NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild

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 LafleurShanahan’s 656 goals ensure him as a first ballot HOFer.

-Alexander Monaghan
NHLHS Founder
thehotstove@gmail.com

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2 Responses to NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

  1. WildFan says:

    My question is Who would u rather have… Matt Stajan who’s playing Center to Kessel and Ponk or Umberger whos play on a line with Rick Nash?

    The second question… Would u take O’Sullivan who is a top 6 forward in Edmonton or Raymond who is playing on a line with Henrik Sedin on the power play and kesler on Even strength?

    The last one is who would u rather take… Palavec from Thrashers or Khabibulin from edmonton

    • Alexander Monaghan says:

      Over the season Rick Nash used three different centers: Umberger, Vermette and Brassard. Of the three, Umberger has played the least with Nash even-strength. Umberger is one Huselius hot streak away from playing on the second line. In addition, he has 4 points in his last 7 which are mediocre when playing with an ELITE winger. I would say Umberger is certainly the safer pick, but it banks on RJ staying with Nash. The Maple Leafs have much fewer options and Stajan is hotter right now, he should get plenty of opportunities to thrive.

      As for O’Sullivan, I would definitely take Raymond over him now. Vancouver boasts a much better team with Raymond a large part of that offense. Kesler is one of the game’s rising stars and whoever he plays with he will make better. The Oilers, although improved, are a fringe playoff team while the Canucks are much more of a sure thing.

      Pavelec vs. Khabibulin is a tricky one. Edmonton is a safer team, but the Thrashers have been hot recently. The offense is there, if Pavelec is able to put together a decent effort they should put a string of wins together. I would try to keep both as I wouldn’t give up on The Bulin Wall just yet.

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