Tuesday, October 4, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Winnipeg Jets

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the last of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Ondrej Pavelec – Winnipeg Jets
Position – Goaltender
Height – 6’3”
Weight – 220
Drafted – 2nd Round, 41st Overall, 2005 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 58GP, 21W, 23L, 9OTL, .914Save%, 2.73GAA

The Winnipeg Jets could be one of the bigger sleeper teams in the NHL this season. After playing in front of a near empty arena in Atlanta, the team has now moved north and will be playing in front of a very loud 15,000 fans every night in Winnipeg. How much of a difference the crowd makes remains to be seen, but it’s safe to assume that it will only help the team that finished last season 12th in the Eastern Conference and 20th in scoring and 29th in defense. It’s in the category of goals against that the Jets will be greatly improved in this season.

The Jets starting goalie will once again be 24 year old Ondrej Pavelec. What will help Pavelec this season is the great blue line that he has in front of him. The Jets defensive group includes Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian, Ron Hainsey, Johnny Oduya, and Randy Jones. Not too bad of a group to have playing in front of you. Plus the Jets have Charlie Huddy as an Assistant Coach this season who will work hard to improve the team defensively. He had a similar role last season with the surprising Dallas Stars.

Pavelec had a rough start last year when he collapsed during a game on October 8. After his health scare he came back to start the majority of the games for the Thrashers and finished the season with a respectable .914 save percentage. According to a recent article in The Hockey News, Pavelec has been working on his conditioning in the off-season in hopes of being better prepared for this season. He’ll need to be prepared as the Jets are going to have a god-awful travel schedule since they’ll be playing out of the South-East Division. If the Jets can stay within the playoff hunt in the East (which they should easily be able to do), Pavelec could get you quite a few wins and will be a great fantasy option in goal this season.

Previous Sleeper Picks:

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Washington Capitals

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-ninth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Troy Brouwer – Washington Capitals
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 214
Drafted – 7th Round, 214th Overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 79GP, 17G, 19A, 36P, -2, 38PIM

Despite being Stanley Cup favorites in the playoffs last spring, the Washington Capitals were once again knocked out early. It’s not like the Capitals were missing a lot of pieces, they just had to make a few adjustments. One of those adjustments was to add some more grit to a team that was going in a more defensive direction last season. At the draft this summer the Capitals traded their late first round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for emerging power forward Troy Brouwer. Brouwer is one of those players that everyone has been saying will have a big breakout season one of these years. This could be that year in Washington.

Last season Brouwer scored 36 points in 79 games with Blackhawks while averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time each night. The big winger should see an increase in playing time this season while getting some big minutes on the Caps second line along with Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble. While Brouwer will see time on the second unit power play it wouldn’t be surprising to see him put up Brooks Laich numbers this year (48 points in 2010/11). With the Capitals aiming to once again be an offensive juggernaut in the league, look for Brouwer to flirt with 50 points this season.

Previous Sleeper Picks:

Monday, October 3, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Vancouver Canucks

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-eighth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Alex Edler – Vancouver Canucks
Position – Defence
Height – 6’3”
Weight – 215
Drafted – 3rd Round, 91st Overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 51GP, 8G, 25A, 33P, +13, 24PIM

It’s really hard to look at the Canucks roster and name a player who would be a good sleeper pick. They have pretty much the same team that was within one game of winning the Stanley Cup last summer. They’re still going to be a great team and are heavy Stanley Cup favorites once again. The one hole in their lineup that they’re going to miss though is Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff signed a huge 10-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres this summer when he was an unrestricted free agent. With Ehrhoff on his way to Buffalo this allows for Alex Edler to take over the Canucks power-play this season.

Edler will be an easy choice for teams to draft this year but based on his 33 points last year he might fall in some draft rankings. It’s important to remember that his 33 points are misleading though as he missed 31 games in the second half of last season with a back injury. His career high in points came during the 09/10 season where he scored 42 points in 76 games. It’s easy to think that Edler will easily surpass that total this season while running the Canucks power-play. He should be one of the top scoring defenceman this season.

