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The Wire Troll: Ryane Clowe Claws Back

January 19, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
Ryane Clowe is playing a lot better for the New Jersey Devils lately.
After being tied up most of the season, Devils’ winger Ryan Clowe is finally producing. (Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)

For some, it is almost a good thing that the Olympic break is a few weeks away. The waiver wires just keep getting thinner and thinner, ladies and gentlemen. So the next few weeks will have some lighter editions of The Wire Troll. Sometimes efficiency is best in columns like these.

On the bright side, there will be some promotional things going on. After all, the break means a new form of Fantasy hockey for the masses. Stay tuned for details, but Olympic Fantasy hockey will be a reality in a big big way. Here at RotoRob.com, we will try our best to handicap it for you so the best decisions can be made in your box pools.

Just as an aside, watch for some out of control statistics from the Vancouver-Calgary game Saturday. Do not get fooled into picking players that had their numbers skewed by the fights and line brawl. So if you see some 30-to-35 minute ATOIs, that is why.

It is time to span the Fantasy waiver wires for a few more picks that may help you in your leagues. Let’s step into the Wire Troll and have some fun.

Ryane Clowe, LW, New Jersey Devils: The first part of the season was shrouded in frustration for Clowe owners, but now all that seems to be water under the bridge. A week ago he scored his first goal of the season (see video below) and now has nine points in the last seven games — which just cannot be ignored. His linemates (Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder, who like Clowe is a Newfoundland native) are riding the wave plus the physical play. Clowe can be a force. This snippet is just proof that he can be what he once was or at least close to it. Remember, next Sunday is the Stadium Series game and his former team (the Rangers) and that motivation could translate into another Fantasy bonanza for Clowe owners.

David Legwand, C, Nashville Predators: As crazy as it seems, Legwand just keeps producing assists (25 in 49 games). His overall output is right at about two points for every three games. Amazingly, Legwand is owned in only 15-to-25 per cent of all leagues and platforms. That is mostly because he only has eight goals on the season, and the other fear is that somehow he will end up getting traded, after which he might turn back into a dud again. That is the thing with this once top draft pick — at times, Legwand looks like he could be that player and then other times he doesn’t.

Patric Hornqvist, RW, Nashville Predators: Hornqvist is the type of player that should be finding the back of the net easier, however, he has just nine goals despite nearly 150 shots on net. He is owned in 20-to-25 per cent of all leagues partly because of the team he plays for. The second reason is the lack of execution, particularly when it comes to man advantage situations. We are talking about a player that should easily surpass 25 goals and 250 shots a season. If only Nashville had more offensive punch… if only!

Jacob Trouba, D, Winnipeg Jets: The numbers do not lie. Among defensemen, Trouba has upper echelon talent. He is owned in 25-to-30 per cent of all leagues and has five goals in his last nine games. The shot totals along with the average time on ice are on the rise, as are some of his other numbers. Playing with the likes of Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom cannot hurt. Scoring is to be had in Winnipeg if Trouba steps up.

That is it for now. Good luck this week in your Fantasy leagues. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact me @ChrisWasselTHW. Thanks for reading.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments section below who your favourite Fantasy hockey waiver wire picks of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Kevin Poulin is a Nice Short-Term Option

January 12, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
Fantasy hockey magic has a way of just surfacing unexpectedly. Why are owners flocking to the waiver wire in record numbers this season? There are plenty of reasons but the biggest is the injuries. Sometimes you may feel like you’re blindfolded and throwing darts at a board. The success rate of finding a good pickup is less than 30 per cent right now. Why? Again, most leagues are extremely competitive. Wires are picked cleaner than a turkey wishbone.
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The Wire Troll: David Desharnais Heating Up For Habs

January 5, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
It is hard to believe but here we are — 2014 is upon us and now is the time of waiver wire discontent. With just five weeks until the Olympic break, injuries and depth count more than ever. The strangest thing is there are only a handful of weeks after the break so that playoff move has to start a bit sooner rather than later.
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2013 RotoRob Hockey Awards

December 31, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the machine. No no no, I mean the 2013 RotoRob Hockey Awards. This year we feature the usual awards, but then we go so far off the reservation that we had to call several doctors to yank us back to reality. No one said this would be easy so let’s try to tick off as many as we can with this year’s awards.
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The Wire Troll: Gifts Wrapped For 2014

December 29, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
With the injury count rising to Olympic levels (2010), it really is time to start digging deeper and deeper. Hey, what would you like us to do? This is the reality nearly every Fantasy owner faces. Countless people we talk to lament about how they keep having to drop talent because there are not enough IR or IR+ slots. It is hard to fathom, yet this problem exists.
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