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The best fantasy hockey podcast hosted by two guys who own Erik Karlsson in their keeper pools.

December 15, 2014

No. 43 - Has Somebody Beat the Wis?

Elan and Brian are back on their respective mics for a 43rd episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast.

Buffalo is flying high and the Blue Jackets are red hot, prompting Elan and Brian to quibble about the updated fantasy outlooks of their goal-scorers and goaltenders. The guys also look at a couple shifting blue lines, and add yet another name to consider for the ever-growing top tiers of fantasy defencemen. Coaching changes in Ottawa, goaltending in Chicago, and an under-the-radar Jet round out this week's fantasy headlines.

In players of note, the guys discuss the long-awaited emergence of a top St. Louis forward, the potential return to relevance for a nearly-forgotten goal scorer, and the concern of impending decline for a future hall-of-famer. Yet another Panther makes the list as he looks to definitively break a "slump" that's lasted more than an entire season, while a centerman in the West has broken out of a slump that was much smaller in length but not in fantasy impact.

Elan and Brian also strike through a few goalies quickly in the lightning round before tagging two sagging forwards with the snoozer label.

Players discussed on this week's show include Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Ennis, Sergei Bobrovsky, Scott Hartnell, Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski, Boone Jenner, Kris Letang, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, Mika Zibanejad, Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, Chris Phillips, Mikael Granlund, Alex Killorn, Evander Kane, Mathieu Perreault, Mark Scheifele, Michael Hutchinson, Ondrej Pavelec, Scott Darling, Antti Raanta, T.J. Oshie, Jaden Schwartz, Michael Grabner, Jaromir Jagr, Tomas Fleischmann, Mikko Koivu, Kari Lehtonen and Anders Lindback. Yes, Anders Lindback.
If you enjoy the show, please support us by becoming a patron of Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson patrons can join our patron-only Facebook group, take part in (and receive audio from) a monthly live Keeping Karlsson broadcast, and have their fantasy team personally audited by us every month-- learn more about supporting the show here. 

You can also support us by telling a friendsubscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes.Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff, and supported by our patrons.
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December 7, 2014

No. 42 - Changing Trains

The Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast's time on air gets a bump but our players discussed per 60 minutes stays constant on our 42nd edition of the show.

Shifting and evolving goalie tandems around the league are a running theme in our headlines, along with a couple injuries throwing a couple already-chaotic line combinations into further instability. Elan and Brian also deflate the tires of a centerman we pumped up last week, break our deafening silence on a leading Calder candidate, have a look beyond the stars and into Detroit's depth, and get on and off the trains belong to a couple up-and-down defensemen.

In outjury discussion, Elan forces Brian to re-rank the top tier of defensemen, and we officially add a couple more to the company of Karlsson, Weber, and Subban.

We also look at a handful players who woke up just in time to avoid earning the dreaded Keeping Karlsson snoozer label, though not all are able to escape such fate

Players discussed on this week's show include Ilya Bryzgalov, John Gibson, Antti Raanta, Scott Darling, Kari Lehtonen, Jussi Rynnas, Kari Ramo, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur, Jake Allen, Nick Spaling, Corey Perry, Patric Hornqvist, Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan, John Klingberg, Trevor Daley, Mark Giordano, Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Aaron Ekblad, Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban, Reilly Smith, Stephen Weiss, Paul Stastny, Christian Ehrhoff, Tomas Hertl, Dustin Brown, Andre Burakovsky, Filip Forsberg, Dustin Brown, Justin Williams, Clarke MacArthur, Mika Zibanejad, and Mike Ribeiro. Phew.

If you enjoy the show, you can support us by becoming a patron of Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson patrons can join our patron-only Facebook group, take part in (and receive audio from) a monthly live Keeping Karlsson broadcast, and have their fantasy team personally audited by us every month-- learn more about supporting the show here. 

You can also support us by telling a friendsubscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes.Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff, and supported by our patrons.
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December 5, 2014

Brock from Daily Faceoff’s Q1 Report

With the first quarter of the NHL season come and gone, Brock Seguin from DailyFaceoff.com joins Elan for a special bonus episode of Keeping Karlsson to give the Daily Faceoff Q1 report. In this show Brock presents the top 5 players who have exceeded his expectations so far and the 5 that have been the biggest disappointments. He then advises on some buy low candidates, and the guys finish off the show by predicting who they each think will win the Art Ross trophy at the end of the season.

