Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Miller Lite

With the first round of the NHL playoffs almost complete, we will take of some of the prized free agents that will be available from the teams that are not moving on.

Ryan Miller – One of the biggest deals that happened before the trade deadline saw Ryan Miller and Steve Ott traded to St. Louis for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and a 1st round pick in 2015 and a conditional pick. This deal was made to solidify the Blues’ goaltending which would allow them to go deep into the Stanley Cup finals.
What was supposed to be Miller Time turned out to be Miller Lite. In 19 regular season games Miller posted a 10-8-1 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .907 save percentage. A very subpar performance for a goalie that had a .923 save percentage and a GAA of 2.72 for the worst team in the league.

Miller posted a horrendous GAA of 2.70 and a save % of 0.897 against the Hawks. With two losses in overtime, Miller was unable to steal a game for the Blues and looked uncomfortable in net at the best of times.

Where does this leave Miller? Will he resign in St. Louis? Is he Anaheim bound?
St. Louis’ GM Doug Armstrong has already come out and said that Jake Allen will be with the team next season.

The 23 year old Allen put his time in with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL this season. Posting a record of 33W 16L 3 T and 7SO, Allen is ready for his time in the NHL. With an $800,000 cap hit, walking away from Miller can be an easy decision for the Blues.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy Owners should target Jake Allen in all drafts. He should definitely slide a bit in drafts but he will be given every chance to win the #1 job in St. Louis. Ryan Miller will look to try and resign with St. Louis but should available on the first day of free agency for the highest bidder. Though his perceived value has taken a hit because of a poor performance, Miller will have to lower his expectations in regards to salary and destination based on his poor performance in the playoffs.
Anaheim is in a bind with Hiller being a free agent on July 1 and youngsters John Gibson and Frederik Andersen pushing for more playing time. It will be a crowded crease for the Ducks and may leave Millers’ first choice out of reach.

The goalie market will definitely be a volatile market and owners of Miller and Hiller will have to sit patiently and wonder how it will play out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The new JFH

Welcome to the return of Just Fantasy Hockey. After some considerable time away from the blogosphere I have been working on a slow but calculated return.

The goal for Just Fantasy Hockey is to offer you, the reader, the highest quality Fantasy Hockey advice around the web.

There are a few high quality fantasy hockey websites but they are purely informative websites belonging to the industries high end companies. Just Fantasy Hockey’s main aim is to offer an interactive user experience.

The new features coming soon are going to be very exciting and FREE!!! The JFH hockey forecaster will return on July 1st. A very popular product in its infancy, the forecaster will once again feature an in-depth, up to date, projection of all 30 NHL teams and players to key in on come draft day. This unique product will offer quick and easy navigation, realistic player projections and key sleepers to focus on. The key feature is that it will remain current as the NHL draft and free agent season is under way. All for the low, low price of FREE!!!

Also coming within the summer months some key feature that I use as a fantasy hockey competitor and commissioner. Projected starting goalies for the 2014-15 season with Twitter confirmations. A draft pick chart of picks traded for upcoming NHL draft, a quick look to see what picks your favorite NHL team owns as well as conditions on those picks. A week by week calendar of how many games each NHL team has. And finally, a JFH hockey pool, newsletter, forums, general site upgrades and logos.

A very ambitious project, but with some time, a key website that you will return to for your daily fantasy hockey info.