Unless you're in a playoff pool your fantasy season ends next week. Let's hope you end it with a smile on your face.
With the help of the excellent Fantasy Hockey 911, we'll give you some players that are being significantly impacted by a change in their linemates... both good and bad for the last month or so.
Travis Zajac / Patrick Elias
These two switched spots... Zajac is down to the 2nd line and Elias is centering the top unit. A few months ago that news would have been horrible for Zajac owners but since there is a guy named Kovalchuk on line #2 both players shouldn't suffer too much.
Locke was called up by the Blueshirts this week and played his second NHL game on the 2nd line with Drury and Prospal. He had some monster OHL seasons (like 151 points in 66 games in 2002-03) and was playing at a point-a-game pace in the AHL before his call up. So why have you never heard of this guy? He's only 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds soaking wet. We'll see if he can handle the size of the NHL but don't be expecting too much here.
We had high hopes that a change of scenery might jump start Olli back to the player he was in Florida. So far it hasn't been good news... he's playing on the third line now and he's scored only eight points in 15 games. There is some hope... three of those points were in the last two games. We wouldn't expect much from Olli the rest of the way. Massive bust.
With JVR and Carter out of action Leino has been given a chance on a scoring line. Playing alongside Briere and Gagne you have to like his chances to improve on the ugly 0.2 ppg pace he's put up (that's no typo people). If you look close you'll see some signs of life. He's been playing 15-17 minutes the last three games and even scored two points on March 28th. Keep an eye on him this week... if he stays hot he might make a decent flyer in deep leagues.
After the shuffling of d-men in Boston we weren't expecting too much from Seidenberg down the stretch. He did only have seven points in 35 games before he came to the Bruins after all. Well he has nine points in his last 12 and he's playing on the #1 PP unit. A definite FA add in middle to deep leagues.
He's healthy and playing his PP minutes like normal (2nd most on team since his return). The interesting thing is he's been lining up as the 4th line LW. Probably won't impact his value much but it's nice to see him getting worked into games more often.
We've been pumping him up a lot lately on FHS and for good reason... nine points in his last five games. Lately he's been the team's PP QB and has the most PP time for any Ottawa d-man recently. Looks like the former 1st rounder has found his groove. Grab him for next week if he's available and keep him in mind for next year.
Patrick Kane / Marian Hossa
With the Hawks sliding the line shuffling was going to come soon. Hossa gets the bump up to the top unit with Toews and Kane is down with Versteeg. Not good news for Kane owners. The changes haven't sparked anything yet so expect more tweaks until the offence starts cooking.
The Pred are another team trying to shake up their struggling offence. The big loser in the shake up is Dumont who's been playing 4th line duty. He hasn't done much this year so you've probably already abandoned ship but if you're still on board, it's time to jump. No point hanging onto him for the last week now.
A-Cog has been having a disaster of a season so far but the last ten games he's really started to turn things around (10 points). We recommended him as our 'Pick-up of the Week' a week ago in our Fantasy Fortnight and one of the big reasons is that he's been playing on the 1st line with Penner and Comrie. Not Crosby or Ovie type talent but it's better than who he was playing with the on the third line. His PP time isn't great either (averaging 1:11 lately) but you could do worse than to pick him up in deep leagues.