Fantasy Pool Look: Wild about Rolston

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Who would have figured when the Minnesota Wild signed Brian Rolston as an unrestricted free agent last summer it would have turned him from a depth fantasy player to one of the elite?

When fantasy owners look at the top 50 NHL scorers, there is nobody (and I mean nobody) who is more surprising than Rolston at No. 18. The Flint, Mich., native has already matched his career-high of 62 points - and he still has another 22 games left in his season.

Rolston, who turned 33 last week, was a 1991 first round draft pick (11th overall), so the potential for greatness was obviously there. He was an offensive star in the NCAA, but seemed to settle in as a consistent 60-point player (59, 62, 58 points in the last three seasons).

Poolies like having a reliable guy like Rolston on their team. He rarely gets hurt - having missed no more than six games in any one of his last 10 seasons - and his production can be counted on. He's that guy you draft in the summer in one of the middle or late rounds because you know what you're getting.

Well, if you picked him up last summer, you're not getting what you thought. I'm sure you won't mind, though, given his 85-point pace.

If you owned him in a keeper league and hung onto him - jackpot! If you traded him, let's hope you got at least a 70-point player for him, because it looks like that will be Rolston's minimum level of production as long as he's a member of the Wild. (Have a question for Brian Rolston? Ask away in our Fan Shootout)...

Jason Arnott, 31, has 20 points in his last 16 games for Dallas. His strong start to the season just keeps going and going. Teammate Mike Modano, on the other hand, has just seven points in his last 14 games. Modano may be on pace for 75 points, but I would be surprised if he made it to 70. The 35-year-old is slowing down as the season progressesÂ…

Nik Zherdev has 22 points in his last 23 games for Columbus. Now that's the kind of production I was expecting from the 21-year-old. Health permitting, he'll put up 70 points next year before exploding with a breakthrough season the year after thatÂ…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Daniel Briere of Buffalo (abdominal), Michel Ouellet of Pittsburgh (knee) and Bobby Holik of Atlanta (foot) will all be back for their teams' next gameÂ…Buffalo's Tim Connolly is still about two weeks away from his return to the lineup. Connolly was having a fantastic comeback season (from concussion symptoms) prior to the knee injuryÂ…

Farm Report: Edmonton prospect Marc-Antoine Pouliot has eight points in his last five games for Hamilton in the American League. The 20-year-old first-year pro is finally settling in, but he is still about three years away from an Oilers uniform on a full-time basisÂ…After beginning the season with 19 points in 17 games, Michigan Wolverines center Andrew Cogliano has just seven in his last 17. One of Edmonton's best prospects still has a bright future and will remain in the CCHA for another two to three years.

Darryl Dobbs' Fantasy Hockey Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Wednesday and Friday. Also find the top 250 roto-player rankings on the first of every month in THN's Fantasy section.

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