It's time for another pre-trade deadline look at the fantasy hockey waiver wire. With the fantasy hockey playoffs fast approaching, who are the players you need to add to your rosters to keep you near the top of your fantasy hockey leagues?
Jeff Carter has yet another new team
Jiri Tlusty, C/LW, Carolina Hurricanes - Tlusty, who is only owned in seven percent of all leagues polled, had a solid week for the suddenly resurgent Hurricanes with a goal and four assists, including two power play points. Tlusty is currently is sporting an eight-game point streak, so it is worth putting him on your roster if you need scoring help. He also brings added value considering you can slot him in at two different positions.
Derick Brassard, C, Columbus Blue Jackets - Despite recent whispers of a potential trade, Brassard still managed to put together a solid week with two goals and two assists. Only owned in 13 percent of all leagues polled, Brassard has finally started to put solid play together consistently, even with a plethora of distractions around the team. Brassard is worth an addition to your roster, but just beware there is potential Brassard could be on the move before Monday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline.
Matt Cullen, C, Minnesota Wild - Cullen, who is only owned in seven percent of all fantasy hockey leagues polled, has scored in two consecutive games. To add to that, they were both power-play goals. If he can continue to tally some points with some consistency, he is worth a pickup. He has already passed his goal total from a season ago.
Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues - Only owned in 19 percent of all fantasy leagues polled, Berglund has registered points in four of his last five games. With 13 goals and 27 points, Berglund has potential to add a bit of a scoring touch to your fantasy team, and is worth consideration when looking to fill a roster spot.
Jordan Tootoo, RW, Nashville Predators - Tootoo, who is no stranger to this column, has continued to rack up points for the Predators. With three points over the last week, and already setting a career high for points in a season, Tootoo has shown that he does in fact have fantasy value in terms of scoring and not just racking up penalty minutes, as his reputation may suggest. Add him with confidence that he will be able to contribute to your team offensively down the stretch.
Martin Hanzel, C, Phoenix Coyotes - After going through a bit of a slump, Hanzel broke out with a three-point game earlier this week against the Los Angeles Kings. Hanzel has shown that he can score in spurts this season, so keep an eye on him. Only owned in 10 percent of all leagues polled, if you need an option that is low risk, but could have a solid upside, Hanzel may just be that player.
Fantasy hockey news and notes
If you have been a patient Jeff Carter owner this season, your patience may be about to pay off. Carter, who has had a terrible season in Columbus, was traded to Los Angeles Thursday night. The Kings present a much different situation for Carter, as he will now be reunited with Mike Richards and a number of other former Philadelphia Flyers teammates. Expect an immediate increase in production moving forward.
It wouldn't be a fantasy hockey column without an update on Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby. Crosby continues to skate, but the latest word out of Pittsburgh is that he is reportedly still suffering concussion-like symptoms, even though he is continuing to improve. As long as that continues to hold true, he will not see game action. Continue to hold out hope that he will get back into game action if he is on your roster.
That will do it for this week's version of the waiver wire. Make sure you check back early next week when we break down what transpired with the NHL trade deadline and how it will affect your fantasy hockey roster.
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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