NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.  Here are today’s picks:

D: Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings – The 30-year-old is first in line to take Niklas Kronwall’s PP time.  Although scoreless in his last two, Stuart did score a goal on the PP against Montreal.  The former 3rd overall pick can assume most roles and has scored 9+ goals three times in his career.

Prognosis: Stream him for the points, as mentioned in the most recent ‘Keeper Watch’ Derek Meech of Jonathan Ericsson could replace him.

D: Joe Corvo, Carolina Hurricanes -The veteran defenseman showed life recently with three points in his last three games.  Injuries have taken over a strong Hurricanes team that made it to the Conference Finals but things can only go better with Eric Staal returning.  The departure of Anton Babchuk opened up a spot for Corvo and if this team gets going so should he.

Prognosis:  See if the offense turns itself around.  If it does, Corvo would be a suitable #3 or #4 d-man.

C/LW: Antoine Vermette/R.J.Umberger, Columbus Blue Jackets – These two lineup regularly with superstar Rick Nash.

Prognosis: Pick them up for some quick points if you have the room.

LW: Sean Avery, New York Rangers – The controversial veteran is back to his old antics, in a good way.  A target of referees around the league the 29-year-old has no problem giving owners PIM.  With four points in his last four games, Avery is looking more and more like the potential 50 point 100 PIM season we have always dreamed of.  Those type of numbers would be on par with Alex Burrows or David Backes.

Prognosis: Grab him now if you need the PIM.

RW: Teddy Purcell, Los Angeles Kings – The 24-year-old can score in clips in the AHL, potting 121 points in 105 games.  With the injury to Ryan Smyth, Purcell gets a chance next to MVP candidate Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.  If he gets enough time there, he or Williams should get a new positional eligibility.

Prognosis: If he catches on he deserves a pickup, certainly has the proper makeup.

RW: David Jones, Colorado Avalanche – Adrian Dater of The Denver Post raves about Jones.  Playing primarily with Paul Stastny the two developed significant chemistry with one another.  The 25-year-old has four goals in his last three and ten on the year.  A sniper with a pure playmaker he should continue to succeed.

Prognosis: A must pickup as long as he plays with Stastny.

G: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins – With Tim Thomas nursing an injury, Rask has filled in admirably. On the season the Finnish netminder is 6-2-1 with one shutout, a 2.28 GAA and .919 SV% in nine games.  Coming with first round pedigree he is a future starter for sure.

Prognosis: If you need goalie stats, Rask is a MUST have.  The return of Marc Savard and Milan Lucic make the Bruins a strong team once more.

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-Alexander Monaghan
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