The Fantasy Guide can be picked up online in pdf form for the small price of $9.99. And unlike newsstand magazines - besides being way better - this one will be updated up to October. And that includes the projections. In fact, it was just updated yesterday.

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Unsigned Canucks defenseman is rumored to be considering the KHL. But the team remains 'confident in a deal'. His agent has also been fielding calls from the Swiss League. I have Tanev down for 19 points and 95 blocked shots in the coming season in the Fantasy Guide.

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Damien Brunner is rumored, according to mlive, to be asking for a multi-year deal worth $3.5 million. So not Ville Leino money. First team that offers three years, $9 million, gets him. Mark it!

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Drew Doughty has seen his points-per-game average drop from 0.72 to 0.53 to 0.47 to 0.46. Naturally, he faces the toughest competition (only Robyn Regehr saw tougher last season). But he is getting reasonable offensive zone starts. So why the decline? Simple. See this:

LA Kings Goals for

2009-10 - 241 - 2.94/game

2010-11 - 219 - 2.67/game

2011-12 - 194 - 2.37/game

2012-13 - 133 - 2.77/game

The entire team hasn't been scoring. Fewer goals to assist on. And sure, the Kings spiked back up a little this past season, but that means another 20 or so goals in a shortened season. If the Kings do 2.77 per game next season, I guarantee you that Doughty will be in on more of them. However, I have the Kings slipping back a little in terms of offense and so the 40- or 50-point seasons will continue. You won't see him back over 60 under the current coach. I have Doughty for 48 points in the coming campaign.

 

 

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Awesome, fantastic…amazing ramblings yesterday over at DobberProspects. Hopefully you check in there daily, especially if you're in keeper leagues. Yesterday, Brenden posted a one-million word (rough estimate) rambling about the Ivan Hlinka tournament and the Junior Evaluation Camps. He touches on names like Ekblad, Teravainen, Määttä, Collberg and many more…

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Here is my offseason report on the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators.

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This headline for Detroit beat writer Ansar Khan's piece says it all: "Red Wings unlikely to make any trades before camp, prepared to go into season with what they have". The Wings will need to trim one or two players from the roster…but I suspect that both Darren Helm and Mikael Samuelsson will be put on the IR. Other options suggested include waiving Patrick Eaves and sending him down, or temporarily sending down Nyquist or DeKeyser until a spot opens. Those are the only two players on the team who can go to the AHL without clearing waivers.

As for Nyquist, the article quotes GM Ken Holland: "We're close on a one-year, talking two years."

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Here is an interesting piece on the training efforts of some of the Lightning prospects. Of note - Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn and Mark Barberio.

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I'm not getting why some experts are picking the Sharks to go to the Cup Final in 2013-14. They finished 22nd in goals scored last year with a pro-rated 212. And where would that number be if you exclude the first six games when the team went nutty (and Marleau scored nine goals). I have San Jose flat for next season - 212 goals exactly. Which actually drops them to 27th in the league. I'm not seeing it. What I see are aging stars who are slowing, plus Logan Couture - and while Couture probably hasn't peaked at 65 points…he's probably not going to reach 80. So don't look to him for a sudden surge. And Joe Pavelski isn't used in an ideal offensive role, so don't look to him for a surge either.

The Sharks should really consider Damien Brunner. There's a nice fit right there.

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Look for teams to suddenly line up to offer Jose Theodore a contract after he makes this nice save here on, uh, Rafael Nadal - especially when he does the deed without spilling a drop of beer:

 


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bball said:

bballplyr321
Sharks You mention the 6 game explosion by the Sharks but you fail to mention the month and a half where they just plain forgot how to play hockey. The fact of the matter is that you are only looking at the stats rather then the quality of play or changes to their roster. Once the Sharks traded Clowe, moved Burns up to forward and acquired Torres, they were a completely different team moving from near the bottom of the conference up into the 6th seed. They had a very serviceable top 6 and much more of an identity to their bottom 6. Throw in the fact that they are going to most likely be bringing in Hertl to run the third line which will allow Pavelski to slide back into that offensive role and they have a chance to really improve on where they were last year. Will they win the cup? I think they will have problems getting past a team like Chicago or Team Quick but to imagine that they could get to the cup is not that far of a stretch. The stats do not always tell the full story.
August 14, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
Doughty Part of Doughty's decline can be attributed to the Kings scoring less but that isn't the whole story. He just doesn't regularly show the same kind of offensive flair that he showed a couple of years ago, at least during the regular season. With the emergence of Voynov and Muzzin as legit (and maybe even better) PP options on the blue line, the departure of Scuderi (potentially meaning an even a more defensive role for Doughty) and the arrival of more puck-carrying forwards like Carter, Richards and, now, Toffoli up front, I don't see Doughty getting anywhere close to 48 points.
August 14, 2013
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fantasyhockeygeek said:

