NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

St. Louis Blues David Backes

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues, although this time there is an exception.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils – Earlier today, we wrote about Rolston’s hot streak here.  To date his second stint with the Devils has been a disappointment after several successful years with the Wild.  New Jersey boasts one of the League’s hottest lineups with two solid scoring lines.  The combination of regularly playing with Patrik Elias and the recent injury to David Clarkson should keep the 36-year-old fantasy relevant.

Prognosis: A safe add if you need help on the left side.  As long as the Devils stay hot so should Rolston.

D: Kurtis Foster, Tampa Bay Lightning – Foster found his way onto our Calgary Flames roster in our series Restoring the Rosters and then made an appearance as a 3 Star.  So it is only fitting for us to recommend him.  In all seriousness, the 28-year-old plays LW in real life and soon in fantasy hockey making his position eligibility invaluable.  I forgot to mention that he plays LW on the Vinny Lecavalier line.

Prognosis:  Grab and stream until Alex Tanguay takes his place.

C: T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues – The 22-year-old center is still rounding his game into form.  Most pundits thought Oshie would start out strong out of the gate, but the former first-rounder disappointed.  With four points in his last three games the kid plays a ton of minutes with fantasy-relevant players Paul Kariya and David Backes.

Prognosis: In a deeper league, this kid will not disappoint.

RW: David Backes, St. Louis Blues – Although Backes is 67 percent owned at the time, I decided to include him in the column.   Coming off a 31 goal season, the 25-year-old also disappointed most of his owners until now.  The right wing has three goals and two assists in his last three games posting a plus six rating and four penalty minutes.

Prognosis:  When on his game Backes provides a 30 goal, 150 PIM campaign.  If he is available in your league pick him up as soon as possible.

G: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks – An absolute no brainer.  Although he gave up three goals in 60 + minutes tonight, Giggy is back as the starter in Anaheim.  Three wins out of four games, with a shutout against Chicago is more than enough to sell me.

Prognosis:  If he is remotely available, grab him.

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2 Responses to NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

  1. Steve says:

    Before I’d pick up Foster in a fantasy pool, I’d have to think long and hard about how much risk I’d be willing to live with. He’s a “lower-body-injury” just waiting to happen, and perhaps one more good one away from the end of his career. Although if you’re in a pool with unlimited FAPs, he’d be worth inserting into your line-up until the inevitable happens. He comes easy on the salary cap too (600K).

    Giguere is likely still available in many fantasy pools as his cap hit is massive (6M), and many are not convinced yet that a) he’ll stay healthy and b) he can hold onto #1. Proceed with caution if your FAPs and/or cap space are limited. JMHO

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