Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 01/04/2011
Salary amendments, December winners & more in this week's Forecast
On the bright side, Tom Gilbert had another excellent week; and fortunately for you, he was discounted to allow more roster flexibility. In addition to that, Linus Omark was recalled from the AHL’s Barons on Monday, Jordan Eberle’s ankle injury isn’t as serious as we had initially feared, and the resurgence of some offensive heroes has helped to change the dynamic of your roster selections.
All things considered, it was a week dedicated to change, with ups and downs highlighting the game-night action. For the following week, we hope to make use of the opportunity and help to bring a new level of competition to the fold.
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No more than one-hour following the conclusion of tonight’s game vs. Detroit, Omark, Gilbert, and O’Marra’s salaries will be reverted back to their standard cap-hits while the new amendments will be introduced.
Here are this week’s salary adjustments:
ALES HEMSKY ($4M > $3M)
After missing 10 games due to a groin injury, Ales Hemsky made his emphatic return to the lineup last week and immediately began producing offence at his expected rate. In the three games since his return to the lineup, Hemsky has netted one goal and three points, and has developed some seemingly instant chemistry with Dustin Penner and new addition Andrew Cogliano.
With size, speed and creativity all being featured with this dynamic trio, the level of execution has been a nice addition to the top six. Hemsky in particular has thrived under his new role. As most understand, Hemsky’s best offensive tool is the way in which he can control the pace and utilize his possession of the puck to gain the zone and help accelerate an offensive attack.
With recent call-ups and injuries playing a role, the exact line combinations are in still in flux. But with the strong comeback that we’ve seen since his injury, Hemsky looks poised to have another strong week as he continues to lead the Oilers offensively and hopefully back into the win column.
As a result of his recent performances, Hemsky will be discounted this week as a reward for his loyal Fantasy owners, in addition to keeping his salary at a manageable level.
MAGNUS PAAJARVI ($2M > $1M)
Newly created line combinations will also help spark the offensive creativity. For Magnus Paajarvi, the skilled Swede has been promoted from the press box to the top line. In playing alongside Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky, Paajarvi will be given an excellent opportunity to succeed in a new position.
There’s little doubt that his game as a healthy scratch has helped to ignite some passion in the heart of Paajarvi, who will be looking to make an immediate impression as he looks to get back on track offensively. With no goals in his previous five games, the need for production has come to the forefront.
With the uncertainty surrounding Paajarvi’s game, the rookie will also be discounted this week. The opportunity to include Paajarvi could provide endless benefits moving forward, or at worst be of minimal impact if he’s unable to produce.
ANDREW COGLIANO ($1M > $2M)
Not everyone can be discounted, and this will be reflected in the cost of Andrew Cogliano this week. The speedy forward, as mentioned previously, has rekindled his offensive touch after a stint with Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky.
While the new line combinations have shuffled the deck, Cogliano will continue to centre Dustin Penner. Taylor Hall, however, will now join the pair as yet another dynamic offensive trio has been concocted.
Cogliano has always presented a bargain for Fantasy owners, but with his early-season lack of production highlighting his 2010-11 resume, many weren’t keen on including the crafty forward. With his offensive production on the rise, Cogliano will receive a small raise this week to make the decision to include him more difficult.
WE HAVE A WINNER
Two, actually. Bragging rights are nice, and the shout-out in the Fantasy Hockey Forecast is pretty spectacular, but there’s more to our game than the online glory. In addition to our year-end prizes, we recognize the efforts of our monthly leaders in the following categories: Total points and top average points for the month of December.
December– Top Point-Getter: carljamz narrowly topped msoilers. With a total of 1627 points, he edges out the second-place finisher by a mere 13 points. It was a close battle throughout the month, but this means that Oilers Fantasy Hockey sees another new winner added to our list.
December – Top Average Points: By the slimmest or margins, dude99 emerged victorious with a 0.25-point edge over second place H.O.P.E.. His performance was highlighted by a 230-point outing against the Maple Leafs that ultimately sealed the procurement of top spot in this category.
On behalf of the entire edmontonoilers.com staff, I would like to say congratulations to each of our winners! Both carljamz and dude99 will receive a signed 8x10 of one of their favourite Oilers players. We will be in contact with both of you shortly to arrange the delivery of your prizes.
Remember, monthly prizes will be handed out throughout the regular season, in addition to the year-end prizes at the conclusion of the campaign. With a greater discrepancy in point averages, combined with the ongoing sequence of salary adjustments, there's plenty of time for everyone to make their move and challenge for the top spot in one of our winning categories.