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Top 2013 rookies

Top 2013 rookies

by Darryl Dobbs - January 17, 2013 1:52 PM EST

Our fantasy expert ranks the top 10 rookies to draft in your pool for the shortened 2013 NHL season.
Rookies offer a great way to get an edge in your fantasy league. But outside of drafting the first overall pick, there doesn't seem to be a sure-fire way of knowing whom to target.


10 potential steals

10 potential steals

by Darryl Dobbs - January 14, 2013 1:51 PM EST

Our fantasy expert gives you a list of names to keep an eye on as your draft goes on into the late rounds.
Thanks to the Internet, it's getting more and more difficult to come up with a list of sleeper picks for your fantasy draft. After all, is Player X really a "steal" if 50 websites list him as such? Nonetheless, I'll list 10 of my favorites.


Preparing for a shortened season

Preparing for a shortened season

by Darryl Dobbs - January 7, 2013 1:35 PM EST

THN's fantasy expert gives you tips on how to get in the mindset for a more brief fantasy hockey season.
Fantasy hockey is back! Fantasy owners are pulling their sheets out of their desk drawers, dusting them off, and - alright, it's 2013 so they're actually visiting fantasy hockey websites.


Small AHLers in big spotlight

Small AHLers in big spotlight

by Darryl Dobbs - December 17, 2012 4:05 PM EST

Taking a look at some diminutive AHLers and what their potential is at the NHL level.
In 2004-05, several players caught the eye of fantasy owners with their dazzling numbers in the American League. Some of them panned out - others, not so much.


Shut out poolies at your peril

Shut out poolies at your peril

by Darryl Dobbs - December 10, 2012 3:28 PM EST

Fantasy hockey has become so big of an industry that it's a major driver of web traffic, another side effect the league will feel.
As the NHL grew from a $2.1 billion industry to a $3.3 billion industry in just seven years, fantasy hockey grew at an even faster pace. In fact, fantasy sports in general grew at a phenomenal rate over the past decade - 35 million people in North America played fantasy sports in 2012 (per the FSTA).


Can a Foligno change its spots?

Can a Foligno change its spots?

by Darryl Dobbs - November 26, 2012 1:32 PM EST

Mike and Nick Foligno are known for their tenacious styles, but does Marcus have some offensive flair?
Foligno (Fo-lee-no) 1. Courageous, hardy, resolute. 2. Marked by or showing determination; was engaged in a doomed struggle for the puck with a Foligno.


Lowdown on Damien Brunner

Lowdown on Damien Brunner

by Darryl Dobbs - November 19, 2012 4:30 PM EST

Is the Red Wing from Switzerland the real deal, or another Fabian Brunnstrom?
Whenever an unknown bursts onto the fantasy hockey scene, I'm inundated with questions from poolies. Who is this guy? What's his upside? Will he make an impact this year? Things are no different in the case of Damien Brunner, who the Red Wings signed July 1.


Some lockout transplants are fish out of water

Some lockout transplants are fish out of water

by Darryl Dobbs - November 12, 2012 11:25 AM EST

While many locked-out NHLers dominate other leagues – some are struggling mightily.
Another week has been whittled away and the NHL lockout continues. I had hoped to be doing a training camp primer piece for Nov. 12, but instead it looks like said article is weeks away yet.


Calgary muddy up the middle

Calgary muddy up the middle

by Darryl Dobbs - November 5, 2012 2:43 PM EST

Which Flames centers, if any, will be useful in the next fantasy hockey season?
The Calgary Flames are in trouble. At least when it comes to producing goals. Superstar captain Jarome Iginla is no longer a 50-goal scorer and the last time Mike Cammalleri saw the happy side of 55 points was 2009.


Sophomores vs. the AHL

Sophomores vs. the AHL

by Darryl Dobbs - October 29, 2012 2:02 PM EDT

How did NHL sophomores who had to go to the AHL during the last lockout fare?
Last week, I took a look at the 2004-05 projected NHL rookies who were in the American League during the last lockout and compared them to this year's (potential) crop.


Freshmen explosion?

Freshmen explosion?

by Darryl Dobbs - October 22, 2012 1:40 PM EDT

Will extra development time in the AHL helps young NHLers? One look back at the 2004-05 lockout gives excellent insight.
There are dozens of American League players who would be playing NHL games right now, but instead are plying their trade in the development league.


Tracking NHLers in Europe

Tracking NHLers in Europe

by Darryl Dobbs - October 17, 2012 2:36 PM EDT

Poolies can still track the players in their keeper leagues as they set off to play elsewhere.
As one-year league owners find other things to do as they anxiously wait for the NHL season to start, keeper leaguers are still (mostly) holding drafts and following their players.


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