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The Wire Troll: Brandon Dubinsky Tearing it Up in February

February 20, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments (0)
Brandon Dubinsky is gaining interest in Fantasy circles for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Brandon Dubinsky is tearing it up on the second line in Columbus. (NHL.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. Last week, we recommended Jason Pominville and we sure hope you took our advice as all he’s done is log another four helpers in four games since then.

This week, the Penguins have lost Olli Maatta in the wake of hand surgery; the Devils landed Viktor Loov in a trade with the Leafs for Sergey Kalinin; and Antoine Vermette got a 10-game suspension for slashing a linesman.

Without further ado, here are some players we recommend for your Fantasy hockey team…

Brandon Dubinsky, C, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 47.7 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): Dubinsky is really coming on strong lately. His roll started at home against the Detroit Red Wings when he picked up two assists. Then, against his former team, the New York Rangers, Dubinsky scored a goal. Against a surging Toronto Maple Leafs team, he picked up a key assist in the victory, and on Friday, he potted the overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins (see video below). In the month of February, Dubinsky has scored three times, and picked up nine points while registering an impressive +9. He’s been averaging about 18-to-19 minutes and three shots this month.

Christian Dvorak, C, Arizona Coyotes (ESPN: 4.3 per cent; CBS: 17 per cent): The former second round pick is currently playing outstanding hockey. In Calgary, Dvorak scored twice as part of a three-point game, going +3 in a shutout victory over the Flames. Then, on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, he picked up an assist, and once again was a +3 in another win. In the month of February, Dvorak has scored eight points (five goals, three assists) while going +5. He’s averaging about 16 minutes, but recently his ice time has increased, since he is being used on the power play more often.

Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues (ESPN: 15.6 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): February has been a highly productive month for Berglund. In a five-game stretch, he’s scored six goals for the Blues, with the main highlight in this streak being a hat trick, including the game winner, on the road against the Montreal Canadiens. Berglund’s offensive run has caused St. Louis to give him much more ice time, as he’s gone from 14 to 18 minutes a game, and is on the first power play unit.

Brady Skjei, D, New York Rangers (ESPN: 25.3 per cent; CBS: 50 per cent): Skjei has been producing in February, picking up six assists this month, including two-assist games against the Anaheim Ducks and the New York Islanders. He’s averaging between 17 and 20 minutes and in the last four games, he’s averaging about three shots.

Alexander Edler, D, Vancouver Canucks (ESPN: 15.2 per cent; CBS: 15 per cent): This Swede has become a workhorse. Not only he is the top blueliner on the team in terms of ice time (averaging 23-to-26 minutes), but in the past seven games, Edler has picked up six points (two goals, four assists), and two of those points were on the power play. He doesn’t help with his +/- because he is out on the ice so much for a bad team, but being on the top line, he could continue racking up the points for Vancouver, as it tries to make a push for the playoffs.

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: Alex Len is Rising in Phoenix

February 17, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Of course, the other dude that stands to benefit from Jackson being shipped out is Smith. Given that he’s got a long-term contract, Smith might be handed the keys to the offense in Detroit, but again — either way — he’s in line for a boost in PT. Even as the backup, he’s developed some nice chemistry and at times has done a better job than Jackson of running the Piston attack. Smith has put up double-digit scoring efforts in four of the last five games despite getting over 21 minutes of action just once. That’s efficiency, people. So imagine what he’d do with a consistent 25 to 30 minutes.
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The Wire Troll: Ryan Strome Driving Islander Playoff Push

February 12, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
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.
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The Wire Troll: Okaro White is Miami’s Lucky Charm

February 11, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
After showing signs of breaking out in 2014-15, it’s pretty much been all downhill for the seventh overall pick from 2013. However, before we completely write McLemore off as a bust, it’s worth pointing out that lately he’s been jacking them up from downtown as a ridiculous pace, canning 9-of-15 from beyond the arc over the last two games. On Friday, he narrowly missed a double-double while adding four steals, and last week he showed signs that he could get to the line more often. Slowly, but surely, McLemore’s game is forming. Perhaps it’s worth picking him up to see if he’s simply a late bloomer.
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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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