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Canucks Fantasy Forecast - 3.09.2010

Don't get Avatared in fantasy hockey

Tuesday, 09.03.2010 / 4:30 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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Canucks Fantasy Forecast - 3.09.2010

Avatared.

That’s what I’m calling any situation where lots of time and effort is put into something and the final product is phenomenal, but when it comes down to cashing in on it and bringing home the big prize, it falls short.

Exhibit A: Avatar at the Oscars.

Exhibit B: Probably your fantasy team.

Since the Canucks returned from the Olympic break they’ve played four games with four different players earning top billing in fantasy – three being skaters you normally wouldn’t drop a dime on.

In the first game back versus Columbus, Kyle Wellwood stepped up with his third multi-point game of the season and first since November. Did you see that coming?

Against Detroit a night later, Ryan Kesler paced the Canucks with 48 points, followed closely by Daniel Sedin and his 44. Surprises, I see none.

The thumping in Chicago was hard to watch and checking your fantasy roster afterward was just as painful with Andrew Alberts, Mr. You-Didn’t-Know-His-Name-48-Hours-Before, topping the team with 24 points. What the?

One final game, in Nashville against the Predators, one final shocker. Jannik Hansen was the top point-gaining skater at 31 points thanks to his third goal in 20 games. Roberto Luongo was right up there with 35 points, a game after being yanked.

In three of these four contests, you could have put lots of time and effort into meticulously picking your players to ensure your final roster was phenomenal, but when time for stacking up fantasy points came around, you likely fell short.

You were Avatared and you weren’t alone.

There’s nothing to really take from this week as I suspect it was more of an anomaly than anything else. As the Canucks close down shop on the road and prepare for five straight games at home, things will likely return to normal, fantasy scoring included.

Get back to putting effort into your roster, just remember that wild card players are blooming this time of year Choose wisely so you don’t get thrown into the Hurt Locker.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

Four games in six days had the Canucks spread across Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee. The travel was worth it with the team picking up six of a possible eight points, although it look two comeback wins for that to happen.

Vancouver erased a one-goal third period deficit in Columbus before winning in overtime Tuesday, that was followed by a merciless 6-3 pounding of Detroit where five different Canucks scored in a balanced attack.

As the parade moved to Chicago Friday, the effort did not with five first period goals against sinking Vancouver in a hurry.

Sunday’s game against Nashville featured another come from behind win, the team’s ninth of the season, with Vancouver coming back from 2-1 heading into the final period to win 4-2.

WE HAVE A WINNER

The Olympics putting the NHL on hold for two weeks didn’t dampen Canucks fans as they returned to Canucks Fantasy Hockey with a vengeance.

Of the 1,765 competitors for the Blue Jackets game, Canuck99990 and CRAWDAD took top spot with 173 points aside. Seven of their eight players were identical with a Sami Salo here and an Alex Edler there being the only difference.

There was one clear cut winner against the Red Wings and that was debbieddobi and her 189 points. Ryan Kesler (48) and Daniel Sedin (44) were the main studs, although six of seven players had 10 points or more.

bortsnort and bufford finished one-two versus the Blackhawks with bortsnort edging out bufford 115 to 111. The important thing to note here is that they were both brave enough to purchase Andrew Alberts, who still hadn’t been assigned a number.

Alberts led the charge with 24 points helping both teams to their best fantasy showings yet.

Canucks nation cheered when Jannik Hansen scored a breakaway game-winner against Predators in Vancouver’s final game of the week, but canucks_5 gave an extra hoorah.

Hansen’s goal pushed canucks_5 to 179 points, one more than Vancity-nuck.

Click here to check out the leaderboard, it's a jumble of 7,524 fantasy fanatics.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Four games in six days, including two back-to-backs, is what the Canucks face beginning Tuesday.

A visit to Colorado is first up, then a stop in Phoenix closes out the 14-game road trip; Ottawa and Calgary come to Vancouver Saturday and Sunday for the first two of five straight at GM Place.

FRESH PICKS

VS. COLORADO – MASON RAYMOND He’s lead the Canucks attack against the Avalanche with six points (1-5-6) in two games and if you caught his act Sunday against Nashville, you saw him flying. Raymond didn’t pick up any points, but he should add to his impressive total against Colorado.

VS. PHOENIX – MIKAEL SAMUELSSON – Goals in five of six games and points in six of seven heading into Colorado, even if he dips against the Avalanche he’ll be back for more versus the Desert Dogs. Samuelsson has hit a career-high for goals and is show no signs of letting up.

VS. OTTAWA – DANIEL AND HENRIK SEDIN Statistically they were invisible for much of Vancouver’s road trip, but they thrive at home and will be back to their usual selves in the team’s return to GM Place.

VS. CALGARY – RYAN KESLER During the Olympics this agitator proved he can stir things up like no one else and that fighting spirit will be revived against a hated division rival. If he can keep putting points up, Kesler’s streak will be at 12 and counting heading into this game.

INJURY UPDATE

RW Steve Bernier (groin), D Willie Mitchell (concussion), D Kevin Bieksa (left ankle tendon surgery) and C Alex Bolduc (shoulder) are on the injured reserve list.

DISCLAIMER

While I claim to be the Canucks Fantasy Hockey swami, the man with all the answers and a crystal ball as clear as they come, this is very self-described. Most of my picks are backed by stats, while others come from the gut. Use with caution!