Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 11/22/2011
Khabibulin, Petry & Nugent-Hopkins highlight this week’s forecast
Despite the other two losses, the 9-2 win over Chicago saw a number of players improve their fantasy numbers. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tom Gilbert all had huge games against the Blackhawks.
The Oilers now head into this coming fantasy week with road games against Nashville tonight, followed up by Minnesota and Colorado over the weekend. The Oilers will be looking for improvement in the back end as they have been exposed recently with a number of injuries on defence.
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No more than one hour following the completion of Tuesday's game vs. Nashville, the newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take effect. At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS ($4M > $5M)
Ryan continues to be an offensive leader for the Oilers. Nugent-Hopkins was sensational in recording his first five-point NHL game against Chicago. Nugent-Hopkins followed that up by scoring the Oilers only goal against Dallas last night.
The 'Nuge' continues to produce at a point-per-game pace in this his rookie season. He is tied with Ryan Smyth for the team lead in points with 20 in 20 games. The other promising sign to come out of this past week was Ryan's improvement in the face-off circle. Nugent-Hopkins would win 78% of his draws in the game against Chicago, an area he has struggled in most of this year.
Heading into these next few games Nugent-Hopkins should remain a top option for fantasy players despite the high price tag. At this point in the season, Nugent-Hopkins is as consistent a producer as the Oilers have.
JEFF PETRY ($2M > $3M)
The Oilers young defencemen has come up and played extremely well with all the injuries on the blueline. He is a talented young player who should continue to see good minutes this week with other Oilers still out with injuries.
This past week was a good one for Petry as he put up a three-point game against Chicago on Saturday. He is also getting powerplay time and throwing a lot of shots at the net. He has quickly racked up 136 fantasy points, thus making him a viable option for fantasy players.
The Oilers are hurting on defence and Petry has certainly played well. Until the Oilers get bodies back from injury, Petry is a good fantasy option.
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN ($4M > $2M)
With a 8-4-2 record and .936% overall, Khabibulin is still having a good season for the Edmonton Oilers. He is still a great fantasy option at any given point as he will continue to see the bulk of the time in Edmonton's net.
It does have to be noted however that Khabibulin has dropped four of his last five starts and allowed 16 goals over that span. The injuries on the Oilers back end are hurting Khabibulin's numbers and therefore his fantasy value.
A drop in salary should provide fantasy players with a chance to pick Khabibulin with a little less worry. At any given time Khabby can steal a game, making him an interesting pick at this price.