WHO'S THE RINGER?

It’s hard to believe, but the 2002-2003 season is coming up faster than last season ended. Seeing the combines in the fields, and getting back into that good ole’ university routine, I have already started working on my pool. Like last season, I predict that there will be many break-out seasons and major league slumps this season. Here is a list of players who I think will be money in the pools, and the players that will make you broke.JEROME IGINLA

Even though Iggy won the scoring race last year, I don’t think he’s going to do it again. He got every good bounce and lucky post last season. I expect Jerome to drop down to an 80 point performance, still good enough for a 4th or 5th pick.

PAUL KARIYA

He’s one of the most talented guys in the league, and now he’s got a couple line mates in Adam Oates and Peter Sykora, who are going to help him light it up! I’m taking Kariya early.

DOUG WEIGHT

I think that this guy is going to have a 100+ point season. He has been training like an animal all summer. I seen on an interview with his trainer, he has put on something like 18 lbs of solid muscle. Tkachuck/Weight/Demetra are going to be one sweet line.

PETER FORSBERG

Well, Forsberg was the man in last year’s playoffs…he is going to be the #1 centre for the Avs.

JOE SAKIC

I think that Sakic really missed Forsberg last year. The dynamic duo is back, but Forsberg is going to score more points.

SERGEI SAMSONOV

No matter what I hear, and no matter how hard I try, I just cannot be convinced that this guy is going to be anything more than 25 – 30 goal scorer. He’s overrated. Not worth wasting a top 10 pick on.

ILIYA KOVALCHUK

This kid is going to put up good numbers for his second season, but he’s not going to be an MVP for your pool. I expect a similar performance to last years, maybe a 10 point improvement.

BRIAN MCCABE

If it works out that you can score big points with your D-MAN, McCabe is definitely a good candidate. Expect 20+ goals from this young stud.

These are just a couple of the players who I think will be a big impact, posatively or negatively on many pools this season. I predict the top ten scorers to be this:

1. Peter Forsberg

2. Marcus Naslund

3. Bill Guerin

4. Doug Weight

5. Joe Sakic

6. Jaromir Jagr

7. Mike Madano

8. Pavol Demetra

9. Mats Sundin

10. Joe Thornton

So this is what I think….have fun poolies!

CHEERS!

keon


17 Responses to WHO'S THE RINGER?

  1. Walks44 says:

    Wheres Bertuzzi? Francis?

    Both of these guys finished in the top ten last year,

    Intresting………..

  2. YingYan says:

    Mario is in top shape, he’s 100% healthy. Unless the bug injury didn’t choke on Straka is don’t see why he shouldn’t be up there. A conservative 65 games X by another conservative 1.5pts/game = 97.5

    http://www.post-gazette.com/penguins/20020908mario0908p4.asp

  3. rrudd says:

    “Tkachuck/Weight/Demetra are going to be one sweet line.”

    …if they ever are, in fact a line. as it stands, weight looks more likely to be the 2nd line center behind demitra.

    “Forsberg…he is going to be the #1 centre for the Avs.”

    …how do you mean? in scoring? on the depth chart?

    bertuzzi should be on the list.

  4. Sunnyg says:

    Your list isn’t too bad… however, i found it a little odd that you talked about kariya having a great year but you don’t think that he will finish in the top ten in scoring.

    also, i think that a significant omission may have been kovalev in pittsburgh. he had something like 76 points last year in only 67 games (and he had 95 points the year before). if he had played the whole year he would have been among the top 3-4 in scoring. plus, he did it without lemieux for most of the season so if lemieux plays more this year, it could mean BIG points.

  5. flyer73 says:

    I can’t believe how many people got suckered into the whole Forsberg thing. He’s truly a talent but also damaged goods. He will play about 65 gemes and end up with about 75-80 points maybe top 10 but not #1. Guerin will not outscore Modano so those two are definitely in the wrong slots. Where are Mario, Iginla, Kovalev and Bertuzzi.

