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Fantasy Pool Look: Odds and ends

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Some thoughts, tips, and ramblings on the world of hockey poolsÂ…

Josef Vasicek has, so far, made a very successful return to the Hurricanes lineup after missing most of the season with a knee injury. He had a four-point game against Washington on April 3. Since returning, the 25-year-old has spent most of the two games he has played on a line with Rod Brind'Amour and Justin Williams. With Erik Cole back next season and Andrew Ladd likely playing a bigger role, Vasicek needs to produce in order to keep his spot on a scoring line...

Washington defenseman Steve Eminger has been pointless for 30 games. The 22-year-old impressed early on in the campaign with nine points in 12 games, but lost his spot on the top power play unit to Jamie Heward. Next season, he will be the No. 1 guy, as Heward will be 36 at that point, and was really only a stopgap solution to begin withÂ…

Toronto rookie defenseman Ian White has five points in his first six NHL games. The 21-year-old's play has earned him more than 19 minutes of ice time per game. White, a 2002 sixth round draft pick (191 overall), has solid shot at cracking the big club next season, despite his smallish size. He put up some big numbers in junior, so the potential for offense is there, although defensemen generally do not become real fantasy assets until they are at least 25Â…

Andy Hilbert has joined Colby Armstrong and Sidney Crosby on Pittsburgh's top line, and the move has seen the 25-year-old tally seven points in his last six games. A point-per-game player in the American League, there is some real solid potential here for next yearÂ…

The injuries to Marek Svatos and Alex Tanguay have left Avalanche center Pierre Turgeon without linemates on the second line. His usual linemates were Svatos and Andrew Brunette, but Tanguay's injury has forced coach Joel Quenneville to bump Brunette up to the top line with Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk. While the move has been great for Brunette owners (nine points in five games), it has hurt Turgeon owners (pointless in five)Â…

Since being acquired by the Kings at the trade deadline, Mark Parrish has just six points in 14 games. If you consider the fact he had games of three points and two points in a Kings' uniform, you'll see he has been held off the scoresheet in 11 of 14 games. The 29-year-old has been seeing a normal amount of ice time in L.A. and has been playing with the likes of Eric Belanger and Mike Cammalleri, so I can't really tell you why he is not producing. The tools are there; he's just not using themÂ…

Blackhawks left winger Rene Bourque is becoming one of the streakiest players in the NHL. After a span of 13 games with just one point, the 24-year-old has five in his last two. Bourque had an earlier slump of 15 games without a point, and has gone pointless in four games or more on three other occasions. If you remove the 28 games that made up his two substantive slumps, Bourque would have 33 points in 43 games. That amounts to a near 60-point pace, which is where I would expect his potential to be in the coming yearsÂ…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu will make his unexpected return from an ugly looking ankle injury next weekÂ…Bill Guerin should find his way back into the Dallas lineup this weekend. He has missed 11 games so far with an eye injury.

Darryl Dobbs' 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 Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Also, get the top 250 roto-player rankings on the first of every month in THN's Fantasy section.

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