The fantasy hockey regular season continues to wind down. Who is out there that you need to know about that will keep you near the top of your fantasy hockey leagues down the stretch? Let's get started!
Tyler Bozak, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs - Bozak, who is only owned in 13 percent of all fantasy teams polled, had a great week for the Maple Leafs, checking in with three goals and one assist. He has seven points in February. If you are in need of some added scoring depth, grab Bozak and get him in your lineup as long as he continues to rack up points.
Sean Bergenheim, Left Wing, Florida Panthers - The playoff hero from a year ago, Bergenheim has always been known for going on scoring runs. Only owned in one percent of all leagues polled, Bergenheim looks like he is about to get hot again. He has four goals so far this month, only failing to tally a point in one out of the six games he has played. If you are in a deep league looking for scoring help, it is worth giving Bergenheim a look.
Martin Erat, Right Wing, Nashville Predators - Erat is the leading scorer on the Nashville Predators, yet he is only owned in 32 percent of all leagues polled. In his last five games, Erat has registered two goals and six points. If he is available, he could be a solid pickup for your roster down the stretch, especially if you are looking for scoring depth.
Derick Brassard, Center, Columbus Blue Jackets - Brassard is finally starting to put it together for a Blue Jackets team that has struggled all year long. Brassard is only owned in 12 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, and has checked in with five points in four games. Brassard may be worth a look down the stretch in deeper leagues, but he needs to show more consistency. Toss him on your watch list for the time being.
Brayden Schenn, Center, Philadelphia Flyers - After returning to good health, Schenn is another one of those players flying under the radar, and he is starting to produce goals. Only owned in six percent of all fantasy leagues, Schenn has scored two goals in his last three games and four in his last eight. If he can continue to light the lamp, he is worth an add to your roster down the stretch.
Fedor Tyutin, Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets - Tyutin, who is owned in ten percent of all leagues polled, checked in with three points this week, all assists. The positive side to that is that all three points came on the power play. Obviously, any defenseman who can contribute points on the power play has value. He is another player you shouldn't go all in on right now considering he didn't have a point in his previous nine games, so put him on your watch list for the time being to see if his new found helper value is a fluke or not.
Fantasy hockey news and notes
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby remained out of the lineup over the weekend and recently admitted he doesn't know his return date. However, reports speculate many close to the situation believe he'll be allowed to return soon. He has skated often lately and returned to practice sessions Jan. 13.
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone has been out almost three weeks with what has been described as an undisclosed upper body injury. He appears closer to returning to the ice, but was scratched over the weekend. He has 10 goals and 27 points on the season, but injuries continue to limit his potential.
New York Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko missed the Rangers game Saturday against the Flyers after taking a hit up high against the Lightning on Thursday night. Monitor the situation over the next couple days if you are a Fedotenko owner, and hope the news gets better for the Rangers forward.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal, who had been out since the beginning of January with a knee injury, returned to the ice Saturday. He posted a goal and finished the game with two points. Staal owners should feel confident getting him back in the lineup as he was on pace for career highs prior to sustaining the injury.
That will do it for this week's waiver wire, check back next week as we start to look ahead to the fantasy hockey postseason and continue towards the regular season finish line.
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.
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