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 27 - Toronto Maple Leafs

Sunday, October 2, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Toronto Maple Leafs

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-seventh of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.
Joffrey Lupul - Toronto Maple Leafs
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6’1”
Weight – 206
Drafted - 1st Round, 7th Overall, 2002 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 54GP, 14G, 17A, 31P, -11, 33PIM

It hasn’t been an easy last few years for Joffrey Lupul. After having a 50 point season in 2008/2009, the veteran was traded back to the Ducks who had drafted him originally in 2002. Early into the 2009 season, Lupul went down with a back injury which ended up taking him out of the last 52 games of the season. He ended up being out of action for over a year as he finally rejoined the Ducks in December of last year. After being off for a year he had respectable return by scoring 13 points in 26 games. Lupul couldn’t get too comfortable though as he was traded to the Maple Leafs for Francois Beuchemin. After joining the Leafs he seemed to pick up his scoring pace with
18 points in the final 28 games.

For a player that’s been traded four times in the last six seasons, Lupul may have found a home in Toronto. He seems to be a good piece for a rebuilding Toronto team. He’s still young yet has seven NHL seasons under his belt so he will be counted on to be a leader on a very young team. The big upside to Lupul this season is that there’s a good chance that you could see him on a line with Tim Connelly and Phil Kessel. If Connelly can stay healthy, that could be a great top line for the Leafs this season. Lupul probably won’t be ranked really high on team’s draft lists so he could be a great late round steal for you.

Friday, September 30, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Tampa Bay Lightning

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-sixth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Teddy Purcell – Tampa Bay Lightning
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 201
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 81GP, 17G, 34A, 51P, +5, 10PIM

It’s always great to see guys have a breakout season. That’s exactly what happened to Tampa Bay forward Teddy Purcell last year. After spending the first four years of his professional career in Los Angeles, Purcell ended up becoming lost in their shuffle and was traded to Tampa during the 2009/2010 season. That season he had scored 15 points in 60 games which was his first full year in the NHL. Last year in his first full year in Tampa he had his breakout year by scoring 51 points in 81 games. Even more impressive was he was third in team scoring in the playoffs when the Bolts went to the Eastern Conference Finals. His 17 points were behind only Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. When the playoffs were over he actually had five more points in the playoffs than Steven Stamkos.

Looking at Tampa’s roster this season it’s easy to see Purcell playing on the second line with Vincent Lecavalier. Tampa’s big three of Stamkos, St. Louis, and Lecavalier will all go early in most hockey drafts; however, don’t overlook Purcell. With him having a huge playoffs and a career season it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 26 year-old have another career year and flirt with 60 points. There’s bigger name players that also scored 50 points last year like Erik Cole or Jussi Jokinen but Purcell could be the better pick for you since Tampa will continue to be one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL this season.

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 1 - Anaheim Ducks
Day 2 - Boston Bruins
Day 3 - Buffalo Sabres
Day 4 - Calgary Flames
Day 5 - Carolina Hurricanes
Day 6 - Chicago Blackhawks
Day 7 - Colorado Avalanche
Day 8 - Columbus Blue Jackets
Day 9 - Dallas Stars
Day 10 - Detroit Red-Wings
Day 11 - Edmonton Oilers
Day 12 - Florida Panthers
Day 13 - Los Angeles Kings
Day 14 - Minnesota Wild
Day 15 - Montreal Canadiens
Day 16 - Nashville Predators
Day 17 - New Jersey Devils
Day 18 - New York Islanders
Day 19 - New York Rangers
Day 20 - Ottawa Senators
Day 21 - Philadelphia Flyers
Day 22 - Phoenix Coyotes
Day 23 - Pittsburgh Penguins
Day 24 - San Jose Sharks
Day 25 - St. Louis Blues

Thursday, September 29, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - St. Louis Blues

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-fifth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

David Perron – St. Louis Blues
Position – Left Wing
Height – 6’0”
Weight – 200
Drafted – 1st Round, 26th Overall, 2007 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 10GP, 5G, 2A, 7P, +7, 12PIM

Concussions have obviously been a big topic in the NHL the last year. Of course Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard suffered major concussions last season which not only ended their seasons but in Savard’s case his career. Another player that suffered from a major concussion was David Perron of the St. Louis Blues. In a game on November 4, Perron was hit by Joe Thornton of the Sharks just as Jumbo Joe was stepping out of the penalty box. Perron ended up scoring later in the game; however, his season was over after the hit.

