Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast

Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast


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


No. 135 - Glory Hayes  

Welcome to a special mid-week edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast! Listen now, or save it for your usual Sunday night or Monday morning listening– the choice is yours!

Several outjuries are eyeing prime playing spots on their rosters, including yet another mid-six Ranger putting up top six numbers, a couple mid-six Jets with potential to step into a top six role, and a hard-luck Habs winger who would be happy to help spark his squad. The guys also chat about Andrei Markov and what his ceiling for the rest of the year could be.

Hot streaks carry the rest of the main show, as we circle back to a minor league call-up in St Louis that we zoomed past last week, a trio of Isles who may be feeling some of the weight lifted off of their shoulders since a coaching change, a New Jersey forward who is very quietly on pace to post the best numbers of his career, a Colorado rookie finally hitting the scoresheets, a Sabres forward who’s clicking and [...]

No. 134 - Marleau Contraire  

As on any given Sunday, go ahead and pop in your air buds– it’s time for little fantasy giants Elan and Brian to help you remember the titans (and not-so-titans) of this week’s NHL action in a brand new episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast! 

In this week’s injuries, it’s a real case of you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone with a shelved even-strength stud in Pittsburgh, a still underappreciated centreman in Dallas, and a Lightning forward whose absences from the scoresheet are now further assured.

In outjuries, the guys go back to the future in trying to imagine what 2/3 of the Panthers’ first line can offer on offesne, and what that also means for former and remaining members of that top trio. They also head to the desert to wonder how excited it’s reasonable to get about they Coyotes’ likely top scorer, and then move slightly westward for a Kings forward who finally has [...]

No. 133 - 30 Teams, 30 Takes  

On the 133rd episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, we’re trying something for the 1st time.

With the All Star Break upon us and the NHL schedule quiet, Elan and Brian take the opportunity to do a lap around the entire NHL, serving up one fresh, organic, ethically sourced, fair-trade, handcrafted and piping hot fantasy take for each and every team in the league. 

Streaks, slumps, injuries, controversies, goaltending– it’s all fair game as we put the microscope on one team at a time, pick a pertinent point to explore and reflect upon, and then have at it.

Players discussed on this episode include Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Radim Vrbata, Martin Hanzal, Alex Burmistrov, Michael Stone, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak, Evander Kane, Brian Gionta, Johnny Gaudreau, Cam Ward, Eddie Lack, Jonathan Toews, Artemi Panarin, Semyon Varlamov, Calvin Pickard, Cam Atkinson, Brandon Saad, Antti Niemi, Kari Lehtone [...]

No. 132 - Forgot About Ondrej  

The Blue Jackets’ streak is over, but the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast’s streak of appearing in your podcast feed on a weekly basis continues! 

Roster moves around the league kick off this week’s show, as we see an old-but-new #1 option re-emerge once more, an AHL dominator get another crack at a top top six, and the impacts of a coaching change in Long Island.

In this week’s infirmary, we consider the backup options for a goalie who’d just been finding his rhythm, a goalie who hasn’t had a rhythm, a pair of blue-liners who can be trusted to step into high production roles, the Red Wings’ top scorer, and whether or not extended absences in Florida are encouraging or deflating for the fantasy prospects on the rest of the roster.

In this week’s outfirmary: a couple new Rangers who are still establishing their point pace expectations, a dynamic d-man whose gamelog betrays expectations, and a [...]

No. 131 - Ghost Busted  

The Blue Jackets’ streak is over, but the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast’s streak of appearing in your podcast feed on a weekly basis continues! 

The show begins on an optimistic note with Outjuries, where we consider what can be expected by one old and one new Ranger returned to health, the upside of Montreal’s #1 centre and his affect on some complementary pieces, a hopefully healed point-per-game Star, and if the return of Ryan Getzlaf can save Elan’s bacon in the Rakell over/under bet. Underwhelming crease battles are renewed in Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, and a pair of blueliners come back to man their teams’ top powerplay units.

In injuries, the guys wonder if there’s top pairing scoring potential from either of the Predators’ second pairing mainstays, and also if it’s time to just save yourself the headache and rid yourself of Kris Letang. 

Hot streaks this week feature the latest of Connor McD [...]

No. 130 - Blurred Laine  

After a two week ‘break’ that saw us release two bonus episodes, Elan and Brian are back for the first ’regular’ episode Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast of the year.  

This edition opens with an injury and a rant, as Brian lets the world know what he thinks of ‘clean hits’ in the wake of Patrik Laine’s concussion. The guys go on to pinpoint a few rosters that have been hit particularly hard by the injury bug– Nashville, Montreal, and Florida– and assess the absences of a scoring winger that poolies, Kings fans, and maybe even Anze Kopitar would love to have back, as well as a first line forward in the desert who is obviously Martin Hanzal.

