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Fantasy Pool Look: Playoff busts

We are just about at the halfway mark of the third round, and it is a good time to look at those playoff pool draft picks who wereÂ…somewhatÂ…underwhelming.

It would be easy to just say “any Dallas/Detroit/Ottawa player”, since they were eliminated much earlier than expected, but let's pinpoint some disappointments based on their games played – and, perhaps, whether or not they were a factor in their team's elimination.

1) Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit. Yes, he had not fully healed from his injury, but more was expected from him than three assists in five games. Do not put him so high on your playoff draft list next year, as he has been goalless in 23 straight playoff games.

2) Jason Arnott, Dallas. This was a devastating blow for poolies because of Arnott's reputation in the playoffs, combined with arguably the best season of his NHL career. Had he scored a goal or two, and picked up more than three points in five games, perhaps Dallas would have moved on.

3) Thomas Vanek, Buffalo. Yes, Buffalo is doing quite well without his help, but the potential superstar had a decent enough regular season and should have more than two points in 10 games (and should not be a healthy scratch so frequently).

4) Petr Nedved, Philadelphia. The Flyers picked him up in an effort to relieve the pressure on their rookies. What they got was two points and a minus-4 in six games.

5) Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit. Two points in six gamesÂ…maybe some poolies can accept that from a defenseman, even one of his caliber, but his minus-4 rating is unacceptable.

6) Mike Ribeiro, Montreal. A disappointing year. A disappointing playoff campaign.

7) Petr Sykora and Martin Straka, N.Y. Rangers. Jagr's injury is no excuse for zero points and a combined minus-5 (minus-4 for Straka) in four games.

8) Nils Ekman, San Jose. He was nearly a point-per-game player over the last 50 games of the season. He didn't even average a point per two games in the playoffs.

9) Andrej Meszaros and Patrick Eaves, Ottawa. One point each in 10 games? Not a lot was expected of them, but if they're going to be playing that often, it is reasonable to expect four or five points apiece. Ice time is not an excuse – they had plenty of it.

10) The entire Ottawa offense, after Game 1 of Round 2. Looking back on their numbers, it will appear as if the Sens' stars did pretty well. Don't be fooled – those numbers were picked up in the first six games of the playoffs. The last four games, the team scored a total of seven goals. So I guess I did say “any Ottawa player”. My bad.

Farm Report: Washington's American League farm team, the Hershey Bears, have been eliminated from Calder Cup contention, but some fine offensive play should be noted. Tomas Fleischmann garnered 15 points in 11 games, and Kris Beech added 14 points in 12. Dave Steckel (12 in 12) and defenseman Mike Green (eight in 12) were also solid. Fleischmann could be a good one if he bulks up a little, whereas Beech needs to translate his AHL results into NHL production – and he's running out of time.

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