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

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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October 26, 2014

No. 36 - (Don’t) Believe the Hype

On this week's episode, Elan and Brian cut through the hype on several overachievers, and get as close as they ever do to buying into the hype that surrounds one newly-minted NHLer.

Starting off with a look at this weeks injuries and outjuries, we focus in on one particular lineup returnee climbing his team's depth chart faster than expected at the cost of one of his teammates, and draw attention to a defenceman who could get a chance to suddenly step into a new and important role. We also address the sadly difficult question of which team's players you need to avoid the most.

Listen on to find out which player was the most frequent topic in our Twitter mentions this week, which player isn't taking advantage of a plum line assignment, which goalie is redeeming himself early on, and which players have landed themselves on our first Keeping Karlsson-patented Snoozers list of 2014-15.

Players covered on this episode include Johnny Boychuk, Bobby Ryan, Linden Vey, Pekka Rinne, Semyon Varlamov, Lubomir Visnovsky, Zdeno Chara, Cory Conacher, Dustin Brown, Bobby Ryan, Tomas Hertl, Anders Lee, Matthew Nieto, Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Toffoli, Dougie Hamilton, Nikolai Kulemin, and more..


(And hey, psst... please check out our brand new Patreon group to learn how you can support the show in a new way.)

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 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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