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