This past week was a big one for Perron as he attended the Blues training camp for the first time. According to a recent article on the Blues official site, Perron has been doing some light skating the past four weeks and will continue to work out off-ice until he’s ready to join the rest of his teammates on the ice. It doesn’t seem like he’s quite as close to returning as Sidney Crosby is but what’s encouraging is that Perron is back at the rink with his teammates. While he was hurt he stayed away from the rink to focus on his recovery, so him just being at the rink at this point is encouraging news.

You could make an argument about drafting Crosby in the first round (as per a recent article on Dailyfaceoff.com) but where do you take someone like David Perron? Before he got hurt last season he had 7 points in 10 games and looked like he was on his way to surpass is career total of 50 points in the 2008/2009 season. If Perron can return to the Blues lineup by November 1 he could be a good for 50 points. With the lack of a firm return date a lot of teams will probably stay clear of him at your draft. Remember that this is the type of late round sleeper pick that could win you your draft.

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 1 - Anaheim Ducks
Day 2 - Boston Bruins
Day 3 - Buffalo Sabres
Day 4 - Calgary Flames
Day 5 - Carolina Hurricanes
Day 6 - Chicago Blackhawks
Day 7 - Colorado Avalanche
Day 8 - Columbus Blue Jackets
Day 9 - Dallas Stars
Day 10 - Detroit Red-Wings
Day 11 - Edmonton Oilers
Day 12 - Florida Panthers
Day 13 - Los Angeles Kings
Day 14 - Minnesota Wild
Day 15 - Montreal Canadiens
Day 16 - Nashville Predators
Day 17 - New Jersey Devils
Day 18 - New York Islanders
Day 19 - New York Rangers
Day 20 - Ottawa Senators
Day 21 - Philadelphia Flyers
Day 22 - Phoenix Coyotes
Day 23 - Pittsburgh Penguins
Day 24 - San Jose Sharks

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - San Jose Sharks

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-fourth of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.
Martin Havlat – San Jose Sharks
Position – Right Wing
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 215
Drafted – 1st Round, 26th Overall, 1999 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 78GP, 22G, 40A, 62P, -10, 52PIM

It seems kind of odd to name Martin Havlat as a sleeper pick in a hockey pool but based on his potential this year you might want to move him up on your draft list. After spending the last two seasons in Minnesota, Havlat was traded to the San Jose Sharks this summer for Dany Heatley. Despite playing on an offensively challenged team the last two years, Havlat seemed to rejuvenate his career by scoring 116 points in 151 games. Even though he was once deemed as a bit of a band-aid Havlat has only missed a handful of games over the last three seasons.

With his injury issues being seen as an issue of the past, it’s easy to look at Havlat and assume that he could have a career season. Last season he put up 62 points playing with Kyle Brodziak, Andrew Brunette, & Matt Cullen. This year he’s going to be playing with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Logan Couture. Havlat’s best year was during the 2008/2009 season when he scored 77 points as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s not hard to think that he could have a career year with the Sharks who were sixth in offence last season. It’s scary to think that he could be on a power-play unit this season that consists of Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, and Brent Burns.

