So if you told me yesterday afternoon that the Dolphins would only score 6 points against the Jets I wouldn’t be that shocked. But if you then said “and the Florida Panther’s will outscore them” I would recommend you have your head examined.  You know who else should probably have their head examined?  Steve Yzerman.  You really looked at your Depth Chart back in August and said “Yeah, a Goalie tandem of Dwayne Roloson and Mathieu Garon is going to work out great.”  You got lucky and struck lightning in a bottle with Roloson last year.  Why push your luck again?  Bottom line Roloson (and Garon) are unusable right now so BENCH BENCH BENCH!  Now lets take a look at some players who actually did well last night:

Stephen Weiss – C (Fla):  2 Goals and 2 Assists goes a long way towards making your season stats look prettay good (3G/3A in 4 Games).  He’s worth a flier while he’s getting points, but be prepared for multiple droughts throughout the season if you hang onto him.

Kris Versteeg – LW (Fla):  Also notched 2 Goals & 2 Assists.  I wrote about him last week and noted his huge role in the Florida Power Play.  If you can absorb a hit on +/- he’s worth adding.

Dmitry Kulikov – D (Fla):  Like I talk about all the time, somebody has to score in Florida.  And Chris Cooleykov is 2nd on the team in Power Play minutes, was a 1st round pick in 2009 and is not even 21. Just don’t go crazy he’s not a must add.

Brian Campbell – D (Fla):  If you play in a league with 4+ Defenseman Campbell is probably worthy of a spot on your roster.  He’s still only 49% owned in Yahoo so he might be out there on Waiver Wire Island.

Alex Burmistrov – C (Wpg):  Gotta give Winnepeg props for their 1st win there since Clinton was schtooping Monica Lewinsky.  It was a good game for the 20 year old Burmistrov so keep an eye on him, don’t add though.

Evgeni Malkin – C (Pit):  Yeahit’s time to worry.  The surgery rumor is getting louder.  Geno has officially fallen off my list of player’s I’d be happy to own…

Ondrej Pavelec – G (Wpg):   Finally had a good game with just 1 Goal allowed and the W.  I still think Ondrej the Giant can be a viable #3 Goalie so just hang in there with him.

Shawn Horcoff – C (Edm):  Assisted on all 3 Oiler Goals and is seeing time with Hall and Ted Nugent on the Power Play.  But it’s gonna take alot for me to recommend Horcoff, I’ve been burned by him in the past!

Nashville Predators –  12 Shots on Goal?  12!?  And halfway through the 3rd when Edmonton took a 2-1 lead they only had 2 Shots in 10 minutes… God they are tough to watch.

Phil Kessel – RW (Tor):  Scored another Goal and now leads the league with 6.  He’s capable of 40, but don’t forget the Leaf’s were off to a fast start last year too and how’d that turn out?

David Jones – RW (Col):  4th Goal of the year and could be on his way to 30 this season (if he gets enough playing time).  If you need a RW he’s worth a flier.

Teemu Selanne – RW (Ana):  Finally gets on board with 2 Goals (1 on the Power Play).  As long as he stays healthy I don’t see why he can’t get to 30 Goals again.

Saku Koivu – C (Ana):  And in order for Selanne to get to 30 again he’s gonna need Koivu to play like he did tonight.  These 2 can still create magic despite their “advanced age”.

Antti Niemi – G (SJ):  Didn’t look good last night (and hasn’t looked good all year really).  He gave up 2 weak Goals and I remember that being the knock on him back when he played on the Blackhawks.  He’s still a good Goalie but he’s not close to “elite” status like some people were saying in the preseason.

Joe Thornton – C (SJ):  Finally scores a point with a Power Play Assist.  I reiterate I don’t like him this year and if you can find somebody to buy him at full value I’d trade him.  He looks like an NFL lineman out there.  JUMBO Joe is right.  Maybe toss in a salad every once in a while?

Brent Burns – D (SJ):  I would rather have Brent Burns than Dan Boyle.  That is all…

John Tavares – C (NYI):  Had to mention Mr. Upside and the 4 Points on Saturday (after 4 Points Thursday).   This could be the beginning of a fantasy monster…

Alright so to make up for no post yesterday I’ve got a bonus one later today about the RCL Leagues.. So I will talk to you later.  Seacrest OUT!



  1. Neely'sKnee says:

    Thoughts on Oliver Ekman-Larsson? I don’t know much about him, but Rotoworld’s blurb from Oct 16 reads:
    “It may already be too late, but Oliver Ekman-Larsson should be picked up in all leagues.
    He has made a quantum leap in his development and is on his way to what will likely be a breakout season. Ekman-Larsson already has three goals and he seems to have finally figured out the nuances of the NHL game. The 20-year-old has a ton of upside.”

    Is he really the must grab that Rotoworld is touting him as?

  2. MrHappyTime says:

    Should I try to package Malkin with someone else to get Tavares or am I jumping the gun?

  3. GoPuck says:

    Burns was a monster in the game last night by far the Sharks best player, really fun to watch.

  4. DC

    DC says:

    @Neely’sKnee: That is really jumping the gun. I like him as a long term keeper but in a 1 year league he’s not a must grab. Worth grabbing if you need a #4/5 Defenseman? Yeah I buy that. But 2 of his 3 Goals this year were against the Chris Mason lead Winnipeg Jets.

    @MrHappyTime: Depends on the other player in that “package”.

  5. DC

    DC says:

    @GoPuck: Yeah Burns will be a Top 10 D-Man this year. He was invisible in Minnesota and never given a chance to show off his full offensive potential.

  6. ringo says:

    Just to add to what Neely’sKnee said, which Larsson is a better play this year? Adam or Oliver Ekman?… What are your thoughts on Mark Dekanich (CLB)? Is he going to take the job from in ineffective Steve Mason? Another goalie available is J.S. Gigure (COL). I do have Varlamov on my roster aswell so is it worth it to handcuff him with Giguere, they both have been playing lights-out. I have some FA forwards available aswell in Max Pacioretty (MON), David Jones (COL), and Jiri Hudler (DET). Any thoughts on any of these guys? My league is a 16 team league, THANK YOU

  7. DC

    DC says:

    @ringo: Preseason I would’ve said Adam Larsson but right now I give a slight edge to Ekman-Larsson. Mason will have to stink for a while for Dekanich to become a starter. Jiggy eh.. And all those forwards should be owned in a 16 team league.

  8. charlie batch says:

    what do you make of RNH’s hatter in his 3rd pro game? luck or 30g’s as a rookie?

  9. ringo says:

    @DC: So in what order would you add those forwardss? (Pacioretty, Jones, Hudler)

  10. DC

    DC says:

    @charlie batch: In my very first prospects post I said his ceiling is what Patrick Kane did his rookie year: 21 Goals, 51 Assists, 28PPP’s and 190 Shots. So no I doubt he gets to 30 Goals but I do think he is more of a Goal scorer than Kane.. So think 25-27 Goals with 45 Assists (as a ceiling).

    @ringo: They are all super close in value. If you want Assists – Pacioretty. If you’re looking for Goals – Jones and if you want an across the board guy go with Hudler.

  11. The Spaceman says:

    @ DC

    Hey man,

    Been reading your posts from the start and wrote a comment awhile back to no reply! It’s no worries at all! Just wanted to again say thanks for these refreshing write ups. I won’t leave a long winded question here; but who would you give the edge to; Ryan Callahan or Chris Stewart?

    Thanks dude!

    The Spaceman

  12. DC

    DC says:

    @The Spaceman: Hey sorry man I try to respond to every comment.. And Chris Stewart no doubt…

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