60 thoughts on 30 teams

Eric Maltais

2007-11-14

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A penny for my thoughts? How about 60 thoughts for free? This week, I take you on a go round of the 30 NHL teams with a couple of quickies on each one of them.
 

 

Anaheim Ducks

Odds that Teemu Selanne comes back this season are at less than 20%.

Inversely, odds that Scott Niedermayer makes a return are at 80% and Mathieu Schneider loses a lot of value when that happens.

Atlanta Thrashers

Me thinks Ondrej Pavelec is the future in Atlanta, not Kari Lehtonen.

If Tobias Enstrom has gone unnoticed in your league, take advantage since he has the potential to put up 40 points playing on a power play that features Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa.

Boston Bruins

Don’t expect Patrice Bergeron back for several weeks, maybe even months and I wouldn’t be surprised if his season was over.

Chuck Kobasew is playing close to 20 minutes per game and delivering. I expect him to reach the 30-goal mark.

Boston Bruins

Don’t expect Patrice Bergeron back for several weeks, maybe even months and I wouldn’t be surprised if his season was over.

Chuck Kobasew is playing close to 20 minutes per game and delivering. I expect him to reach the 30-goal mark.

Buffalo Sabres

I’d buy low on Thomas Vanek since I expect he’ll snap out of it, but he won’t make up for the lost time, meaning he won't put up much more than 30 goals.

Same thoughts on Maxim Afinogenov.

Calgary Flames

Dion Phaneuf is on pace for 160 penalty minutes, added to his other stats, he might just be the most valuable defenseman in roto leagues.

Adrian Aucoin has slowed down, but he’ll finish in the 40-point range.

Carolina Hurricanes

Eric Staal is a perfect example of young players struggling one season and bouncing back the next, keep him in mind when looking at Jordan Staal next season.

Cam Ward has given up three or more goals in five of the last six games. I simply don’t trust Ward.

Chicago Blackhawks

Tuomo Ruttu has only two points in his last five games; I don’t know what to make of him. He's still a wait and see.

Patrick Kane will do even better if he can get Martin Havlat back to help on the power play.

Colorado Avalanche

Don’t trust in Marek Svatos and his seven goals.

Now is a good time to make a pitch for John-Michael Liles.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Sergei Fedorov is back on the top line and he has just seen a seven game point streak come to an end. He makes an excellent pickup.

If you need penalty minutes, Jared Boll is a great source.

Dallas Stars

Don’t expect more than what you are getting from any Star player.

Mike Modano has just had a couple of good games, but don’t expect that to be the start of resurgence on his part.

Detroit Red Wings

Dominik Hasek might actually lose his starting gig to Chris Osgood within the next month.

Jiri Hudler looks like he’s finally turned the corner and become a reliable fantasy commodity.

Edmonton Oilers

Sheldon Souray’s return will give a boost to everybody on the top power play unit.

The Oilers ARE a bad team, so Dwayne Roloson will continue to struggle.

Florida Panthers

Keep an eye on Stephen Weiss, he’s worth grabbing when he gets hot.

Nathan Horton has scored only two goals in his last 13 games. Buy low.

Los Angeles Kings

Jack Johnson is performing exactly as expected on the team with so many offensive defensemen.

Anze Kopitar will have his ups and downs, but I still expect him to score close to 80 points.

Minnesota Wild

I hope you aren’t surprised to see Marian Gaborik missing so many games. Shame on you for drafting him too high (that’s for all his owners since I guarantee you that he went too high in 99% of fantasy leagues).

Petteri Numminen is playing at forward lately and should be owned in all leagues while it lasts since you can play him on defense.

Montreal Canadiens

Michael Ryder isn’t a buy low, but if h