Happy New Years everyone...
As an owner of Shane Doan in two leagues, I'm quite smitten with his play of late as he's one of the hottest players in the league not named Sidney with 8+7=15 & 48 shots over his last 12 games.
Cory Schneider stopped 44 of 45 last night to beat Dallas and run his record on the season to 6-0-2 with a 2.38 gaa & .923 sv%. No idea when it's going to happen but he's gonna get moved at some point and he'll be a #1 goalie somewhere within the next few years.
Alexander Steen has been very steady lately with points in 12 of his last 15 games and 8+7=15 & 51 shots in those 15. I'm not a huge believer in this guy but he went on a crazy run at the end of last season so this isn't coming from out of nowhere. He's on pace for 26+31=57 & a very solid 263 shots this season... oh, and he has five GWGs, if that means anything to you.
Final day of the round-robin yesterday at the WJC... the Swedes beat the Canadians on the back of two goals from Carl Klingberg, he's a 2nd round pick of ATL but he hasn't shown us enough in the SEL to get us too excited. A player that's really impressed us for the Swedes as been Patrick Cehlin, he was a 5th round pick of Nashville in 2010 and has looked very dangerous every time we've seen him play. Dmitri Orlov had 1+2=3 to lead the Russians over the Czechs and he's tied with Ryan Ellis for the tournament lead in scoring by dmen with 1+7=8 in four games... being a future Capital, he's obviously one you'll want to keep tabs on.
The Flyers "Wheel of Goalies" landed on Sergei Bobrovsky last night and he was roughed up for five goals on 27 shots in a loss to the Ducks. He's been either sitting or getting pumped lately and with Leighton back we wouldn't be surprised to see him head to the AHL to get some more game action in.
Chuck Kobasew scored again last night and has goals in three straight games... give him a look if you're really desperate.
A little cold spell from Rene Bourque lately as he only has 1+2=3 over his last 10 games.
Jakub Voracek returned after being scratched the past two games and responded with 1+1=2 & the GWG last night. I wouldn't give up on this guy, lots of upside here and on Columbus he's a legitimate top 6 forward.
I had kinda written Scott Gomez off this year as I thought he had lost it but he's resurrected his season with 1+10=11 over his last nine games. The peripherals are all still pretty weak and the plus/minus has been a minus-6 during this span but it's better than nothing I suppose.
James Wisniewski showed what he can do in his second game for the Habs with 2+1=3, GWG, two PPPs & six shots. I wouldn't pick him up just because of the trade but if you were a fan of the Wiz before (like me) or were shying away from him because of his plus/minus, then grab him.
Back on Long Island, Andrew MacDonald is trying to fill Wisniewski's shoes by logging 27 minutes last night and notching two PP assists. He has 7A & five PPPs over his last seven games but I'm not really a huge fan as there's not a great track record there.
P.A. Parenteau with the GWG last night and he continued his little hot streak with 5+3=8 over his last eight games. I made a New Year's resolution to avoid all Islanders in 2011 so I'll be passing but feel free to consider him if you're desperate.
Marek Svatos played less than 10 minutes in his debut for Nashville and was held pointless.. never been a fan, I'm passing on him.
Filip Kuba was a healthy scratch for the Senators, he's just been invisible this year with only 4A & minus-10 in 22 games.
The Habs traded Maxim Lapierre to the Ducks for Brett Festerling... no fantasy impact there as neither guy is playing much and Festerling's actually more of a farmhand so don't be thinking this is another bad sign for P.K. Subban.
The Hawks have signed Dylan Olsen to an ELC, so he won't be returning to school after the WJCs and will head to the AHL. He's got some offensive upside but I think he'll end up being more of a two-way dman when he makes the NHL, although he's looked pretty shaky for Canada in Buffalo.
Lots of shuffling between the AHL & NHL...
- The Oilers sent down Linus Omark after 1+4=5 in eight games but he wasn't really playing much;
- Brett MacLean got into one game and scored but was still sent back to the AHL;
- David Desharhais was called up by the Habs, possibly to permanently take over the roster spot vacated by Lapierre... we'd like to see this guy get a chance as he's currently leading the AHL in scoring.
- The Wings called up Tomas Tatar from Grand Rapids where he's the team's leading scorer with 9+20=29 in 35 games and he scored in his NHL debut last night... this is probably a short-term stay but an encouraging sign nonetheless.
- Zac Dalpe has been recalled by the Hurricanes after putting up 12+11=23 in 23 games in the AHL over the past two months... he's a good looking prospect to keep an eye on.