Monday’s Daily Dosage

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A fantasized look at Sunday’s NHL action...

The life of a hockey blogger is an interesting one. It provides one of the best creative outlets anyone could ever ask for, a place to talk about the game you love and engage in debate and analysis with a ton of smart and funny people.

The downside of course, is that for most of us the writing is being done in the peripheral part of days. Mornings, evenings, weekends and the like. Sadly, there are still only 24 hours between sun up and sun down, and only so much writing can happen during that time.

Lately I’ve gotten busier during those 24 hours and as a result will be scaling back my writing considerably. This week will be my last post at FHS for the foreseeable future.

It has been a brief ride, but an absolute blast. The guys here at the Scouts gave me a chacen to write to for a great community of readers that have made this experience a rewarding one. If there are better weekly articles than 2 minutes for tweeting and weekly free agent targets then I am yet to read them.

Thanks to the whole team, with a special shout out to Cam and Luke for giving me an opportunity when I was just a random guy tweeting at their account asking for a writing gig.

Lastly, thank you to the readers. It is the engagement and discussion with you that makes the whole fantasy hockey blogger thing such a rewarding occupation.

I hope to be back again in the future, providing you with biased Nichushkin advice and totally overvaluing Andrew Ladd in keeper leagues. Until then, you can always find me on twitter @FantasyHockeyDk

Onto today’s daily dosage....

5 Things You Should Know

1. Chris Higgins is the new Patric Hornqvist

By that I mean he is the underrated multi-cat option that most everyone doesn’t know about.... yet. Through 29 games he has 14 points, which on the surface isn’t all that impressive (around 40 points over the season). However, combine that with 98 shots (3.4 a game) and you have a nice bottom of the roster option. If you are in a 12 or more team league he is worth an add.

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2. Once the Oilers finally get over the proverbial hump, watch out for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

The stat line from last night wasn’t aw-inspiring (0 points and 5 shots). What impressed me was watching him go to work, specifically on the man advantage. His vision and control of the puck was far and away the best on the Oilers PP (a group that includes both Eberle and Hall). He’s still only 20 years old, it’s exciting to think of his skill set at 23 or 26. I doubt he ever becomes a multi-cat superstar given his lack of PIMs and mediocre shot totals. Where he’ll excel is in power play points (over 30 most years) and in assists. I don’t think it is a stretch to look upon him as a future Art Ross candidate. If you are in points only league bump him up a bit.

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3. 40 is the new 25 for Daniel Alfredsson

I have to apologize to those that follow me on twitter. To start the year I had given very little credit to Alfredsson. At his age and after watching a number of Senators games last season (where he looked diminished at times) I had all but given up on him as a fantasy asset – I was wrong. He added a goal and an assist last night against Ottawa and looks like he could challenge 60.

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4. Pros and cons last evening for Jeff Skinner

The bad – he had zeros across the board outside of 2 shots on net. The good – he skated over 6 minutes on the power play. Is there a more frustrating player to own right now? He is still only 21 years old and has shown that he can produce (63 points and 215 shots as a rookie). The issue now is consistency and his health. My advice is to hang tough with him this year (for those in keeper leagues) as he is still shooting the puck at a reasonable rate (241 for the year), which I use as a leading indicator of future production.

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5. Jonas Gustavsson has started 4 of the last 6 games for Detroit

Is it time to worry about Jimmy Howard? I don’t think so. Howard has a long term contract in Detroit and has been outstanding the last two plus seasons. In saying that, this is a situation to at least monitor. While the Monster is unlikely to outright steal the job, he could certainly get a stretch of games if the coach deems him to be "feeling it". More games like last night’s 4-2 win over Ottawa will help his case. If I have Howard on my squad I’m grabbing Gustavsson as a handcuff, but don’t be hitting the trade market yet.

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