Here we are folks for back toback weeks! This past week has been difficult for me as a Sens fan having watched my boys get pummeled, and my GAA with it. But I'll save the sob story about my fantasy teams, and turn my attention to helping you and yours.
So here we go...
Saturday 20th- Friday 26th
Anaheim Mighty Ducks- 2
Atlanta Thrashers- 3
Boston Bruins- 4
Buffalo Sabres- 3
Calgary Flames- 4
Carolina Hurricanes- 3
Chicago Blackhawks- 3
Colorado Avalanche- 3
Columbus Bluejackets- 4
Dallas Stars- 4
Detroit Red Wings- 3
Edmonton Oilers- 3
Florida Panthers- 4
Los Angelas Kings- 3
Minnesota Wild- 3
Montreal Canadiens- 4
Nashville Predators- 4
New Jersey Devils- 4
New York Islanders- 4
New York Rangers- 4
Ottawa Senators- 3
Philadelphia Flyers- 3
Phoenix Coyotes- 2
Pittsburgh Penguins- 3
San Jose Sharks- 3
St.Louis Blues- 3
Tampa Bay Lightning- 4
Toronto Maple Leafs- 3
Vancouver Canucks- 4
Washington Capitals- 4
Again using Yahoo figures for ownership percentages-
The last week saw a handful of great performances from a couple of Phoenix Coyotes, and a handful of St.Louis Blues this week's highlight by-
Andy McDonald-37% Owned- 8 pts, +1, 3 PPP, 13 SOG- In the past McDonald has shown that he can contribute a high level, and 8 pts in 4 games is pretty good production. With TJ Oshie out, and David Backes struggling to find consistency McDonald is a guy grab if you're looking for a few cheaps points off the waiver wire.
Patrick Berglund- 5% Owned- 7 pts, +3, 2 PIM, 3 PPP, 8 SOG- You can add McDonald's running mate to that short list of players, any player that gets significant power play time is worth watching, one that's producing while the offense is rolling is one worth rostering. He's clicking nicely with McDonald and....
Brad Boyes- 18% Owned- 6 pts, 2 PPP, 17 SOG- Follow the shots and the goals will come, 4 goals in the last week will definately help with the confidence, the power play production bodes well for the future. A pre-season sleeper pick, after a rough season some experts expected a bounce back campaign, only to see Boyes struggle out of the gates and give up hope...I'd like I say I didn't, but I cut him after two weeks of nothing. Now that he's hot...HELLO BRAD! Welcome back!
Radim Vrbata- 15 % Owned- 7 pts , +2, 4 PPP, 18 SOG- I've always liked Vrbata, he's just so streaky, so I'm going to ride this hot streak, though this next week only sees him play two games, which could bring that steak to a halt, and take with it any value created in the last week.
Ray Whitney- 24% Owned- 8 pts, +3, 4 PPP, 10 SOG- Whitney is that guy that no one knows why anyone else rosters him, only to find out that hes put up 8 Pts that week, and helped win a weekly matchup. Finally after crunching the numbers you realize that over the past 5 seasons he's produced at a .896 Pt/G pace, then you feel stupid for doubting such a reliable option...and by that point in time you've watched someone else win the title....add him now!
Logan Couture- 23% Owned- 6 pts, +2, 6 PIM, 15 SOG- The pedigree is there as a first round pick, the line mates are there, as in Ryan Clowe, and the production has been there, but the lack of power play time is a slight concern....and then you realize that he plays for the Sharks and would be lucky to see any PP time. It'll come though, his production warrants a shot at the second unit. 3 games this week, look for similar production again, you may want to hop on this train before it becomes to crowded.
Martin Havlat- 37% Owned- 6 pts, + 4, 1 PPP, 8 SOG- I'm not going to lie to you, Marty is one of my favourite players ever. It's not that he's the most talented guy, or liked (ask Hal Gill) but I've been infatuated with him since his time in Ottawa, so it's a long term relationship. He's got the skills and the production (.888 Pt/G pace current. 874 Pt/G pace last 5 seasons) but keep in mind that he plays for a defense first team in Minnesota so temper expectations, though 7 games in the next two weeks sets him up nicely for 6 pts.
Jordan Leopold- 50% Owned- 4 pts, + 4, 1 PPP, 5 SOG- 5 games in the next two weeks. That's why half of the leagues still haven't claimed him right? It must be, but really since few managers look that far ahead I'll just chalk it up to there being more productive blueliners being owned....like Jay Bouwmeester or Michael Del Zotto, Zach Bogosian, Brian Campbell or wait a minute......
Brett Clark- 4% Owned- 4 pts, -1 3 PPP, 8 SOG- Any blue liner on the Lightning that gets power play time is worth monitoring, having the opportunity to feed the puck to Martin St.Louis, and Steve Stamkos is just an added bonus. I'll take that kind of production even with the risk of a minus. 4 games this week, makes him a pretty strong play.
Kevin Skattenkirk- 1% Owned- 2 pts, +1, 1 PPP, 6 SOG- This is speculation as the majority of rookie blueliners accomplish nothing for your fantasy team, that being said, two goals from the defense is nice. He plays 6 games in the next two weeks, so use this week to monitor for progression.
Alex Pietrangelo 12% Owned- 3 pts, -2, 2 PPP, 8 SOG- PP time, SOG, low ownership, highly touted, highly skilled. Put him on the radar, add him if you have injuries on your blue line.
Jonas Gustavsson-42% Owned- 1 W, 0.82 GAA, .972 SV%- Pressed into action courtesy of a Jean Sebastien Gigure groin injury, will greatly increase The Monster's fantasy value. Only if the Leafs play well. Other wise, you'll get solid ratios, but little to no wins. Gustavsson has the talent to be a number one start, not elite, but solid. 3 games next week, will help to establish his hold on the Leafs net.
Peter Budaj- 34% Owned- 2 W, 3.00 GAA, .908 SV%- The wins will be there for Budaj owners, but they'll be disappointed with the ratios. As an owner, I know I am. Thankfully he's the third goalie on my roster, and he should be yours too...until Craig Anderson is back between the pipes.
Ondrej Pavelec- 27% Owned- 1 W, 1.67 GAA, .943 SV%- He's back, he's healthy and he's productive! 3 games this week, there may not be many wins, but the ratios will be very strong. Add him as a third starter, and expect two games with a 2.10 GAA, and a .935 SV....I'll take those for free thank you very much.