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The Wire Troll: Sam Gagner Pacing Columbus Blue Jackets

December 11, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments (1)
Sam Gagner is scoring plenty of goals for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Sam Gagner sure has found a home in Columbus. (Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)

So, a fire sale should be starting any time now in Colorado. The mighty Habs systematically dismantled the Avalanche 10-1 Saturday in what was just the latest of an unusually large amount of high scoring games this season. Seriously, some of these scores are getting ridiculous. Anyway, on to this week’s Fantasy hockey waiver wire picks.

Sam Gagner, C/RW, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 30.8 per cent; Yahoo: 30 per cent): The Jackets have emerged as a potential Eastern Conference powerhouse, and it’s due in large part to the team scoring by committee. A former Edmonton and Arizona castoff, Gagner has found a home in Columbus, and is proving to be a great teammate (see video below). In three games last week, he had three goals, six points, a plus-4 rating, two power play points and 11 shots on goal.

Anders Lee, C/LW, New York Islanders (ESPN: 10.1 per cent; Yahoo: 7 per cent): Unlike the Blue Jackets, the Islanders have been unnaturally bad this season. That said, some key players are starting to show signs of life, including Lee. He had three goals, five points, a plus-4 rating, a power play point, a game-winning goal and 13 shots on net in four games last week.

Mikael Backlund, C, Calgary Flames (ESPN: 30.8 per cent; Yahoo: 9 per cent): It’s a topsy-turvy world in the NHL and the West is no different. Calgary sits on top of the Pacific Division, and it’s thanks to guys like Backlund. In four games, he had a goal, four points, a plus-1 rating, two power play points and 12 shots on goal. Backlund only has 15 points on the season, but the season is still young and he’s a good option off the bench.

Andrew Shaw, C/RW, Montreal Canadiens (ESPN: 29.3 per cent; Yahoo: 44 per cent): Montreal’s token sheet of sandpaper, Shaw can also put up the points — as if we didn’t know that from his time in Chicago. He had a goal, five points, a plus-3 rating, a power play point and seven shots on goal in four games last week.

Antti Raanta, G, New York Rangers (ESPN: 12 per cent; Yahoo: 21 per cent): Henrik Lundquist will always be king of New York, but it was his backup who led all NHL goaltenders last week. In two starts, the Finn had two wins, a 0.50 goals against average, a .977 save percentage and a shutout. Raanta has seven wins, a 1.83 goals against average and a .939 save percentage so far this season, making him the best No. 2-3 goaltender on your league’s waiver wire.

Rookie of the Week

Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen comes from out of left field this week with a pair of goals, a plus-4 rating and 11 shots on goal. The 2013 second round pick has five goals, six points, a plus-3 rating and 44 shots on goal in 19 games.

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: Bryan Little Coming up Big

December 4, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Stalberg has always been more of a “meat and potatoes” role player, but could the offense be coming to life for him? Maybe. He has just seven goals on the season, but he potted four of them last week. Proceed with caution.
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The Wire Troll: Minnesota’s Young Talent Ready For Prime Time

November 27, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
A journeyman, Johnson seems to have finally found his place in the NHL. The Flames’ netminder led all goaltenders last week with three wins, a 1.00 goals against average, a .968 save percentage and a shutout. He has seven wins, a 1.98 goals against average and a .928 save percentage this season, meaning you should have already added him to your team.
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The Wire Troll: Valtteri Filppula Striking For the Lightning

November 20, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Ward has been off the charts good this month, especially lately, with a shutout Tuesday and just three goals allowed over his last three games — all wins. He now has a winning record, and should easily shatter last season’s total of 23 wins. There’s a reason Ward has been one of the week’s hottest pickups, but there’s still time to jump on his train if you need netminding assistance.
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The Wire Troll: Staal Lines Tearing up NHL

November 13, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
The former Chicago Blackhawk seems to be doing just fine with the ‘Canes. Staal is a proven vet, and Aho has clearly brought his talent across the Atlantic with him, making it an easy transition for Teravainen. Teravainen had two goals, five points, a plus-1 rating, a power play point, a game-winning goal and 11 shots on goal in four games last week.
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