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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.