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 10, 2011 5:20 PM EST
Jamie Benn isn't just off to a hot start - he's a player you should aggressively pursue in your league.
In a points-only keeper league, would you trade Zach Parise for Jamie Benn straight up? What about Eric Staal? Brad Richards? Ilya Kovalchuk? The correct answer is – yes.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 7, 2011 2:21 PM EST
The top 2010 draft prospects are strutting their stuff at the NHL level, but has their order at the draft changed in fantasy circles?
Remember the media-made Taylor vs. Tyler fiasco 18 months ago? We all knew the Oilers would draft Taylor Hall, but hockey pundits wanted to make it clear the decision would be close, and rightly so.
by Darryl Dobbs - November 3, 2011 2:53 PM EDT
Will Kyle Wellwood and Jiri Tlusty start realizing the potential they once were lauded for?
There have been countless times when a young player is rolling along in what could only be considered the beginning of his big breakout – and then injury strikes.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 31, 2011 4:58 PM EDT
After thriving in Chicago, Kris Versteeg has finally found himself again in Florida with a new-look Panthers team.
This is the player the Leafs went after last summer. This is the player the Flyers went after in February. Kris Versteeg showed hustle, tenacity and, more importantly for poolies, production during the 2008-09 campaign when he was with the Blackhawks.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 27, 2011 2:24 PM EDT
Some teams are scoring too much, others not enough and if you pick out the right ones, it will give you an edge in your pool.
The New Jersey Devils were the lowest-scoring team in the NHL last season and averaged 2.08 goals per game. The second-lowest was Ottawa at 2.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 24, 2011 4:28 PM EDT
What the heck can you make of Marc-Andre Bergeron's unexpected fast start?
I have a feeling the life expectancy of a fantasy hockey enthusiast is much shorter than that of a common person. Great players become terrible, weak producers become strong, young players tease with their potential and then drift away…only to return with a vengeance after you’ve dropped them.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 20, 2011 1:28 PM EDT
Are these guys making you stress out about your pool?
Some poolies are pretty desperate for these slumping players to get a move on. Here is what you can expect in the short and long term. Zdeno Chara, Boston The penalty minutes and shots are there, which still makes him a decent contributor in roto leagues.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 18, 2011 2:36 PM EDT
You're either off to a much faster start than expected or much slower, but it's still early so look out for these numbers to normalize.
It never fails. Five or 10 games into the season, poolies get excited – positively or negatively – about a couple of players because of what the early numbers show.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 12, 2011 4:22 PM EDT
You've drafted your fantasy team, but how all your layers perform is still up in the air.
You have polished off your drafting and now it all begins. How your team performs this season will depend greatly on how a number of questions are answered.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 8, 2011 10:30 AM EDT
The Jets have a lot of promise when it comes to fantasy players, but the pay off is still a ways down the road.
It’s time to welcome the NHL back to Winnipeg - Jets fans are in for a treat. Fantasy enthusiasts, well, not so much. But the tough times won’t last forever; there are definitely some bright lights on this team.
by Darryl Dobbs - October 4, 2011 3:25 PM EDT
Our fantasy expert tells you how to deal with the young Oiler at your draft table.
Prediction – Edmonton Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will get between two and 72 points this season. Now that’s one hell of a big board to throw your dart at, isn’t it? So what should you do with the unpredictable top pick? Nugent-Hopkins could end up being the first forward selected with the top pick to not play a full NHL season immediately after being drafted since Eric Lindros.
by Darryl Dobbs - September 27, 2011 4:27 PM EDT
THN's pool expert looks at five NHLers who must make hay or will disappear into the fantasy fringes
I could spend all day writing about all the players who need to make an impact quickly or lose pretty much all fantasy relevance. But I managed to pick out five interesting players who stand out the most.
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