Outjuries come next, with the guys rueing the return of not just a goalie but a goalie controversy in Philadelphia, lauding a rejuvenated lot of top six forwards (and perhaps another goalie controversy to be imminently reignited) in Tampa Bay, wondering whether t [...]

Bonus Episode: Midseason Goalie Gab with Ian Fleming  

Welcome to another bonus episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast!

On this extra edition of the show, goalie afficionado and all-around good hockey-tweeter and chart maker Ian Fleming joins Brian to share his tips for evaluating, projecting and developing goalies. They also bandy about thoughts on all the oh-so-reliably weird surprises that have happened across NHL creases this season, as well as what can be expected from the most confounding keepers for the rest of the year.

You can follow Ian on twitter @imfleming16, and check out all his posted data ovet at his website, Dispelling Voodoo.

This bonus episode was sponsored in part by DRAFT! It’s a super fun and simple daily fantasy app where you build your team through a snake draft against your opponent, and then watch your squads compete head- [...]

Bonus Episode: December 2016 Patroncast  

This is supposed to be an off week for the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, but to tide you over until our next episode on January 8, we’re releasing our December 2016 patroncast for your consumption!

These monthly bonus shows are normally reserved as an exclusive perk for patrons of Keeping Karlsson– our brilliant supporters ask us anything, and we answer their questions live. If you’d like to support the show and get in on this perk every month (plus a couple others!), head on over to for the specifics.

One last note: this patroncast was originally recorded on December 28, 2016, so keep that in mind when we make reference to in-game happenings and point tallies to date (and Halak still being on the Islanders’ roster..).

Happy new year!

  This episode was sponsored in part by SeatGeek. SeatGeek is offering Keeping Karlsson listeners a $20 rebate off your first ticke [...]
No. 129 - Eberle’s Ills, 000000  
It’s the holiday edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, which is to say that it’s exactly the same as all the others! Perhaps next week, when the podcast takes the week off, is the true holiday edition.. (take note: our next regular episode comes at you on January 8th).  

Unwanted holidays begin our show, as Elan and Brian unwrap the effects of injuries around the NHL, including a couple of tender tenders in Tampa and Detroit, a shelved blueliner also in Detroit, and infirm top six forwards in New York and St. Louis.

Returns from unwanted holidays follow, with kudos being handed out to a back-to-backup goalie in Chicago, best wishes to a Bruin forward edging his way out of the doghouse, and a couple of Hurricanes whose output will likely remain limited by their locale.

Then, it’s on to players gone AWOL, who’ve taken holidays without permission or approval from anyone. The guys lament the scoresheet abse [...]

Bonus Episode: Talking Rookies and Prospects with Cam Robinson  

We’ve got another great mid-week bonus episode for our loyal listeners as Elan was joined by Cameron Robinson, Staff writer for Dobber Hockey and Senior writer and scout for Dobber Prospects to talk about, you guessed it, rookies and prospects!   Cam shares lists of his top rookie surprises and dissapointments this season as well as 10 players to watch for next year and beyond.   Also Cam’s son 17 month old son shows up for some fun cameos along the way.   This bonus episode was sponsored in part by DRAFT!  It’s a super fun and simple daily fantasy app wher [...]

No. 128 - Auld Letang Sidelined  

Do you like Mark Borowiecki? Do you like loud yeses? If yes, then you’ll love the opening to this edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast– and you’ll hopefully find some value in the fantasy hockey news, analysis and advice that follows, too!   Elan and Brian kick off the show with a visit to the infirmary, where they consider whether there’s already a perfectly capable replacement for Kris Letang in Pittsburgh, whether there’s anyone even left to play for the Habs, how the heck Cory Conacher found his way back into the Lightning lineup (and use this as a springboard to consider whether Victor Hedman is a top ten keeper defenseman), who the heck this Seth Griffith guy is that appeared in the midst of Marchessault’s returns and departures to the lineup, and whether there’s any meaning in Pastrnak’s injury for Patrice Bergeron’s fortunes rest of year.   Then they hea [...]

No. 127 - Raanta Awes  

Too early for a holiday-related episode title? This brand new episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast makes no apologies!    This week’s edition kicks off with injuries, where we pause to consider how the Montreal Canadiens put up a ten-spot without two of their top three centremen, as well as how anything good can happen in Arizona with a key component of their first line gone for a while. And yes, Martin Hanzal is healthy..   There’s much more happening in outjuries, where we’ve got a Predator and Senator goal-scorers whose gamelogs aren’t all that dissimilar to when they were injured, a reliable top-sixer getting his spot back in Washington, and a masked Red Wing who’ll be looking to regain the pre-injury form that had eluded him for a long, long, long, long while.   Speaking of goalies, weirdness continues to pervade keeper numbers and performances and tandem [...]

