Canucks Fantasy Forecast - 3.29.2010

Pencil Hank into your lineup from here on out

Monday, 29.03.2010 / 7:45 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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Canucks Fantasy Forecast - 3.29.2010

It's been a masterful season in the regular world and fantasy world for #33

Henrik Sedin is in the midst of wrapping up perhaps the most successful regular season by a Canucks player in franchise history.

He picked up his 72nd and 73rd assists Saturday versus the San Jose to up his NHL leading point total to 101; following in the footsteps of Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny and Markus Naslund, Henrik became the fourth player in Canucks history to reach the 100-point milestone.

With seven games remaining, Henrik, one of eight Swedish NHLers to have topped 100 points, is nine points back of Bure’s club record of 110.

Whether or not Hank takes down the Russian Rocket is a moo point (like a cow's opinion, it doesn’t matter) as he’s already cemented himself in the Canucks Fantasy Hockey record books as well.

Henrik is the first Canucks player to surpass 100 points and he’ll be the second to leap above 1,300 fantasy points needing only 14 to join the club with Ryan Kesler.

Despite Henrik’s nonchalant attitude about breaking Bure’s record, you’ve got to figure his teammates want him to get there and as such they’ll be setting him up left and right.

That makes Henrik an easy lock to pick for the rest of the season. He’s $5 million, I know, but can you put a price tag on an Art Ross Trophy and possibly a Hart Trophy?

THE WEEK THAT WAS

With how the cookie crumbled, it wasn’t that bad of a week for the Canucks.

Vancouver was 1-2-0 collecting only two of six points so the club has yet to lock down a playoff spot, but because of key losses by Calgary and Colorado, the Canucks didn’t lose any ground in their battle for a division crown and third in the Western Conference.

It was a fine week in fantasy play for the usual suspects, Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler. Hank was tops on the team with 69 points, followed closely by Daniel at 65 and Kesler with 59.

Roberto Luongo struggled with 17 points over two starts, whereas Andrew Raycroft had 34 in his lone appearance.

WE HAVE A WINNER

To spread or not to spread.

Sounds like a Cheez Whiz ad, but it’s a debate over which fantasy hockey strategy works best - spending your $20 million on a few costly elite players, or investing in quantity over quality.

Going off last week’s three winners, more is better.

axy140 hit 112 to take top spot against Edmonton; 11 players contributed to the win with only two costing more than $3 million.

Versus Anaheim mermen could do no wrong with a 177-point showing; eight players performed well including the Sedins at $5 mill each. mermen was able to snag six players with the remaining $10 mill and only Kyle Wellwood and Aaron Rome were below 10 points.

In the shark tank, mikel6331 went wild with players, not so much with points. mikel6331 finished with 97 points, enough for a win, although it took 12 players to hit that mark. Alex Burrows (25), Tanner Glass (12) and Darcy Hordichuk (10) led the charge.

Click here to check out the leaderboard, it's a jumble of 8,183 fantasy fanatics.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The end is near.

There is only 420 minutes of regular season hockey left for the Canucks and they’ll look to make the most of it starting with a home game against the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday.

It’s off to California to face the Kings and Ducks Thursday and Friday before returning home to host the Wild Sunday.

FRESH PICKS

In case you speed read to this point, let me reiterate my earlier suggestion: pick Henrik Sedin for every game this week. Everyone and their dogs wants him to break the Canucks points record and finish a top the NHL, so he’ll be getting more chances than usual.

I’d assume Roberto Luongo will start three of the four games, with back-to-backs in Los Angeles and then Anaheim, it’s possible Andrew Raycroft will get the call for one of those outings. I’d take either goalie in any game except in LA LA Land, the Kings are the highest scoring team of the bunch with 216 goals.

In the $1 million category, you can’t go wrong picking up Aaron Rome or Tanner Glass. For both players, it’s either a real good outing or a solid game, they never seem to be in the red.

If there’s an underdog to be had, it’s Michael Grabner. At $2 million, he’s cheap in regards to how well he’s been playing. Grabner is performing well alongside Kesler and Raymond on the second line, the chances are there and this could be the week he finally makes the most of them.

INJURY UPDATE

Pavol Demitra has left the team for personal reasons, it’s unclear when he’ll return to the line-up. Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder), Steve Bernier (groin), Willie Mitchell (concussion) and Alex Bolduc (shoulder) remain 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!