February 17, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-02-17

 

 

Cory Conacher had posted 5-7-12 through his first seven starts, but then was blanked for six consecutive games headed into Saturday's tilt against the Florida Panthers.

 

His situation perfectly reflects one facing poolies on a practically weekly basis. Any seasoned fantasy owner knows well enough to stick with the stars through thick and thin (although even the most veteran of veteran guys need to be talked off the ledge from time to time), but when is it necessary to pull the plug on those mid to lower-level performers?

 

There isn't (or shouldn't be) a 'one size fits all' philosophy for this sort of thing. Measure each one on a case by case basis. For Conacher in particular, the positive factors that were in place during his success (good line assignment, secondary power play time, and faith from the coach) basically remained there during the mini-drought too. He saw mostly assignments with Vincent Lecavalier earlier on, but that has shifted of late to be more focused on Steven Stamkos. Tough job, but someone has to do it.

 

Conacher, at least so far, has been someone I'd want to remain patient with in most situations. It's tough not to love what he did in the AHL last year and you can see the guy plays with heart at this level as well. Overall, he's still averaging right around the point-per-mark with his assist Saturday and he's doing enough on a nightly basis to warrant your patience.

 

Plus, as an added bonus for leagues which count them, his six-game slump also saw him credited with his first seven hits of the year.

 

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For the past few Saturdays I've been meaning to write this blurb and have continually been sidetracked with the gong show these evenings tend to be. So let me fire this off quickly before I forget again.

 

Viktor Fasth is a perfect representation for fantasy owners of what can happen when you're willing to put in the hard work to get ahead of your competition. All of the information you need is right at your fingertips, thanks to this wonderful thing called the internet.

 

One of my favourite parts of fantasy hockey over the years has been deep keeper leagues. I find great enjoyment from scouting players outside the NHL and have spent countless hours just going through league stats and scouting profiles from around the world. I can't tell you how many gems I've found combing through Elitserien or SM-liiga or wherever. This is why my family wonders why I never contact them. I just get lost in stats for ridiculous amounts of time. Entire afternoons disappear.

 

Anyway, long story short is that when Fasth was a month or so into what would become the first of his back-to-back MVP seasons in the SEL, I had added him to my farm system. Didn't know he'd be THAT successful immediately, of course, but I liked what I was seeing and the early reviews were quite favourable. I bought a lottery ticket, wrote down his numbers and look at the road on which he's started down. It's been a fun journey to watch from both a poolie perspective and one of a fan.

 

 

 

 

 

My particular fantasy fetish (easy.. I'm still talking hockey here) has always been scouting goaltenders. My farm systems trend goalie-heavy and aside from the fact that I love the position (again, shut up) netminders are always a high-quality, constantly-sought trade chip.

 

With how far Twitter has come in the past year or so in particular, it's SO DAMN EASY to find quality information from overseas and if you're not making regular efforts to do so then you're only going to fall further and further behind your competition.

 

Keeper league or not, more information is always better. Soak it up. Learn it. Live it. Love it.

 

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Henrik Zetterberg has been fantastic. Pavel Datsyuk is, well, Pavel Datsyuk. Niklas Kronwall has stepped up offensively with Nicklas Lidstrom retired. Damien Brunner has generally fared well since entering the NHL.

 

One Wing who hasn't done as well as expected has been Valtteri Filppula though.