With the fantasy hockey season flying by and the stretch run not too far away,
it is time to take a look at this week's edition of the fantasy hockey waiver
wire. Who are the guys you need to be looking at to help move your team to the
top of your fantasy league's standings?
Lars Eller, Center, Montreal Canadiens - Eller, who is owned in two
percent of fantasy hockey leagues polled, had one of those once in a lifetime
type games against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night, collecting four goals
and an assist. It was an impressive effort for Eller, who is still trying to
find his way in the National Hockey League. While many would suggest that maybe
that performance was a flash in the pan, the one thing that sticks out about
Eller is that he has collected assists in consecutive games this week. Proceed
with caution, but he is worth a look if you are in need of immediate scoring
Michael Rupp, Center, New York Rangers - Rupp, who was the scoring hero
in this year's Winter Classic, is included in this week's column for more than
just his offensive production this week. He also checked in with 15 penalty
minutes, for those of you that get credit for that sort of thing. Rupp is available
in almost all leagues polled; if you are looking to fill a utility roster spot,
he potentially could bring more than just offense and may be a solid addition.
Sam Gagner, Center/Right Wing, Edmonton Oilers - Gagner, who is only
owned in five percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled, has checked in with
two goals and three assists over the past week. Two of his five points came
on the power play, and you have the ability to slot him in at multiple roster
positions in most leagues so that gives him plenty of versatility. Gagner also
posted a plus-three on the week.
Trevor Daily, Defenseman, Dallas Stars - Daily, who is available in
91 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled, has received plenty of ice
time in Sheldon Souray's absence. Daily has made the most of it, as he checked
in with a goal and three assists in the past week, with two of those points
coming with the man advantage. As long as Daily keeps logging big minutes, he
is a decent option on the back end to put up points.
Jordan Tootoo, Right Wing, Nashville Predators - Tootoo had three assists
this week and also checked in with nine penalty minutes. The interesting part
about what Tootoo has done to this point this season is that, with his assist
total this week, he has surpassed his career high in assists. He is also a good
pickup for those looking for help in the penalty minute column.
Tim Connolly, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs - Connolly, who is only owned
in 16 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled, checked in with a goal and
four assists in the past week. Connolly collected points in three straight games,
and has a ton of upside for those of you seeking scoring help.
Jonas Gustavsson, Goaltender, Toronto Maple Leafs - Gustavsson, who
is only owned in 12 percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled, checked in
with a 1.51 goals against average and a shutout this week. If the Maple Leafs
can maintain their recent hot streak, Gustavsson could have quite a bit of value,
especially considering the Maple Leafs have a home and home series against the
struggling Buffalo Sabres on the schedule next week.
Fantasy Hockey News and Notes
Tyler Myers returned to the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres Friday night
and was able to play just over 23 minutes on defense. Although he did not produce
much offensively prior to the injury, feel free to use him as needed moving
Bad news for Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins owners, the
first overall draft pick from the 2011 NHL entry draft has been placed on Injured
Reserve and is expected to miss close to a month with a shoulder injury. Nugent-Hopkins
has 13 goals and 35 points in 38 games this year. Tuck him away on one of your
IR spots or on the bench while he's out - do not drop him!
About Mike Corcoran
Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.
You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeCorcoranNHL