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Everyone knows I love the Hall of Fame debates. Do you remember a few years ago, when Dick Duff got in, and while statistically he wasn’t of that caliber, the old guys all said “if you ever saw him play, you’d know why he got in”? Well, this is another case. His numbers don’t tell you the whole story. Though, they do tell a good part of it.
The turnaround by the Boston Bruins into one of the league’s elite has come as a mild surprise. But truth be told, the team has used all means to build a quality squad to compete and they should serve as a model that teams should follow.
The key for the B’s has been the draft. 9 regulars have come via the draft and have been key contributors to the team’s rise.
1995 – PJ Axelsson
2003 – Mark Stuart, Patrice Bergeron
2004 David Krejci, Matt Hunwick
2005 – Matt Lashoff, Vladimir Sobotka
2006 – Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic
Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers should have interest in Bill Guerin and that the Rangers are carrying too much extra in terms of contracts which is leaving them with little to no wiggle room to make moves.
Written by Joe Cutroni, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
January 23, 2009
Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at the Western Conference Fantasy All-Stars who have made a big impact at the halfway point of the season.
Western Conference Fantasy All-Stars:
Pavel Datsyuk (C, DET) – At the Break: 19 goals, 37 assists, plus-21, 21 PPPs, 137 SOG, 14 PIMs – Was there any doubt that Datsyuk would post the kind of numbers he has so far this season? One of the most consistent scorers over the last five seasons, Datsyuk is on par to match last year’s career-high 31 goals, 97 points, and plus-41.
Patrick Marleau (C, SJ) – At the Break: 25 goals, 26 assists, plus-21, 11 PPPs, 161 SOG, 10 PIMs – Marleau has quieted the critics this year, rebounding from a miserable 2007-08 campaign with one that should see him record his best season ever. Rival owners probably can’t believe you managed to snag Marleau so late in the draft.
Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer January 22, 2009
Frank Mazzola takes a look at the Eastern Conference All-Stars from a fantasy perspective, the players enjoying a breakout season and the ones that have disappointed their owners on a grand scale.
2008-09 Fantasy Hockey Eastern Conference All-Star Roster:
Alexander Ovechkin (LW, WAS) – Current statistics: 31 goals, 28 assists, plus-13, 58 penalty minutes, 24 power play points, 305 shots on goal - It’s a surprise to no one that Ovechkin is having the season that he is. He is arguably the World’s Greatest Player and will continue to produce in this fashion until further notice.