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  • The Press Box June 15, 2012

    Chris Stewart
    The Blues announced the have resigned potential RFA Chris Stewart to a one year $3 million deal. Stewart had two 60 point seasons in Colorado and St. Louis but had a brutal season scoring 31 points.
    The Blues have two top prospects knocking on the door in Jaden Schwartz, and Vlad Tarasenko. Both will compete for top six minutes this season.
    With good depth at forward and in goal, the Blues may shop Stewart to address roster concerns on defense.
    While I believe it most likely Stewart is traded this summer, perhaps in the very near future close to the draft, it is a possibility he remains in St. Louis.
    Now is an excellent buy low opportunity to acquire Stewart in your fantasy league. If he remains a Blue you got what you paid for as I do not see him recovering his 60 point value in St. Louis.
    However if he is traded to a team in the right situation, he could bounce back and have a monster season back in the 60+ point range.

    NHL Entry Draft
    One week away from the draft there are plenty of places to get a glimpse into what to expect. TSN's Bob McKenzie said he does not see this years draft as one that is full of top players, so there could be lots of movement among picks on the draft floor.

    Gus Katsaros of McKeens has produced his final mock draft and you can read it at Roto World Follow Gus on Twitter @Katshockey

    In case you missed it, here is FHC's Dave Dickensons Mock Draft 2.0 Follow Dave on Twitter @Dickie_D26

    David O'Connor at Hockey Writers has his latest version of his mock draft as well. Follow David @DavidOConnor95

    Rick Nash Trade Options
    The Rick Nash trade rumors are heating up with the draft a week away. Columbs GM Scott Howson has had “significantly more discussions this week” with teams trying to acquire Nash. The front runners are the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and San Jose Sharks. Two other teams who may quietly be pursuing Nash could be the St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals who may need a replacement for Alex Semin.

    Ryan Suter Watch
    Ryan Suter will become a UFA on July first and lots of teams will try to acquire his services. The Nashville Predators may look to trade his rights if they feel they will not be successful in resigning him. There were reports he would not sign in the East but his agent has denied those reports.
    Quite often when a defenseman is playing on a team where there is more than one top defenseman, or he is moved to a team where he becomes the undisputed number one his fantasy value explodes!
    Look no further than Brian Campbell. While in Buffalo he was "the man" and had 60 point seasons. Then in Chicago with Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook also playing top minutes his points faded. His reputation was further blemished as he had a long term big ticket contract. Campbell was acquired at the draft last summer for a bag of pucks by Florida and he became the man again. Guess what, his fantasy value exploded, and he almost won me my pool as I drafted him late. Suter may very well have a career year if his is signed by another team and gets out from under Shea Weber.
    Other defensemen who may have a break out fantasy season, Jack Johnson in Columbus, Niklas Kronwall in Detroit if they are unsuccessful in replacing Lidstrom, Ryan Whitney in Edmonton (if healthy as the Oilers will have a prolific offense), Ryan Ellis In Nashville (who may assume Suters role alongside Weber)

    Alex Kovalev Comeback
    Kovalev who played last season in the KHL has said he would love to return to the NHL and sign with the Habs.......Bah, hahahahahaha
    As A Leaf fan I would love that, but don't count on it. Even if that happens, don't think about drafting Kovalev with any pick but your last as his fantasy value is high risk, low reward!

    Sophomore Slumps?
    This years rookie of the year candidates are Adam Henrique, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Garbriel Landeskog. Other notable rookies were Matt Read, Cody Hodgson, Carl Hagelin, Colin Greening, Craig Smith, Jake Gardiner, and Sean Couturier. There is a well known phenomenon know as the "Sophomore Slump". Does it actually exist? Should fantasy owners be wary of players who had strong rookie seasons entering the second year? Jeff Stone of Hockey Writers posts advertise here Is The Sophomore Slump Real? with his thoughts.

    FHC Dynasty Keeper League
    Spots are going fast in our new Dynasty fantasy hockey keeper league. If you want to compete against some top fantasy hockey talent such as our own assistant coaches Taylor Rocca, Yas Guthe, and Selanne Girl, as well as Hockey Writers Bob Mand, Chris Wassel and the winner of our playoff pool Jeff Shibley you can reserve a team here

    FHC Prospects Guide
    Our Prospects Guide examines the top prospects in the NHL. What you can expect in the Prospects Guide is player profile, projection, potential upside, current player comparison and estimated time of arrival in the NHL. In order to qualify as a prospect for our guide the player must be under the age of 24 and have played less then 25 NHL regular season games. The guide will be roughly 100+ pages and give readers insight into each NHL team's prospect with a fantasy twist. A look at the top 20 prospects for the next four NHL Entry Drafts. Pre-Purchase a copy today!

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    By: Peter Harling
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