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The Wire Troll: Ryan Strome Driving Islander Playoff Push

February 12, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Ryan Strome is started to deliver on his promise for the New York Islanders.
Ryan Strome is suddenly red hot. (mit.zenfs.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. We’re now just over two weeks away from the NHL trade deadline, so be ready to pounce should a deal create an opportunity for Fantasy value.

This week, Henrik Lundqvist became the first European goalie to win 400 games; the Detroit sporting world lost an icon with the passing of Mike Ilitch, owner of both the Red Wings and the Tigers; and Craig Anderson returned to action for Ottawa and wasted no time in making a huge impact.

And now, to this week’s Fantasy hockey waiver wire recommendations…

Ryan Strome, C, New York Islanders (ESPN: 5.8 per cent; CBS: 23 per cent): The former first round pick has flourished lately. In a five game stretch, Strome had two-point games against both the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and then picked up an assist in the win over the Flyers. He’s also shown a willingness to stick up for his teammates (see video below). After his down season in 2015-16, maybe Strome is poised for a big second half.

Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders (ESPN: 15.8 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): In the last seven games, Nelson has seven points. He scored in four consecutive games, and his highlight was against Toronto, in which he had a three-point night, and scored the game winner in overtime. If Nelson keeps generating the shots he had in that game, and his previous effort, the numbers will be there.

Brett Connolly, RW, Washington Capitals (ESPN: 4.4 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): The third line winger has come on for the surging Capitals. In the last six games, Connolly has scored four goals and eight points while recording a +7 rating. He started the month of February by scoring the game winner against the Boston Bruins, and then followed it up with an assist against Montreal Canadiens, a goal and an assist in each game against the Los Angeles Kings and Carolina, then he scored another goal against the Detroit Red Wings. Connolly capped his roll on Saturday against the Ducks by adding a fourth helper in five games. The Capitals will now have to rely on guys like Connolly, especially with Andre Burakovsky out until mid-March with a broken hand.

Jason Pominville, RW, Minnesota Wild (ESPN: 33.1 per cent; CBS: 27 per cent): In the past four games, the winger has made a strong contribution for Minnesota. After registering an assist against the Vancouver Canucks, Pominville lit up the Winnipeg Jets by scoring two goals, including the game winner, as part of a four-point game in which he went +3. Then, after picking up an assist against the Chicago Blackhawks, he logged another helper on the power play against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pominville has points in 10 of his last 11 games, one of several Wild players going great guns since the calendar turned to 2017.

Mikko Rantanen, RW, Colorado Avalanche (ESPN: 7.8 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): The 2015 first rounder is making the most of his playing time on a bad hockey team. Rantanen, whose playing time has increased to over 18 minutes a game, has scored seven points in the last seven games. His breakout game was against Montreal at home, in which he scored a hat trick and was a +2. This season, the hulking Rantanen is -20, but he has scored 11 goals in 47 games, including five in the last seven games.

Nikita Zaitsev, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 25.2 per cent; CBS: 39 per cent): The young Russian defenseman has been accumulating the points for Toronto over the last four games, including a two-point performance against the Islanders, a power play goal against Dallas, and finally an assist on the power play against Buffalo on Saturday, a game in which he also doled out a game-high and season-best nine hits. Zaitsev is a top pairing blueliner who is averaging almost 22.5 minutes while playing a key role on the first unit power play (eight of the rookie’s 25 points have come with the man advantage). This is someone you need to pick up — now.

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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The Wire Troll: Is a Hurricane Starting to Form in Carolina?

February 6, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
The success that Aho has enjoyed can be contributed to an extent to his linemate. In all of the wins in the past week, Lindholm has picked up five assists, including two helpers that set up game winning goals. He’s not a goal scorer, but now it seems he has found some chemistry on the line with Aho and Jordan Staal, making him worth consideration for Fantasy purposes.
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The Wire Troll: Andre Burakovsky Coming Into His Own

January 29, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
In the last week, Eaves scored three goals, including two on the power play, had seven points, and saw his ice time rise from 14 minutes to nearly 19 minutes a game. This month, he’s scored nine points (5G-4A), and for the first half he has 18 goals (tied for the team lead in Dallas), including 10 on the power play, and 31 points, but beware if you want to add him because he is a -10 after the first half of the season, which is by far a career worst.
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Capitals on a Roll

January 22, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Backstrom’s linemate has also scored 10 points (3G-7A) in the past five games and was +4 during this stretch. Oshie is averaging about 16 minutes, and over the last five games he’s put up 11 shots. So far this season in 37 games, he has tabulated 30 points (16G-14A), and is an eye opening +20.
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The Wire Troll: Mikkel Boedker Shows Signs of Life

January 16, 2017 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Faksa hasn’t lived up to the hype of draft day, but he’s coming off a solid week. The young Czech had five assists and a plus-4 rating in four games last week. He has 18 points so far this season.
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