thought before I made any I should get some input. I've narrowed down the contenders to replace Crosby with Alfredsson, Zetterberg, Malkin and Lecavalier. The contenders to replace Stastny in my lineup are Huselius, Langkow, Elias, Semin, Parise, Michalek and Brind’Amour. My draft counts G, A, +/-, PIM, SOG. Which players out of each group do you feel are most likely to have the strongest second half? Thanks.
Mark, Red Deer, Alta.


Again I will assume a one-year league here. Despite Daniel Alfredsson’s seven-point effort last week, I still say Evgeni Malkin is the best bet here. With the added responsibility given to him in Crosby’s absence, Malkin has flourished. Vincent Lecavalier has slowed down, as well, but he will still make it close…however I would take the risk and go for the gusto with Malkin. As for your Stastny selection, go with Kristian Huselius. Alexander Semin is certainly heating up, but the injury bug has bitten him this season. Although those injures seem to be behind him, Huselius is the safer bet.

In most leagues, however, Malkin is a left winger. If your league also has that setup, then drop Crosby, Stastny and Heatley and pick up Lecavalier, Zetterberg and Malkin.

Will Tanguay ever be put on the top line in Calgary again? If so, when? If not, what’s his projected value for the rest of the year?
Jeff, Vancouver, B.C.


Calgary is pretty set with their top line of Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow, so I would doubt you will see Alex Tanguay up there going forward. He should still get 65 points, though.

Hey Dobber, I'm in a 12-team keeper league (we keep nine each year). I have the chance to pick up Daymond Langkow in exchange for Peter Mueller, mostly as a pick-up for next year. Not sure where Langkow's going to be playing next year and if he's still going to be a 30- to 35-goal scorer for a couple more years, or whether Mueller's ever going to be a star in Phoenix. What would you do, keep the kid or go for the vet?
Kelly, London, Ont.


Keep the kid. You will thank me next season. Langkow will never reach 85 points whereas Mueller should see that number with regularity starting in three years. Next year I would say Mueller could flirt with 70 or more.

In a H2H league with categories of G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, and SOG, daily roster moves and seven starting slots (C, RW, LW, F, D, D, Util). Currently have Niedermayer and Kaberle on D. Boyle is on the wire. I'm tempted to make a move for him – who would you drop? I also just let Semin go a couple of weeks back and he is still available  – considering dropping Havlat to get him back. What would your moves be?
Joe, Chicago, Ill.


I wouldn’t drop either defenseman for Dan Boyle, but I would switch Martin Havlat for Alexander Semin. Havlat is as fragile as a dry twig, while Semin’s injuries seem to finally be behind him.

Darryl Dobbs’ Fantasy Mailbag appears Wednesdays only on The Hockey News.com. To send the Dobber your question, click HERE.

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