It's no secret that who a forward plays with
dramatically impacts his production. An
average winger getting a regular shift with an elite center can transform his
game, at least temporarily. The
challenge is in keeping up with current line formations, as they change
constantly. Here are a few players to
target this week, based on recent beneficial line configurations.
Jordan Caron (BOS)
The Bruins have
awakened once more. After a dull and
dreary February, March has been much kinder to the Bruins. Many of the stars are back on track,
including Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Jordan Caron has been fortunate enough to go along for that ride. The rookie had a spotty start to the season,
finding it hard to stick with the big club, but the last two weeks have been
solid for Caron getting a regular shift on the second line. As a result, he's produced 8 points (4 goals,
4 assists) in a 6 game scoring streak.
David Moss (CGY)
aware of sweet run of goalscoring that Glenncross has been on, and that Jokinen
has had several stretches of solid production this season. The name that may not come to mind is David
Moss. Maybe it's the fact that he has
just 8 points on the season. However,
since finding the sweet spot with Glenncross and Jokinen, he's put up a
respectable 3 points in 4 games. It's a
start for someone in the 8k salary range.
Jamie McGinn (COL)
McGinn's trade to
the Avs in late February didn't register on the headlines at the time, but it's
starting to get a little more attention now.
Over the last six games, he has amassed 7 goals and 2 assists on the 2nd
line with Stastny and Jones. Something's
Steve Ott (DAL)
Since plucking Jamie
Benn from the top line and pairing him with Steve Ott, the Stars have been
rolling. Ott's production has been
bolstered by the move, generating 7 points in 9 games. He's also a fairly steady producer in PIMs,
making him an attractive value option right now.
Wojtek Wolski (FLA)
When Versteeg went
down with a lower body injury, Wolski stepped up to take his spot with
Fleischmann and Weiss on top line. That
relationship has netted 4 points in 3 games for the winger. Until Versteeg returns, you can benefit from
some increased production. His cap hit
on Draftstreet is just 7k.
Dwight King (LA)
certainly isn't a household name (yet) in fantasy circles. The rookie has just 9 points on the
season. Since being fitted on the
Philly-defect line (Carter & Richards), he's shown a knack for point
production. He has a three game point
streak going right now for the Kings.
Cap hit is a bargain at 8k.
Carl Hagelin (NYR)
Hagelin is another
rookie defaulting into a productive situation.
Torts recently brought Brad Richards and Marion Gaborik together to spur
offensive production. Hagelin gets to
ride shotgun with these high-priced veterans.
So far, so good, as he's produced 3 points in the last 2 games.
Colin Greening (OTT)
Greening is nestled
nicely beside the two Senator snipers: Spezza and Michalek. With these guys clicking as they are right
now, he's getting plenty of residual points.
Add him to the pile of rookies poised for increase production down the
Tyler Kennedy & Matt Cooke (PIT)
We'll see tonight
what transpires when Crosby returns to action.
At least in the short term, you can hope for a boost in the production
of his initial linemates: Kennedy and Cooke.
Both have been of little value to this point in fantasy circles, but
both are very capable goal scorers, particularly with the best player in the
world dishing it up. Take advantage
immediately, before the lines start to jumble in Pittsburgh.
Patrik Berglund (STL)
The Blues have a
plethora of above-average scoring options, but no superstars. Perron and MacDonald have quite effective
lately, and they're bringing Berglund along for the ride. He has a 4-game point streak rolling right
now while centering this line.
Teddy Purcell (TB)
Purcell went from
irrelevant to fantasy stud the moment he replaced Downie on the Stamkos / St.
Louis line in Tampa. He has generated 20
points in the last 11 games.
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