Sidney Crosby – The world’s top hockey player, Sidney Crosby, is once again proving it to the tune of an NHL leading 54 points in 38 games. If not for Patrick Kane nipping at his heels, Crosby would have the scoring title locked up as he is 11 points ahead of 2005 World Junior pal Ryan Getzlaf in third. Crosby has 23 points over the past 13 games, in which his team has gone 12 – 1 despite an injury to Evgeni Malkin. Looks like Sid is poised to win the Art Ross and Hart trophies for the first time since shockingly, 2006-07, so lets hope he remains healthy.
Nicklas Backstrom – With sniping buddy Alex Ovechkin chasing 70 goals, Nick Backstrom is piling up the assists on his way to yet another top 10 finish. With a ridiculous 14 points in a 5 game stretch, that included two 4 assist games, Backstrom is as hot as anyone and could top 90 points once again. For leagues that count it, Backstrom is at top source for powerplay stats, with Ovy, as he leads the league in powerplay assists and points.
Duncan Keith – So many offensive weapons in Chicago, too many, and at the top of the D list is former Norris trophy winner Duncan Keith. Based on a 0.84 PPG so far this season, Keith is poised to have his best fantasy season since 2009-10 in which he registered 69 points in 82 games. In fact, Keith may be having a better season as his powerplay points and +/- pro-rated are considerably higher than his Norris season.
Tobias Enstrom – With back to back 50 points seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, Enstrom established himself as a top flight offensive defenseman in the NHL. Based on his per game production, Enstrom has largely carried over his production to Winnipeg up until this season. Just 11 points and 3 goals in 38 games won’t cut it for the Winnipeg Jets as Enstrom is eating up 24 minutes a game and $5.75 million in cash but not delivering red light flashing results.
PA Parenteau – Former 118 point scorer for the QMJHL Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Parenteau has had an up and down season. Granted, coach Patrick Roy has mixed and matched Parenteau up and down his lineup but has had plenty of play time with young guns Landeskog, O’Reilly, Duchene, and Mackinnon. Just 3 points from one game in the past 8, the Avalanche need more offense from this top 6 forward.
Cam Ward – For some a contender for Canada’s crease at the Sochi Olympics based on playoff heroics in years past, Ward has been outplayed by his own backup in Justin Peters this season. Peters sports a 2.20 GAA and .930 save % compared to Ward’s 3.04 GAA and 0.901 save %. Once a fair bet for 30 wins, Ward has just 5 so far in 17 games and stands to lose more starts to the emerging Peters.
Free Agent Pickups
Mark Scheifele – After an abysmal start to the season, Scheifele seems to have figured it out as he is playing a more patient game and making the most of his chances. Currently on a career high 6 game point streak featuring 8 points, Scheifele has found himself on a line with Evander Kane and looks to continue his scoring ways with more minutes. With ownership at just 10% in Yahoo leagues, nows a good time to snatch up this former Team Canada World Juniors leader.
Sean Couturier – Third among Flyers forwards in ice time over the past month, Couturier has finally awoken offensively with 6 goals and 10 points in that span. The steps are baby like but Couturier could top 20 goals for the first time, and is a great source for points in deeper leagues despite being a third line center. With depth throughout Philly’s top 9, Couturier will get a chance to produce with talented linemates Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds.
Chris Stewart – Always a streaky scorer, Stewart is on one of those hot streaks as he has scored 8 goals over his past 6 games. Clicking on a line with veterans Brenden Morrow and Derek Roy, Stewart is a great source of goals on a high octane St Louis Blues offense. You would like to see some more consistency, but if he is available in your league, grab him even if its for the short term.
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