Five Fantasy Players to Watch: Southeast

Here are five player profiles taken from the 2011-12 FHC Fantasy Hockey Pool Guide from the Southeast Division.

Zac Dalpe (Carolina) – Dalpe continues to impress since his second round selection back in 2008 and will soon slide into the second line center position behind Eric Staal.  A near point-a-game season in his first as a pro for the Charlotte Checkers, he also suited up 15 times for the Canes and notched three goals in the show.  Brandon Sutter is currently the number two guy with the Carolina Hurricanes but Dalpe’s skill set is better suited as a scorer and even though the two will probably start the season in the reverse, by season’s end Dalpe should be centering the second line.  Steady and reliable aren’t bad characteristics to have in the NHL but in fantasy he might not have the high ceiling that other possess. Still a potential 50-60 point guy, though, so draft him accordingly.

Jacob Markstrom (Florida) – It wasn’t the coming out party the Florida Panthers had hoped for as the big Swedish net minder who finally came over to North America but struggled to find his game.  A losing record with the Rochester Americans wasn’t entirely his fault but there is plenty of work left to do before he takes over as the Panthers number one.  A knee injury in February put an end to a decent stretch of games so it will be another year in Rochester to prove he can handle the workload.  Still a solid prospect by all means and only 21 years old, he still has the size, reflexes and a new style that should bode well for his future in the NHL.  Watch for a bounce-back year to reassert himself as the best goalie outside the NHL.

Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay) – Power play specialist, elite goal scorer.  Stamkos is a 100-point player capable of 50+ goals any given season.  The Bolts marketing staff asked the people of Tampa Bay, “Seen Stamkos?” months before the draft, and now, the entire NHL has seen Stamkos.  At one point last season, it looked as if Stammer would be the first player in a long time to score 50 in 50, but really tapered off and only had 45 goals, but out of the 45, 17 were on the power play.  Stamkos is an A+ fantasy player.

Tomas Vokoun (Washington) – The Washington Capitals sent Varlamov to the Avs and then managed to get Vokoun at a steal of a deal on day two of free agency. They have already said he will be the starter in Washington and his numbers should improve from last year in Florida, as the Caps will contend for top spot in the East.  Vokoun has seen his win totals drop in each of the last four seasons playing with the Florida Panthers, dropping from 30 to 22.  However he has been able to consistently record 6-7 shutouts a season over the last three seasons.  He is an absolute must pick up if you are in a salary cap hockey pool!

Zach Bogosian (Winnipeg) – With the emergence of the Enstrom-Byfuglien pairing assuming the offensive responsibilities Bogosian can now comfortably develop into a star all-around defender who will log huge minutes in all situations.  In three seasons the former third overall pick from 2008 has developed slowly in the NHL, partially due to injuries that he either played through or missed games from. However this season is Bogosian’s fourth and with the offensive pressure relieved he is primed to be an integral component to the Winnipeg Jets. However, Bogosian should be valued similar to Jay Bouwmeester in Calgary, a tremendous NHL player but with limited fantasy value.  Forecast 10 goals, 20 assists for 30 points.

To see more fantasy information like this, you can purchase the 2011-12 FHC Fantasy Hockey Pool Guide at fantasyhockeycoach.com.

Be sure to check out the two free fantasy hockey pools we are running this year.  One pool is a regular hockey pool where you pick players and get points for different stats they accumulate.  The second pool is a “Saturday Pick’Em” pool where you pick the winner of each NHL game that Saturday.

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