Here's a look at the week ahead, and some potential free agents that you should consider adding to your roster for a game or two. Remember folks, your fantasy roster is fluid (outside of your core studs) and you should be making moves to continually pick up the hot hand for an extra game or two per week.
So here we are
* team and number of games played- note this done by hand with a paper schedule with tiny print, forgive me if I've miscounted.
Anaheim Ducks- 3
Atlanta Thrashers- 3
Boston Bruins- 2
Buffalo Sabres- 4
Carolina Hurricanes- 1
Chicago Blackhawks- 4
Colorado Avalanche- 4
Columbus Blue Jackets- 2
Dallas Stars- 1
Detroit Red Wings- 3
Edmonton Oilers- 2
Florida Panthers- 4
Los Angelas Kings- 2
Minnesota Wild- 2
Montreal Canadiens- 3
Nashville Predators- 3
New Jersey Devils- 4
New York Islanders- 4
New York Rangers- 2
Ottawa Senators- 3
Philadeplhia Flyers- 3
Phoenix Coyotes- 2
Pittsburgh Penguins- 1
San Jose Sharks- 1
St.Louis Blues- 3
Tampa Bay Lightning- 3
Toronto Maple Leafs- 2
Vancouver Canucks- 3
Washington Capitals- 3
As you can see 6 teams have 4 games in the up coming week, which makes their players the free agents to target.
Here are the players listed in order of team, that you might consider adding to your roster for their busy schedules.
Buffalo- vs CHI, vs NJ, vs MON, @ CHI
Tim Connolly- C- 74%- There's always the risk that he'll be injured the moment he learns that you've added him to your roster. He likely won't reproduce last seasons totals, but you're not worried about that for this week. 3 home games is always a plus for any player, especially Connolly as he produced 32 pts in 38 home games last season.
Tyler Ennis- C/W- 0% (none listed)- This is a pure speculative pick. The kid has tremendous upside, as there is talk of an 80-90 pts scorer living within. Temper those expectations this season, and be happy with 50 pts. Given that this is his rookie season, what better way then to get acclimated by starting it off on a short home stand.
Jordan Leopold- D- 18%- Like Connolly, Leopold prefers the home cooking. In a split season between Florida and Buffalo last season, Leopold put up 16 pts in 40 home games, while being a +3. Consider that he was a -5 on the road, with just 10 pts in 41 road games. A viable #4 defender for this week.
Chicago- @ BUF, vs NAS, @ CBJ, vs BUF
David Bolland- C- 19%- Poor Bolland, life this season will be unbearable, after all, Brouwer gets Kane and Toews, and you're stuck with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Life is not fair. Big season ahead young man, time to show that that playoff run, is the norm.
Troy Brouwer- W- 50%- There is alot of love for Brouwer this season, as he has seemingly won the top right to ride shot gun with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews this season. You can expect his career highs he set last year of 40 pts to be surpassed. Any winger associated with these two mega talents is a near must own.
Colorado- @ PHI, @ DET, @ NJ, @ NYI
David Jones- C- 10%- The new second line center on the suddenly deep Avalanche squad- thanks to a Peter Mueller concussion. Nearly every top 6 in the league is rosterable at some point in time, this is Jones chance to make a big impression.
Milan Hejduk- W- 54%- Old, boring, productive. The days of solid 70+ pts seasons are long gone, but he's settled in nicely as a 60 pt man. 10 straight season with at least 20+ goals makes a very realiable producer, though the same can't be said about durability, he's getting old so there will be aches and time lost. Hopefully not next week.
John Michael Liles- 64%- Is this the year he break the 50 pt plateau? Probably not, no, but I'd be happy with 40. He's some how behind Adam Foote and Scott Hannan on the depth chart, but he's the teams most productive blue liner , and power play quarter back. Quietly effective.
Florida- @ EDM, @ VAN, @ CLG, vs TB
Michael Frolik- W- 49%- Don't expect much in terms of total season offensive production. He's still very young, and learning the game, but back to back 40+ pts season leads us to believe he can produce. He's not a physical guy like Nathan Horton so he won't fill that role, and you can't count on him for more then a .50 PT/GP pace (yet) but for a desperate owner in a deep league he's worth a look.
David Booth- 0%- I'm calling it right now. If healthy, Booth nets 35 this season. He came close two seasons ago with 31 G in 72 GP. Last years pace would have projected out to a strong 26 goals, but this is the year he breaks out in a big way. Giving center Stephen Weiss a legit scoring winger.
New Jersey- vs PIT, @ BUF, vs COL, vs BOS
Jason Arnott- C- 54%- Here's hoping he plays 70 games this season at least. At his current PT/GP pace he'd finish the season with a respectable 55 pts. A level he's met or exceeded in every full season he has played. Expect more of the same from Arnott this season, which means add him for his busy schedules and cut him right away, or trade him.
David Clarkson- W- 30%- This pick is strictly for those looking to add some PIM to their team. A gritty character player with half decent hands. Posted his best PT/GP number of his career last season. If you take last season's mark of .521PTS/GP and give him a full 82 game schedule, you've got yourself a 43 PT winger, one with 150+ PIM. Those are similar stats to what Steve Downie did last year in Tampa.
New York Islanders- vs NYR, @ WAS, @ OTT, vs COL
Frans Nielsen- C- 6%- Some one has to center the second line with Kyle Okposo out with an injury. He's far from a sure thing, but an increased role on the team should see career highs set across the board. Expect 42-44 pts, anything more is gravy, it's hard to say for sure who he'll be paired with, but a line with Michael Grabner and Trent Hunter is probably best for his fantasy production.
Matt Moulson- W- 60%- There is alot, ALOT of love for uber phernom John Tavares. Many are expecting a Steven Stamkos sophmore year, but someone has to benefit from that don't they? Enter Moulson. He the guy that played Pink from Dazed and Confused. Last seasons 30 goals ranked him 19th in the league. If Tavares is to hit the 80+ point plateau expect Moulson's all around offensive number to improve, 35 G, 30 A is entirely reasonable.
James Wisniewski- D- 34%- Attention Mark Steit owners. He's hurt and will miss alot of time. Here is your default PP quarter back. He could be a nice surprise this season as he'll benefit from more time on the PP, a 35 PT season isn't out the question as he produced 30 from the blue line last season. A play for those in deeper leagues for sure.
16 potential free agents that are viable adds to roster for the week.
Of course there is no guarantee that they'll pan out, but that's the inherant risk involved in adding fringe players.