|Top 100 Roto Players - March/April 2009||Tweet|
|Written by Chris Boyle|
|Wednesday, 15 April 2009 11:43|
Alexander Ovechkin reclaims the top spot and the glory of being the number one roto player for 2009.
Ovechkin and Malkin were neck and neck, but 550+ shots? That difference was the equivalent of adding a mid range forwards shot production to your roster. That was the deciding factor.
1. Alexander Ovechkin
Can Ovechkin be any more consistent? The guy is a machine and is the most exciting player in the NHL. How many goals would he have scored in 1986? 100?
2. Evgeni Malkin
Malkin has been as good as he is ugly. But as the new kid on the block, he is beginning to become overrated. The Crosby backlash has created a perception that Malkin has been a far superior player, but is that hyperbole or true? Here are Crosby's numbers projected through 82 games.
Is it possible to go from severely overrated (ie. Gretzky claiming in an era where goals are scored at 75% of the 80s, that Crosby could break his records) to underrated by the age of 21? Malkin is a great player, but he has made it a three horse race, nothing more, nothing less
3. Jeff Carter
Do you think that Paul Holmgren knew how good Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were? With 42M wrapped up in 13 players (with no goalie and a yet to be signed Coburn extension) in 2011 with a spiraling cap, I am saying NO, because if he did, he wouldn't have locked Daniel Briere until his 26th birthday
4. Sidney Crosby
Sid the Kid underrated? Looking at his age splits, I believe that fantasy keeper owners need to take a closer look at whether he has had his breakout year yet.
5. Tim Thomas
Thomas should be happy he plays hockey and not baseball, because journeymen whose numbers improve to All-Star calibre at the age of 34 would not escape unscathed. Can somebody provide a picture from Vermont so we can check his head size? If he is sharing hats with Zdeno Chara, then something is up.
6. Corey Perry
Perry had a monster finish with 13 pts (8G, 5A) in his final 9 games. That finish allowed him to vault 3 spots into 6th. He is on the verge of a 5 category stud and the best RW in fantasy
Part two of the dynamic duo. How good can these two be? If I was going to compare them to a previous NHL duo, it would be Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull, not on talent, but hair folicles. Somebody needs to tell Getzlaf that the comb forward isn't working, we can all tell.
8. Marian Hossa
Hossa is getting a lot of fantasy love this year, but when comparing his 2008 numbers to 2009, he has to be considered a disappointment. Not because his numbers are not good, but because he dropped almost 4 minutes of ice time per game and lost a minute and a half of PP time. That will put a major dent in your production.
9. Zach Parise
If Parise had a tiny bit of the crazy streak that allowed his father to almost slash referee Josef Kompalla in the 72 Summit Series then he would be a 6 category stud, unfortunately Zach is unlikely to ever make an impact in the PIMs department.
10. Mike Green
What type of numbers would Green have put up if he had played 14 more games? Who says you can't pluck franchise players outside of the top 5, the Caps did when they stole Green at 29 from a pick they acquired from the Wings for Robert Lang.
11. Alexander Semin
Top 10 talent, but for me, because of his injury history, Semin has stained his reputation.
12. Niklas Backstrom
Talk about highs and lows. One month ago Backstrom signed a long term deal with the Wild and looked to be a fantasy lock, but with Jacques Lemaire leaving it will be interesting to see if the Wild keep the same philosophy, or shift gears. If they decide to shift gears, Backstrom's numbers will take a hit.
13. Mike Richards
After a torrid early March, Richards pushed himself into the top 10, but 8 scoreless games and a -10 rating in his last 14 games hurt his early gains.
14. Eric Staal
Everybody has been looking for the 2006 Eric Staal, well if you have been watching Carolina recently, there he was. Since March 1st, Staal had 26 pts (13G/13A) in 18 games. I really like the Canes in these playoffs, as far as I am concerned, the two best goalies in the league right now are Ward and Luongo.
15. Pavel Datsyuk
You think Datysuk's success has anything to do with him having his eyes on the sides of his head? Literally, his eyes are on the side of his head.
16. Daniel Sedin
Sedin is an Anti-Kovalev's. His monthly breakdowns show how consistent he is.
17. Marc Savard
I wonder if Savard's future lies in Boston after Thomas recently signed for $5M per. That contract coupled with Michael Ryder's is going to bite them in the ass very soon.
18. Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg 12 yrs/Franzen 11 yrs? Ken Holland has entered the Glen Sather in the mid 90's mode. He could sign Marian Gaborik to a 19 year deal and people would hail it as revolutionary. Maybe I am missing something, but in every other cap sport, flexibility is essential, 10+ year deals are extremely risky.
19. Ilya Kovalchuk
Kovalchuk has been fantastic since he became captain of the Thrashers. In his last 36 games:
Kovalchuk: 27G/21A/48P/+1/21 PIM/15 PPP/138 SOG
Those are elite numbers and compare favourably to Ovechkin outside of his ridiculous shot totals
20. Jarome Iginla
Iginla has been replaced as the best RW in fantasy and his offensive numbers have now declined for the third consecutive year. At only 31 a bounce back is possible, but with 2 out of the last three seasons with 40 PIMs or less, you have to wonder if the PIMs will ever return.
