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Fantasy Pool Look: The other 'Big Joe'

Fantasy Pool Look: The other 'Big Joe'

by Darryl Dobbs - May 4, 2010 12:10 PM EDT

Joe Pavelski is lighting up the post-season with his play and with a number of contracts coming up in San Jose, he's a good bet for next year, too.
Joe Pavelski is having a fantastic post-season. He is the reason the Sharks got out of the first round, given their top line was only half-effective, at best.


Fantasy Pool Look: What wins playoff pools

Fantasy Pool Look: What wins playoff pools

by Darryl Dobbs - April 27, 2010 10:55 AM EDT

One of the later Vancouver picks around office pools, Mikael Samuelsson has surprised many and rewarded some.
Vancouver was a fairly popular team to build playoff office pool rosters around this year. After all, with San Jose’s playoff track record (and subsequently their track record for breaking poolie hearts), Chicago’s constant goaltending questions and Detroit’s uneven first two-thirds of the season, the Canucks seemed the safe play.


Fantasy Pool Look: These kids are all right

Fantasy Pool Look: These kids are all right

by Darryl Dobbs - April 20, 2010 11:09 AM EDT

Washington's John Carlson and Ottawa's Erik Karlsson are ready to break out and would be a wise acquisition in your pool.
Any keeper-leaguer worth his salt knows about rookie defensemen John Carlson and Erik Karlsson by this point. But most owners do not peg their fantasy value high enough.


Fantasy Pool Look: East playoff musings

Fantasy Pool Look: East playoff musings

by Darryl Dobbs - April 13, 2010 9:42 AM EDT

Our fantasy expert helps prepare you for the post-season by giving you tips on how to plan your pool in the East.
The playoffs are here! Serious fantasy owners are finally done with the grind of a (hopefully successful) regular season and can now relax and have fun with some more laid-back pools.


Fantasy Pool Look: West playoff musings

Fantasy Pool Look: West playoff musings

by Darryl Dobbs - April 10, 2010 10:25 AM EDT

Our fantasy expert gives you tips on playoff picks out West and why he's going with Canucks.
The post-season starts Wednesday and all across North America, between Saturday and Thursday, friends and colleagues will get together over beer, pop, chips, pizza (name your poison) and select a group of players they hope will provide enough points come June to win the prize (trophy/money/bragging rights/all of the above).


Fantasy Pool Look: Finishing strong

Fantasy Pool Look: Finishing strong

by Darryl Dobbs - April 6, 2010 2:32 PM EDT

Why Heatley is no better than Spezza; Mueller as a dark horse; Karlsson becoming an impact player; and more.
As late as February I was getting a lot of push-back from readers – be it via email, Twitter (@DobberHockey), comments on my website, or on THN.


Fantasy Pool Look: Christmas in Columbus

Fantasy Pool Look: Christmas in Columbus

by Darryl Dobbs - March 30, 2010 2:50 PM EDT

Under interim coach Claude Noel, three Blue Jackets players have seen their production soar.
Ken Hitchcock’s coaching system has, historically, worked flawlessly for the first two years or so that he’s been with a squad. Somewhere along the way, however, the team stops responding.


Fantasy Pool Look: Too little, too late

Fantasy Pool Look: Too little, too late

by Darryl Dobbs - March 27, 2010 10:30 AM EDT

Who disappointed this season only to come on of late and how can you take advantage of that for next year?
It’s a real kick in the teeth when the player or players who disappointed you throughout most of the season start getting hot in late March.


Fantasy Pool Look: McBain makes his case

Fantasy Pool Look: McBain makes his case

by Darryl Dobbs - March 23, 2010 2:15 PM EDT

Carolina's Jamie McBain is making noise; and when to pick Preds in a playoff pool.
Carolina’s second round draft pick in 2006 (63rd overall), Jamie McBain thought he had a good chance at a full-time NHL gig back in September when he signed a pro contract after ending an impressive college career.


Fantasy Pool Look: The new and improved Kulemin

Fantasy Pool Look: The new and improved Kulemin

by Darryl Dobbs - March 20, 2010 10:40 AM EDT

After looking like he might be a fantasy bust, the Leafs youngster has found more ice time and a scoring touch of late.
Maybe it’s the added ice time and responsibility or perhaps it’s the fact Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs has seen enough of the NHL to finally “get it.


Fantasy Pool Look: Stretch run danger

Fantasy Pool Look: Stretch run danger

by Darryl Dobbs - March 16, 2010 11:11 AM EDT

With some teams pulling away in the playoff race, expect healthy scratches to cut into the production of certain players.
With just more than a dozen games left in the regular season, there are some teams in a pretty lucky position, meaning some poolies are in an unlucky one.


Fantasy Pool Look: Impact of line combos

Fantasy Pool Look: Impact of line combos

by Darryl Dobbs - March 13, 2010 11:56 AM EST

There are trios in Vancouver, Colorado, Calgary and Toronto that are worth keeping an eye on.
I’m the first to say that over-analyzing line combos to help make decisions on your fantasy squad is a silly idea. On that note, let’s analyze some line combos.


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