Fantasy Pool Look: Post-Olympic heat

As a poolie, you can’t rely on player production trends that preceded the Olympic break.

There have now been enough games played since the break to get a feel for which players are on a hot streak and which ones are cold.

Players who are hot fall into two categories.

First are the players who used the break to heal their wounds, rest, and come back strong.

The second group is the players who either took what they learned from their Olympic experience and have used that to come back strong, or continued an already strong performance stemming from the Games.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin has seven points in four games since his return from an Olympic experience where he seemed to improve with every game. Yes, he was having a big season prior to the break, but his near two points per game average after the Olympics is substantially better.

Ovechkin is a hot player who plays four times over the next week, including Wednesday night against his archrival, fellow rookie Sidney Crosby. Ovechkin will be one you should pick up this week in your rotisserie pool. (For more on Ovechkin, pick up the March 14 edition of The Hockey News).

The Phoenix Coyotes have a pair of good ones in Shane Doan and Mike Comrie. Doan has eight points in three games and Comrie has seven in the same span. Doan came back from the Games with something to prove, and Comrie is responding well to a little rest.

St. Louis rookie center Jay McClement has six points in four contests, and Buffalo’s Daniel Briere, who used the break to recover from abdominal surgery, has seven in four.

On the back end, Nicklas Lidstrom has six points in a trio of games for Detroit, and Sergei Gonchar has four assists in three outings for Pittsburgh. Both were Olympians.

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On the flip side, Team Canada members Rick Nash (Columbus) and Todd Bertuzzi (Vancouver) have just two points in four games and Bertuzzi is a minus-3.

Coming out of the break, it was difficult for rotisserie owners to choose their teams for the week. One week later, the picture is a whole lot clearerÂ…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Rangers rookie right winger Petr Prucha (knee) is back skating and will make his return to the lineup early next weekÂ…Buffalo forward Tim Connolly should be back with the Sabres by the weekend. He should be activated immediately, as his season was getting better and better with every game prior to his knee injury.

Farm Report: Toronto prospect Jeremy Williams has watched his stock slowly rise over the past three seasons. However, his two-point output in his last six games ensured it was Ben Ondrus who got the call to the big club and not Williams. The 22-year-old Williams was on a point-per-game pace with the Marlies of the American League prior to the slump. Williams has an outside shot as a second-liner in the NHL, but we will know more in about two years.

Darryl Dobbs’ Fantasy Hockey Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league – check out the latest scoop every Wednesday and Friday. Also find the top 250 roto-player rankings on the first of every month in THN’s Fantasy section.

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