Presented by thehockeynews.com’s fantasy expert Darryl Dobbs, Fantasy Pool Look is an-depth look at player trends, injuries and much more, as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league only on THN.com.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 7, 2009 10:15 AM EST
Who has the upper-hand for the No. 1 role in Montreal, Anaheim and Washington?
Once upon a time, there were three young goaltenders: Carey Price, Semyon Varlamov and Jonas Hiller. All three were tremendously skilled, but all three quickly discovered that a starting job in today’s NHL is not handed out freely.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 3, 2009 1:25 PM EST
There's a youth movement taking place among defenseman point-producers and poolies should take note.
Look at all the top scorers in the NHL among defensemen and you’ll notice something. Youth. Lots of youth. A torch is being passed and those poolies who had a hunch about this in September are already seeing dividends.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 27, 2009 11:00 AM EDT
After last week's look at the players we didn't expect to have hot starts, we focus on the NHLers who are struggling.
For THN.com’s 500th Fantasy Pool Look column, we’ll follow a similar plotline as No. 499 and look at some scoring race surprises.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 24, 2009 9:50 AM EDT
The top-scoring lists are littered with unexpected names, but who will keep up the pace?
It’s still October, which means it is quite conceivable for a third-line player with moderate offensive skills to sit comfortably in the top 10 in league scoring.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 20, 2009 10:48 AM EDT
Plus-minus is a tough stat to judge a player on, but if you look at everything around it you can guess what the future holds.
The plus-minus statistic is used in many types of fantasy hockey leagues. I don’t necessarily agree with that, as it is heavily influenced by the kind of team a player is on.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 17, 2009 9:50 AM EDT
Assuming he can stay healthy, Colorado will have struck gold with this late-round gem.
If only he could stay healthy. It looks as though we’ll be hearing those words a lot when referring to David Jones in the future. I sure hope I’m wrong, given the way he’s produced since his recent return from the injured list.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 13, 2009 10:52 AM EDT
When searching for the next offensive defenseman for your pool, look no further than Michael Del Zotto and John Carlson.
A couple really promising rearguards caught my eye last spring. Actually, being from the area, I noticed former Oshawa General Michael Del Zotto a lot earlier than that.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 10, 2009 9:30 AM EDT
After a year in hockey exile, Radim Vrbata is back in a situation he can thrive in Phoenix.
The talent has always been there. The consistency and the certainty – not so much. Radim Vrbata was a high-scoring Quebec League grad who made the Avalanche as a 20-year-old, promptly posting 30 points in 52 games.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 6, 2009 3:20 PM EDT
Nashville youngster Patric Hornqvist blew onto the scene last year before drifting off, but he's back and deserves a little attention.
It’s the perfect example of the extreme ups and downs of a player in fantasy hockey over the course of one year. Patric Hornqvist arrived in Nashville’s camp back in 2008 with quite the pedigree.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 3, 2009 11:51 AM EDT
Don't pay attention to the numbers trend with the Calgary keeper, he's still a fantasy prize.
One of the league’s best goaltenders – not to mention one of the top fantasy assets – hasn’t actually been very good in recent years.
by Darryl Dobbs - September 29, 2009 11:05 AM EDT
How they'll start out of the gate is always a question mark, but picking the right freshmen can be a boon.
From a fantasy standpoint, only four to eight rookies post valuable numbers every season. Last year it was Steve Mason, Bobby Ryan, Kris Versteeg and Pekka Rinne.
by Darryl Dobbs - September 22, 2009 10:45 AM EDT
Patrick O'Sullivan and Mike Comrie will both be looking to recapture past promise with the Oilers.
Their situations are different, yet oh so similar. Mike Comrie is a 29-year-old who boasted huge fantasy value back in 2002, but has since fallen from grace.
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