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Fantasy Pool Look: An intriguing prospect

Pittsburgh's Eric Christensen's career outlook has gone through some ups and downs to say the least - particularly from a fantasy pool perspective.

He was a highly-touted talent in the Western League, and backed it up with some pretty huge numbers before falling a little just two years after he was drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2002.

He followed up a 104-point season with just 62 points in 2003-04 . His AHL debut was uneventful, and his status as a high-level prospect fell a little further.

This season, at 22 years old, Christensen exploded to lead the AHL in scoring after nine games with 19 points. That led to a call-up to the NHL, and his debut has been impressive.

Though he has just five points in 11 games, four of them are in the last four and he is currently a plus-6 (he leads the Penguins in that department).

Currently seeing some time playing with Zigmund Palffy and Sidney Crosby, Christensen is getting about 15 minutes of ice time per game. If he can stick for an entire season, he will take a real run at 50 points.

He is a true wild card fantasy prospect, with an upside of 70 or 75 points one season in the not-too-distant future, but a downside of 'career minor-leaguer.'

Judging by his 2005/2006 so far - he's looking more like the former.

The modern version of the Triple Crown line has been on fire once again. Pavol Demitra, Alexander Frolov and Craig Conroy have combined for 20 points in three games. Conroy, however, has just two of those points as he has been taken off the first power play unit in favour of Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri has four points in those three games - all of them on the power playÂ…

Bill Guerin owners take note: the two-time 40 goal scorer has seven points in his last four games and has pushed his numbers up to a 70-point pace. This is more in line with where he should be.

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Buffalo's J-P Dumont and Daniel Briere are both out with abdominal muscle strains. Dumont's is more serious and he could miss the better part of a month. Briere should be back by next week. Meanwhile, this is an excellent opportunity for Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly and Maxim Afinogenov to pick up some points. They are the go-to guys on the team now.

Farm Report: Detroit prospect Igor Grigorenko has 18 points in 26 games this year for Cherepovets Severstal of the Russian Superleague. Also in Russia, Pittsburgh prospect Evgeni Malkin has 25 points in 26 games and Grigorenko's teammate Alexander Polushin has 11 points in 26 games. Polushin is a top prospect for Tampa Bay.

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