FANTASY HOCKEY, WHAT’S THE POINT MAN? A Deke Through the National Hockey League from the Past Week (Feb 1, 2014)

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Hedman FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

Victor Hedman – At the age of 23 years young, Victor Hedman is taking a major leap offensively in this his 5th season after jumping straight into the league from being drafted 2nd overall behind Johnny T.  Already counted on to play big minutes against the opposition’s best, Hedman has raised his game to the tune of 10 points in his last 5 games.  Having shattered his previous career high, the sky’s the limit for this Ornskoldsvik native as he shoots for his first ever 50 point season.

 

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Phil Kessel – The Maple Leafs leader, Phil Kessel, is a streaky scorer but thankfully for fantasy owners, he has been lighting it up of late.  With 7 goals and 19 points in his last 11 games, Kessel is leading a resurgence for a Toronto team who has won 8 of those games.  Phil is a huge part of the Toronto offense but could shore up his defensive play along with the rest of his mates, as Kessel has yet to record a + season for the Buds.

 

Okposo FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

Kyle Okposo – Long considered a player with oodles of potential, Okposo is finally putting it all together playing next to John Tavares on the Island.  Okposo’s 58 points is a career high with 25 games still left to play, including 12 points in his last 8 games.  While his line-mates have played a big part in Okposo’s success, credit must be given where credit is due for this point per game player.

 

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Eriksson FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

Loui Eriksson – After returning from yet another concussion, Eriksson is having a hard time reclaiming his second line role as Reilly Smith made the most of his opportunity when Loui was out.  This former perennial 70 point player is far below his expected point per game production with just 4 points in his last 10 games.  Still a player with offensive talent, Eriksson seems like a good buy low candidate, especially if he finds himself back in the top 6.

 

Edler FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?Alexander Edler – With changes on the horizon in Vancouver, this minute crunching defenseman sports a career worst -18 rating and a disappointing 13 points on the year.  Having let Christian Ehrhoff walk in free agency, Edler filled the void for the Canucks with 49 points in 2011-12.  Unfortunately for Vancouverites,  Edler’s game has fallen off since that time and may benefit from a fresh start.

 

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks

Mike Richards – On a LA Kings team struggling for offense, Richards is no exception as he is pointless in the past 5 games.  Recording two 70 plus seasons as a youngster in Philly, Richards seemed to be a consistent point per game player in the making.  Perhaps its his role, but Richards’ expected production is more in line with a 50 – 60 point player.

 

Free-Agent Pickups

NHL Ottawa Phoenix

Antoine Vermette – Vermette hasn’t been a reliable fantasy producer the past few seasons, but a 65 point season in 2009-10 hints at his offensive talent.  Currently on a 6 game point streak featuring 7 goals and 9 points, Vermette is finding the back of the net and should be picked up in deep leagues.  Playing in the top 6 for the Yotes only helps his cause, so ride this streak for as long as it lasts.

 

Goligoski FANTASY HOCKEY - WHAT'S THE POINT MAN?

Alex Goligoski – Traded for a young James Neal to shore up the power-play QB duties for the Stars, Goligoski has yet to take that offensive leap.  Likely impossible to tear out the seeds of regret from the hearts of Stars fans, Goligoski is at least showing growth over the past 9 games as he has registered 10 assists over that stretch.  Don’t expect very many goals, but if you are looking for power-play assists, then Goligoski could be your guy.

 

Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist – In a rare youth movement brought on by injuries to Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss, and Johan Franzen, the Red Wings are unleashing some young guns on the league, including Gustav Nyquist.  Playing on the top line next to Henrik Zetterberg, Nyquist has 5 goals and 8 points over his past 7 games.  With injuries continuing to take their toll in Detroit, Nyquist is a safe bet to be productive leading up to the Olympic break.

 

For Hockeyland Canada,

 

Ahmad Scientist

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