    My top 10

    1. Jagr (he wants to beat Mario)

    2. Mario (1.5 ppg ave will have him near the top)

    3. Bertuzzi (if line stays together)

    4. Sakic (Forsberg takes some pressure off of Joe)

    5. Naslund (if line stays together)

    6. Yashin (without Peca he will be asked to score more)

    7. Iginla (slight drop off)

    8. Sundin (seems to get 1 ppg every year)

    9. Kovalev (if healthy and Straka comes back could challenge for #1)

    10. Forsberg (after the playoffs he’s got to be top 10)

  6. TML_4EVER says:

    i agrre with your rankings, except, id put jagr at 10th, forsberg at 8, sundin at 7, iginla 2, and mario at 1. i dont think jagr will do good, hes on a shit team, and you do good depending who u play with.

  7. TheDevil says:

    The most overlooked player in the NHL today is PETER BONDRA!

    How come he is not in anybody’s list – since joining the league in 1990, he is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the NHL today. I’m not sure, but I think only Jagr has more goals than Bondra since in the 1990-2001 span. Now with a good offensive center to play with (LANG) Bondra should have at least a 35 goals…

  8. Leb_Boy says:

    said once ill say it again

    SERGI FEDOROV

    with stevey Y out, he’s my #1 pick, but then again i am a wings fan so who knows

    but he will explode!

  9. Forsberg21 says:

    Art Ross will go to either Forsberg Sakic or Jagr, with injuries being the deciding factor.

  10. gladiator says:

    Money: Todd Bertuzzi

    Markus Naslund

    Peter Forsberg

    Joe Sakic

    Pavel Bure

    Broke: Steve Yzerman

    Ryan Smyth

    Mike York

    Mike Peca

  11. cwhockey says:

    In my experience in fantasy hockey, the top players are easy to predict. A few will dissapoint and a few will exceed expectations. If you’re fairly knowledgeable, that should be a wash. Where these leagues are won is knowing (and/or getting lucky with) the second and third tier players. Not necessairly who is gonna have a breakout season like Morrison and Bertuzzi (who I drafted in a league last year). But which player is gonna have a 10-20 point improvement from the previous season.

    Of course it all depends what kind of fantasy league (sim, rotisserrie, keeper) you are in but I guess that goes without saying. My suggestions: find some scouting reports and recent articles to see if a certain player has been training hard in the offseason and fits into his team’s offensive structure well. Another sugguestion: look to the expansion teams. Other than the players that have already broken out, look for others that will benefit from increased playing time. Drafting one of these guys in the late rounds can really be a steal and give you an edge in your league.

  12. Tradedude says:

    CAN ANYONE TELL ME, WHICH POOL ARE WE TALKING ABOUT, IVE SEEN NO HTR POOLS LATELY, CAN NE1 PLZ TELL ME THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE HTR POOL? please!!!

  13. saksfan says:

    Who I think will be a suprise this year, this years Craig Conroy or Shawn Bates..Marcus Nilson. Playing on Florida he has had 30-40 points each year he has played a full season (00-01 and 01-02) and I think he will notch around 45-55 points this year.

    For the Art Ross I predict Sakic, Forsberg, Naslund, Jagr, Thornton in that order.

  14. tyeekiller says:

    Without any prelude, here are the predicted top 20:

    Jagr

    Forsberg

    Sakic

    Lemieux

    Naslund

    Modano

    Tckachuk

    Sundin

    Lindros

    Yashin

    Thornton

    Kovalev

    Wieght

    Iginla

    Allison

    Kariya

    Alfredson

    Demitra

    Bertuzzi

    Shannahan

    Elias

    Roenick

    Fedorov

    This is a well thought out and calculated list. Do not get caught up in pre season signings such as Guerin and Lang. They will do well but not top 20. ( Lapointe went high in our pool last year because his name was in the news a lot )

    There you have it, take it to the bank!

  15. tyeekiller says:

    I believe they are talking about any pool you may happen to be in. Not one pool in particular.

  16. aaron says:

    He was 5th in points last year, missing like 10 games and playing injured for half the season.

  17. canucklehead says:

    Last year I took Iginla in the 6th round – 52nd overall – Now that’s what wins hockey pools!!!

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