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 1 - Anaheim Ducks
Day 2 - Boston Bruins
Day 3 - Buffalo Sabres
Day 4 - Calgary Flames
Day 5 - Carolina Hurricanes
Day 6 - Chicago Blackhawks
Day 7 - Colorado Avalanche
Day 8 - Columbus Blue Jackets
Day 9 - Dallas Stars
Day 10 - Detroit Red-Wings
Day 11 - Edmonton Oilers
Day 12 - Florida Panthers
Day 13 - Los Angeles Kings
Day 14 - Minnesota Wild
Day 15 - Montreal Canadiens
Day 16 - Nashville Predators
Day 17 - New Jersey Devils
Day 18 - New York Islanders
Day 19 - New York Rangers
Day 20 - Ottawa Senators
Day 21 - Philadelphia Flyers
Day 22 - Phoenix Coyotes
Day 23 - Pittsburgh Penguins

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Pittsburgh Penguins

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-third of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

James Neal – Pittsburgh Penguins
Position – Left Wing
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 208
Drafted – 2nd Round, 33rd Overall, 2005 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 79GP, 22G, 23A, 45P, +7, 66PIM

It’s amazing to think about how good the Pittsburgh Penguins were last year even without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal. Despite missing all three players for the majority of the season, the Pens still managed to not only finish fourth in the Eastern Conference but fourth overall in the NHL standings. It’s kind of scary if you think about how good the Penguins could be this season if they’re back to full health. The team is full of potential and even if Crosby is out for another few months they’re still Stanley Cup favorites. One of the player’s that will benefit from a hopeful Crosby return is James Neal.

Neal was traded to the Penguins last season in the deal with Dallas for defenceman Alex Goligoski. It was a great deal for both teams as they were both addressing some immediate needs and obtaining young players with a ton of potential. The thing that was so promising about Neal was that everyone assumed he was going to be playing with Crosby on the Pens top line. The trade happened in early February and at that time it wasn’t quite known how bad Crosby’s concussion was. When Neal was in Dallas he had 39 points in 59 games. After arriving in Pittsburgh he only managed to score one goal and finished the season with 6 points in 20 games. Keep in mind that he wasn’t playing with either Crosby or Malkin.

It’s easy to overlook Neal’s average stats from last season. What makes fantasy hockey so fun though is trying to imagine what line a certain player will be on. In this case it’s amost a lock that he’s going to be playing with either Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby this season. Neal’s most productive season was in 2009/2010 when he scored 55 points with the Dallas Stars. If Crosby is back it’s easy to predict that James Neal will be having a career year this season.

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 1 - Anaheim Ducks
Day 2 - Boston Bruins
Day 3 - Buffalo Sabres
Day 4 - Calgary Flames
Day 5 - Carolina Hurricanes
Day 6 - Chicago Blackhawks
Day 7 - Colorado Avalanche
Day 8 - Columbus Blue Jackets
Day 9 - Dallas Stars
Day 10 - Detroit Red-Wings
Day 11 - Edmonton Oilers
Day 12 - Florida Panthers
Day 13 - Los Angeles Kings
Day 14 - Minnesota Wild
Day 15 - Montreal Canadiens
Day 16 - Nashville Predators
Day 17 - New Jersey Devils
Day 18 - New York Islanders
Day 19 - New York Rangers
Day 20 - Ottawa Senators
Day 21 - Philadelphia Flyers
Day 22 - Phoenix Coyotes

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Phoenix Coyotes

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-second of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Lauri Korpikoski – Phoenix Coyotes
Position – Left Wing
Height – 6’1”
Weight – 200
Drafted – 1st Round, 19th Overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 79GP, 19G, 21A, 40P, +17, 20PIM

For those reading this that aren’t Coyotes fans can you name one of their players not named Shane Doan, Kyle Turris, or Keith Yandle? You had to think about it for a second or two right? It’s too bad since a lot of hockey fans don’t get to see the Coyotes play on TV despite their great record the last few season’s. Even with all the off-ice turmoil the team has had they’ve managed to make the playoffs the last two season’s despite having one of the lowest payrolls in the league. This year could be different though since team MVP Ilya Bryzgalov now plays for the Philadelphia Flyers. Coach Dave Tippett has managed to lead the Coyotes to respectable records with a mix of veteran players like Ray Whitney, Radim Vrbata, Taylor Pyatt, Raffi Torres, and Adrain Aucoin. Another veteran who helped the Coyotes and had a breakout year was forward Lauri Korpikoski.

