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

October 22, 2014

Bonus Episode: Interview with Brock Seguin

Elan sits down with Brock Seguin, Editor-In-Chief at DailyFaceoff.com to talk about everything he’s doing at that great site. They discuss how Brock keeps the starting goalies and line combos updated, how he put together the DFO draft kit, and some other lesser known features of the site. Elan also asks about some of the more bold projections Brock made in the DailyFaceoff draft-kit, who he targeted in his hockey pools, and who he thinks are some current buy-low and sell-high candidates.


Enjoy the bonus content! We’ll be back with our next regular episode next Sunday as usual.

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October 19, 2014

No. 35 - Whoa There

Don't make that add, drop, or trade just yet -- on this episode, Elan and Brian take a look at why some guys are way up, why others are way down, and why you shouldn't get caught with your head spinning all around.

This week's edition of Keeping Karlsson kicks off with a prescription for deep breaths, especially regarding two goalies who have been particularly testing their owners after slow starts. In the headlines, we also cover injuries to a couple key contributors, the Leafs' blueline situation, and a new face in the Avalanche net.

We then take a look at some underlying numbers that are just a little bit wackier than they should be at this point of the year, naming early candidates for you to consider selling high or buying low. Elan and Brian also share their views on how patient you need to be with the team you picked on draft day.

The show closes with the return of the Lightning Round, where the guys give the lowdown on the names that appeared the most in our Twitter mentions this week.

Players covered this week include Victor Hedman, Jason Garrison, Brock Nelson, Tukka Rask, Damon Severson, Troy Brouwer, Gabriel Landeskog, Rick Nash, Calvin Pickard, Patric Hornqvist, Tanner Pearson, and more.

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 (keepingkarlsson@gmail.com) 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 12, 2014

No. 34 - On the Regular

It's official: the 2014-15 regular season is underway, and Elan and Brian are excited to finally be tucking into the names and numbers popping up across the box scores of the NHL's opening matchups.

We kick off the regular season by highlighting some of the more surprising stat lines posted in each team's first couple games, and take note of some unfortunate injuries and their respective ripple effects. 

Elan and Brian also give their takes on listener questions involving devilish veterans and strategic goaltending decisions, and run down their inaugural sets of notable players

Players covered include Pascal Dupuis, Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk, Darcy Kuemper, Semyon Varlamov, Eric Gelinas, Brad Richards, Sami Vatanen, Anton Khudobin, Patrick Maroon... and many more.

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 (keepingkarlsson@gmail.com) 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 5, 2014

No. 33 - Sitting, Waiting, Watchlisting

It's three days before the regular season, NHL teams are making their final cuts, and you've got your fantasy lineup set for opening night. What can you do between now and then? 

On this (finally) final pre-season episode of Keeping Karlsson, Elan and Brian have a couple suggestions for how to make the most of your fantasy team's post-draft period. 

We discuss the players most affected by yesterday's Isles trades, the likelihood of one particular preseason performer making a regular season impression, and a potential tweak to our show's name.

Elan and Brian also take a look at players who went widely undrafted across fantasy leagues, and zoom in on a handful of potential diamonds in the free agency rough that you'll want to have on your watchlist as the season begins.

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 (keepingkarlsson@gmail.com) 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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September 28, 2014

No. 32 - Preseason Potluck

With the preseason puck dropped, Elan and Brian take on a smattering of topics, beginning with the ways in which recent signings and injuries might directly and indirectly affect NHL lineups and, in turn, your fantasy team. 

Brian also humbly clarifies some commentary and advice from last week's Smörgoåliesbord, elaborating on even-strength save percentage and Carey Price's fantasy value, and putting a spotlight on Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard.

We also get to a few of the fun listener questions we've been getting this pre-season, explaining how to handle PIMs as a category in your league, debating the merits of drafting defensemen early vs. late, and making a decision between young guns like Ondrej Palat and Tomas Hertl. Elan and Brian cap off the show by each sharing a player that they think might be undervalued in your fantasy draft.

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 (keepingkarlsson@gmail.com) with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for upcoming episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.

Referenced on this week's show:

Kyle Okposo's Huge Career Year Likely Wasn't a Fluke (Adam Gretz, SBNation)

Hockey Analysis - Even-Strength Save Percentage Rankings 2013-14

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September 21, 2014

No. 31 - Smörgoåliesbord 2014

If you've noticed a conspicuous absence of goalie talk on the last few shows, it's because we saved it all for this episode: it's the Keeping Karlsson Smörgoåliesbord 2014! In the 5th episode of our fantasy preseason miniseries, Elan and Brian talk about nothing except the crucial G spot that can make or break your fantasy hockey team


This episode features a quick rundown of the stats that best reflect a goalie's ability, and throw out a couple newer advanced stats that can help you make your draft-day and keeper decisions. From there, we share our goalie tiers, from elite goalies, goalies you should avoid at all costs, and all the ones in between.

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 (keepingkarlsson@gmail.com) with your feedback, fantasy hockey questions, and topic requests for upcoming episodes. Thanks for listening!

Keeping Karlsson is presented by Daily Faceoff.

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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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