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Fantasy Pool Look: Flying low

Fantasy Pool Look: Flying low

by Darryl Dobbs - December 8, 2009 1:55 PM EST

They lost their coach and they've lost their fantasy value, but you can be sure the Flyers will be back, so grab their players now.
A buy-low situation has developed in the City of Brotherly Love. The team has been losing enough games to cost coach John Stevens his job. Losers of eight of their past nine, including an 8-2 spanking against an Ovechkin-less Washington team, the Flyers have a slew of underachievers from the goaltender out.


Fantasy Pool Look: The Leafs' new face

Fantasy Pool Look: The Leafs' new face

by Darryl Dobbs - December 5, 2009 10:55 AM EST

Phil Kessel's arrival in Toronto has meant a jump in production for many Maple Leafs.
Most fans and media agree – Toronto GM Brian Burke paid a steep price to land Phil Kessel from Boston. Some also contend it was something that he needed to do.


Fantasy Pool Look: Flame on

Fantasy Pool Look: Flame on

by Darryl Dobbs - December 1, 2009 11:10 AM EST

The Flames secondary scorers have supported the team early this season, making them valuable pickups for your team.
Only five teams have scored more goals than the Calgary Flames this season and four of those teams have played more games. But it’s a different Calgary squad this year versus the team that finished tied for seventh in offense a year ago.


Fantasy Pool Look: Long Island potential

Fantasy Pool Look: Long Island potential

by Darryl Dobbs - November 28, 2009 9:25 AM EST

The quick ascension of John Tavares up the point-total ladder has had a positive effect on his linemates, making them valuable fantasy pickups.
When John Tavares was drafted by the Islanders this past summer, poolies were all over the map with their expectations. Some figured his impact would be similar to Steven Stamkos (46 points as a rookie), others were thinking as high as Sidney Crosby (102 as a rookie).


Fantasy Pool Look: Afinogenov to the max

Fantasy Pool Look: Afinogenov to the max

by Darryl Dobbs - November 24, 2009 12:00 PM EST

After becoming an epic fail in Buffalo, the speedy Russian has revived his career in Atlanta.
Maxim Afinogenov is proof that a coach with a certain system and a certain attitude can get the most out of a player when others could not. The Atlanta right winger had worn out his welcome in Buffalo to the point where healthy scratches were as common as reality shows.


Fantasy Pool Look: Fishing for points

Fantasy Pool Look: Fishing for points

by Darryl Dobbs - November 21, 2009 10:00 AM EST

After frustrating poolies by stalling in 2008-09, Mike Fisher looks to be back on track this season.
Sometimes fantasy hockey makes you want to bang your head on your desk. Well, not so much “sometimes” as “often.” But here’s a real head-bang-inducing player.


Fantasy Pool Look: Bergfors becoming big force

Fantasy Pool Look: Bergfors becoming big force

by Darryl Dobbs - November 17, 2009 10:45 AM EST

The 22-year-old Swede may have taken some time to develop, but the Devils right winger looks like a keeper.
New Jersey right winger Niclas Bergfors has been on the fantasy radar for so long it is hard to believe he is only 22 years old. Generally, if a player is a full-timer in the American League for four years, fantasy owners get sour.


Fantasy Pool Look: Feeling Blue

Fantasy Pool Look: Feeling Blue

by Darryl Dobbs - November 10, 2009 2:15 PM EST

St. Louis is certainly struggling, but poolies should still get in on this "buy-low" situation.
The St. Louis Blues, as a team, have scored 33 goals. That’s a great total for a team at the nine-game mark. Unfortunately, the Blues have played 15.


Fantasy Pool Look: A (goalie) tale of three cities

Fantasy Pool Look: A (goalie) tale of three cities

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.


Fantasy Pool Look: Changing of the guard

Fantasy Pool Look: Changing of the guard

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.


Fantasy Pool Look: Unpleasant surprises

Fantasy Pool Look: Unpleasant surprises

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.


Fantasy Pool Look: Scoring-race surprises

Fantasy Pool Look: 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.


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