Looking Ahead 2014: Week Four

steve laidlaw




Looking ahead at the best schedules in Week Four.


There are no guarantees in fantasy hockey, but a pair of tried and true strategies will always pay off in the long haul:


Bet on the best combination of talent and opportunity to achieve the desired level of production you are looking for from your roster. Talent means nothing without opportunity, and vice-versa.


Focus on the process by which you make roster decisions, as opposed to the results they yield. Long-term success is not attainable without the knowledge of why you were successful in the short term.


With that in mind, let's take a look ahead at some teams and players to avoid in the coming week or so:


Love 'Em (These squads are the best bet to produce for fantasy owners)




Long overlooked as one of the game's consistent goal scorers, veteran winger Radim Vrbata is enjoying a tremendous start to the season. Playing alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin has been a significant boon to Vrbata's fantasy value in his inaugural campaign with the Canucks. Vancouver's top line combined for seven goals and 23 points through the team's first five games. With struggling squads like Carolina (team save percentage of .889) and Edmonton (.855) on the schedule in the coming week or so, Vancouver's top line should continue to pile up points for fantasy owners.




It's no secret the Blackhawks enjoy a tremendous amount of offensive talent. There are so many players who have the potential to contribute on any given night. The usual suspects (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith to name a few) are always must-starts, but Brad Richards, Kris Versteeg and Andrew Shaw also may be