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Fantasy Pool Look: Vyborny cashing in on chances

David Vyborny seemed destined to play second fiddle.

The Blue Jackets' leading scorer from 2005-06 was looking at second line duty behind the trio of Rick Nash, Nikolai Zherdev and Sergei Fedorov. Ditto for the power play.

But that changed when Zherdev's contract dispute moved Vyborny up to the big line during five-on-five situations. Fedorov's shoulder injury then ensured he would get plenty of time on the first power-play unit.

In three games, Vyborny has six points. If he continues at this pace he will force coach Gerard Gallant to answer a difficult question – does he take Vyborny off the first unit when Fedorov returns in two to three weeks?

In the meantime, rotisserie owners are hanging onto what is one of the cheaper pickups in their league and hoping Fedorov will take his time returning to the lineup. Keeper-league owners are hoping Vyborny's four-season trend will continue. The 31-year-old has had seasons of 31, 46, 53 and 65 points going back to 2001-02Â…

At nearly 19 minutes of ice time per game, Owen Nolan has played more than any other forward in Phoenix. His 15 shots are tied for the team lead (along with rearguard Derek Morris) and no other forward on the team can say they are better than his plus-2. That said, Nolan is still pointless in three games and is still trying to find his timing after missing the better part of two years with a knee injury.

Poolies would be wise to wait until Nolan gets his first goal and then scoop him up if they are in a multi-category pool. He is good for 45-50 points and 110 penalty minutes and coach Wayne Gretzky has already shown he will give Nolan the ice timeÂ…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Phoenix defenseman Keith Ballard has a fractured hand and will miss at least four weeks. He was a member of the second power-play unit and his absence opens up a spot that will be filled by either Nick Boynton or Keith Yandle (who was called up from San Antonio of the American League to replace Ballard on the roster)Â…Toronto's Pavel Kubina has a knee ligament strain and is out indefinitely. Rough estimates have him on the shelf for at least a month, opening the door for youngster Ian White to see increased ice timeÂ…

Farm Report: San Jose prospect Joe Pavelski continues to impress - this time in the AHL. The 22-year-old was signed out of Wisconsin after putting up impressive offensive numbers. Pavelski wowed team brass in training camp despite being little on the small side. The 2003 seventh-round draft pick (205th overall) is quickly moving up the Sharks' depth chart. He has four points in two games for Worcester.

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