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

January 27, 2015

Brock from Daily Faceoff’s Q2 Report

With the first half 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 Q2 report. In this show Brock and Elan present both some players that impressed and disappointed them fantasy-wise in the second quarter of the season. Brock then advises on some buy low candidates, and then finishes off the interview by answering some listener questers.

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January 25, 2015

No. 49 - All Star, No Break

It's a star-studded affair on the 49th edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast.

TSN's Scott Cullen guests this week, chatting with Brian about their fantasy league, hockey analytics, making projections second half performers, players poised for a dropoff, Leafs, Panthers, Gaudreau, Pastrnak, Hutchinson, Kucherov, fantasy philosophy, and more. 

For more of Scott and his outstanding fantasy analysis, check out his columns at tsn.ca, follow him on twitter @tsnscottcullen, and tune in to the TSN Hockey Analytics radio show.

And, of course, Elan and Brian take their run at the biggest fantasy headlines of the week, featuring crease shifts in Columbus and Calgary, an outjuried d-man in Winnipeg, two returning centermen facing different second half outlooks, and a perennial fantasy stalwart for whom we can only wish the best.

The show rounds out with a couple players of note, including a Chicago winger with an increasing role and even-strength production to match, and one unheralded third of an exciting line in Long Island.

Players discussed on this week's show include David PastrnakJohnny Gaudreau, Michael Hutchinson, Nikita Kucherov, Sergei Bobrovsky, Brandon Saad, Curtis McElhinney, Anton Forsberg, David Perron, Beau Bennett, Tommy Wingels, Mikkel Boedker, Karri Ramo, Joni Ortio, Jonas Hiller, Jacob Trouba, Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Jonathan Drouin, Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker, Anders Lee, Rick Nash, Nick Foligno, Brock Nelson, Tyler Bozak, Alexander Ovechkin, Kimmo Timonen, Artem Anisimov, Phil Kessel, Daniel Sedin, Bryan Bickell, and more.

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If you enjoy the show, please support future episodes by becoming a patron of Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson patrons can join our patron-only Facebook group and take part in (and receive audio from) a monthly live Keeping Karlsson broadcast!

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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January 18, 2015

No. 48 - Perrau-no :(

The 48th edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey show sees Elan and Brian trying to go into the All Star Break on a positive note.

Our headlines kick off with a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad injury to one of the league's most exciting players of the last 2 months, caused by one of the league's least relevant and under-talented regular skaters of the last several years. I guess we're a little upset about it? We also cover a returning d-man in Winnipeg, goalie creases in Nashville, Montreal, and New Jersey, and a couple outjuried scorers for the Predators and Coyotes

We give our takes on the Dubnyk trade, and what it means for several other goalies not even named Dubnyk, as well as the latest batch of forwards making surprise appearanceson top scoring lines and in box scores.

In another round of Sustainable or Fleeting, Elan and Brian take on a couple Oilers finding chemistry(?), a faded Star showing flashes of scoring brilliance, the Senators' second-best rookie, and a top line that has finally started playing like one.

Players of note this week include a healthy scratch who leads his team in goal-scoring, a winger who consistently transcends his sidekick designation, a record-setting workhorse goalie, and yet another Florida Panther.

The show rounds off with our quickest Lightning Round ever, featuring brief updates on a sputtering rookie D, an understated forward finding his game again, and one of  three Zajacs in the Devils organization.

Players discussed on this episode include Mathieu Perreault, Devan Dubnyk, Pekka Rinne, Carter Hutton, Marek Mazanec, Toby Enstrom, Evander Kane, James Neal, Martin Hanzal, Travis Zajac, Clarke MacArthur, Carey Price, Cory Schneider, Braden Holtby, Dustin Tokarski, Keith Kinkaid,  Martin Hanzal, Darcy Kuemper, Colin Wilson, David Backes, Mike Fisher, James Neal, Filip Forsberg, Matt Beleskey, Sami Vatanen, Bryan Bickell, Patrick Sharp, Riley Sheahan, Alex Steen, Ryan Callahan, Josh Bailey, Nicklas Backstrom, Martin Brodeur, Josh Harding, Mark Stone, Derek Roy, Ales Hemsky, Benoit Pouliot, TJ Oshie, Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Palmieri, Kyle Okposo, Jonathan Huberdeau, and more.

