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  • Potential Stanley Cup Playoff sleepers (Fantasy Hockey)

    The playoffs have this weird, indescribable way of taking lesser-known support players and temporarily turning them into guys worthy of Conn Smythe consideration. It’s like in Mario Kart when you drive over a mushroom and suddenly have this burst of speed that propels you past everyone while you laugh maniacally.  

    It’s a phenomenon we witness almost every year. A guy that almost no one has ever heard of (sorry Bryan Bickell) comes along and produces career-best numbers. 

    I don’t know if there is a way to accurately pinpoint these guys beforehand. Who saw Fernando Pisani coming in 2006 for Edmonton? Or J.S. Giguère emerging in Anaheim? (Okay, in hindsight we knew his pads were a wee bit TOO BIG).

    But we can try to determine guys that are in a position to succeed and will provide value on draft day. Here are seven players I’ll be bumping up my draft board this post-season:

    Cam Atkinson – Columbus Blue Jackets

    It’s hard to get more under the radar than a guy who has never been in the

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  • It’s not fun to pick out fantasy hockey busts.

    You’ll sit down on draft day, cue up your excel spreadsheet, select these guys gleefully, start to daydream about the future and your forthcoming playoff glory, only to have your heart broken by box scores filled with zeroes (the worst kind of box scores).

    Fantasy busts are a lot like the first 30 minutes of Wedding Crashers. They promise you this rip-roaring good time of endless musical montages, early morning parties, and Old School-esque entertainment, destined to deliver an experience for the cinematic ages… only to wilt over next hour and a half into a sad, tired, completely expected run of romantic comedy clichés.

    You’ll notice that most of the guys on this list are of the “well-known” variety. I tried to avoid including lesser, supporting players, since they aren’t really a “bust” in the traditional sense if very little was expected to begin with.

    Here are the six players I’ll be sliding down my draft board this post-season…

    Pavel

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  • What happened to the Toronto Maple Leafs? They looked like a lock to make the postseason and were firing on all cylinders just a couple of short weeks ago. They passed a difficult road trip to the West Coast with flying colors, but have struggled mightily to generate a win since.

    The worst part of it all is that the Leafs have lost three one-goal games during this stretch and a few others by a pair of goals after an empty netter. If they could have forced even a couple of those contests into the extra frame, they could have cashed in on few loser points in the dreaded three-point game. That would have improved their playoff percentages drastically.

    Perhaps the Leafs are more of a streaky team than anything else. They look unbeatable at times but than there are stretches where they look like they should be headed for a lottery pick. Their inconsistency isn’t from game to game though, but instead they can dominate or get stuck in a funk for weeks at a time. They could be a dangerous team

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  • Fantasy Hockey: Why Gustav Nyquist is a stud, Mike Ribeiro is a dud

    Getty ImagesDobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.

    So how much did the Sochi break impact fantasy hockey? Let's take a very quick, high-level snapshot of the situation.

    Here were the Top 32 scorers prior to the Olympic break, courtesy of Frozen Pool:

    Of the 32 players, five of them did not play in the Olympics. Here are the Top 32 scorers since the Olympics:

    That's 14 players in the Top 32 who did not play. Not the most scientific analysis I grant you, but it does tell quite the tale. Of the Top 32 scorers before the break, 27 of them played in the Olympics. Of the Top 32 since the break, 18 played in the Olympics.

    Studs...

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (5-6-2-8, plus-1, 4 PIM,

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  • The MVP (Most Valuable Player)

    Mike Cammalleri – C/LW

    You think Cammalleri knows it’s a contract year? He is looking to finish the 2013-14 season with a bang. He is currently riding a seven-game scoring streak and has 16 points in his last 11 games. Not bad for a guy who spent 90% of the season on your waiver wire.

    That the Flames faced the lowly Sabres, Predators and Oilers this week takes a bit of bite out of Cammalleri’s seven-point week but he led the way with only three games. Everyone else who did extremely well had four, which gives him a degree-of-difficulty bonus. Also, any time you can help your rival embarrass themselves is a good week.

    The Runners-Up

    Gustav Nyquist – C/RW

    Ladies and gentlemen, the heir apparent to the “Zetterberg/Datysuk where the hell did they get this guy?” throne, Gustav Nyquist!

    Once Zetterberg went down for the year you thought the Red Wings were in trouble. Then Datsyuk went down for good measure. Curse the Olympics did Wings fans. But then Nyquist

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  • Fantasy Hockey: Why Claude Giroux is a stud, Johan Franzen is a dud

    Getty ImagesDobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.

    As hits and blocked shots grow as fantasy categories, you see them mentioned more and more on fantasy hockey websites. Regardless of the 'black and white' vs. 'judgment call' debate of those two statistics, it's the best way to recognize and give value to the non-offensive players. It increases the pool of players with fantasy value and shrinks the gap between the players of highest value versus the stiffs. The top players in terms of blocked shots right now are Andrew MacDonald (213), Chris Butler (180), Josh Gorges (173) and Carl Gunnarsson/Ladislav Smid (159). As you would expect, the Top 98 are defensemen. Boyd Gordon, a center for the Edmonton Oilers, slots in at No.99.

    But these numbers are easy to find. Let's take a look at the "what

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  • Deadline day is a dot in our rear-view mirror at this point and each new acquisition by now has had the opportunity to play a few games with their respective new squads. Every year there are always some trades that leave you scratching your head, and this year was no different. Perhaps the biggest shocker was Roberto Luongo getting dealt to the Florida Panthers. Mike Gillis must have been trying to ship him out of town for so long that he may have overlooked the fact that he already traded away Cory Schneider as well last summer. If you had Eddie Lack winning the Luongo/Schneider battle for the Vancouver No. 1 job, your powers of prognostication are on another level.

    Let’s look at this week’s MVPs and LVPs.

    The MVP

    Mike Cammalleri – C –31% Owned

    It’s only fair after bashing the Flames several weeks back when they were dreadful, we show them some love now for continuing to fight hard even though they have been long out of the playoff race. Cammalleri is heating up at the perfect time

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  • Fantasy Hockey: Why Tyler Seguin is a stud, Mike Green is a dud

    Getty ImagesDobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.

    So the Calgary Flames are supposed to be losing and the Vancouver Canucks are supposed to be winning. Yet the Flames are 10-6-0 in the last 16 and the Canucks are 4-11-1. If only the Canucks had Mark Giordano.

    Giordano has been absolutely on fire with 17 points in his last 19 contests (plus-5). And as a bonus for fantasy owners, he has 27 penalty minutes in that span. It's enough to place him second among all skaters since January 12, when you total up the six main rotisserie categories. Courtesy of Frozen Pool:

    Studs...

    These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...

    Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars (3-4-5-9, plus-3, 0 PIM, 15 SOG, and 4 PPPts) - Seguin is tied with Alex Ovechkin for

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  • Fantasy Hockey: Untraded players whose fantasy value increased

    Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.

    The Internet is loaded with embarrassing Rob Ford videos opinion and columns on the NHL players who were moved at the deadline and the subsequent fantasy value shift of those players. My own website, as well as my upcoming columns for The Hockey News, offer no shortage of opinion on the Thomas Vaneks, Matt Moulsons and Marian Gaboriks of the fantasy hockey world.

    But what about the domino effect? You know -- those players who play for the same team now as they did a month ago, yet their value in fantasy leagues gets a bump. Not enough opinion on that, and I'm here to fill the void. You're welcome.

    Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks

    Although the trading of Viktor Fasth has no impact on Andersen's one-year value, his keeper value sees a nice bump.

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  • NHL Trade Deadline Fantasy Value: 5 up and 5 down

    Getty ImagesDobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website, he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.

    The NHL trade deadline is March 5 at 3 p.m. ET. For most fantasy leagues, the deadline is on or within 24 hours of that date and many fantasy owners are holding off on closing a deal involving Player X because they want to see where that player is going (if anywhere). It's a ludicrous practice, considering the fact that 30-odd NHL deals will get done but 20 of them will either involve only prospects or pluggers. So essentially, you're hanging onto your guy because you hope he'll be involved in one of the 10 deals that impact fantasy hockey.

    But that's what makes up a big chunk of fantasy hockey - hope. We'll hope that Sidney Crosby will be healthy for 82 games. We'll hope for Ryan Johansen to finally take that step forward. We'll hope that that

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