Fantasy Hockey Coach - Hockey Pool and Keeper Hockey Advice - The Press Box - May 5, 2012

  • The Press Box - May 5, 2012

    Good Afternoon FHC readers.

    So raise your hands if you predicted that the Phoneix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings would be in the Western Conference Finals. That’s what I thought no one, but both teams are just one win away from advancing. I know they aren’t your traditional playoff teams but they have been exciting teams to watch.

    Shane Doan is doing whatever it takes to get his team further in the playoffs and Mike Smith continues to show that he is no longer just a back-up goalie.

    Dustin Brown put all those trade rumors behind him and has been the Kings best player who is not a goalie. Brown hits anything and everything, this guy is a beast!

    Here is my list of the top 10 players who have seen their fantasy value jump because of these playoffs:

    10. Kevin Klein – Showing he has a scoring touch and if one or both of the big two are move he is ready.
    9. Antoine Vermette – He is doing it all, scoring points and throwing hits.

    8. Jakub Voracek – Second coming of Jeff Carter, he is going to be very good.

    7. Brayden Schenn – Secoing coming of Mike Richards, looks like the Flyers knew what they were doing.

    6. Mike Smith – Proving that the regular season success was no fluke, he is a bonafide starter now.

    5. Matt Carle – Is there a more under-rated offensive defenseman left in the playoffs? Six points in nine games.

    4. Jordan Staal – He is ready to be a number two center, paving the way for either Sidney Croby or Evgeni Malkin to be moved to the wing or another team.

    3. Mikkel Boedker – This kid has sweet hands and a great finish, will be a 30-35 goal scorer very soon.

    2. Dustin Brown – He does it all and will dominate in hockey pools with peripheral stats.

    1. Travis Zajac – Finally healthy and playing great. He is just shy of a point a game rate and only getting better as playoffs continue.

    Some notes from the CHL and Road to the Memorial Cup:

    • In the WHL it’s the Portland Winter Hawks taking on the Edmonton Oil King. Players to watch are: Ty Rattie (Portland), Sven Bartschi (Portland), Brad Ross (Portland), Joseph Morrow (Portland), Curtis Lazar (Edmonton), Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton) and Mark Pysyk (Edmonton)
    • In the OHL it’s the London Knights taking on the Niagara Ice Dogs . Players to watch are: Alex Friesen (Niagara), Dougie Hamilton (Niagara), Ryan Strome (Niagara), Mark Visentin (Niagara), Seth Griffith (London), Austin Watson (London), Vladislav Namestnikov (London) and Olli Maatta (London)
    • In the QMJHL it’s the Saint John Sea Dogs taking on the Rimouski Oceanic. Players to watch are: Charles Coyle (Saint John), Zack Phillips (Saint John), Stanislav Galiev (Saint John), Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John), Nathan Beaulieu (Saint John), Tomas Jurco (Rimouski), Peter Trainor (Rimouski), Petr Staka (Rimouski) and Jerome Gauther-Leduc (Rimouski)

    The Edmonton Oilers is taking advantage of being apart of the management team for Team Canada over at the Worlds by getting top draft prospect Ryan Murray on the roster. The Oilers hold the first overall pick but may look at trading down in order to add assets and draft a defenseman like Murray. So now Lowe will get a chance to get to know the kid and see how he handles the pressures of the bigger stag. With two regular defensemen out for Canada, Murray got over 17 minutes of ice time against Slovakia. His defensive partner Duncan Keith said “He moves the puck great and it’s easy playing with him.’’ Click here to see the TSN story.

    Some Injury news:

    Alexandre Burrows left the first game of the World Championships with an upper body injury. He is will miss at least two games as he is under observation for a head injury. More details to come as they are released.
    Ollie Jokinen had surgery to repair a tear in his abdominal muscles. He is out three to four weeks so should be ready for training camp.

    Good News story of the day – The Phoenix Coyotes are inching closer and closer to staying in Phoenix. After a great playoff run, which is still going, it would be terrible to see them leave. They have a decent fan base now, so lets see them get some good management in there and make it work. Wouldn’t it be terrible to see them win the Stanley Cup only to be moved in the off-season. Here is link to TSN story.

    Here are some tidbits from twitter:

    Aportzline - Puck-rakers: #CBJ D Jack Johnson scores two goals, including OT game-winner in USA's 5-4 win vs. Canada at Worlds
    JSportsnet - The Ovechkin on Girardi hit will get lots of talk today...Principle Point of Contact was NOT the head. Don't expect any supp. discipline.

    - starting goalies in NHL final 8 - only Brodeur 1st rd pick and half were selected in 5th round or lower (Smith/Rinne/Lundqvist/Elliott)
    - Evgeni Malkin & Team Russia are off to a hot start in World Championship. Malkin tallied 2G-1A in Russia's 5-2 victory
    JapersRink - I appreciate that Rangers fans want Ovi to miss a game; of course they do. But c'mon - Raffi Torres wouldn't even deserve a game for that.

    Aaron Brouwer is the co-creator of FHC is a free fantasy hockey service that developed a ranking system combining post-lockout statistics, current factors and our own hockey knowledge. Brouwer writes a weekly fantasy hockey column for Bleacher Report, The Star Phoenix, Fantrax and Inside Hockey. Email Coach Brouwer at [email protected] or check us out on twitter at

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