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November 30, 2014

No. 41 - Blue Lines and Blues Net

The NHL season is at the quarter post, and as the initial wave of fast fantasy starters crests and heads for the trough, a new group readies to take their places in both NHL and fantasy lineups.

The 41st edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast begins with fantasy hockey headlines, where Elan and Brian break down a key goalie injury and potential signing, the return(?) of a former fantasy main-stay in Detroit, a couple of newly healthy blue-liners in New York, line shuffling in Toronto, a struggling defenceman in Edmonton and an emerging tandem situation in Winnipeg.

That's followed by putting some of the more interesting fantasy players of the last 7 days under the magnifying glass, and checking in on a handful of guys who are quietly seeing their fortunes turn for better and for worse. Minnesota's powerplay, Chicago's top six, and the top nine in Long Island all catch our attention. We also shout out a depth defenceman in a small market who isn't scoring but is making up for it in peripherals.

Finally, the show wraps up with a look at a pair of players who may have made sense to have on your roster at Game 1, but probably don't belong there 20 games later.

Players discussed on this week's show include Brian Elliott, Martin Brodeur, Stephen Weiss, Ryan McDonagh, Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Justin Schultz, Ondrej Pavelec, Michael Hutchinson, Marco Scandella, Alex Tanguay, Jiri Hudler, Matt Niskanen, Jason Zucker, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Strome, Nikolai Kulemin, Brandon Saad, Kris Versteeg, Michael Stone, Johnny Boychuk, Nail Yakupov and Damon Severson.

If you enjoy the show, you can support us by becoming a patron of Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson patrons can join our patron-only Facebook group, take part in (and receive audio from) a monthly live Keeping Karlsson broadcast, and have their fantasy team personally audited by us every month-- learn more about supporting the show here. 

You can also support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff, and supported by our patrons.

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November 23, 2014

No. 40 - Klinging to Hope

Elan is back and Brian never left, so that means we've once again got a full roster on this week's episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast.

The last week has seen some significant line shuffling in Dallas and Pittsburgh, where a handful of depth guys are getting opportunities to step into scoring support roles

Elan also voices his concern about another elite goalie whose numbers have yet to fully recover at the 1/4 mark of the season, and wonders about whether a couple of low-scoring teams are finally turning the corner, and consequently, whether some players on these teams might be moving towards fantasy relevance.

Brian brings attention to some high-frequency shooters, goalscorers, and a buy-low defenseman, and then presents twoplayers on opposite ends of their careers that have been questioned as snoozers in recent days and weeks. 

Players covered on this show include John Klingberg, Cody Eakin, Beau Bennett, Brandon Sutter, Patric Hornqvist, Tomas Tatar, Cam Atkinson, Gabriel Landeskog, Patrik Elias, Henrik Lundqvist, Mike Smith, Devan Dubnyk, Alex Killorn, Alex Pietrangelo, Alex Goligoski (lot of Alexes this week..), Pascal Dupuis, Nick Bjugstad, Jimmy Hayes, Vincent Trochek, Jussi Jokinen, Antoine Roussell, Jeff Carter, Matt Moulson, Boone Jenner, Brendan Gallagher, and more.

If you enjoy the showplease check out our brand new Patreon group to learn how you can support Keeping Karlsson in a new way

You can also support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.
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November 21, 2014

Bonus! On Winnipeg, with Garret Hohl

A secret: in our "Around the NHL" episode released this week, there was extra audio footage that was left on the cutting room floor. But then we kept tripping over it, so Brian finally picked it up and whipped it into podcast shape.

On this bonus episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey podcast, we turn our attention to the Winnipeg Jets. Brian chats with Arctice Ice Hockey editor and Hockey-Graphs.com contributor Garret Hohl about the sustainability of Winnipeg's goaltending situation, the conspicuous lack of goal-scoring from their core group, and the (in)stability of their blue-line.

Players discussed in this bonus episode include Ondrej Pavelec, Michael Hutchinson, Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault, Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian, Jacob Trouba, Tobias Enstrom, and more.

If you enjoy the showplease check out our brand new Patreon group to learn how you can support Keeping Karlsson in a new way. 

You can also support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes. 

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November 17, 2014

No. 39 - Home and Away

Elan's on a secret overseas mission in search of new fantasy hockey talent, so Brian goes solo-- sort of-- on this week's edition of the Keeping Karlsson fantasy hockey podcast.


This episode has all of the usual segments and player analysis, but also features two in-depth interviews on the fantasy fortunes of teams that you told us you wanted to know more about.

