Fantasy Hockey Quick Shots

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2009-11-08

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Whenever I struggle for a topic, a nice and easy way out is to just speak of many things. Call it more in-depth ramblings, but I prefer to think of it as "the column about nothing" and capitalize on any lingering Seinfeld popularity…

 

Tomas Fleischmann so far is showing everything that I thought he would. In the Fantasy Guide, I made mention that he always improves his numbers – dating back to his early teens. Be it junior hockey or his days back in the Czech Republic, or the AHL or NHL – every season he tallies more points than the season before in that same league. I noted that either this year or next, Fleischmann would jump by at least 0.25 points per game. This season that would mean 0.76, which works out to about 55 points in the 72 games that he could play. He has seven in six games so far and in Yahoo! he is eligible for either wing…

 

Phil Kessel will be a point-per-game player on the Leafs this season. Going forward, look for 70 to 75 games per campaign and about 80 points. They'll get him a big-name pivot next summer (hello Marc Savard), which will obviously help. But he'll get his 65-70 points this year primarily because the team will throw him out there as often as they can. The Leafs are still trying John Mitchell out as his center and if that continues then Mitchell is a dark horse for 50 to 55…

 

Since returning from a shoulder injury, Dennis Wideman is pointless in nine. He is only down six seconds per game of PP time, despite the presence of Derek Morris. However, the team isn't scoring and that won't last forever. When David Krejci returns and, later, Savard, Wideman will return to a 40-or 45-point pace. I think he overreached at 50 last year…

 

New Jersey's David Clarkson is looking like this year's David Backes. He's on pace for 64 points and close to 150 penalty minutes. I believe he'll reach that PIM total, but I don't see his points going above 50. Not this year, anyway. Long-term he could be a 60-point player…

 

Nik Antropov is a point per game. He has yet to score a goal though. He averaged about three shots per game as a Ranger last season. This year? How about 0.85. If that changes and he starts shooting again, he could be in for an even better campaign…

 

Pascal Leclaire exposed: without a Ken Hitchcock system, his 2.70 and 0.897 numbers are, to be polite, unimpressive. If Brian Elliott didn't get shelled his last start (five goals on 27 shots), he'd be looking like a fantastic option right now…

 

Andrew Raycroft has been a monster for the Ca