No. 126 - Eichel, Jack’s In  

Want to know what’s on Brian’s shelf? Well, you’re in luck: the 126th episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast tells you that, and more! With the “more” being cutting edge and deeply informative fantasy analysis on the most important hockey news of the past week.   Big things are expected from this week’s outjuries, as it’s October in December for poolies who have Jack Eichel or any of his linemates. How much can he do for them? Same question for high-end forwards returning to boost top sixes in St Louis, Winnipeg, New Jersey, Pitsburgh and Calgary.   In a brand new segment this week, entitled Appendectomies and other Injuries, Elan and Brian discuss whether Scott Darling is the de facto number one on the league’s top team while Corey Crawford is out, or whether that title can’t possibly be bestowed on Chicago if Crawford’s not in their lineup (not to mention [...]

No. 125 - Leisure Suit Cammalleri  

Welcome to the quasiquincentennial edition of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast!   Injuries open this week’s episode, as Elan and Brian get into who’s out of the lineup, and who’s moving up the depth chart as a result. We take a look at the top six in Pittsburgh, a nail in the coffin in Carolina, an unheralded shooting wizard moving on up in Nashville, a de-railed PP1 coup in Washington, and open doors to creases in the Pacific and Atlantic. There’s also movement in the F corps in Toronto, Philadelphia and New York.   Outjuries follow, with the guys taking stock of several players returning to lineups already in progress. A pair of Kings enter an ace lineup, a top six forward in New Jersey that Brian urged you to pick up last week does heavenly things for himself and others, a Sabre tries to sharpen his team’s shooting, and depth Panthers and Blue Jackets may only be drops in larger buckets.< [...]

No. 124 - Wards of Warning  

Erik Karlsson’s engaged, and we hope you are, too, throughout this entire brand new episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast!   This episode kicks off with a list of injuries to star players that might just be the kick in the pants their healthy teammates need to finally get going. We pore over the depth charts in Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Calgary and Washington to figure out who might be ready to pick up the slack, with a particular nod to a Devil you know from last season.   Elan and Brian then go the other way to outjuries, considering whether the heretofore top line right winger in Dallas might finally get bumped, marveling at an entire top lin [...]

Bonus Episode: Top 10 Projection Blunders with Chris Wassel  

We’ve got a fun mid-week bonus episode for you today; hopefully it will be enough to cheer you up after all the major injuries that have occured since our last show.   Elan is joined by Chris Wassel, senior fantasy hockey writer at and daily fantasy writer for FanVice, where they discuss Chris’ top 10 projection blunders so far this season. There are a lot of players who are currently well below what the experts projected, and a few that have been pleasant surprises.   Are any of the players on your fantasy team one of the players in Chris’ top 10 blunders? Have a listen to find out!   * * *  

No. 123 - Skjei My Name  

 Another episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast, another argument about Steve Mason!   Elan and Brian butt heads right off the top over whether a fresh injury to Michal Neuvirth lays out a road to recovery for Steve Mason’s 2016-17 season. There’s less contention as they unpack the consequences of injuries to bluelines in Carolina and Columbus (btw, is Nick Foligno for real??), and thinner-than-you’d-think top sixes in Los Angeles and Colorado.   Outjuries and cold streaks are one and the same this week, as Evander Kane, Hampus Lindholm, Jacob Trouba and former shootout specialist Jus [...]

No. 122 - Color Me Ladd  
Is patience a virtue? This week’s episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast is all about the players who are are most likely to be testing your tolerance with early-season slumps. Elan and Brian are here to help you decide whether to grant a stay of execution to these heretofore snoozers, or to cut your losses and move on.

You’ve been asking all week for permission to let go of several skaters after watching them struggle to score for ten-plus games. Can a new Islander make more of a dent towards gaining back the 134 points sent out the door in the offseason? Is a young Panther centreman able to produce without his left-hand man? Were we fooled by an early-season surge by a perennial tease in St. Louis? Do two of three triplets deserve to survive on your roster? Will a Calgary forward’s stat l [...]
No. 121 - Dzingel All The Way  

Will Mikko Rantanen meet high expectations in year one? Has Radko Gudas metamorphosed into an offensive force? Can the league’s best five-on-five goal-scoring team continue being that after losing their best player to injury? Is there a chance for the newly-signed Hampus Lindholm to actually do anything on a crowded Anaheim blueline? How are Talbot, Dubnyk, and Rask doing so well? Is it time to rename the Habs’ powerplay after one of its featured players? Hanifin or Matheson or Severson? And what about Carlson and the other slumping superstars in Washington? And Nashville!?

No. 120 - Werenski or Die  

Afraid you’ve missed a single hockey news item or note from the past week? Or that you’re misreading the numbers while trying to make sense of the outlandish player performances to date? Let this brand new episode of the Keeping Karlsson Fantasy Hockey Podcast be your antidote!
Pearson-mania all over again? Matthews a top ten scorer? Is there an impressive Canuck? Is Brouwer a more interesting human being than fantasy own? Do we have a Jack Campbell sighting on the horizon? Time to panic about Panik? Jimmy How-muchlongercanhepos [...]

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