fantasyhockeygeek
Answers! Hi gosensgo,

The answer to all your questions can be found on the site at http://www.fantasyhockeygeek.com/more-info. In short:

1. Yes, the Draft Kit includes Dobber's projections, but you can use historical stats or your own custom projections as a basis for the tools.
2. FOW = yes, based on per-game averages applied to Dobber's GP forecast.

Cheers

FHG (aka Paul)
August 14, 2013 | url
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gosensgo said:

hockeypoolfanatic
Fantasy Hockey Geek - Considering Purchasing Fantasyhockeygeek: Is FHG based on Dobber's projections? If so, what if you don't agree with them? Wouldn't that throw everything off? Is there a way to enter your own projections instead? Also, does it take into account faceoff wins? That is a huge category in my league because, for example, a winger with dual elegibility who plays center mostly and racks up the FWs is extremely valuable (i.e. Steve Ott). If that isn't taken into account it would not properly determine a player's value which would make the trade evaluator a moot point if he were involved and would also not properly determine his value overall.

I've been debating purchasing FHG because everyone talks so highly of it but unless you're able to enter your own projections I don't really see the point because even though Dobber puts a ton of work into his numbers I don't agree with them a lot of the time (no offense Dobber if you're reading this).
August 14, 2013
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germant said:

germant
Off Season Ranger Report Hey Dobber!

I read your off season Ranger report and there was no mention of Marek Hrivik. I took a gamble and drafted him based on all of the talk on this site that he'd surprise.

What happened? smilies/cry.gif I don't really know what that particular emoticon means but if it means confusion, that's the one I was looking for. smilies/grin.gif
August 14, 2013
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TeamFoster4 said:

TeamFoster4
Fantasy Hockey Geek Customer Savvy, I am on my second year using FHG. Don't want to sound like one of those info-mercial audience members, that you think are paid actors, but I really, really like FHG and what it has done to improve my success in both Yahoo and ESPN leagues. It takes some time to enter all your league categories and get your roster logged in, but once you do, you can reference all kinds of great stats and rankings in just seconds. It allows you to track the performance of your players, evaluate trades / offers, and cherry pick productive free agents that are just sitting on the waiver wire going unnoticed. Last year, Paul, one of the co-founders, let me bend his ear about my end-user experience with their product. That was greatly appreciated and showed that the people behind the product care a lot about providing the best service possible. I am very pleased with being a member of FHG. Dobber is right.... It will be worth it. smilies/wink.gif
August 14, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Savvy - you won't be disappointed with the end result - which is winning your league. FHG is awesome. As long as your draft isn't tomorrow, sit tight. It will be worth it.
August 14, 2013
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fantasyhockeygeek said:

fantasyhockeygeek
Working through it... Savvy1982, I can understand your frustration -- here you are taking a chance on a new service and we fail to earn your trust with this server switch problem. I'd be cheezed off too. All I can do is ask that you hang in there with us and judge the site once we've worked through it all, which will be as soon as we possibly can.

The main server transition issues we've experienced over the past day or two (unable to activate accounts, unable to setup new leagues) have been resolved, and we're pushing through the smaller stuff (changing passwords, etc).

Again, please bear with us. We're truly sorry for the inconvenience and will be getting it resolved as fast as possible.

FHG
August 14, 2013 | url
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Savvy1982 said:

Savvy1982
Fantsyhockeygeek So Fantasyhockeygeek will be fixed WHEN exactly?

I always, always, ALWAYS buy your Guide, but this was my first year signing up for FHG, and I am really disappointed...
August 14, 2013
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