Korpikoski was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in 2004 and didn’t become an NHL regular until the 2008-2009 season. In a limited role he scored 14 points in 68 games as a rookie. That summer he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes where he had similar results his first season by scoring 11 points. Something for him changed last season though as he had a career year with 19 goals and 40 points.  The Coyotes were so impressed that they re-signed him to a two year deal worth $3.6million.

Your friends might laugh at you for drafting a player named Lauri but that’s ok because he’s probably very low on most team’s draft list. With Ray Whitney getting up there in age, Korpikoski could challenge for a spot on the top line but it’s safer to say that he’ll play on the team’s second line. A stat that could be of interest was his lack of power-play time last season. He averaged just under a minute of PP time last year yet was still able to have a career year. If the Coyotes reward him with more time he could have an even bigger season. Since decent left winger’s can be hard to find, Korpikoski could be a great steal for you at your draft this year. 

Previous Sleeper Picks:
Day 1 - Anaheim Ducks
Day 2 - Boston Bruins
Day 3 - Buffalo Sabres
Day 4 - Calgary Flames
Day 5 - Carolina Hurricanes
Day 6 - Chicago Blackhawks
Day 7 - Colorado Avalanche
Day 8 - Columbus Blue Jackets
Day 9 - Dallas Stars
Day 10 - Detroit Red-Wings
Day 11 - Edmonton Oilers
Day 12 - Florida Panthers
Day 13 - Los Angeles Kings
Day 14 - Minnesota Wild
Day 15 - Montreal Canadiens
Day 16 - Nashville Predators
 Day 17 - New Jersey Devils
Day 18 - New York Islanders
Day 19 - New York Rangers
Day 20 - Ottawa Senators
Day 21 - Philadelphia Flyers

Monday, September 26, 2011

Animation Domination Battle Royale - 09/25/11

 I have a love/hate relationship with Sunday's. I love not going into work but I also hate that Sunday night dread of having to go into work the next Morning.


One of the things that helps me get through that unpleasantness of work is Fox's Animation Domination. It's a joyous 2 hours of primetime cartoon shenanigans. My PVR has been getting quite a workout with all of the season premiers and new shows but I was most looking forward to these premiers this week. This week we get the big 4 of The Simpsons, Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and American Dad! Sadly no Bob's Burgers until mid-season and Allen Gregory starts at the end of October.

Let's take a look at who had the better episode this week.

The Simpsons - "The Falcon and the D'OHman"
At the end of last season, Simpsons producers decided to let the audience decide whether or not to have Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel in a relationship. Fans could go on-line to vote this summer to decide the fate of the couple. Those fans of "Nedna" would be happy to find out that the producers are going to keep them together. Not much else was revealed in the episode about the couple but it will be interesting to see what this mean's for future storylines.

The thing that I enjoyed about this week's episode was that they stuck with one storyline. Typically in the newer episodes they'll have two or three storylines and try to tie them together at the end. In Sunday's episode Homer becomes friends with a new security guard at the power plant only for him to turn out to be a former secret agent who is trying to remember who he is. The funniest part was the animated Taiwanese re-enactment of a robbery at Moe's. Overall it was a decent episode (really good for a newer episode) with some good laughs. I probably would've enjoyed it more had the ending been a bit stronger.

Episode Score - B


Cleveland Show - "BFF's"
We get a cross-over episode this week as Peter Griffin decides to stop by Stool Bend only he doesn't call Cleveland. Cleveland is obviously upset and decides to visit Quahog to confront him about it and finds out that Peter didn't really consider him a friend and that he was only a "neighbour and drinking buddy." This leads Cleveland to re-evaluate his adult friendships and goes on a camping trip with Ric Flair to learn all about being good friends. Of course things go bad and Peter ends up saving their lives in the end. The stuff with Flair is really funny especially when the guys wear Flair wigs.
The other storyline was actually the highlite of the episode. Rallo is invited to his two year daycare reunion and while there him and Donna find out that the other kids are more developed than him. Donna ends up entering him in a Quiz Bowl competition where Rallo has a hard time answering questions that don't revolve around "boobies and weiners". Some of the best episodes involve Rallo having to act like an adult and this one is funny when he realizes that he hasn't done anything with his life in the last two years.

