Fantasy Pool Look: Flyer debut less than stellar

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When former Blackhawk Kyle Calder was traded to the Flyers for Michal Handzus in the summer, it was expected he would make an immediate contribution. The 27-year-old led Chicago in scoring last season and Flyers' coach Ken Hitchcock immediately inserted him on the left wing on the second line alongside sophomores Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.

The line was reasonably productive in training camp, but fizzled when the regular season began. Hitchcock has since shuffled his lines, putting Geoff Sanderson on the line with Calder and Richards. The result has been the same – Calder is still looking for his first point as a Flyer. To add insult to injury, Handzus has six points in four games with the Blackhawks.

Calder owners can take solace in the fact only five Philadelphia players have bulged the twine so far in five games this year, and we all know this trend cannot possibly continue. Calder will still flirt with the 60-point mark by the time April rolls around. Until he finds that groove, however, put him on your reserve list if possibleÂ…

After going pointless in his first game with his new team, pivot Jason Arnott has five points in his last three games for Nashville. He is currently playing on a line with Paul Kariya and Martin Erat and would make an excellent pickup in all hockey-pool formatsÂ…

Carolina lost their first four games of the season and Rod Brind'Amour was held off the scoresheet. Since then, Brind'Amour has four points in two games – both of them Carolina wins. The Stanley Cup champions seem to have their mojo back, so the likes of Brind'Amour, Justin Williams, Erik Cole, and Eric Staal should all be back to their normal selves now…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Phoenix lost No. 1 center Steve Reinprecht for up to eight weeks with a broken collarbone. For the time being, veteran Jeremy Roenick will take his spot on the top line. But given that Roenick is pointless and a minus-5, that arrangement may not last very longÂ…

Farm Report: Phoenix may not be doing so well at the NHL level, but they have a prospect who is impressing in the Western League. Martin Hanzal, the 17th overall draft pick in 2005, has 20 points in 10 games for Red Deer, including a recent four-point effort. Expect Hanzal to compete for a roster spot with the big club in 2008-09Â…Alexander Radulov has certainly taken his demotion to the American League well. Nashville's final cut from training camp has seven points in three games for Milwaukee. Do not expect him to play the entire season with the Admirals. This blue-chipper is destined for the NHL this year.

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