I have been actively involved in hockey pools for more than 16 years, and only on two occasions have I ever participated in a pool that eliminated a player from eligibility for being too good.
One time was for Wayne Gretzky, who, for several consecutive years, was ineligible in many pools because whomever drafted him was almost automatically a winner. 215 points does that.
The only other player to have that honor, in my experience is, The Magnificent One. Mario Lemieux is the only other player to garner 199 points, and there were a number of years in the late 1980s where he was made ineligible at the draft.
The points Lemieux would pick up were akin to cramming two superstars into one roster spot. That’s priceless for poolies, and that’s also why he was not allowed in many pools. His 199 points in 1988-89 were more than the ninth place (Jimmy Carson) and 10th place (Luc Robitaille) players put together.
Lemieux’s late-80s production would be similar Martin St-Louis finishing with 158 points in 2003-04, instead of the league-leading 94 points he actually got.
Will anyone ever be able to leave the game for three and a half years, make a surprise return in his mid-30s, and make everyone’s top 10 list the following summer? No. Never againÂ…
Phoenix defenseman Keith Ballard has nine points in his last six games. The 23-year-old 2001 first round pick (11th overall) has 60 point upside – perhaps as soon as next season. The Minnesota native has already shown he has the ability to consistently produce in that neighborhood, as his 23 points in his last 37 games would indicateÂ…
The absence of Joni Pitkanen, Kim Johnsson and Eric Desjardins due to injury has forced the Flyers to recall (and rely on) rookie Freddy Meyer to man the point on their power play. The 25-year-old Meyer would make a solid and cheap pickup in your rotisserie pool as he has four points in his last four gamesÂ…
Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: The aforementioned Pitkanen returned from his groin injury too soon, and, as a result, will be out of the lineup for at least a couple of weeks. I wouldn’t count on him until after the Olympics. Once again – take Meyer in the meantimeÂ…Pierre Turgeon’s shoulder injury will keep him out of the Colorado lineup for another two weeks. Turgeon is the most productive NHLer amongst players seeing less than 13 minutes of ice time. His absence is hurting the production of several Avs, including Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette.
Farm Report: Nashville prospect Alexander Radulov is on a 26-game point streak in the Quebec Major Junior League. The 19-year-old 2004 first round pick (15th overall) has 62 points in that span, which was broken up only by his appearance in the World Juniors.
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