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The Wire Troll: Nick Bonino Powers Penguins

April 3, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Nick Bonino is thriving on the second line for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Nick Bonino is a hot Fantasy commodity right now. (Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire)

This is it — the final week of the NHL regular season, and championship weekend in the vast majority of Fantasy hockey formats. If you’re still with us, congratulations! You’ll do no worse than second in your league, and that’s still an accomplishment to be proud of. Let’s get to this week’s picks, shall we?

Nick Bonino, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (ESPN: 36.7 per cent; CBS: 20 per cent): Thanks in no small part to a monstrous five-point night against Detroit, Bonino is a hot commodity these days. Though he has just eight goals and 24 points through 58 games this season, he does have a respectable plus-11 rating, 29 penalty minutes and 90 shots on goal. It’s not much, but all signs are pointing to a very solid push in Fantasy numbers for the Penguins pivot to finish out the regular season.

In his last seven games, Bonino has three goals (see video below for one of them), 10 points, a plus-6 rating, four penalty minutes, a power play goal, 17 shots on goal, two hits and four blocks. Pittsburgh has been on a roll lately, and it’s because all parts of the engine are working together. Bonino is just stepping on the gas.

Andrew Cogliano, C/LW, Anaheim Ducks (ESPN: 0.6 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Why Cogliano is owned by so few Fantasy teams is beyond us. Through 77 games this season, the Ducks forward has nine goals, 30 points, a plus-5 rating, 26 penalty minutes and 118 shots on goal. A versatile forward, Cogliano has a goal, seven points, a plus-4 rating, 11 shots on goal and eight hits in his last eight games.

Ales Hemsky, RW, Dallas Stars (ESPN: 1.8 per cent; CBS: 13 per cent): The former Edmonton Oilers star has been shining in Dallas of late, collecting two goals, seven points, a plus-4 rating, four penalty minutes, 16 shots and five blocked shots in his last six games. The veteran has 13 goals, 37 points, a plus-3 rating and 148 shots on goal in 71 games.

Jake Gardiner, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 8.4 per cent; CBS: 24 per cent): The Maple Leafs may be the frontrunners in the Auston Matthews Sweepstakes, but don’t tell Gardiner that. The youngster has been a key part of the Toronto defense (considering the team’s place in the standings, take that for what it’s worth) and is only a minus-12 player with an average ice-time of 20:27 on a team for which the worst plus-minus is minus-17 (Matt Hunwick).

If you’re one of the many who lost Chicago’s Duncan Keith to his own stupidity last week, Gardiner may be an ideal replacement. In 74 games, Minnesota native Gardiner has six goals, 30 points, 30 penalty minutes and 110 shots on goal, numbers that reflect a very positive season of growth. A pair of two-point games recently give him five assists, two penalty minutes, 13 shots on goal, three hits and six blocks in his last seven games.

Joe Colborne, C, Calgary Flames (ESPN: 1.1 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): Calgary’s big names don’t include Colborne, but he’s been playing like one recently. In his last eight games, the big native son has three goals, seven points, a minus-6 rating, two penalty minutes, 15 shots on goal, 14 hits and two blocks. He has 17 goals, 37 points, a minus-11 rating, 27 penalty minutes and 94 shots on goal (for an impressive 18.1 per cent shooting percentage) in 69 games played.

Fantasy Tip of the Week: Injured Montreal Canadiens starter Carey Price (leg) was expected to play one of his team’s final four games of the season. That may now be in jeopardy. According to reports, he is still experiencing some symptoms, which means the net may belong to Mike Condon, and recent rookie addition Charlie Lindgren, for the rest of the season.

The Habs played like animals in front of Condon on Thursday against the high powered Tampa Bay offense, helping him to his first career NHL shutout. He’s expected to get at least two more starts, with one going to Lindgren. However, if Price doesn’t return this season, the fourth start is up in the air. Either Condon or Lindgren could be a savvy last-minute pickup for one more start before your Fantasy season comes to a close. Good luck!

Can’t get enough of Fantasy hockey? Well, fortunately for you, the season is far from over. Very few sites offer a Fantasy format for sport postseasons. Fantasy Postseason is one of the few that does. The player pool is limited to the teams that qualify for the postseason, and you only get 10 roster moves, so you have to be smart in your decision making. If you’re intrigued, we urge you to check it out.

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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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: Ales Hemsky Stars in Dallas

October 18, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
fter a long hiatus it is so, so good to be back with you all here at RotoRob.com! It’s mid October, the NHL’s regular season is underway and several candidates have already begun to separate themselves from the pack as potential Fantasy hockey All-Stars.
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NHL Free Agency Recap: Goalies

October 4, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
We always thought of Enroth as the Sabres’ goalie of the future and believed he had the potential to be a starter in the NHL. Considering how cheap the Kings signed him for, we think they were able to sign a solid backup for a very team-friendly price. However, we don’t like this deal from Enroth’s perspective for reasons we will get into below.
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The Wire Troll: Frans Nielsen on Fire

October 26, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
It’s been another great week of Fantasy hockey with surprise sleepers and studs lurking around every corner. Here at RotoRob.com, we’ve adjusted our teams accordingly and suggest you do, too. Here are the week’s waiver wire picks.
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