Episode Score - B


Family Guy - "Lottery Fever"
Similar to The Simpsons we get one main storyline in tonight's episode. In the classic sitcom formula the Griffins win the lottery. This leads to some great moments with Peter blowing money on things that he bought at the "Nonsence Store". He buys a solid gold suit, get's a penis butler, and in the funniest part decides to be like Scrooge McDuck and dive into a vault of gold coins.

Naturally Peter blows all the families money and has to get help from Joe and Quagmire after he had leant them money earlier. In typical Peter fashion he ends up shooting Joe in the eye with a BB gun. Overall, I thought this was a strong episode to start off the season with. Last season was mixed but tonight's episode was great. The show tends to work the best when Peter is being more ridiculous than usual.

Episode Score - A-


American Dad! - "Hot Water"
Let me start off by saying that normally American Dad is my favorite of all the Animation Domination shows. Even during the first two postings that I did on Animation Domination (here and here) I mentioned how it was the funniest show of that week. So I was kind of disappointed with last night's season premiere.
In a homage to Little Shop of Horrors, Stan ends up buying a used hot tub from the 70's. The hot tub ends up taking over his life and drives him away from his family and job. Cee Lo Green provides the voice of  the hot tub and the episode featured quite a few musical numbers. Maybe it's because I hate musicals but I didn't find tonight's episode to be that funny. There was some amusing parts that involve Principal Lewis and a musical number featuring a ripped Steve and Roger but overall I was really disappointed. According to an article on AOL.tv the episode was originally thought to be the series finale which explains the ending.  They get points for originality but overall it wasn't that funny of an episode.

Episode Rating - C-

30 in 30: Top NHL Fantasy Sleeper Picks - Philadelphia Flyers

It’s almost time for those annual fantasy hockey drafts. While most drafts feature the same players going in the first two rounds, it’s those players that you take in the mid-late rounds that will win you your league. Here’s the twenty-first of the thirty players that could be great sleeper picks in your draft this year.

Jakub Voracek – Philadelphia Flyers

Position – Right Wing
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 213
Drafted – 1st Round, 7th Overall, 2007 NHL Entry Draft
2010/2011 NHL Stats – 80GP, 14G, 32A, 46P, -3, 26PIM

The Philadelphia Flyers will be one of the more intriguing teams to watch this season. By trading away their captain Mike Richards and top center Jeff Carter, the Flyers stated that they were drastically shaking up their team. In addition to giving Ilya Bryzgalov way too much money (9 year, $51million contract) and bringing back Jaromir Jagr to the NHL (1 year, 3.3million), they also received Wayne Simmonds, rookie’s Brayden Schenn & Sean Couturier, and Jakub Voracek. While upgrading their goaltending will only help the team it will be interesting to see how their new forwards do in Philly. Top prospect Brayden Schenn is the new Flyer that everyone is talking about; however, another player that you shouldn’t forget about is Jakub Voracek.

Originally drafted seventh overall by the Blue Jackets in 2007, Voracek just finished his third full season in the NHL. On a team that’s struggled the last few years, Voracek was seen as a key member of the Jackets build for the future. After having a 38 point season as a rookie in 2008-2009 he followed that up with a 50 point season in 2009-2010. He dropped down to a still respectable 46 points last season in Columbus which as a team was 24th in league scoring. Now that he’s going to a team that won’t struggle as much to put the puck in the net what will his role look like?

Based on the Flyers depth chart it would be easy to see him playing on the Flyers second line with the likes of Daniel Briere or Scott Hartnell (when he’s ready to return). Last year in Columbus Voracek was averaging just under three minutes on the power-play each night. With the Flyers going with some younger forwards (minus Jagr of course) they’ll be looking to Voracek to play some big minutes for them this season.

Previous Sleeper Picks: