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Fantasy Pool Look: 10 promising playoffs

Fantasy Pool Look: 10 promising playoffs

by Darryl Dobbs - May 31, 2011 4:47 PM EDT

Our fantasy expert gives you 10 players whose surprising playoff performances should have poolies excited.
Besides the Sedins (once they finally flipped the “awesome” switch), Martin St-Louis, David Krejci and Ryan Kesler, there are some players who have really surprised with their playoff performance and have far exceeded expectations.


Fantasy Pool Look: What the Worlds mean

Fantasy Pool Look: What the Worlds mean

by Darryl Dobbs - May 24, 2011 3:42 PM EDT

Our fantasy expert looks at World Championship performances and what they'll mean for next season.
The IIHF World Championship is a very big deal over in Europe, but is just ho-hum in North America, which is a shame, given the quality of players that are involved in the tournament.


Fantasy Pool Look: The college free agent

Fantasy Pool Look: The college free agent

by Darryl Dobbs - May 10, 2011 11:47 AM EDT

Poolies need to be careful when dealing with college free agents and shouldn't use a roster spot on one with the assumption he'll produce.
The NHL has been signing undrafted players out of college for years. From Mike Ridley, Adam Oates and Curtis Joseph in the 1980s to Andy McDonald in 2000 - the practice is not a new one.


Fantasy Pool Look: Philly's unheralded star

Fantasy Pool Look: Philly's unheralded star

by Darryl Dobbs - May 3, 2011 2:56 PM EDT

The Flyers have a number of big names on the roster, but the biggest star is often lost behind them.
Mike Richards is the best leader in hockey this side of Jonathan Toews. Jeff Carter is a young sniper whose 84-point season two years ago put him firmly in the hearts of fantasy owners.


Fantasy Pool Look: Ten first round thoughts

Fantasy Pool Look: Ten first round thoughts

by Darryl Dobbs - April 26, 2011 1:33 PM EDT

Our fantasy expert analyzes some first round performances and makes judgments on what it will mean for next season.
It’s still early in the post-season, but I’m already getting some hunches about certain players and I’ll be acting on them in the off-season.


Fantasy Pool Look: Bizarro world in Nashville

Fantasy Pool Look: Bizarro world in Nashville

by Darryl Dobbs - April 19, 2011 3:36 PM EDT

The Nashville Predators are scoring at a torrid pace, while the Sharks are the league's worst. What's going on?
After Monday’s games the Nashville Predators were second in the NHL in goals for with 11. In last place? The San Jose Sharks with three as they prepared for Game 3 with Los Angeles.


Fantasy Pool Look: Drafting in the late rounds

Fantasy Pool Look: Drafting in the late rounds

by Darryl Dobbs - April 12, 2011 2:38 PM EDT

In playoff pools is custom to pick a team or two and run with them, but Dobber warns not to ignore the "non-favorites."
Every year it comes down to this. Round 10 of a 12-round draft and you either take Matt Bradley of the Capitals, Jeff Tambellini of the Canucks, or Mike Cammalleri of the Habs.


Fantasy Pool Look: Who to avoid at the draft

Fantasy Pool Look: Who to avoid at the draft

by Darryl Dobbs - April 9, 2011 11:26 AM EDT

Before you set your draft lists, check and see who our fantasy expert tells you to demote or eliminate altogether.
The playoff pool season is upon us and while you’re scrambling to get your stats and sheets together, keep some of these names in mind when you get to them on your list - and downgrade or eliminate them.


Fantasy Pool Look: Slumping Voracek

Fantasy Pool Look: Slumping Voracek

by Darryl Dobbs - April 5, 2011 2:39 PM EDT

Another disappointing year for Jakub Voracek, but that just means it's time to pick him up; plus Alex Tanguay and Matt D'Agostini.
We were warned of this in Jakub Voracek’s draft year: high-end, game-breaking talent, but head-shaking inconsistency. And three years into his NHL career, we’re seeing it first hand.


Fantasy Pool Look: 'So now what' players

Fantasy Pool Look: 'So now what' players

by Darryl Dobbs - April 2, 2011 9:53 AM EDT

To drop them or not to drop them? Some players are making your off-season decisions difficult, so Dobber pitches some advice.
There are several players who have keeper league owners throwing up their hands. Will he retire? How is his hip? Can he iron out his inconsistency and become a star? Will he bounce back from his knee injury? How you handle these situations will make or break your short-term future in your league.


Fantasy Pool Look: The injury factor

Fantasy Pool Look: The injury factor

by Darryl Dobbs - March 29, 2011 2:37 PM EDT

If poolies didn't have enough to think about when building their teams, there is a new X-Factor that will play into the success rate.
It’s yet another new trend in the ever-evolving world of fantasy hockey: injuries. Not that injuries are on the rise or decline - I wouldn’t trust publicized numbers in either direction - but the way they are being handled is changing.


Fantasy Pool Look: Saturday potpourri

Fantasy Pool Look: Saturday potpourri

by Darryl Dobbs - March 26, 2011 11:04 AM EDT

Is Corey Perry the most valuable fantasy player?; David Legwand a No. 1 center?; Dion Phaneuf's improved play; and more.
As I often do when no particular subject jumps out at me, I just toss a few thoughts down. Still nothing I deem column-worthy? Then I’ll just slap them all together and call it potpourri.


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