Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fantasy Hockey Impact: A Look at Familiar Faces in New Places

ESPN has a good look at some "familiar faces in new places" for the Eastern Conference, with a fantasy hockey focus.  They mention in particular, Jarome Iginla who they think should maintain roughly a point-per-game pace.  Iginla certainly got off to a fiery start with the Boston Bruins, dropping the gloves against the Tampa Bay Lightning's tough Radko Gudas.  Over his long NHL career, primarily spent in Western Canada, Iginla has averaged about 0.90 points per game in the regular season.  To add to the ESPN post, here are a few additional faces in new places to keep an eye on from a statistical perspective.
  • Damien Brunner - Signed late in the 2013-14 preseason, after a professional tryout with the New Jersey Devils, the former Detroit Red Wing had gotten off to a good start to the season, notching 2 goals in 2 games.  Through 5 games he has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists).  He may not keep up that pace for the 82 game season, but considering that last year was his first in the league, keep a close eye on how his performance might improve as a sophomore.  

  • Mike Ribeiro - The centerman excelled in D.C. last season, producing at more than a point-per-game clip (49 in 48 games).  Now, he did have some of the best offensive talent in the league on his Washington Capitals squad in 2012-13 as well.  That has to be taken into consideration.  Only once before has his stat line shown more than a point-per-game for a regular season campaign, which was in 2007-08 with the Dallas Stars.  Now that Ribeiro is a number one center with the Phoenix Coyotes, he will still produce at a prodigious clip.  It probably won't be a point-per-game though.

  • Ryan Whitney - The 30 year old defenseman hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, took to the blue line for the Edmonton Oilers in 2012-13, scoring 13 points in 39 games.  The Florida Panthers signed Whitney to a one-year deal for 2013-14 where he will vie for time among the top four on defense.  He's always been strong in the assists category, although Florida might not have as much firepower as the young Oilers had in recent seasons.   

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