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Who is Frankie Corrado? Why I like Patrick Sharp, Ondrej Pavelec may be overrated, and other fantasy hockey questions from my mailbag.

 

I keep hearing Frankie Corrado's name, and picked him up in a deep dynasty league. Is there anything to this guy? My league counts hits, blocked shots, and PIM, so essentially if he tops out as a solid two-way defenseman he could still have great value to the league.

 

Your league counts blocked shots, PIM, and hits, and that immediately places an increased value on defensive defensemen. Corrado is a player who should be on your fantasy radar with those scoring statistics. For a player comparison, I liken him to Kevin Bieksa or Josh Gorges. He is a bit undersized, but makes up for it with toughness, smarts, and skating ability. Corrado’s offensive numbers last year in Sudbury weren’t amazing, but he was his team’s shutdown defenseman and logged heavy defensive minutes.

 

With more offensive opportunities this year, I’d expect his point totals to increase. He has an outside shot at earning a spot on the Canucks back end for the 2013-14 season (if there is one).

 

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Here is my team:

 

12 team H2H, keep 17 + all farm

Daily starts 3C,3LW,3RW,6D,2G

C- Sedin,Thornton,Kopitar,Ribeiro,

LW- Vanek,Benn,Tanguay,Moulson

RW- Iginla,Sharp(C/RW),Hossa,Horton,Hemsky

D-Weber,Yandle,Subban,Ehrhoff,Timonen,Liles,Salo

G- Price,Kiprusoff,Brodeur

 

What would you do to upgrade it? Thank you.

 

Well, questions like this are quite open-ended. They depend on a lot of things:

 

1) How your players are valued by your competing GMs

 

2) Who is available for trade in your league

 

3) Your window to win

 

That being said, I’ll give you the best answer I can. You are set at center. Perhaps look to move Thornton for a goaltender, maybe package him up with a winger or a defenseman. Ribeiro will put up solid numbers in Washington.

 

On the wings, you have a nice balance of youth and experience. Benn, Vanek, and Moulson are great wingers, and Tanguay is a very respectably number four. On the right side, you have a few injury risks, but Patrick Sharp is a great top right winger. Iginla is someone I’d consider trading to a team looking to win now.

 

Your back end is set – I wouldn’t worry about doing much there. And in goal – Price is one of the best goalies to have. How many years does Kiprusoff have left? I’m not sure Brodeur will put up fantasy stats like a top 10 (or even top 15 goaltender). I’d say find a way to shore up your goaltending, even if it means moving a goalie (not Price)  in the trade.

 

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Why no love for Pavelec - from anyone? A bona fide number one, 60+ starts per season, 30+ wins (soon to be 35+ as the team improves), solid peripherals, and yet always ranked at or near the bottom. I see him as hugely under-rated, and a general steal.

 

Pavelec has impressive attributes, but he is still too inconsistent for me to consider him a “bona fide number one.” Here is a good read on Pavelec’s inconsistencies. He is young and the Jets didn’t have the best defensive team last year, and those are both reasons for his up and down play. I’d actually go the other way and say he’s a bit overrated at the moment. That isn’t to say he won’t develop into a top 10 goalie (he certainly has the skill to do so).

 

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I need to keep eight of the following:

 

C: Ryan Kesler, Joe Pavelski (RW), Patrick Sharp (RW),Tomas Plekanec

LW: Shane Doan (RW), Joffrey Lupul (RW), Daniel Sedin,

RW: David Backes (C), David Clarkson, Martin St. Louis

D: Zdeno Chara, Niklas Kronwall, Brent Seabrook

G: Niklas Backstrom, Ryan Miller, Tomas Vokoun


Here are the league rules:


12-team H2H league

G, A, P, +/-, PIM, SOG, FOW, PPP, SHP, Hits, Blocks

W, GAA, SV%, SV, SHO

4C, 4LW, 4RW, 6D, 1UTIL, 2G, 5 Bench, 3IR

 

Looking at your positions and scoring categories, here is who I would keep: Ryan Miller, Zdeno Chara, Niklas Kronwall, David Backes, Daniel Sedin, Niklas Backstrom, Martin St. Louis, and Ryan Kesler.

 

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Where do you see Luongo landing in the coming months? What percentage would you give to Schneider being the #1 (undisputed) goalie in Vancouver?

 

Players can’t be traded during the lockout (in fact teams can’t even talk to each other about trades). That being said, I’d speculate that there are a few offers on the table for Luongo. Florida has apparently pulled back their interest, but I have heard that Toronto, Chicago, Edmonton, and one other team are all interested in Luongo (for those wondering about Edmonton, I have had it confirmed from a few sources close to the team that I trust).

 

I’d say the oddsof Schneider being the undisputed number one are around 90 to 95%. A few  months ago I would have said 100%, but a tiny little bit of doubt has crept into my head with no Luongo trade over the summer.

 

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Who would be your starters this year 9F, 6D, 1G?

Secondly, what type of player do you think I could get for Scheifele and Brassard? I would like to solidify my ninth starter.

14 Team Keeper League - Start 9F, 6D, 1G, 10 Bench

G-1, A-1, PIM-0.2, GWG-1 W-2, SO-3, OTL-1

F: H Sedin, Backstrom, Datsyuk, Perry, Kovalchuk, Benn, Callahan, Zajac, Ott

Schiefele, Brassard, Dupuis, Gerbe, Toffoli, Eller

D: Byfuglien, Subban, Shattenkirk, OEL, D Hamilton, B Smith

Robidas, Vatanaen

G: Bryzgalov

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The classic two-question question.

For your first one, I would keep: Sedin, Backstrom, Datsyuk, Perry, Kovalchuk, Benn, Callahan, Zajac, and Ott. Simple enough.

On defense, I’d keep the first six you have listed above. Ward for goaltender (Carolina is on the up swing).

For your second question, I’m not sure. As I alluded to above, it is hard to put together trade proposals for leagues that you know nothing about. Trying to trade two players for one is always a great way to upgrade your roster, but you have to find a team willing to take on an extra body (and this is really tough in leagues with limited keeper spots). Look around your league, and target the teams who have the worst depth at forward. Simply try and add the best player you can, regardless of position.

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