Yahoo! Position Eligibility

Eric Maltais

2007-10-24

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Yahoo! Is the most popular fantasy hockey league manager, but they can sometimes be quite slow to reflect the reality of the NHL as far as player position eligibility goes. So it’s important to keep an eye out for changes in that area, because some players can become quite attractive once they gain a new position. Here’s a recap of some recent eligibility changes and how it affects a player’s value.
 

 


Petr Prucha  (C Added RW)
– As a center, it wasn’t even worth keeping an eye on Prucha in anything but the deepest of fantasy leagues. However, as a right-winger you’ll want to gamble on him despite that fact that he hasn’t scored a point in his last six games.

Chris Higgins (C Added LW) – Higgins might actually be a free-agent in your league since he wasn’t worth much as a center, but as a left winger he deserves to be picked up in all leagues.

Patrick Elias (C Added LW)
– Elias has been extremely disappointing this season, but he averaged nearly a point per game last season and produced 195 point in 195 games the past three seasons. Point-per-game left-wingers are extremely rare, so you might want to target Elias in trade talks.

Scott Hartnell (RW Added LW) – It’s extremely rare for players to be eligible on both wings, so despite Hartnell’s slow start you might want to consider picking him up if he’s available in your league. Despite not having found the back of the net yet this season, Hartnell remains capable of producing 20 to 25 goals.

Evgeni Malkin (LW Added C)
– It doesn’t really change his value since you’ll use him at left wing, but it’s always fun to have the flexibility.

Petr Sykora (C Added RW) – Sykora is averaging exactly a point-per-game as Syd the Kid’s partner and that’s despite a relatively slow start by Crosby. Only 7 right-wingers scored 80 points last season.

Nathan Horton (C Added RW) – Horton has 40-goal potential, which could put him amongst the top 5 in that department amongst right-wingers.

Markus Naslund (RW Added LW)
– We have now come to accept Naslund as a merely average player, but like previously mentioned, eligibility on both wings is quite valuable.                     

Martin Erat (LW Added RW) – Erat’s value is actually on par with Naslund’s, which says more about Naslund that it does about Erat. He’s a good trade target since he’s always undervalued and will bring you roster flexibility.

Zach Parise (LW Added C) – See Malkin.

Wade Belak (D Added RW) – Yeah, like you’d ever use Belak on right wing, heck, you wouldn’t even use him on defense.

Finally, will somebody explain to Yahoo that Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra can’t both be right-wingers since they play on the same line. If you’re lucky Demitra will become eligible on left wing any week now.

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