Hockey Stock: Inside Trading on the DSE

Ray Irwin




In the real world, the stock market is one of the most important ways a company has to raise money in order to grow it’s business.  Similarly, fantasy hockey is equally liquid and a successful owner demonstrates the ability to be parts active and patient in order to develop a team (or portfolio of players if you will) that is championship calibre.


In this weekly segment of Hockey Stock,  I’ll identify a handful of bulls and bears – players who fantasy owners looking to play the hockey stock market should consider making moves on.  Realizing that not all leagues are created equal I will try to cover a variety of players and some of my advice may make more sense in one league than another.


Welcome to Hockey Stock: Insider Trading on the DSE.


Joffrey Lupul, ANA – Lupul hasn’t played since December 8th, 2009 but is practising with the Ducks again with an eye to return sometime after American Thanksgiving.  His 6% ownership rate in Yahoo! leagues is far too low for a left winger who is just entering the prime of his career, even if there are questions about his health.  "Loops" has the ability to score 30 goals in the NHL despite his career high of 28 coming half a decade ago.  If your league has IR positions, pick up Lupul immediately and stash him on injured reserve.  When he does return, don’t be surprised to see him start slowly as he gets back into game shape but when he does he could be a valuable addition to teams looking to make a second-half run.  BUY LOW


Nikolay Zherdev, PHI – When a player of Zherdev’s immense skill starts the year with just 4 goals and no assists in 13 games and has spent two games as a healthy scratch , he is an obvious buy-low candidate.  The benching was a clear sign that Zherdev needs to pick up his intensity – a knock that has dogged him throughout his career.  The Flyers have plenty of offensive firepower, but it’s my expectation that Zherdev will get rolling eventually and could be a nice addition to fantasy teams looking to boost the RW position of their clubs.  BUY LOW


Devin Setoguchi, SJS – Setoguchi may not be a fantasy stud this season as he’s struggled to find consistency and has has subsequently dropped to the Sharks third line.  Setoguchi was a fantasy darling in 2008-09 when he scored 31 goals in his first full NHL season.  That number dropped to 20 last season and he has had a horrendous start to 2010-11.  It’s important to remind