Week 11 - Free Agents and Trade Targets: Ennis, Henrique, Wheeler, Foster...

No Dio this week so I'll try to fill this mighty big shoes. (Already failing as I'm a day late with this).

I'm going to tweak things up a bit this week and with a slightly different format. Eventually Dio and I are hoping to tag team these monster posts so we might be seeing even more changes in the future. Change is good.

Left Wings

Shallow Leagues

Patrik Elias (70%) - 13+16=29
25th in the league in scoring and only owned in 70% of leagues. That doesn't make sense. Travis Zajac's eventual return to a scoring line role can only help Elias (maybe he won't be stuck with Petr Sykor and Danius Zubrus anymore?)

Alexander Steen (65%) - 11+11=22
Add in his plus-20, 22 PIM's and 100 shots and you've got somebody that's going to contribute across the board.

Max Pacioretty (52%) - 11+13=24
The PIM's are down a bit from last year but everything else looks great.

Ray Whitney (48%) - 10+18=28
This guy never gets the respect he deserves. Yes he's 39 years old but he's on pace for 71 points. If he's your fourth winger you should be very happy. He has 11 points in his last 11 games.

Medium Leagues

Tyler Ennis (36%) - 3+2=5
He just recently returned from injury so you can beat the crowd and grab him early. He had 49 points and 210 shots as a rookie last year. He has five points in his last eight games and is looking better and better every game.

Jiri Hudler (13%) - 6+14=20
I was really high on Hudler to begin the year but I ended up owning him in zero leagues. He's on pace for 53 points and 59 PIM's. He seems to have found a home on the second line with Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula. Nice.

Deep Leagues

Mason Raymond (8%) - 3+3=6
He was a 50+ point guy a few years ago and is still the pround owner of the 2nd line LW job in Vancouver. That should be enough to get him some attention from deep league owners now that he's back from injury.

Niklas Hagman (1%) - 5+5=10
After just 27 points last year for the Flames, Hagman won't hit many fantasy radars but that might change if he continues his recent pace. Now with the Ducks and playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, Hagman has five points in his last four games. Worth a flyer.


Patrik Elias (70%) - 13+16=29
See above.

Alex Steen (65%) - 11+11=22
See above.

Valtteri Filppula (56%) - 10+15=25
It seems like we've been waiting for a breakout season forever from Filpulla. Looks like the wait might be over as he's on pace for 67 points. He's never topped 40 before so if he stays healthy he should smash his career highs.

Olli Jokinen (44%) - 11+16=27
Jokinen will never be that 90 point guy he was with Florida but he's a lock for around 55 points and 200+ shots. He's been especially hot lately (11 points in last seven) and is now on pace for 66.

Medium Leagues

Tyler Ennis (36%) - 3+2=5
See above.

Rich Peverley (23%) - 6+18=24
I've always been a fan of Peverley but I'm not sure how's he's keeping up this pace. He's playing with Benoit Pouliot and Chris Kelly and his TOI is relatively low. He's producing so he makes a good short term add at least. He has six points in his last three games.

Adam Henrique (23%) - 8+17=25
There are some worries he'll get bumped down the depth chart with Travis Zajac's return but don't panic about that for now. Pick him up on your wire and cross that bridge when you get to it. As of right now he's playing with the suddenly on fire Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. It doesn't get much better than that.

Derek Stepan (18%) - 7+14=21
He's got some chemistry with Marian Gaborik and could hit 60 points this year.

Tyler Bozak (15%) - 7+15=22
I'm not a fan of Bozak's but he's playing with two of the hottest guys in the league and has played the fifth most PP TOI on the Leafs recently. More than 15% of you must need a hot centerman to lean on.

Deep Leagues

Kyle Turris (3%) - 0+0=0
I'm really surprised that his ownership is only at 3% with all the hype surrounding him. I'm not buying that hype, but it's possible that Turris could produce at a 40 point pace and he does have some upside. That could help out in some formats.

Daymond Langkow (2%) - 4+9=13
He hasn't done anything to deserve the honour of being on this list but we you're digging deep sometimes you have to grab a piece of coal and hope it has a diamond in it. Langkow is playing with Shane Doan at ES and is getting some 1st unit PP work.

Right Wings

Shallow Leagues

T.J. Oshie (42%) - 11+12=23
He's on pace for a 58 point season but most importantly he looks healthy. He playing on the 1st line and getting a good chunk of PP time.

Medium Leagues

Daniel Alfredsson (28%) - 9+12=21
After a .57 ppg pace last year I thought ol' Alfie was finished. But he looks to have a bit of gas left in that tank as he's playing at a .78 pace so far this season. He's back on the top line with Jason Spezza and has 12 points in his last 10 games.

Blake Wheeler (14%) - 3+18=21
After a brutal start to the year (seven points in 18 games) he's been doing pretty damn well lately (14 points in 14 games). I get the feeling if Wheeler could put it all together he could be a fantasy stud. Instead we'll likely get a 55-60 point up and down season.

Jiri Hudler (13%) - 6+14=20
See above.

