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February 22, 2013 | 11:37am ET

Party like it's 2009
By Tab Bamford,

One of the great aspects of daily fantasy at is that you can draft a different team every time you want to play. You can stack the lineup of your favorite team, or draft based on match-ups and trends. And remember, you can play for free or as little as $1.

With that in mind, for this week's fantasy forecast we're going to party like it's 2009... at least from a draft perspective.

There are a lot of players that are trending hot this week, and a lot of them happen to have been drafted in 2009.

Here are some studs to consider for your fantasy team this year, all of whom were part of that same memorable draft. The names are followed by their overall selection number.


The Superstar: John Tavares, New York Islanders (#1 overall)

Tavares has emerged as a bona fide superstar, and had a five-game point streak interrupted by three straight point-free contests. He'll try to get his team and his personal point production back on track with home games against Carolina, Boston and Toronto this week.

The Big Score: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (3)

Duchene's been hot lately, posting back-to-back three-point games against Edmonton and Nashville before getting shut out by the Blues on Wednesday night. The Avs travel to Anaheim and San Jose before hosting Calgary this week.

The Sleeper: Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers (5)

Schenn is quietly enjoying a solid season with the Flyers, who scored 13 goals in two road games earlier this week. Philly will be at home for the Leafs, Caps and Senators this week; if the Flyers' trend continues, these games will be high-scoring.

The Darkhorse: Chris Kreider, New York Rangers (19)

The Rangers only have two games this week, home contests against the Jets and Bolts (both of whom have had issues in net this year). If Rick Nash misses any extended time, Kreider could get an opportunity to shine.

Some other forwards from the 2009 Draft to watch this week include Winnipeg's Evander Kane (4), Toronto's Nazem Kadri (7), Los Angeles' Kyle Clifford (35), Dallas' Cody Eakin (85) and Chicago's Marcus Kruger (149)


The Superstar: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix Coyotes

Somehow, in a lockout-shortened season, the Coyotes didn't have a game between Monday, Feb. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 23. But that means next week they're on the ice four times, and have some intriguing matchups. Ekman-Larsson is averaging over two minutes per game more ice time than Keith Yandle this year and has more goals on the young season.

The Big Score: Nick Leddy, Chicago Blackhawks

How about this for a schedule: the Hawks have home games against Columbus (twice) and Edmonton and a trip to St. Louis coming up. Leddy's ice time has been cut back this year, but it's worked; half of his points have come on the powerplay, where he's become a primary weapon for Joel Quenneville.

The Sleeper: Ryan Ellis, Nashville Predators

Ellis has quietly been productive (six points) on the offensively-challenged Predators, who might have the most fascinating schedule in the league this week. On Wednesday and Saturday they travel to the Ducks and Sharks, against whom they have played four games that all went to overtime (three of the four to shootouts). They also host the Stars on Monday night.

The Darkhorse: Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche

We already looked at the upcoming Avs' schedule when talking about Duchene, but Barrie's been a really nice addition to the blue line in Denver this year. He has four points in his last four games, with two coming on the powerplay.

A few other defensemen to consider from the 2009 Draft are Tampa's Victor Hedman (2) and Pittsburgh's Simon Despres (30).


This is where our exercise celebrating the 2009 Draft falls apart; there are no goalies with fantasy value from that class. So here are a couple netminders to keep an eye on in the coming week.

The Big Money: Ben Scrivens, Toronto Maple Leafs (undrafted)

Let's talk for a moment about Mr. Scrivens, shall we? Through his 31-save victory on Thursday night, he now has a ridiculous .947 save percentage (197/208) in February.

The Sleeper: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Last week we pumped the tires of his back-up, Ray Emery, and Crawford ended up missing the entire week with an upper-body injury. He could return this week and, with two games home games against Columbus on the calendar for the red-hot Blackhawks, he could get back into the action.

Before we go, here's how our picks performed last week (all stats are Sunday-Thursday).

Patrick Kane, CHI -- 2 games, 1 assist, plus-2
James van Riemsdyk, TOR -- 3 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, plus-1
Chris Stewart, STL -- 3 games, 2 assists, minus-1
Ryan Kesler, VAN -- 3 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, minus-2

Brian Campbell, FL -- 2 games, 0 points, Even
Kevin Shattenkirk, STL -- 3 games, 0 points, minus-2
Lubomir Visnovsky, NYI -- 3 games, 1 assist, minus-3
Jay Bouwmeester, CGY -- 3 games, 1 assist, minus-1

Pekka Rinne, NSH -- 2 games (1 start), 1-0-0, 3 goals against, .923 save percentage
Ray Emery, CHI -- 2 games, 2-0-0, 5 goals against, .915 save percentage

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 Tab Bamford is a Columnist for The Fourth Period Magazine. Be sure to follow him on Twitter.



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