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

September 9, 2014

No. 30 - Sure Shots and Probably Nots

As the offseason draws to a close, Keeping Karlsson's fantasy pre-season miniseries rolls on with a primer on the newest players to have joined our list of sure shot, keeper-justified, first round draft pick-worthy fantasy producers

We also take a look at a couple skaters who've lost this hallowed status as a result of their fantasy performances last year, and who you might want to consider taking a round or three later than usual in your draft this year.

Brian and Elan also search for clues on the players who surprised us last year in ways both good and bad, and then dig in to figure out whether their numbers will improve, regress, or stay the same through another full season

If you enjoy the show, you can 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 or write us, at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com, with any feedback, fantasy hockey questions, or topic requests for upcoming episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.

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September 3, 2014

No. 29 - How to Draft Well

In part three of our fantasy pre-season miniseries, we get obsessive about how to make the most of the biggest event of your fantasy year: draft day. Elan and Brian share the big and little drafting strategies they use to build the best roster possible, including tiering your picks, thinking about playing positions, when to take sleepers, making close calls, and more.


We also answer listener questions about ranking prospects, NHL equivalency numbers, and connecting Corsi and shot-blocking.

Resources referenced on the show this week include:
If you like the show, you can support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to write us, at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com, with any feedback, fantasy hockey questions, or topic requests for upcoming episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.
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August 22, 2014

No. 28 - How Can Advanced Stats Help Me Win My Hockey Pool?

In the second episode of our mini fantasy offseason series, we dig into advanced stats and unearth the ones that give you the biggest edge in winning your fantasy hockey pool. Elan and Brian take on Corsi, Relative Corsi, player usage charts, zone starts, and PDO, explaining what they are, how they're calculated, and how you can use them to your advantage.

Also, Brian's laptop fan makes an appearance.


If you like the show, you can support us by telling a friend, subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes, and following us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson). Feel free to write us, at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com, with any feedback, fantasy hockey questions, or topic requests for upcoming episodes. Thanks for listening!

..and, as promised, more advanced stats resources for your own use and research:

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August 10, 2014

No. 27 - Recapping Offseason Moves

We're both finally done celebrating our respective 2013/14 Fantasy Hockey Championships, and so we're back with the first of a string of episodes leading up to the first regular season puck drop in October. 


This week, Elan and Brian discuss a number of players who were involved in offseason moves are whether they are likely to be helped or hindered by their change in scenery. Players discussed include Paul Stastny, Jarome Iginla, Tom Gilbert, Jussi Jokinen, Devan Dubnyk, Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Nikolai Kulemin and James Neal.


Please help support the show by subscribing to and reviewing Keeping Karlsson on iTunes. You can also follow us on Twitter (@keepingkarlsson), and feel free to send a note to keepingkarlsson@gmail.com with any feedback or and ask fantasy hockey questions that you've got for upcoming shows.

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April 13, 2014

No. 26 - Both Kinds of Playoffs

There is less than a day left in the regular season but Elan and Brian are back with a shorter episode to tide everyone over before the big year in review episodes that will be coming out in the next few weeks. This week some topics include:

  • How their finals matchups went / are going and what moves they made

  • Thoughts on what’s wrong with standard fantasy hockey formats

  • Keeper decision between Backes, Kessel, Zetterberg, E. Kane, O’Reilly, Gaborik and Stastny

  • Betting on who will win the cup

Please help support the show by subscribing to Keeping Karlsson on iTunes and giving us a 5 star review. You can also follow us on Twitter @keepingkarlsson and email us at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com to give us feedback and ask fantasy hockey questions that we’ll discuss on the show.

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April 6, 2014

No. 25 - Cramming for Finals

There’s only one week left in the season but Elan and Brian are not letting up as episode 25 of The Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast is chalk full of useful analysis and advice. Topics and players discussed this week include:

  • Outjuries: Cam Fowler, P.A. Parenteau

  • Injuries (with discussion regarding which players may benefit): Jonathan Toews, Matt Duchene, Andrej Sekera, Patrik Elias)

  • Are the Colorado Avalanche overrated?

  • A new fancy stat technique that accounts for when scores are close

  • Teams resting players before the playoffs

  • Moves the guys have made to make their finals and what moves they plan to make next week

  • Stephane Robidas, Andrew Shaw, Semyon Varlamov, Jamie McGinn, John Mitchell, John Michael Liles, Travis Zajac, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Strome, Matthieu Perreault, Josh Bailey, Tobias Enstrom, Beau Bennett, Tomas Fleischmann, Gustav Nyquist, Milan Michalek, James Wisniewski, Mika Zibanejad, Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula

Please help support the show by subscribing to Keeping Karlsson on iTunes and giving us a 5 star review. You can also follow us on Twitter @keepingkarlsson and email us at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com to give us feedback and ask fantasy hockey questions that we’ll discuss on the show.