Deep Leagues

Kyle Okposo (7%) - 5+7=12
Awful start (three points in 14) but he's starting to play a little more he did last year lately (nine in 13). He still has a long way to go to be the 60 point guy many of us were expecting... but at least there are some signs of life.


Shallow Leagues

James Wisniewski (61%) - 1+15=16
Prorate Wisniewski's numbers out over a full season and you get: 52 points, 82 PIM's and 164 shots (and a minus-56... ouch). I expect Columbus (and his plus-minus) to improve a bit... making him one of the cheapest ways to land a 50 point d-man.

Dmitry Kulikov (60%) - 3+17=20
He's on pace for 50 points and is only six points away from passing his career high.

Ian White (60%) - 4+11=15
I've talked about White a lot lately but he's on pace for 42 points, 202 shots and a plus-60(!) so he deserves my, and your, attention.

Medium Leagues

Zach Bogosian (16%) - 2+12=14
Massive potential... completely unrealized. Bogo broke my heart so I said I'd never have anything to do with him again. Funny how a 35 pt / 115 PIM pace can change that. He has nine points in his last 11 games as well.

Matt Niskanen (15%) - 2+10=12
Guess who has the most PP TOI on the Pens over the last five games? Did you say Matt Niskanen? If you did you'd be wrong because Evgeni Malkin does... but Niskanen is just behind him in second place. Over those five games he has six points with four on the PP. Dio told you to pick him up a week ago, I hope you listened.

Fedor Tyutin (11%) - 2+14=16
I am a Fedor fan. A 38 point pace from a guy owned in 11% of leagues? That doesn't happen to often. It's not like this is out of nowhere either... he's picked up 27, 32 and 34 points the last three years. Solid.

Deep Leagues

Jared Spurgeon (7%) - 2+11=13
The fact that the WIld are leading the league makes my head hurt, the fact that they are doing it with rookie Jared Spurgeon as their PP QB makes my head explode. He has eight PPP this year and is on pace for 31 points in total. That will help in some deep leagues.

Kurtis Foster (7%) - 1+3=4
He's shown in the past that he can QB a talented PP (42 pts in 71 games with Tampa) so he'll get a chance in a pretty similar situation now that he's with NJ. So far he has two points in three games but if he puts together a big game soon you know that 7% is going to rise dramatically. Beat the rush and grab him now.

Jared Cowen (3%) - 4+6=10
He's actually been getting a bit of PPTOI lately (6th on the team over the last five games) and has been showing a little offensive flare with eight points in his last nine, including 1+3=4 against Pittsburgh last weekend. He's known more for his defensive work so we wouldn't expect this to continue but if you're looking for a flyer... here you go.

Nikita Nikitin (3%) - 1+11=12
Nikitin has been one of the very few bright spots out of Columbus this year. He's playing at a 55 point pace since he arrived in Ohio... which is just, wow. I didn't realize that. He won't be able to maintain that but a 30 point pace is possible.

Erik Gustafsson (0%) - 0+1=1
He's injured right now (due back in after Christmas) but the Flyers have said that may not try to replace Chris Pronger via trade and instead see if they have enough internal depth to fill the void. That's a big vote of confidence (if it ends up being true) for Gustafsson. He picked up 49 points in 72 AHL games last year and he has some offensive upside. It's a long shot but worth a look.


Shallow Leagues

Ray Emery (42%) - 9 wins, 2.50 & .909
He's started five straight and won them all. Emery is the guy to own in Chicago right now, however, things could change in a hurry.

Johan Hedberg (36%) - 10 wins, 2.41 & .913
He's played every second game over the last eight games and since his numbers are better than Brodeur's (by a lot) so you would expect a 50-50 split at minimum going forward. Brodeur is owned in 73% of leagues.

Mathieu Garon (22%) - 8 wins, 2.75 & .905
It ain't pretty but when Dwayne Roloson is owned in 47% of leagues, Garon is looking pretty good at 22%. We expect Stevie Y to make a move soon but if you're desperate stick Garon in there and hope for the best until a trade is made.

Curtis Sanford (17%) - 5 wins, 2.42 & .914
I don't see his numbers continuing, although I didn't think they would last this long either. When your competition is Steve Mason (who is somehow still owned in 31% of leagues) you're going to get your starts so he's not the worst goalie to own out there. The Jackets aren't as bad as you think.

Scott Clemmensen (4%) - 3 wins, 2.06 & .921
In a lot of leagues goalie moves have to be speculative since all of the starters are already on lineups. Well here's a bit of speculation for you. If Clemmensen gets traded to a team who needs a starter (Tampa?) his value skyrockets. He's not great, but he's a decent goalie and might be worth a look if you're in one of those crazy deep goalie leagues.

Braden Holtby (1%) - No Games
With Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth stinking it up (granted Neuvirth has been stellar the last two) how long till Holtby gets a look?

Dustin Tokarski (0%) - No Games
Stevie Y could add a new goalie via a trade or he could give the rookie Tokarski a shot. He hasn't been that good in the AHL (2.50 gaa and .896 sv%) but you never know.

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