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f you enjoy the show, please support us by becoming a patron of Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson patrons can join our patron-only Facebook group and take part in (and receive audio from) a monthly live Keeping Karlsson broadcast!

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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January 11, 2015

No. 47 - kēpiNG KAHRL-suhn

It's the 47th episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, and what would be more fitting than to continue offering our insight into the latest fantasy news and cutting edge analysis that we've offered for the last 46 episodes? Nothing. Nothing would be more fitting.

This episode is full of hot young guys-- though that doesn't sound right. Ok, this episode features a lot of coverage of prospects who are streaking. There we go.

But before Elan and Brian get to them, they cover all the latest news in the world of fantasy hockey that you need to know as a contending fantasy hockey owner. Goalie injuries in Detroit and Philadelphia, the momentary reappearance of a couple point-producing grinders, the trials and tribulations of an elite setup man in a new city, and unforgivable player pronunciations.

Then we get to the meat of the episode: a crop of players making their NHL debuts and first impressions while being given some lofty opportunities on their team's depth chart. We cover newbies coming on strong in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and San Jose.

Amongst our players of note this week are a goal-scoring bottom-sixer in Washington, a credible even-strength producer on the blueline, a scorchingly efficient power-play QB, an emerging model of balanced production in Calgary, a perfect ten hitter, and a struggling is-he-or-isn't-he elite 'tender.

Players mentioned on this episode include Jimmy Howard, Peter Mrazek, Jonas Gustavsson, Jason Spezza, Johan Franzen, Joe Thornton, Steve Mason, Justin Abdelkader, Teemu Pulkkinen, MELKER!!! Karlsson, Evander Kane, Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, David Pastrnak, Milan Lucic, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Colton Sceviour, Brett Ritchie, Calvin Pickard, David Savard, Eric Fehr, Joni Ortio, Trevor Daley, Pat Maroon, Alex Goligoski, Kevin Shattenkirk, and more.

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 and take part in (and receive audio from) a monthly live Keeping Karlsson broadcast!

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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January 4, 2015

No. 46 - Sustainable or Fleeting

We are officially at the halfway mark of the regular season, and the 46th episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast is designed to help you make sure you're in midseason form.

Elan and Brian take you through the biggest fantasy news of the week, leading off with our take on whether David Perron will prosper in his new Pittsburgh home, and which Penguins will feel the effects of his arrival on the depth chart. Injuries and outjuries in Chicago, Toronto, and St. Louis also get coverage, as well as a detailed outline of the rough road ahead for Toronto and the inevitable regression of a very fast starter in St. Louis. Also, Paul Stastny's doing stuff!

We then move onto goalies, where Brian opens up about the soul-searching that's led him to consider (re-)adding a goalie to our top tier, and recommends a surging 'tender who's waking up from a season-long slump.

Elan brings back last season's ever-popular Sustainable or Fleeting game, where he and Brian run down several hot hands and work through the evidence to decide whether they'll keep cracking or flame out. The segment includes a suprising new d-man in Columbus, a we-should've-known forward in LA, an actual Flame, an efficient Red Wing, and a Keeping Karlsson favourite in (of course) Winnipeg. We also quickly run through three players who suddenly find themselves in fortunate positions on their team's top lines, and discuss who's likely to make the most of their opportunity.

The episode's penultimate segment is our patented lightning round, featuring a blue chip G prospect, a barely-relevant defenseman, and the NHL's most quietly efficient even-strength goal-scorer

And finally, we close off with a snoozer that Pierre McGuire was wrong about.

Players discussed on this episode include David Perron, Evgeni Malkin, Steve Downie, Kris Versteeg, Joffrey Lupul, Teuvo Teravainen, Patrick Sharp, Nazem Kadri, Peter Holland, Jonathan Bernier, Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera, Paul Stastny, Carey Price, Kari Lehtonen, Colton Sceviour, Josh Bailey, Danny Briere, Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Connauton, Jimmy Hayes, Vincent Lecavalier, Mathieu Perreault, Anze Kopitar, Tomas Tatar, Andrey Vasilevskiy, James van Riemsdyk, Nick Bonino, Jamie McBain, Mike Hoffman, and more.
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 31, 2014

No. 45 - Devan’s Heaven

A wonky internet connection can't hold us back-- the 45th episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast is out!

