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Week 7 - Free Agents and Trade Targets

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You want to win don't you? Well, check out some players below that will help you do just that.

Martin Hanzal a point a game player?
Martin Hanzal a point a game player?
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With Diomedes7 away I've been pegged to recommend you some free agents to target in your league.  I'll sort by ownership %'s (from Yahoo!) to make it a bit easier to find guys that might be available in your leauges.

I hope some of these recommendations help you to dominate in your league this week.

If you think I missed any good targets help your fellow FHSers out and add it in the comments.


Martin Hanzal Pho - C : 28% owned with 6+12=18
Hurry up... guys who pick up four point games don't last long on the wire.  He's now on pace for 82(!) points and 260 hits.  It will be a tough pace to sustain and he's unlikely to stay healthy all year but with the price just a free agent pick up, he's definitely worth the risk... especially if your league counts hits.

TRADE TARGETS  and SHALLOW LEAGUE FREE AGENTS (owned in >50% of Yahoo! leagues)

Alexander Steen StL - C,LW : 92% owned with 17+9=26
How many goals does this guy need to score before he's 100% owned?

David Backes StL - C,RW : 90% owned with 8+12=20
He's on pace for a 91 point / 145 PIM / 260 hit season.  Wowzers.

Cody Hodgson Buf - C,RW : 53% owned with 7+9=16
On pace for a breakout 60 point season. 

MEDIUM DEPTH LEAGUES FREE AGENTS (25-50% owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Radim Vrbata Pho - RW : 46% owned with 6+11=17
Back in his usual under-appreciated spot.

Valtteri Filppula TB - C,LW : 44% owned with 8+7=15
Bolts are going to have to lean more heavily on their 2nd best centerman with Stamkos out.

Brayden Schenn
Phi - C,LW : 38% owned with 6+6=12
Good TOI both at full strength and the PP.  He's playing on the 2nd line and has five points in his last four.

Scott Hartnell Phi - LW : 37% owned with 3+2=5
Starting to heat up... five points in last six.  Still playing with Giroux and Voracek.  Just a matter of time with that talent around him.

Marcus Johansson Was - C,LW : 32% owned with 2+15=17
Playing with Ovie and Backstrom should be enough to get him owned in 50% of leagues.  He's currently playing at a 70 point pace and has seven points in his last seven games.

Martin Hanzal Pho - C : 28% owned with 6+12=18
See "Pick Up Of The Week"

SHALLOW LEAGUES FREE AGENTS (<25% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)

Andrew Shaw Chi - C : 17% owned with 4+7=11
Tons of hits and a few points too.

Brenden Dillon Dal - D : 17% owned with 3+5=8
Cheap way to grab some hits and blocks.  The points are a bonus.  He's already matched his totals from last season and is on pace for a tidy 35 points.

Tyler Toffoli LA - C,RW : 16% owned with 3+4=7
Was held scoreless for the first time this season Friday night... but has seven points in his other five games.  Playing on L2 with Richards and King and getting decent PPTOI.

Patric Hornqvist Nsh - RW : 14% owned with 6+7=13
On pace for 53 points and 262 shots.  He should be owned in almost every leagues that counts shots and even in deep leagues that don't

Kris Versteeg Chi - LW,RW : 11% owned with 2+6=8
Versteeg and his relatively few owners must have liked his new job in Game #1 with his new team.  He lined up with Toews and Sharp and picked up an assist in 14 minutes of work.  Expect that 11% and his points to rise if this line combo sticks.

Olli Jokinen Wpg - C : 8% owned with 3+9=12 &  Devin Setoguchi Wpg - RW : 8% owned with 4+6=10
Six and five points in last five games, respectively.  They form 2/3 (Evander Kane being the last 1/3) of a hot 2nd line.  I don't like the chances they keep it up, but they are currently getting the minutes so worth a shot if you're desperate.

Valeri Nichushkin Dal - RW : 6% owned with 1+6=7
Remember when Benn and Seguin went nuts this week against the Flames?  Nichushkin was on their wing and picked up two assists.  He's now played two games on the top line and looks like he'll be there for a few more games.

Danny DeKeyser Det - D : 4% owned with 2+7=9
Eight of those nine points have come in his last ten games.  His TOI is up over 25 minutes / game and he's even getting a bit of PP time.

THE 1% SPECIALS (<1% owned in Yahoo! Leagues)

Brett Connolly TB - RW : 1% owned with 1+0=1
With Stamkos gone the Bolts have been relying on Connolly to center their top line (with Killorn and St. Louis).  Nothing to show for it yet... zero points in three games so far.

Tom Gilbert Fla - D : 1% owned with 0+7=7
He picked up a three and a two pointer this week but was scoreless in the other two.  He's on pace for 27 points.  Don't forget he picked up 45 points for Edmonton in 08-09.

Peter Holland Tor - C : 1% owned with 1+0=1
Played his first game with the Leafs and centered the top line (with Kessel and JVR).  Only played 11 minutes and had only 5 points in 21 games last year... so don't pick him up expecting the world.

Dainius Zubrus NJ - C,RW : 1% owned with 3+4=7
Playing on the top line in NJ (which says a lot about the scoring potential in NJ) and has four points in last four games.  Tons of TOI but non-existent PPTOI.

Matt Stajan Cgy - C : 1% owned with 3+5=8
Playing on the 2nd line and if he can keep up his current pace (0.68 ppg) it will be his best season since he was a Leaf

Scottie Upshall Fla - RW : 0% owned with 3+6=9
Two multi-point games in his last three... I wouldn't bet my life on his hot streak continuing but he's getting good PPTOI and is also playing on the 2nd line with Boyes and Barkov

Brock Nelson NYI - C : 0% owned with 3+4=7
Getting the plum job of lining up next to Tavares and Okposo with Vanek out.   He's getting tons of TOI (18-21 minutes per game) and an even more insane amount of PPTOI (6-7 minutes per game).  The honeymoon could be over quickly as Vanek could be back at any minute.