NHLHS Endorsed Pickups is a weekly column where we discuss players worthy of your fantasy team. We hold no responsibility over the outcome of your roster, however, if you view past articles you will find a pretty successful track record. Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.
This week we will go over some promotions to the top lines and analyze the longevity of their value. In addition, some players elevated their games following an Olympic selection, so there are a number of exciting topics to go over on this weeks edition of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.
Here are today’s picks:
C: Erik Christensen, New York Rangers – Would you believe me if I told you in August Erik Christensen would be the Rangers number one center? The latest pivot for Marian Gaborik recently put together a modest 3 game point streak, putting in two goals and two assists. A waiver flier from the Rangers earlier in the year seems to thrive in the offensive system of coach John Tortorella so as long as the kid stays healthy, he should be productive. The 26-year-old showed past success playing in the Atlantic Division playing with the Penguins before leaving for Atlanta in the storied Marian Hossa swap.
Prognosis: Ride him while he is hot. A good streaking option for at least five more games.
C: Daymond Langkow, Calgary Flames – Similar to Christensen, Langkow now centers superstar right winger Jarome Iginla. No strangers as they spent the last four-and-a-half seasons together, the chemistry seems at an all-time high making all three members of the line play at a higher tempo. The line plays with the physical edge coach Brent Sutter demands, so if they continue to do so all players will be safe plays in all formats.
Prognosis: Grab him, like Christensen while he is hot and monitor Suter’s line changes. With five points in his last four, could your team use that production?
C: Brandon Dubinsky, New York Rangers – Dubinsky could soon gain left wing eligibility as he flanks Gaborik and Christensen. In his last seven games, the 23-year-old contributed nine points. A very, very streaky player I cannot vouch for him strictly at the center position. However, he should average around a half-a-point per game from the stretch on from the LW position, while adding PIM, shots on goal and some powerplay points.
Prognosis: A fringe add as a center, a must have as a LW. Think Scott Hartnell type production should he plays some more games their.
LW: Curtis Glencross, Calgary Flames – See Daymond Langkow. The third member of Calgary’s newest top line, Glencross seems excited by the opportunity. The 27-year-old scored three in his last four a trend which should continue.
Prognosis: If you need help on the left side, this gritty Saskatchewan native will be your guy.
RW: Ryan Shannon, Ottawa Senators – Shannon plays the left side of the red hot Alexei Kovalev and steady Mike Fisher. With injuries to Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza this new line actually represents the majority of the Senators scoring. Over his last five games Shannon put up a nice seven points. As long as he gets the minutes the production should be there.
Prognosis: Ride him until Spezza and Alfredsson get healthy.
D: Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators – Team USA recently selected the talented blue liner to represent their team in the upcoming Winter Olympics. As a steady, soon to be 25-year-old I see Suter stepping up his game before and after the festivities. In his past four games, he posted a respectable two assists, plus-four rating and two penalty minutes.
Prognosis: Nothing major here, just a speculative add. His 53 percent ownership should be higher with a ceiling like his.
D: Dennis Seidenberg, Florida Panthers – Another defenseman set to represent his country, Seidenberg should raise his game in order to honor Team Germany. In place of top d-man Dmitry Kulikov, the West German sees extended powerplay time with limited results. However, he does post decent peripherals on what seems to be a playoff bound team. Over his last five, the 28-year-old has two assists, 17 PIM, one PP and 10 shots on goal.
Prognosis: Seidenberg would be a nice steady presence on your team if you need to plug a hole. Still, there may be better options out there.
D: Filip Kuba, Ottawa Senators – Another recent Olympic selection, Kuba will represent Team Czech Republic in February. Although the veteran defenseman only posted one assist over his last five games, he boasts a healthy plus-six rating over that span. With the offense churning in Ottawa I cannot think of a better beneficiary than Kuba, a steady point producer and powerplay specialist.
Prognosis: Grab him now and run with him. A 25 point second half would not be a surprise.
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