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The Wire Troll: Sven Andrighetto Generating Avalanche of Offense

April 2, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Sven Andrighetto is one of the few bright spots for the Colorado Avalanche.
Sven Andrighetto (10) is making the awful Avalanche worth watching. (Mile High Sticking)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. This is the season finale of The Wire Troll for 2016-17, so hopefully you were able to leverage some of our picks into Fantasy glory!

This week, there was a tremendously scary moment early in the Flyers’ win over the Devils on Saturday when goaltender Michael Neuvirth simply collapsed without anyone near him; the Islanders’ playoff push also got harder when John Tavares was ruled out for the final week with a hamstring woe; and Auston Matthews doesn’t seem to be hitting a rookie wall as he tied the Toronto record for points by a rookie.

Now, let’s get to our final batch of Fantasy hockey waiver wire picks of the season…

Sven Andrighetto, RW, Colorado Avalanche (ESPN: 9.2 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): Playing for the worst team in the NHL has not slowed down Andrighetto, although he sure didn’t seem overly enthused to be in Colorado right after the deadline deal from Montreal (see video below). In the last five games, he’s scored six points (three goals, three assists), highlighted by a two-goal effort (one on the power play) against Calgary. Last month, Andrighetto scored 11 points (five goals, six assists) and his TOI has gone from 14 minutes to over 20 minutes a game. Playing with the rejuvenated Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen has done wonder for Andrighetto’s Fantasy value.

Jordan Weal, C, Philadelphia Flyers (ESPN: 2 per cent; CBS: 3 per cent): Called up from the minors midway through the season, Weal has scored eight goals in just 20 games, including goals in each of the last four games, all of them wins for the Flyers. The team has moved him to the second line, and he is now on the second power play unit, which explains why his TOI has gone from 10 to nearly 17 minutes a game over the past few games. Weal has really delivered for the Flyers, and for our money he may have worked his way onto the team’s must-protect list for the upcoming expansion draft.

Connor Brown, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 7.6 per cent; CBS: 19 per cent): The rookie has scored three goals in the last four games for the Maple Leafs. Brown’s recent highlight was in a victory in Nashville in which he set up the game winning power play goal, and then scored to secure the victory. In March, he racked up seven points (four goals, three assists), maintained his TOI average of 16-to-18 minutes, and is averaged about two shots. Brown really benefits from Toronto’s wide open style of play.

Radko Gudas, D, Philadelphia Flyers (ESPN: 32 per cent; CBS: 26 per cent): Hard-hitting Gudas has points in three of his last four games, including goals against Pittsburgh and the Islanders. He also commits a lot of penalties and racks up the hits and blocks, but note that he left Saturday’s game early with an upper body injury and is expected to miss at least Sunday’s game, so check the injury reports before considering him.

Michael Hutchinson, G, Winnipeg Jets (ESPN: 6.5 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): In his last three starts, Hutchinson is 2-1 with a 1.98 GAA. He turned aside 25 shots in an overtime victory over Anaheim, and despite having only won eight games this season, he’s earned half of those in the past two weeks as he seems to have stolen the starting job recently.

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

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Video Game Review: Old Time Hockey

March 28, 2017 | by Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
If you’re comparing the actual on-ice play to EA’s version, the controls may be the same, but the response time is strangely sloppy and slow. Shooting feels off and collision detection is inconsistent at best. Passing is what you’d expect, except your players are hardly ever in the right spot for a breakout or a one-timer.
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The Wire Troll: Brayden Point Piling Up Points

March 27, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
In the last seven games, Point is living up to his name and then some by averaging over a point. Some recent highlights include a two-goal game, one of which came on the power play (that was also the game winner), in a road win over the Rangers. In the next game, Point scored a goal against Ottawa, then, after a two-assist performance, he had a goal and assist and was +2 in a big win in Boston. He kept the party going by setting up the overtime winner in Detroit. Point has moved to the top line, so with the Lightning making a run for the playoffs, he is someone to consider scooping up.
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The Wire Troll: Michael Frolik Sparking Flame in Calgary

March 20, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Bozak is another player that has has stepped up his game this month. He’s a streaky player in terms of +/-, going +2 in some games and then -4 in others, but he’s put up eight points in March, highlighted by a two-assist night against Detroit, and a goal and an assist in a victory over Philadelphia. Bozak does not shoot the puck much, but does average about 16 minutes of ice time.
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The Wire Troll: Alex Burrows Providing Punch in Ottawa

March 14, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
In the last five games, Ceci has a goal and three assists. His recent highlight came against Dallas, as he scored a goal, recorded an assist, and was a +2. Ceci is not a +/- asset, but depending on the game he will average between 21 and 27 minutes.
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