Welcome to the beginning of Blog On The Ice, a daily fantasy hockey report. I've got no shame admitting that this is a blatant rip off of Razzball, the best fantasy baseball analysis on the internet. Which shouldn't go to Grey's head, because the level of quality for fantasy sports analysis on the internet is somewhere between that of Frank TV and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Just a short post to start things off since I'm still getting the hang of this and I only have 4 regular season games to talk about so far. As more teams play I'll have more to talk about than Pascal freakin Dupuis.
Mike Smith/Olaf Kolzig - Good start from both statistically, it's just a shame they faced 41 and 39 shots respectively. Here's hoping you didn't draft either, because the Lightning's defense will be among the worst in the NHL this season. Oh wait, they got Lukas Krajicek, their season's saved!
Shane O'Brien - If you're counting on him for PIM from D, I guess the trade improves his value since his +/- should be better be playing in front of Luongo.
Pascal Dupuis - Some people drafted him late hoping he'd play on the top line. Some people are disappointed.
Alex Goligoski - I honestly never heard of this kid before, but he's a young dman, drafted reasonably high by the Pens (2nd round in '04) who will apparently be seeing powerplay time on a team with Malkin and Crosby. Yeah, you want to keep an eye on him as long as Gonchar and Whitney are down.
Alex Auld - Good shot at taking the starting job from Gerber in Ottawa, if Gerber ever had the job to start with. If your third goalie is Khabi, Manny Fernandez, Joey MacDonald, someone on the Lightning, someone on the Kings, or Martin Gerber... then pick up Auld.
Ruslan Fedetenko - Seeing some time on the first line. No points to show yet, but Rusty can surprise you. If he clicks a 60+ point season is not unrealistic.
Daniel Briere - Will be starting the season at RW on the top line. The Flyers seem serious about sticking to this experiment so hopefully Yahoo doesn't slack on giving him eligibility. Also his abysmal +/- from last year should improve at wing. Asking John Stevens to stick to one line for any significant amount of time though is like asking Dusty Baker to pull a starting pitcher after 6 innings.
Jesse Winchester - Was pegged to play on the top line to move Alfredsson down and give the Sens some scoring depth. Hasn't happened yet but with a 2nd line that features Chris Kelly at center, I wouldn't rule it out in the near future. Still posted 1 A, 6 SOG and a +1 in his first two games.