Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 01/10/2012
Hall, Gagner & Smyth highlight this week’s forecast
The past week saw the Oilers play just two games, the final two of a seven-game road swing that didn't go nearly as planned for the Oil. The Oilers dropped another close decision to start the week when they fell to St. Louis, 4-3. This one hurt the most as the Oilers were playing a strong game and leading 3-1 heading into the third before allowing the Blues to come back.
The result saturday afternoon in Dallas also hurt as the teams were tied 1-1 heading into the third. The Stars put the game away with with three third period goals, one of which was into an empty-net. The 4-1 loss ended what was a fustrating trip and saw the team fall further down the NHL standings. With 14 points up for grabs and a chance to make up some ground, the Oilers managed just two points despite some strong efforts along the way.
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The Oilers record now sits at 16-22-3 for 35 points on the season. This point total has the team tied for fifth worst in the NHL with the Islanders and Ducks quickly chasing.
THE WEEK AHEAD
This week will mark the offical midway point of the season for the Oilers who have now played 41 games. The coming week will see the Oilers play three games all at home. First will be the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, followed by Anaheim on Friday and finishing with the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
The next week will once again see the Oilers battling their share of key injuries. The team will likely play minus it's two top scorers as Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will both be sidelined for immediate future. This will give recent call-up Magnus Paajarvi a chance to play some offensive minutes and show that his time in OKC has been put to good use.
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11TH.
The newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take place following Wednesday's game versus New Jersey . At this time all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
TAYLOR HALL ($5M : $5M)
Taylor Hall continues to surge since returning to the lineup. He will therefore hold over his price tag for another week. Hall has been the Oilers top offensive player over the past few weeks and thus deserves the top doller spot more than anyone right now.
Hall scored against both St. Louis and Dallas during the past week, giving him goals in four straight games now. He is averaging a point-per-game since returning from injury and now has 29 points (14G, 15A) in 33 games on the season.
Once again Hall should be a pretty safe buy despite the 5 million dollar price. He is flying both at practice and during games lately, looking like a player who really wants the puck and is making something happen when he has it.
RYAN SMYTH ($5M > $3M)
Ryan Smyth got off to a great start offensively in his return to Edmonton. He was close to a point-per-game player quite a ways into the season. On top of that, he has been every bit the leader the Oilers needed when they traded to bring him back.
Unfortunately, Smyth has cooled off recently and it has shown in the current string of losses. Smyth has recorded a point in just one of his last five games and that was in the win over Chicago. Looking further back, Smyth actually has just six points (3G, 3A) in his last 15 games.
Smyth has held pretty steady in his price since the start of the year. This is what makes this salary drop so interesting. At 3 million players will finally have a chance to purchase Ryan Smyth at a discounted rate, could mean a big pay-off.
SAM GAGNER ($2M > $3M)
Gagner's rise is based on a combination of performance and opportunity this week. Sam has no doubt played great hockey recently. He is starting to put up the offensive numbers fans expect from him. With six points (2G, 4A) in his last five games and now at 20 points on the year, Gagner is playing up to his potential.
The other factor in Gagner's rise is the recent team injuries and how they will affect Sam. With RNH and Eberle on the shelf, Gagner will be counted on in even more key situations. Gagner will most likely get the nod to center the top-line featuring Taylor Hall on the wing. This could definitely help Gagner continue his strong play.
At 3 million dollars and being thrust into a top role, Gagner could be the ultimate steal in this week's fantasy schedule.
Tom Gilbert: Out 3-4 weeks with ankle
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Out 3-4 weeks with shoulder
Jordan Eberle: Out 2-3 weeks with knee
Cam Barker: 2 months with an ankle injury.
Ryan Whitney: week-to-week with ankle tendinitis.
Alex Plante: Out indefinitely with a concussion