On this episode, Elan and Brian look at the re-emergence of a castoff in the Arizona crease, the Devils coaching change and how it might affect your willingness to have New Jersey players on your roster, and the addition of Derek Roy to the Edmonton Oilers.

Brian also explains the concept of Quality Starts, and how it can help you make strategic goaltending decisions when it comes to deciding on whether to protect or go after your goalie categories.

We also bust the mind-boggling myth that Patrick Sharp isn't doing alright, and shine a light on a couple Preds and Blue Jackets who are also doing just fine for themselves these days, thank you very much. A ton of players who've got about 20 points in about 32 games happen to come up all at once, and the guys do their best to find the differences between them and their outlooks for the rest of the season.

And, of course, we catch a defenseman snoozin' on an otherwise-successful team.

Players discussed on this episode include Devan Dubnyk, Mike Smith, Darcy Kuemper, Jake Allen, Jaromir Jagr, Michael Ryder, Damien Brunner, Evander Kane, Patric Hornqvist, Derrick Pouliot, Simon Despres, Cory Schneider, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Callahan, Mark Arcobello, Derek Roy, Scott Hartnell, Jeremy Morin, Nick Foligno, Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Mike Fisher, Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, Mike Ribeiro, Tyler Bozak, Nick Foligno, Matt Duchene, Kris Versteeg, Cam Ward, Brian Campbell, Mathieu Perreault, Mark Scheifele, Chris Thorburn, Anton Khudobin, Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, and more.

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 21, 2014

No. 44 - Deck the Hall

It's the second annual Chanukwanzaasmas edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, and you know what that means: zero holiday references and the same pure, mostly unadulterated fantasy hockey discussion and analysis that you've come to expect from two guys who own Erik Karlsson in their keeper pools.

Our 44th episode kicks off with headlines upon headlines, where we discuss the untimely slump of a recently-annointed top-tier defenseman, the debatable suckiness of a pre-season goalie favourite, three injuries in the crease and the opportunities they might offer to some unheralded tenders, the decimated blue-lines in Pittsburgh and Winnipeg, the ups and downs of an early Calder favourite, a coaching change in Edmonton, line shuffling in Dallas, and the ungraceful falls of some over-achieving goalies.

We then have a short discussion on the merits of owning players who only contribute to a single peripheral category, and also bring up a team full of buy-low opportunities that could bear fruit for years to come if you act right this minute

In players of note, Elan and Brian give credit to an understated superstar, warn of a top-100 player whose point pace is slipping, address the questions they constantly get about trading away a goal-scoring star, and shout out an always under-the-radar but still effective depth scorer.

The show rounds off with a snoozer from Elan, and a couple of sub-categorized snoozers from Brian, including a tribute to a former fantasy stalwart riding off into the sunset.

Players discussed on this episode include Andrei Vasilevskiy, Steve Mason, Victor Hedman, Cory Schneider, Christian Ehrhoff, Olli Maatta, Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington, Derrick Pouliot, Jacob Trouba, Keith Kinkaid, Tobias Enstrom, Paul Postma, Grant Clitsome, Dustin Byfuglien, Jonathan Drouin, Taylor Hall, Vladimir Tarasenko, Brett Connolly, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Peter Mrazek, Rob Zepp, Ray Emery, Justin Schultz, Eddie Lack, Ryan Miller, Kari Ramo, Jonas Hiller, Jonas Enroth, Mathieu Perreault, Mark Scheifele, Alex Edler, Matt Martin, Josh Gorges, Darcy Kuemper, Cody Eakin, Jason Spezza, Erik Cole, Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley, Nicklas Backstrom, Justin Williams, Brayden Schenn, Jason Pominville, Tyler Toffoli, Roman Josi, Shea Weber, and Tomas Vokoun.

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 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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