21. Sheldon Souray
Souray is your prototypical fantasy player. All of his greatest attributes are rewarded in roto hockey. He has a booming shot, he is a PP specialist who is constantly fed shooting opportunities and is tough as nails. That is enough to cover off 4 of 6 categories and make him one of the most sought after defensemen in fantasy. If blown defensive zone coverages and outlet passes were negative categories, he wouldn't be in the top 100.
22. Dany Heatley
Pencil Heatley in for 40 goals per year. It is almost a guarantee if he is healthy. Should the Sens rebound next season, Heatley should return to being a + player and a five category contributor.
23. Rick Nash
The light has gone on. Literally and figuratively.
24. Zdeno Chara
And to think Mike Milbury traded Chara and Spezza for Alexei Yashin. Yet this guy is working for 4-5 networks giving hockey advice? Bertuzzi, Jokinen, Luongo, DiPietro, Heatley, it goes on and on and on.
25. Jason Spezza
See 24. I am not a Spezza fan, and was not surprised to see him raise his game with the firing of Hartsburg.
26. Shane Doan
I would love to see Gary Bettman return the franchise he borrowed to Winnipeg and watch Doan finish out his career where it began.
27. Mike Cammalleri
You know a team has cap issues when they can't afford to fill out their full roster to end the season. But I am sure they have enough to give Cammalleri his $5M per season, just one of the reasons I thought the Jokinen deal was a big mistake. 13 players at $50M? Bye bye Mike.
28. Patrik Elias
Next season is an even numbered year, so you can book Elias for 45-55 points. The Brett Saberhagen of hockey.
29. Jamie Langenbrunner
Langenbrunner is the 5th ranked RW. Did I mention that right wing is lacking in depth?
30. Scott Hartnell
One of these things is not like the others,
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
31. Dion Phaneuf
I don't like happy Dion. What I want to see is the Flames and Rangers going out in the first round and Phaneuf and Avery being named to Team Canada. Can somebody make this happen?
32. Roberto Luongo
As the hair gets longer, the stats get better. Coincidence? I think not.
33. Mikko Koivu
When Jacques Lemaire announced his intentions to leave Minnesota I bet that Mikko Koivu had his car gassed up and his keys ready for him. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out Jacques. Now if Gaborik sticks around, Koivu's ceiling gets higher, well, for the 40 games Gaborik will play it does.
34. Vincent Lecavalier
Injury was responsible for Lecavalier's late season drop, it should be an interesting off season for Vinny as the Montreal rumours will continue to swirl.
35. Shea Weber
If you removed Dec 8th to Feb 19th from Shea Weber's 2009 resume he would have 45 points in 49 games. See how easy stats are to manipulate.
36. Martin Havlat
He is trying to suck me back in! It will not work. I will not eat the apple.
37. Simon Gagne
Gagne made it through the season concussion free. Now if somebody could outfit him with one of those Mark Kelso gazoo helmets, I might draft him next season.
38. Patrick Kane
I really believe that Kane's numbers suffered from his high ankle sprain. After he suffered the sprain on December 30th he struggled for 6 weeks producing only 5 points in 17 games. Remove that stretch and he is a point per game guy. See, I did it again.
39. Steve Mason
Although he should cruise to the Calder trophy, his ranking plummeted over the final 6 weeks as Mason registered some pretty mediocre numbers. He slumped to the finish line with a 9-6-4 record and a 2.62 GAA and a .906 SV%, impressive for 20, but a stark contrast to the rest of his season.
40. Joe Pavelski
Solid, but unspectacular.
41. Johan Franzen
Who was Holland negotiating against? Djurgårdens IF? Why 11 years?
42. Alex Kovalev
Kovalev is so talented that in a contract year he decided to take 2 months off and add some zeroes to his next contract over his last 10 games. Over those 10 games he had 17 points, a total it took him 2 and a half months to produce between Jan 10 and March 21st. 65 pts in 78 games is not as disgraceful as 48 pts in 68 games.
43. Jason Blake
If Jason Blake is your best player, odds are it was a long year.
44. Rob Blake
Watching Rob Blake finish up the 2009 campaign was like watching Miami University trying to finish off Boston U. The heart was there, but the legs were not.
45. Nicklas Backstrom
Backstrom finished up strong with 33 points in his final 28 games. Ovechkin and Backstrom are going to put up monster numbers for the next 10 years.
46. Martin St. Louis
One wonders how long Sergei Puckisin can remain among the elite. Puckisin's production has declined for three seasons in a row and 33 year old 6 inch forwards usually don't get better with age.
47. Scott Gomez
The Six-Million Dollar Man finished up strong and I expect him to comeback next season better than he was before. Better, stronger....faster.
48. Dustin Brown
I am amazed that Brown held onto a top 50 spot after taking the last 6 weeks off. Over the last 21 games Brown had 5 pts (1G/4A), a -9, 10 PIMs, 0 PPP and 51 SOG. I think he owes the Kings $800,000.
49. Devin Setoguchi
See last month
50. Patrick Marleau
Marleau struggled with injuries down the stretch and likely would have been higher if he remained healthy.
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