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The Wire Troll: Travis Zajac Heating up for Devils

March 5, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Ryan Hartman has moved to the top line for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Ryan Hartman has made some nice contributions to the Hawks this season. (Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. Well, with the trade deadline now behind us, we are squarely into the home stretch of the NHL schedule. It’s time to strap yourself and shake the wire for any possible last-minute help.

This week, Boston defenceman Adam McQuaid dodged serious injury after his neck was sliced with a skate; Buffalo has lost its leading scorer, Kyle Okposo, for the next couple of games thanks to a rib injury; and Antoine Vermette has opted to not appeal his 10-game suspension.

And now, here are some players to consider snatching off your Fantasy hockey waiver wire…

Travis Zajac, C, New Jersey Devils (ESPN: 35.2 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): The former first round pick has been a force over the last month, putting up points in six of his last eight games. Some of the highlights include a short-handed goal and two assists combined in a back-to-back against the Islanders. Zajac also enjoyed a power play goal in the following game against Ottawa, a two-assist effort versus the Rangers, and finally a power play goal and an assist against Montreal. It doesn’t matter what the situation on the ice has been, Zajac can be counted on for the power play, even strength and shorthanded, and it shows with ice time as he averages between 21-22 minutes.

Ryan Hartman, LW, Chicago Blackhawks (ESPN: 8.7 per cent; CBS: 22 per cent): In his first full season with Chicago, Hartman has been a good contributor. In the last five games, he has recorded a +4 and had some key plays during the stretch, including a goal on the road against Buffalo and a goal and an assist at home against Arizona. He usually plays on the third line, and that explains why he averages about 12 minutes, although from time to time he will average as much as 15 minutes and when Nick Schmaltz missed some games last week, it was Hartman who shifted to the top line. Hartman is a gritty winger (although capable of showing some mad skills — see video below), who will put 2 or 3 pucks on goal per game, and could be counted on more by Coach Joel Quennville going forward.

Jake Guentzel, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (ESPN: 9.3 per cent; CBS: 22 per cent): Guentzel has only played about 25 games, but lately he has made some noise for the defending champions. His latest accomplishment was a week ago, in which he picked up two assists in the Stadium Series victory against Philadelphia. Guentzel followed that up in the next game with a goal in Dallas. He averages about 15 minutes, and it should only increase, especially with the departure of forward Eric Fehr to Toronto.

Martin Hanzal, C, Minnesota Wild (ESPN: 29.3 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): Acquired at the deadline from the Coyotes, Hanzal helped out Minnesota already with a two-assist game against Winnipeg. He’s coming off a great February, in which he scored six goals, and while he can be very streaky, we expect him to get more ice time with the Wild which should lead to more production.

David Savard, D, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 15.2 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): In the last four games, Savard is a +9, and was highlighted in a home game against Islanders in which he scored a goal and two assists, and was a +5. The youngster is on the top defensive pairing and for the season he is a +23.

Ron Hainsey, D, Pittsburgh Penguins (ESPN: 2.7 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Acquired at the trade deadline from the Carolina Hurricanes, the veteran has only played three games, but has registered an assist already. Expect Hainsey’s +/- to start heading in a positive direction, although his time on the ice already has declined going from 23-to-24 minutes in Carolina to 20-to-21 minutes for the Penguins.

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: Richard Panik Attacking the Net

February 26, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Despite only playing 10 games this season for Toronto, Leivo is already helping to produce for the Leafs. He started his scoring against the New York Islanders, enjoying a three-point night (one goal, two assists) with a +2 mark in the victory. Then, over the next four games Leivo picked up five assists. After starting with only around 10 minutes of ice time, he is now up to 15 minutes a game and is averaging about three shots. Leivo has earned himself a nice role for the Leafs for the time being, so give him a look in deep leagues.
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The Wire Troll: Charlie Coyle Powers Surging Wild

February 21, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Eaves hasn’t been a big Fantasy contributor in his career or even this season, but he’s had a big string of success in recent games that should at least command part of your attention. In his past seven contests, the Dallas winger has managed to collect four goals (three coming on a hat trick), seven points, a minus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three power play goals, 15 shots on goal, 14 hits and a blocked shot. It’s impressive, but Eaves still only has seven goals, 12 points and 61 shots on goal in 39 games played this season.
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2015 RotoRob Hockey Awards

February 15, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Hodgson scored just six goals and 13 points in 78 games last season, notching a league 11th-worst minus-28 rating. It was by far his worst season ever. This season, Hodgson was doing slightly better with three goals, eight points and a plus-2 rating in 39 games with a much better team in Nashville. Still, he was only on pace for 14 points in 66 games, so in the middle of January, the Preds waived him. He’s currently toiling in the AHL. Woof. Dud.
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The Wire Troll: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Hit Pittsburgh Penguins

December 13, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
The Pens were 4-3-3 in their past 10 at the time of the coaching change, dropping a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. The move is rather an intriguing one, considering Pittsburgh was on the losing end of a tie with the Boston Bruins for the last wild card spot in the East, and just seven points behind the Metropolitan-leading Washington Capitals at the time.
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