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Here are today’s picks:
LW: Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators – Perhaps the feel good story of the decade, Sullivan plays a large part in the Predators early season success. A fixture on the top line playing alongside Martin Erat and Jason Arnott, the diminutive forward has six points in his last four games and ten points in his last seven. With the Predators one of the hottest teams in the league and a surprise story of the year expect the trend to continue.
Prognosis: You need to grab this guy if you need help on the left side. Sullivan should provide at least 60 points by the end of the year.
C: Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks – Fellow Finn Teemu Selanne went down, but Koivu did not miss a beat. In fact, the older of the Koivu brothers is one of the hottest players in the league posting five points over his last three games. The Ducks new second line of Bobby Ryan – Koivu – Dan Sexton looks incredibly dynamic and has outproduced the likes of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as of late.
Prognosis: Not sure how long this trend will continue but you would be hard pressed to find a hotter player at the moment. Stream him until he runs out of gas.
RW: Dan Sexton, Anaheim Ducks – We mentioned Sexton in our Keeper Watch section last week, but his efforts deserve mention once more. With five points in his first five NHL games, the diminutive forward is on a tear. As long as Selanne remains out, this youngster is going nowhere.
Prognosis: Over the last week there is not a better, available right wing.
D: Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings – JMFJ already surpassed his career highs, and now is looking to double or triple his previous production. The 22-year-old now shows the offensive potential most people thought he would show a lot earlier, the production that justified his third overall selection in the 2005 draft. Johnson has four points in his last four games and seven in his last eight, adequate production for a third or fourth defender.
Prognosis: If you need help on the blue line, there are much worse options out there.
G: Johan Hedberg, Atlanta Thrashers – The Moose boasts an impress 9-3-0 record with an even more impressive 2.19 GAA and .932 SV% in 15 games. Perhaps more impressive was his dominant performance against the New York Rangers last night in which he stopped nearly 50 shots on the night and won the game in shootout. In fact, the veteran is undefeated in his last three shootouts and seems to have taken the starting job from rookie Ondrej Pavelec.
Prognosis: Hedberg is the starter on a playoff team that continues its winning ways. Over the last few years, the veteran has honed his craft and seems likely to continue his winning ways.
G: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens – Perhaps the most discussed player on our blog this week, Halak will soon be an alumni of the Canadiens organization. The 24-year-old confirmed he requested a trade from Bob Gainey leaving many Habs fans wondering what the backup will fetch. If given the opportunity most pundits feel Halak will step up and become a dominant number one goaltender.
Prognosis: If your team has the room, it would be a great preemptive move. Especially if he goes to a contender like the Flyers
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