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Fantasy Pool Look: Familiar territory

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Fantasy Pool Look: Familiar territory

Darryl Dobbs
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For many years, Jaromir Jagr was a slam-dunk No. 1 pick in hockey pool drafts. He was Mr. Money-in-the-bank-can't-miss.

With the exception of the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Jagr totaled between 94 and 149 points for the Pittsburgh Penguins each season from 1992-93 and 2000-01.

Then came the trade that sent him to Washington.

In the three seasons since the deal, Jagr has yet to reach even the 80-point mark. But with 51 points in 34 games (including eight in his last four), Jagr is well on way to re-establishing himself as the league's top scorer and an elite fantasy hockey pool player.

Jeff O'Neill's two points in Toronto's 9-6 win over the Islanders Monday night snapped a drought which saw him pointless in seven gamesÂ…

Edmonton's Fernando Pisani has 10 points in his last seven games. The 28-year-old right winger has minimal fantasy value, as his career high is just 30 points. However, he does have a streaky side to him and may be worth a brief pickup in rotisserie leagues. Currently, he is playing on a line with Mike Peca and Ethan MoreauÂ…

After beginning the season with 14 points in 15 games, Boston's P.J. Axelsson has just four in his last 18Â…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Ottawa rookie Brandon Bochenski will be out until around Jan. 20 with a shoulder injuryÂ…Montreal right winger Alexei Kovalev could be back as early as Tuesday night. He tried to make it back for last week but was not cleared to play. Regardless, he is still ahead of scheduleÂ…Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace is looking at a weekend return, but cautions he will make 100 per cent certain he is healthy this time around. He had returned from the same knee problem too quickly a month ago and it cost him more time as a result.

Farm Report: Despite scoring in his NHL debut on Friday, Kings right winger Petr Kanko is really not a slam-dunk prospect for poolies. He put up some reasonably nice numbers in the Ontario League and was drafted in the third round (66th overall) in 2002. However, the 21-year-old's American League numbers have been sub-par to say the least. His potential is that of a third line forward in the NHLÂ…Similarly, Tampa Bay's Ryan Craig also scored in his debut, and his numbers were almost a mirror image of Kanko's. Craig's upside is a tiny bit better, however, as he has put up decent AHL numbers. The 2002 eighth round pick (255th overall) is a longshot to be a second liner, it would all depend upon what he does with his opportunitiesÂ…Los Angeles top prospect Anze Kopitar has 12 points in 27 games in the Swedish Elite League. The 11th overall pick in 2005 is third in team scoring in a low-scoring league. These are highly successful numbers for an 18-year-old.

Fantasy Hockey Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Tuesday and Friday. Also find the top 250 roto-player rankings at the first of every month (email me for the rankings).

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