One of our newest features is Endorsed Pickups. Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues. Without further adieu, here are today’s picks:
Left Wing: Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks – Raymond has 10 points in his last 8 games. Playing mainly with Ryan Kesler all season has really turned the 24 year old winger into a consistent scoring threat. Either Michael Grabner or Mikael Samuelsson play the right side on that line. Raymond has even seen PP time with Henrik Sedin.
Center: Matt Stajan, Toronto Maple Leafs – Stajan centers Phil Kessel. He has 4 points in 4 games and is most likely a better option than Mikhail Grabovski or John Mitchell.
Right Wing: Danny Cleary, Detroit Red Wings – Cleary flanks Henrik Zetterberg at least 40 percent of the time. The Red Wings are a much better team than they have played and anyone playing with Zetterberg or Datsyuk will see their statistics improve. Cleary has 6 points in his last 4 games.
Defense: Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild – Burns is only two years removed from a 15 goal 80 PIM campaign. Despite the terrible + / – the Ontario native is set to pot at least 40 points. When some of the more talented players on the Wild start going, expect Burns to be right in the middle of it.
Defense: Andy Greene, New Jersey Devils – Greene produced 6 points in 7 games and has been in the middle of the Devils’ winning ways. Six out of nine of his points came on the PP, so expect him to lose some of those minutes when Paul Martin eventually returns. Presently the Devils are one of the hottest teams in hockey and in turn Greene will set career highs around the board.
Goalie: Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers – Pavelec is here by definition, at 43 percent owned. With the return of Ilya Kovalchuk the Thrashers one of the hottest teams in hockey. Grab him if you still can. And if you can’t grab Pavelec in your league, you may find…….
Goalie: Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings – Jimmy Howard starts tomorrow and Saturday for the Red Wings, accoring to Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily. Grab him today and ride him in both starts!
And now a tribute to Brendan Shanahan:
Brendan Shanahan retires after 21 seasons in the NHL. He sits 23rd on the all-time points list, with 1354, one ahead of great Guy Lafleur. Shanahan’s 656 goals ensure him as a first ballot HOFer.