Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website , he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
Depending on league format, you're either fighting it out for a regular season win, rebuilding for next year, or just kicking off a heated playoff battle. Because Option 4 - the one where you mailed it in about six weeks ago - would imply that you're not even reading this.
Very few leagues out there award points for takeaways, but damn if this Frozen Pool report isn't interesting anyway. Here are the league leaders in takeaways...
Anyone else raise an eyebrow at some of the names? Peter Mueller? P.A. Parenteau? Riley Nash in just 25 games?
These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (11-3-15-18, plus-9, 8 PIM, 19 SOG, 6 PPPts) – Backstrom and Mike Ribeiro had a good laugh at our expense throughout January, February and into March. But they've finally ended their little prank and stopped wearing each other's jerseys. In those same 11 games that Backstrom tallied 18 points, the guy with "Ribeiro" on his back managed just six.
Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins (17-12-7-19, plus-17, 8 PIM, 71 SOG) – How close was I to benching Dupuis for the week after Sidney Crosby went down? I'm sure many Dupuis owners thought about it. But apparently he doesn't need Crosby - he has five points in the four games that he's played without him. He's shooting like a man possessed - that's something he'll bring with him if he signs for big money with a new team this summer.
Nail Yakupov, Edmonton Oilers (6-4-3-7, plus-2, 6 PIM, 12 SOG, 2 PPPts) – The 'Fail for Nail' campaign ended over a year ago. Did the Oilers not get the memo? The team has lost four in a row, despite the efforts of their prized rookie.
Brian Elliott (4-0-0, 1.07 GAA, 0.960 SP, 2 SO) – We don't try to understand or explain why Elliott is so horrible for a random length of time and then the best goalie in the world for another random length of time. We just curse, call him a few names, and activate him.
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