Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Rookie fantasy update

I'm not playing fantasy hockey this season because I've come to realize I'm only interested in the drafting aspect of it. The daily management of the team becomes a burden very quickly and I lose interest after a few weeks. That said, I'm very aware of the need for good information on players, so fantasy hockey players ("poolies" as they call themselves in Canada), here's a post just for you.

1. Tobias Enstrom, D -- Enstrom is playing a ton of minutes, including the entire power play on the right point. Tonight he had 21:48 in ice time, tops on the team. At even strength he's now playing with Nic Havelid, and on the power play, he was out with Kovalchuk (who is at the other point). Marian Hossa, Slava Kozlov and Bryan Little make up the top forwards group. As soon as the power play starts scoring, Enstrom will start racking up points because he's the distributor and touches the puck a lot. Enstrom will shoot the puck himself as well, but that's not his bread and butter.

2. Bryan Little, C -- Little is now playing with Darren Haydar and Brett Sterling, but the lines change often so don't make too much of it. Little has the ability to adapt to different linemates as well as anyone on the team and finds ways to create chances. He should start finding himself in the scoring column more and more often on a team that lacks talent at center. Tonight he had 13:25 in ice time, 3:35 of it on the power play. He should continue to see time on the power play.

3. Brett Sterling, LW -- I could not in good conscience recommend him at this point. He's a goal scorer who is not scoring goals, and isn't getting great chances either. Getting sent back down to the Wolves for a while is not out of the question. Tonight he had 8:40 in ice time, 2:16 of it on the power play (second unit).

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