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March 30, 2014

No. 24 - 2 Weeks Remaining

With two weeks left in the regular season, Elan and Brian cover a number of players and topics that you need to be on top of in order to make your final push. Topic discussed include:


  • Malkin injury, who will take his place. Pick up Beau Bennett?
  • Mike Smith injury. Grab Thomas Greiss?
  • Looking at teams with favourable and unfavourable schedules for the next 2 weeks (Anaheim, Detroit, Vancouver, Nashville)
  • Minuscule amount of bragging as Elan and Brian both took first place in their pools. Pickups: Evgeny Kuznetsov
  • Minnesota’s goalie situation with Kuemper and Bryzgalov
  • How valuable is Mark Giordano?
  • What’s going on with Martin St. Louis?
  • Olli Maatta, Beau Bennett, Mathieu Perreault, Tomas Tatar, Calle Jarnkrok, T.J. Brodie, Mike Ribiero, Andrei Loktionov

Please help support the show by subscribing to Keeping Karlsson on iTunes and giving us a 5 star review. You can also follow us on Twitter @keepingkarlsson and email us at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com to give us feedback and ask fantasy hockey questions that we’ll discuss on the show.

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March 22, 2014

Keeping Karlsson Episode 23

We’re a couple of days early this week but still bringing the goods with episode 23 of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast. The show starts off with some general fantasy playoff strategies, including how one should potentially deal differently with players like Derrick Brassard and Mike Green, as opposed to how you would during the regular season. The guys also point out a few teams that should be targeted and avoided over the next week and cover the two big injuries of Patrick Kane and Cam Fowler and how their teammates will be affected.

For the rest of the show Elan and Brian prognosticate the fortunes of a number of players including Evander Kane, Ben Bishop, Robin Lehner, Gustav Nyquist, Mikael Granlund, Jared Spurgeon, Cory Conacher, Sami Salo, Tyson Barrie, Ondrej Palat, Alex Chiasson, Valeri Nichushkin, Mikael Backlund, Paul Byron and Chris Kelly.

Please help support the show by subscribing to Keeping Karlsson on iTunes and giving us a 5 star review. You can also follow us on Twitter @keepingkarlsson and email us at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com to give us feedback and ask fantasy hockey questions that we’ll discuss on the show.

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March 16, 2014

Keeping Karlsson Episode 22

Episode 22 of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast is a big one as we head into the last month of regular season NHL play. The big headline of the show is once again injuries, and Elan and Brian discuss the impact of the injuries to James Neal, Ryan Kesler and others and provide some tips on who may be good replacements.

The other headlines covered are newly relevant backup goalies (including Tim Thomas and James Reimer) and the NHL debut of Evgeni Kuznetsov. Next the guys discuss some moves they have made (and intend to make) involving players including Travis Zajac, Kyle Okposo, Ales Hemsky, Marian Gaborik, Radim Vrbata, Antoine Vermette and Brandon Dubinsky.

Other players discussed on the episode include Ray Whitney, Jason Spezza, Benoit Pouliot, Jordan Staal, Tyler Myers, Alec Martinez and Nick Bjugstad. Listen to find out which if these are sleepers and which are snoozers.

Please help support the show by subscribing to Keeping Karlsson on iTunes and giving us a 5 star review. You can also follow us on Twitter @keepingkarlsson and email us at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com to give us feedback and ask fantasy hockey questions that we’ll discuss on the show.


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March 9, 2014

Keeping Karlsson Episode 21 -Trade Deadline Edition

On the trade deadline edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, the guys delve into which players gained or lost value as a result of the various deadline deals. Aside from analyzing the winners and losers of the big deals involving Luongo and St. Louis, they also discuss a number of other players that were affected by moves they were involved in or that their teams made including Hemsky, Okposo, Gaborik, Anisimov, Neuvirth, Enroth, Halak, Bryzgalov and Fasth. A few potential low percentage owned gems are also discussed including Palmieri, Lindholm and Zajac.


Please help support the show by subscribing to Keeping Karlsson on iTunes and giving us a 5 star review. You can also follow us on Twitter @keepingkarlsson and email us at keepingkarlsson@gmail.com to give us feedback and ask fantasy hockey questions that we’ll discuss on the show.
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