Fantasy Hockey Stock Report: Risers and Fallers
If you need some quick offense, there are a lot of options available off the waiver wire. After perusing the waiver wire in my big-money league, for instance, it is amazing to see the depth available. There is a lot of offense in this league right now, and you really have to know your scoring system well to figure out who is worthy of a roster spot and why those big-time scorers are available. Perhaps hits and blocked shots count in your league, and those finesse scorers aren't that physical? It's the opposite in the league I mentioned, as a lot of guys also have healthy penalty minute (PIM) totals on the waiver wire. That's a no-no in our league. Know your scoring system.
Zach Bogosian, defenseman, Winnipeg Jets
If you stashed away Bogosian (wrist) while he recovered from his wrist surgery, kudos to you. He should start logging some offense pretty soon. In his debut Feb. 15, he posted 25:38 of ice time (TOI), playing 26 shifts. The Jets certainly aren't afraid to wheel him out there. He has an assist and a plus-1 rating with three shots on goal in two games since returning, and he managed five goals and 30 points in 65 games last season. This is a rearguard on the rise for fantasy owners, and if he plays 20 games down the stretch, a total of 15-20 points wouldn't be a surprise in the least.
Martin Hanzal, center, Phoenix Coyotes
Hanzal lit the lamp twice, including the game-winner, while also posting a helper and plus-1 rating in Saturday's win against the Blue Jackets. It was his second multi-goal game of the season. That ended a three-game scoreless skid, so he definitely is streaky, but when he is on, he is on. In his first seven games this season, Hanzal managed five goals and seven points. Surely you can use someone capable of point-per-game production. The only problem is that Hanzal doesn't do it consistently, so you have to pick and choose your spots with him. Most of his production has been at home, as five of his seven goals and two of his three assists are in Glendale. Check the upcoming schedule before activating or reserving him.
Jamie McGinn, left wing, Colorado Avalanche
McGinn is one of those lunch pail guys who just clocks in, does his work and seems to fly under the radar. I am a big fan. Over his past three games, fantasy owners have been big fans, too. He has two goals and five points with 15 shots on goal (SOG). He has seen his TOI increase to around 20-21 minutes over the past seven games, and his production has followed suit. He used to be known just for the tough stuff, but he is proving to be a capable scorer worthy of a fantasy spot in all formats.
Ben Scrivens, goaltender, Toronto Maple Leafs
Scrivens recorded back-to-back shutouts for the Leafs Saturday against Ottawa and Monday at Florida. Since taking the reins for the injured starting goaltender James Reimer (knee), Scrivens has kept the Leafs in every game in which he has appeared. While he'll likely never be confused with a front-line NHL starter, although he looks pretty darn good right now, he is certainly worth rolling with as a No. 2 fantasy netminder until Reimer returns and the team has to make some hard decisions.
Mark Giordano, defenseman, Calgary Flames
Giordano just hasn't been able to get on track this season for whatever reason. He is currently mired in a three-game scoreless streak, he hasn't lit the lamp in seven games since netting his only marker Feb. 5, and now he faces a disciplinary hearing Tuesday for a slew foot against Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel in Sunday's contest. The unsportsmanlike move was likely an act of frustration. Fantasy owners need not hang onto Giordano in standard leagues. However, he can still be useful in advanced scoring systems and some daily formats, as he has 25 blocked shots, 13 hits and 12 PIM through 14 games.
Zack Kassian, right wing, Vancouver Canucks
Kassian has tailed off significantly after starting the season with promise skating alongside the Sedin Twins. He hasn't scored in seven games, dating back to Jan. 30. His TOI continues to dwindle, and he didn't even take a shot on goal in his last outing Sunday against the Blues. In fact, his TOI was a season-low 11:03 in that game. The return of center Ryan Kesler and left wing David Booth certainly have not helped Kassian's prospects.
Steve Sullivan, left wing, Phoenix Coyotes
Sullivan showed some signs of life Saturday against the Blue Jackets, picking up a pair of helpers, but he squeezed off just one shot in that game. Those are his only points in the past nine games, dating back to Jan. 24. Over his career, he has been a streaky scorer, picking up points in bunches. In fact, he has done that this season, too. All four of his goals, and five of his seven points came in a two-game span from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24. He had a hat trick Jan. 23 against Columbus. Monitor Sullivan's stats over the next couple of weeks. If he heats up, pounce on him for some short-term relief, but right now his stock is at an all-time low.
About Daniel Dobish
Daniel is a Hot Off the Wire Analyst who joined the KFFL staff in 2010. He is a veteran of the fantasy industry dating back to 1999, with stops at CBSSports.com, The Sports Forecaster, OPENSports.com and RotoExperts.com. His work has also appeared on NFL.com and Yahoo.com. Daniel was named the 2011 Fantasy Golf Writer of the Year, 2011 Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2011 Fantasy Hockey Writer of the Year. Daniel lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons. Follow @danieledobish
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