Crashing The Net: Kaberle, Marleau headline fantasy stars
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You'd have to be following the World Series pitch-by-pitch to not be aware of the massive surge in offense from this blueliner the past 10 days. Not only has Kaberle recorded a point in each of his last five games, the level of production has been simply staggering. (1) He has scored two goals. (2) He has dished out 11 assists. (3) Nine of those points have come with the man-advantage. Overall Tomas is one assist (15) away from
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The thought was that Cheechoo would enjoy a certain level of recovery of his former offensive after he was moved from the Sharks to the Senators in the Heatley deal. It hasn't worked at all. Not only does Cheechoo have only two assists through 12 games, he is still searching for his first goal as a Senator. "Things haven't been going right. The little bounces haven't been going my way. At the same time, if you work hard you're going to get those bounces eventually." Let's hope that his strong mental outlook will lead to some points, because right now he doesn't even deserve to be rostered.
This guy is having a hard time adjusting to not being "the guy" with the Flames. All the Flames want Olli to do is play hard, get his chances, and bury the puck. He doesn't have to lead the team, he doesn't have to carry it on his back, but unfortunately while you would think that the lessoning of pressure would help him, it has apparently done the exact opposite as he has a mere two goals over the course of 12 games. As surprising is that he has averaged just 1.83 shots per game, this from a man who is third in the NHL in shots taken since the start of the 2005 season (his average in that time is 3.90 per contest). Can Jokinen be effective talking literally half as many shots on net as he has the past few years? That's an open ended question at the moment.
The eighth overall selection in 2006, Mueller debuted with 22 goals and 54 points as a rookie before failing to do much of anything in year two (13g, 23a). Unfortunately he has taken another step back in year three having recorded a mere two assists in 12 games. Things hit rock bottom on Halloween when Mueller was a healthy scratch (no word on if he wore a costume in the press box -- perhaps trick or treating was the reason less than 6,500 fans showed up for the game in Phoenix?). The team still believes the youngster is part of their future, but clearly that future isn't right now. Peter isn't even worth a roster spot in standard sized leagues at the moment.
Eric, whose brother is listed below, has had a brutal start to the campaign with three goals, two assists and a (-5) in 13 games. Now comes word that he injured his upper-body on Sunday in a loss to the Sharks that will likely cause him to miss a couple of games thereby putting to an end his streak of 349 consecutive games. Staal, who has traditionally been thought of as a slow starter, actually has 69 points in 66 career games in October while his worst month has actually been November (48 points in 73 games), so perhaps the injury came at the best time possible?
Ready to make his NHL debut as a Leaf on Tuesday, Kessel is itching to return to action after an almost six-month rehab process for his shoulder (he had reconstructive surgery). Obviously the thought of adding a 36 goal scorer to your lineup has to be enticing, and if you drafted him thinking you would wait until he was healthy your patience is about to pay off. At the same time it would be wise to realize that Kessel hasn't played since May 14 and that he will certainly be a bit rusty. Just keep that in mind if he starts off slowly.
Daniel Briere might return to action as early as Monday from his injury (turns out it is a quadriceps issue and not his groin as initially fears), so the promotion of Laliberte to a line with
The surprise of the year so far? Possibly. Anderson is not only tied for the NHL lead with a .936 save percentage, he is also fifth with a 2.11 GAA. While the personal accolades are certainly tremendous, it's the fact that he is 10-3-2 with two shutouts that has vaulted his performance into the stratosphere. He has lost his last two starts but he won each of the four previous outings in which he allowed just seven goals so we can overlook the speed bump. Still, it would be wise to sell high -- there is no way he can keep up this early season pace.
Miller has lost only one game in regulation going 8-1-1 on the year. He also is tied for the league lead with a .936 save percentage and his 1.86 GAA is third overall. Not much else can be said here other than he has been spectacular in the early going.
Who leads the NHL in GAA with a 1.66 mark? If you guessed this retread you are really tied in to the happenings of the league. Playing in place of the injured
Last year's top goalie, Thomas really struggled out of the gate this season, and with injuries to the team's forward ranks he currently owns a mere 4-5 record. However, things are starting to look up for Timmy as he has allowed a total of eight goals in his last four games. Alas, he is just 2-2 in that time because of the Bruins inability to produce offensively, but at least Thomas is rounding into form as he has upped his save percentage to .910 on the year. Buy low on him if you can.