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9 Under the Radar NHL Picks

by chewy 21. March 2012 07:18

Just a few weeks left to go in the regular season for the NHL.  By now, you've probably got a decent grasp on who the go-to guys are this season, and who you just need to avoid.  Nevertheless, there are a number of quality options on the draft board that tend to fly under the radar.  At least give consideration to a few of these guys as the season winds down.


Pascal Dupuis (RW-PIT) - $6,300

Malkin, Crosby, Neal, Fleury, Letang, Kunitz, Staal…Heck, even Matt Cooke is hot right now.   With so many fine choices in Black and Gold, it's easy to take a guy like Pascal Dupuis for granted.  Bylsma was cautious in the first few games of Crosby's return not to upset the balance, since everything seemed to just fine the way it was.  Now that the winning streak is over and Crosby has settled back into the lineup, don't be surprised to see a bit of line juggling in the final weeks heading into the playoffs.  It shouldn't be long before Dupuis finds himself back on Crosby's right side.  Dupuis flourished during Sid's first stint back this season and is hot once more, riding a 6 game point streak.  He has 5 goals in the last 6 games and should continue to snipe.


Valtteri Filppula (LW-DET) - $6,600

Much like Dupuis, Filppula's name gets lost on the Detroit roster.  As with most key pieces of the Redwing puzzle, Filppula has slowly and steadily been groomed to take over as the next great European center.   He's on a roll right now with 13 points in his last 10 games.  His current pace would net him 67 points for the season, blowing away his previous high mark of 40.  Great value at just 6.6k.


Alex Radulov (RW-NAS)

Radulov is expected to make his Predators re-debut on Thursday, following four years MIA in the KHL.  Radulov has been one of the top scorers in the Russian league during his tenure there, and should have no trouble assuming the role of Nashville's top offensive threat.  It remains to be seen where Fanduel will price him upon entry.


Andy McDonald (C-STL) - $7,400

McDonald is staggering through another injury-plagued season, which has allowed him just 21 healthy games for the Blues.  He's produced at almost a point-a-game in those contests, which would make him the leading scorer on the league's top team, had he been healthy and carried that pace all season.  He's set to return soon.  Give him a game or two to shake off the pain in his shoulder before trusting him in your lineup.



Dmitry Orlov (D-WAS) - $4,700

With so many quality rookies emerging at various parts of the season, few fantasy players have taken note of Washington's latest offensive threat on the back end.  Orlov pieced together a decent rookie campaign through the first 3 quarters of the season, but has suddenly begun to emerge as an offensive threat in the past few weeks.  He has 6 points in his last 7 games and has seen his ice time escalate.  He topped out at 24+ minutes against the Lightning last week.  Good value under 5k here.



Cam Fowler (D-ANA) - $4,500

Ah, the sophomore slump.  It's one of those overused, tiresome phrases that get tossed around when you can't explain something.  According to the official definition, Cam Fowler fits that bill.  He was absolutely money last year on Fanduel in his rookie season, loitering around 4k all year long, despite putting up 10 goals and 30 assists.  Production dried up through most of this season, dropping him from the fantasy radar… until now.  The last few weeks have been very kind to Fowler.  He put together 4 points over 3 games this past week.  He's a great fill in on D once more at a mere $4,500.



Tyler Ennis (LW-BUF) - $5,800

Ennis has a meager 24 points on the season, so he doesn't jump off the page; however, 1/2 of that can be attributed to the 30 games missed to ankle injuries.  In the past two weeks, he's been gold, racking up 8 points in 4 games for the Sabres.  He's used somewhat sparingly on a line with Stafford and Foligno, but he's making a case for more responsibility.




Jose Theodore (G-FLA) - $7,600

If you've been following NHL hockey for less than a decade, you may not realize that the Florida Panthers are technically eligible to participate in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  If the Cats are to break the worst playoff drought in league history, they'll need the former Vezina Trophy winner to be at his absolute best.  He's been rock solid lately, going 4-0-1 in his last 5 with a 1.35 GAA and .953 save percentage.



Jamie McGinn (LW-COL) - $5,300

Since arriving quietly on deadline day, McGinn has been a consistent offensive weapons for the Avs as they close in on a playoff spot.  In the last 8 games, he's been shut down just once, piling up 7 goals and 10 points in the process.  He has helped to revive the Paul Stastny's season in the process and may help your roster in the closing weeks.




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