Oilers Fantasy Hockey Forecast - 02/21/2012
Petry, Smyth & Paajarvi highlight this week’s forecast
With fantasy values staying the same for the previous two weeks, the Oilers would compile a 1-4 record over that stretch. The first week started with a split on the road in a loss to Detroit followed up by a win in Ottawa. The team then returned home last week where they would drop all three decisions to Toronto, Colorado and Vancouver.
Over these past five games, the Oilers have failed to see the usual production from their top players such as Hall, Eberle and Gagner. With these players failing to hit the scoresheet with much consistency, the losses were bound to pile up.
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The Oilers come out of the week with a record of 22-30-6 for 50 points on the season.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Oilers will start the week on the road in Calgary tonight for another installment of the Battle of Alberta. The Flames have owned the series of late, having won all the meetings so far this season.
Edmonton will then return home for games against Philadelphia on Thursday night and Phoenix in an afternoon tilt on Saturday. The Oilers will finish of this fantasy week on the road on the NHL's trade deadline day in Winnipeg. Overall it should be an interesting fantasy week with the possibility of certain roster players moving via trade and new ones maybe coming in.
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21.
The newly introduced salaries for all our highlighted players will take place following Tuesday's game versus Calgary. At the end of Tuesday's game, all remaining players salaries will be reset to their real cap hit values as normal.
Here are this week’s salary amendments:
JEFF PETRY ($1M > $3M)
Petry is quietly emerging as a top defenceman for the Edmonton Oilers. Petry is being trusted with more and more ice-time and is playing against the other team's best players.
Petry is coming off a solid fantasy stretch that saw him put up three points in the five games. On top of that, he played 20 + minutes in each of the five games and is up to an impressive 479 fantasy points on the season.
Petry is bringing a solid all-around game and is often seen leading the Oilers in ice-time. This means Petry is a real solid option when in comes to the Oilers backend.
RYAN SMYTH ($5M > $2M)
Smyth has really struggled offensively for some time now. What was once a great start in his return to Edmonton has gone cold, really cold. Smyth did not have a good fantasy week and his salary will reflect that this week.
Smyth recorded only one point, an assist in the five games over this fantasy period. On top of that, he was a - 4 in the five games, doing little to add to his fantasy totals.
The Oilers need some production from Ryan Smyth if they are going to win any games down the final stretch of the season. A 2 million pricetag gives a little more incentive to bite on Smyth.
MAGNUS PAAJARVI ($2M > $3M)
Don't look now, but Magnus Paajarvi is finally starting to play to his potential this season. Magnus is coming off his best fantasy week of the year and has found some offensive chemistry in the Oilers lineup.
Paajarvi was able to put up four points (2G, 2A) in the five games during this stretch and showed signs of the offensive touch that saw him drafted 10th overall.
With other Oilers struggling to score, this is a great opportunity for Paajarvi to put a slow start behind him and finish the season strong.
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