First up is Kyle Alexander from Raw Charge and Bolts Statistics, who helps give the lowdown on which emerging talents in Tampa Bay are going to keep up their surprising early season production, where Victor Hedman fits in alongside elite fantasy producers, and what the heck is the story behind Jonathan Drouin's healthy scratch.

Then, Rob Tufts from St. Louis Gametime gives us the downlow on whether the Blues' red-hot STL line can possibly sustain their current paces, how Brian Elliott and Jake Allen could split starts the rest of the way, and the evolving depth chart configuration on their blue line.

Players covered in this week's show include Zach Parise, Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Hall, Valeri Nichushkin, Jakub Voracek, Jonathan Drouin, Victor Hedman, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ondrej Palat, Vladislav Namestnikov, Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jori Lehtera, Alex Galchenyuk, Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Jaden Schwartz, Brian Elliott, Jake Allen, Kris Letang, Filip Forsberg, Tomas Vanek, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Jake Muzzin, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, and Tanner Pearson.
If you enjoy the showplease check out our brand new Patreon group to learn how you can support Keeping Karlsson in a new way. 

You can also support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.
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November 9, 2014

No. 38 - Twelve Upvotes and Counting

Elan and Brian rendez-vous'd late on a Saturday night and well into Sunday morning to bring you this latest episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey podcast.

There's been a rash of injuries to top-6 players, and we'll let you know which of their teammates are being helped or hurt by the ensuing lineup shuffle. 

And there are a couple players that poolies are down on right now, but you shouldn't be; likewise, there are others who many are feeling good about, but we'll let you know whether or not that fuzzy feeling is warranted, particularly for one player on whom you should absolutely not sell high.

We also give you a couple buy-low and sell-high goalie candidates and explain the reasoning to do so by going beyond their current boxcars.

Headlines, injuries, line changes, outjuries, players of note, and a snoozer to boot-- it's another info-packed edition of the show that'll give you the edge you need to stay atop your fantasy league.

Players mentioned in this episode include Vladimir Tarasenko, Marian Gaborik, Brandon Saad, Cory Franklin Schneider, Tanner Pearson, Carl Soderberg, Elias Lindholm, Marcus Johansson, Sergei Gonchar, Evgeni Kuznetsov, Roberto Luongo, Wayne Simmonds, Mikael Granlund, Tomas Vanek, Elias Lindholm, Mark Giordano, Darcy Kuemper, Justin Faulk, and more.

If you enjoy the show
please check out our brand new Patreon group to learn how you can support us in a new way. 

You can also support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.
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November 3, 2014

No. 37 - Let’s Make the Headlines

This week's episode of Keeping Karlsson begins with headlines, followed by headlines, and then we enter into a headlines segment before finishing it off with players of note and our patented lightning round.

We mention a goalie on whom the bravest poolies will think about selling high, a much-maligned star who will absolutely break out of an uncharacteristic slump, a buzzy top prospect that's quickly hit a wall, a young line whose members are all producing at an impressive rate, budding(?) goalie controversies, and a couple good candidates to fill a low-stakes rotating roster spot on your fantasy team. 

Brian also cops to a possible team-management mistake, though that's shortly after a very firm and righteous told-you-so regarding one of our most-queried about players on twitter this week.

Players talked about on this week's show include Alex Ovechkin, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Kucherov, Dany Heatley, James Wisniewski, Nick Foligno, Curtis McElhinney, James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Mikhail Grabovski, Ray Emery, Steve Mason, Chad Johnson, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller, Nazem Kadri, Daniel Winnik, Johnny Gaudreau, and Michael Raffl.
If you enjoy the showplease check out our brand new Patreon group to learn how you can support us in a new way. 

You can also support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to tweet us with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for future episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.
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October 30, 2014

Bonus Episode: Interview with Hockey Prospectus’s Ryan Wagman

Brian briefly reviews a copy of Hockey Prospectus 2014-15 (spoiler: very favourable), and talks with contributing writer Ryan Wagman about how he makes his fantasy hockey decisions.


We chat about fantasy hockey management styles, useful advanced stats (and a couple new ones, too), sophomore slumps, and the way that analytics may or may not change hockey's actual on-ice product.

Players discussed include Ales Hemsky, Tukka Rask, Nazem Kadri, Trevor Daley, Nick Bjugstad, Matt Moulson, Tomas Plekanec, Tomas Hertl, Matthew Nieto, Joe Thornton, and more.

Full disclosure: Hockey Prospectus provided us with a free copy of the guide for review.
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