Hot / Not – Leht's Go!

The NHL season is less than two weeks old and there have been plenty of surprises. From the Hurricane’s struggles to the Panther’s and Thrasher’s early success the first 10 days of the season have certainly been interesting. I know its still really early, but there have already been some breakout performances and some player who have really struggled. As I said before, don’t panic yet, but this article will hopefully sell you either make a deal or two or pick up a hot young player while he’s still available. – HOT –

Kari Lehtonen – Atlanta Thrashers

I own him in my top fantasy league and so far I am very glad he was my third round pick there. His numbers so far are simply outstanding: 4 games played, 3 wins, 2 shutouts, 0.74 GAA and a gawdy .971 SV%. This guy has all the skills and just needs to stay healthy in order to post a monster season. I doubt his current pace will continue all year, but I certainly expect him to be a top fantasy goaltender.

Todd Bertuzzi – Florida Panthers

First off, I still don’t think Bertuzzi will return to his 2002/2003 numbers, but he is currently tied for the lead in NHL scoring with 7 points. He isn’t taking many shots, isn’t getting a ton of ice time and has a minus one rating, but so far all Bertuzzi’s fantasy owners certainly have to be happy with his production through 4 games.

Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings

He’s very young and the first NHL player from Slovenia, but so far he has looked completely at home in the NHL. He is playing tons of minutes on the powerplay, penalty kill and near the end of the game and keep on putting up points. He currently has 2 goals and 4 assists in 4 games and although I doubt he will end up with more than 60 points this season, he has certainly lived up to his billing so far.

Alexander Semin – Washington Capitols

Yes, he has a funny name. He also didn’t post great numbers the last time he played in the NHL. After two years playing in Russia, Semin is back and has scored 5 goals in 3 games to start the season. Sure, he doesn’t have any assists yet, but with a plus three rating and a hatrick already under his belt, the 2nd best Russian sniper named Alex playing for the Caps should certainly be on your fantasy radar.

– NOT –

Tomas Vokoun – Nashville Predators

I know its still plenty early, but Vokoun has killed his fantasy owners through the first week and a half. No wins, a GAA of 6.65 and a SV% of slightly over 0.800. By all accounts, he hasn’t actually played that poorly, but his fantasy owners better hope the Preds young defense picks up their play quickly. He is a perfect buy low candidate right now, so stay patient with him and see if his owner will let him go cheap.

Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers

His numbers look much better than Vokoun’s (3.95 GAA and .857 SV%, 2 wins) but he certainly hasn’t played well over the last two games. He gave up 6 goals to the Penguins, which practically killed my fantasy goalie numbers for this week. He isn’t in danger of losing his starting job yet, so don’t worry about that, but I sure hope he picks up his play quickly and so do Rangers’ fans everywhere.

Gilbert Brule – Columbus Blue Jackets

Two games, no points, a minus one rating and the notion that he may be sent back to the CHL for the season? Yikes. Brule had a poor camp, fell to the fourth line and hasn’t made an impact this season. I would recommend dropping him from you fantasy team as even if he stays with the Jackets all season I doubt he will add much value to your team.

Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes

His whole team has been horrible to start the year and Staal’s early season numbers (1 goal, minus three rating) have been just as bad. I wouldn’t be too overly worried at this point if you own him, but if you’re expecting a 100 point season from this young centre, that might be a little optimistic. Hopefully the ‘Canes turn it around soon, or Staal’s numbers wont improve too much.

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26 Responses to Hot / Not – Leht's Go!

  1. mtl_prince says:

    My 2 Goalies are Vokoun and Cam Ward. If they dont start to rebound soon i can kiss winning my hockey pool goodbye….

    and i thought that i had a steal with vokoun and last years conn smyth trophy winner….guess i should have taken a hard look at carolinas flat defense before i made that pick!

  2. Oley says:

    lol, i made the same pick on my pool. i thought Ward was gonna be the top goalie. haha boy i was far off on that 1.

  3. gtweb says:

    Its not even two weeks into the season, plenty of time to recover if your team isn’t doing well so far. And Cam Ward could certainly be included in this group…

  4. muckies says:

    Not- Dany Heatley – 0 goals and ice cold in front.

  5. Marky2Fresh says:

    Hot – Andrew Raycroft

    Not doing bad for a guy I grabbed in the last round of my draft

  6. ThomasHawks says:

    No 1 is hotter than Havlat.8 point in 3 games!!!

  7. 92-93 says:

    Raycroft has been good so far. still has the top shelf weakenesses (especially and painfully evident in the shootouts). but the guy stands pretty tall and has pretty good form. a good start. one of Aubin or Telly are going to have to get more regular starts though as both are pretty rusty.

  8. go_sens_go says:

    NOT – All of the Ottawa Senators

    Seriously, wtf is going on with this team? They better pull their heads out of their asses and start playing some hockey. The days of scoring a million goals per game are over, its time the Sens learn to play some hard-nosed hockey… perhaps taking a page out of the Oilers textbook…

  9. koolcracker says:

    I wouldnt be taking mroe starts away from raycroft after what happened against new jersey.

  10. habswinthecup-again says:

    Vokoun will have a good season yet, not so sure about Ward tho.

  11. habswinthecup-again says:

    I got him late in the 9th round, if he stays healthy he should easily be the steal of our draft.

  12. wingerxxx says:

    One reason why Lundqvist’s numbers aren’t so hot, is because the defense has been absolutely horrible so far. Tyutin, in particular, has not looked good. They really miss Kasparaitis on the blueline. The physical element just is not there.

    Staal should shake things off a bit. He’s a young player, and he’s coming off the Stanley Cup run with Carolina. He’ll be fine. I wouldn’t be worried about Brule either. Expecting an All-Star year out of him for this year was a little much. I read in some places that the Jackets expected him to center their top line, which is ludicrous. And we are barely into the season.

  13. gg_idiot says:

    maybe we should take some away from Brodeur, judging by what happened in New Jersey

  14. gg_idiot says:

    yeah havlat is kinda cute

  15. Aetherial says:

    I think he kinda looks like a kitten

  16. Rico420 says:

    What about Danny Briere and Chris Drury?

    Or the Buffalo Sabres for that matter?

    What about Petr Sykora, Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky?

    And the Sedins?

    I hate that people jump to huge conclusions after one week in the season, a team can start off 0-5 and that means they can flush the season down the can..never mind the fact that they may go on a 10-15 game unbeaten streak in December or after the all star break may only lose 10 times in the last 40 games.

    Anyway..not Hot – The big three in would never have seen this coming

  17. wingerxxx says:

    Agreed. You’d think that the world had ended in Toronto after the very first game of the year. You can’t start drawing any conclusions until at least 20 games into the year.

  18. gg_idiot says:

    Consider him dead

  19. Hoondog2 says:

    What about Kyle Wellwood, he probably wasnt even drafted in most pools. I took him in the 7th round in mine.

  20. Pucked says:

    HOT – Milan Michalek with the Sharks. 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 5 games so far. He is making the opponents look up. He’s big, fast and can score and being on a line with Patrick Marleau doesn’t hurt either. Keep your eyes open for this guy.

  21. koolcracker says:

    Difference is, Toronto has better than Aubin, New Jersey is stuck with Brodeur.

  22. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    last pick overall for me. you probably should have taken him alot later.

  23. 92-93 says:

    Sundin, what else can i say? 500 goals, a hatrick, an OT winner, carries the team on his back, 35 years old and isn’t slowing down. Wellwood and Sundin have 8 points, Tucker has 7, and Stajan has been playing very well too. Steen is starting to pick up his game and even O’Neill is slowly coming around although I dunno for how long.

  24. Seedless says:

    Hahahaha, gross.

  25. Seedless says:

    Vokoun was nothing short of superb last night. No need to worry about him.

  26. SensfanVone says:

    All of the Ottawa Senators Seriously, wtf is going on with this team? They better pull their heads out of their asses and start playing some hockey. The days of scoring a million goals per game are over, its time the Sens learn to play some hard-nosed hockey… perhaps taking a page out of the Oilers textbook…

    They sure put on a show last night. 😉

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