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Here are today’s picks:
RW: Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche – Over the past week we have discussed Stewart at length. A player this young usually would be on our Keeper Watch, but his stats over the last week are simply too good to not play in all formats. Playing regularly on their top PP and with Paul Stastny will keep him this hot or at least relevant.
Prognosis: I’ve said enough, get this guy on your team.
C: Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers – An NHLHS star of the week, Weiss has been incredibly hot over the last few weeks. In the previous seasons we have seen spurts of production similar to this so it is not a surprise. Also in previous seasons we have seen his production drop off the map completely. Still with a healthy Nathan Horton and David Booth expected back around Christmas things look good for the 26-year-old.
Prognosis: If you need a depth center, stream Weiss until he fizzles.
LW: Marco Sturm, Boston Bruins – Paired with a healthy and productive Marc Savard, Sturm is now reaping the benefits. The Bruins 7-2 rout of the Leafs should be seen as a turning point for last year’s powerhouse. Now offensively charged the German left wing has four points in his last three. With only 16 points in his first 29 games, I can see the 31-year-old finishing in the 60 point range once again.
Prognosis: Can your team use a productive first line left wing? Ask yourself that and grab Sturm before the whole league is on to the B’s.
W: Eric Fehr, Tomas Fleischmann, Washington Capitals – Who needs steady production? That’s what I thought. Fehr and Fleischmann both reaped the benefits of a few games without Alexander Ovechkin. Now we can see exactly the offensive potential these two have. With players like Brooks Laich becoming a steady fantasy threat on the Caps, I see these two as following in his footsteps. Look at this Capitals team as the Buffalo Sabres post-lockup. Would you have passed up Ales Kotalik or Derek Roy just because they play on the second/third line?
Prognosis: In deeper leagues these guys deserve mention. If Ovi or Alexander Semin go down again, and believe me they will, one of these guys slots into the top line.
D: Derek Morris, Boston Bruins – If the Bruins return to form, and we think they will, Morris will benefit. Partnered with Zdeno Chara for most of the year, the 32-year-old will see plenty of minutes and well as powerplay time. In his last three games, he has a powerplay assist, an even-strength assist and a plus four. Not overwhelming stats but not too shabby. Morris has a cannon of a shot from the point and is not affraid to drop the gloves, both good things to keep in mind.
Prognosis: If your team is in desperate need of a solid #4, look no further. Not the sexiest pick, but Morris has been solid in the past.
G: Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche – Filling in for the injured Craig Anderson, Budaj is making a case for extended playing time. The 27-year old won his last two starts, shutting out the Blues last night and taking a shutout into the third against the Blue Jackets. Budaj’s value is limited and there is no way of telling if he will keep up this pace but right now he is one of the hottest goalies in the league.
Prognosis: If you are starting Jeff Deslauriers you may want to stream Budaj until Anderson returns.
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