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The Wire Troll: Nick Bjugstad on Fire in Florida

March 10, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Riley Nash has fit in well on the top line for the Boston Bruins.
Riley Nash’s move to the top line has been seamless. (Wikipedia)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. We’re now just over a month away from the start of the NHL playoffs, so it’s homestretch time for your Fantasy leagues. Keep your eye on the wire!

This week, Dallas suffered a blow when it was announced that Martin Hanzal will need season-ending back surgery; despite the fact the Capitals have slipped this season, they’ve signed GM Brian MacLellan to a contract extension; and just as Buffalo has started to hold its own lately, it’s going to lose forward Kyle Okposo indefinitely because of his second concussion in a year.

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

Nick Bjugstad, C, Florida Panthers (ESPN: 30 per cent; CBS: 27 per cent): Playing on the top line with Panthers, who are red hot, has helped Bjugstad turn it on of late. He’s recorded points in every game so far this month, scoring four goals (all in the last two) and four assists with a whopping +10 rating. Bjugstad started ramping up his play in February, matching his season high with nine points, but he’s taken that to a whole new level this month, making him a must grab player. He’s already surpassed his game total from last season and looks poised to set a new career high in points. Bjugstad has ripped 11 shots on goal over the last two games, but his ice time has fluctuated. If he can regularly start seeing over 19 minutes of action as he did Tuesday (albeit, in an overtime game), he’ll really take off. It’s clear that Bjugstad is starting to use his massive frame (6′6″, 218) — especially large for a centre — to his advantage.

Riley Nash, C, Boston Bruins (ESPN: 10 per cent; CBS: 11 per cent): Nash is another former first round pick that has flourished in a new role, moving to Boston’s top line with Patrice Bergeron out. Nash scored on Thursday after logging a pair of assists on Tuesday, and now has three goals, four assists and a +4 rating over his last five games. He’s enjoyed a shooting percentage of at least 20 per cent in every month since January, so if those shots start rising, he could really explode. Nash has already established a new career of 35 points as he finally is living up to his draft billing. Given that he’ll keep the No. 1 centre gig until Bergeron returns, Nash is a must add right now, especially with linemate Brad Marchand as hot as he is right now. Even better, Nash has the talk-for-a-while-but-say-nothing sports interview down pat (see video below).

Jonathan Bernier, G, Colorado Avalanche (ESPN: 15.3 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): Bernier has been out with a concussion but will return to action Saturday against Arizona. He had been struggling last month before getting hurt, giving up 15 goals in five games (all starts), but was red hot in January. Semyon Varlamov has carried a heavy load recently, so Colorado will definitely try to ease his burden by playing Bernier fairly often, making him a viable play down the stretch. Bernier is capable of better than he’s shown this season, and we think he’s going to get that chance over the final few weeks.

Ice Chips

  • Columbus is starting to put some pressure on the top three in the Metro Division and you can thank defenceman Seth Jones for some of that. He scored two goals in the second period on Friday, giving him three goals and two assists over the last two games. He now has set career highs in goals, assists and points as the 23-year-old evolves into an elite NHL blueliner.
  • Detroit centre Darren Helm looked pretty good last month (4-6-10), but had gone into the tank in March until scoring on Friday. He needs one more for his sixth double-digit goal season. Despite his February surge, Helm is only an asset in very deep leagues.
  • Calgary backup goalie David Rittich is looking real sharp lately, giving up just one goal for the second straight start, missing his first career shutout Friday by just 7:05. The rookie is worth monitoring down the stretch.
  • Arizona centre Nick Cousins has picked up minor penalties in four straight games, but is $2,000 poorer after being slapped with a fine for embellishment as the league tries to crack down on diving. Meanwhile, Cousins is still seeking his first goal of the month, but he’s reached double digits this season for the first time in his career.
  • It was Ottawa centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau who broke Rittich’s shutout bid on Friday. For Pageau, that’s his third goal in the last five games, so give him a look as he’s widely available and is seeing way more ice time lately.
  • Pittsburgh defenceman Olli Maata had a hell of a rookie season back in 2013-14 (9-20-29), but has failed to build on that since. However, with a two-goal game earlier this month, he now has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points, putting him on pace for his first 30-point effort. You can do worse among blueliners that are generally available on the wire.
  • Dallas’ offense has been struggling recently, but Jamie Benn has been doing his part, ripping a goal and an assist Friday to give the Stars a much-needed 2-1 win. He’s got two goals and five assists over his last seven games, turning things around after a somewhat sub par February.
  • Minnesota defenceman Nick Seeler (biceps strain, flu) didn’t travel with the team Friday to Vancouver and is unlikely to play against Edmonton on Saturday, barring an injury to another blueliner. He’s been a pleasant surprise for the Wild, but not yet one worthy of any Fantasy attention.

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: Brayden Point Piling Up Points

March 27, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
In the last seven games, Point is living up to his name and then some by averaging over a point. Some recent highlights include a two-goal game, one of which came on the power play (that was also the game winner), in a road win over the Rangers. In the next game, Point scored a goal against Ottawa, then, after a two-assist performance, he had a goal and assist and was +2 in a big win in Boston. He kept the party going by setting up the overtime winner in Detroit. Point has moved to the top line, so with the Lightning making a run for the playoffs, he is someone to consider scooping up.
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Panthers Aiming to Spook Bruins?

March 2, 2015 | by David Harrison | Comments Comments Off
The Panthers last reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2012 when they were beaten by the Devils in the Conference quarterfinals. Having endured a disappointing run since, they will be desperate to make a return in 2015 and their fans will be happy to take any advantage that they can over their rivals. Whether the stacking of the roster with men who have history with the Bruins was a preconceived plan, or whether it is just coincidence, the Panthers will be hoping that it gives them a psychological edge and is enough to make the difference this time around.
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2013-14 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Top 10 Sleepers

September 16, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (1)
It is always fun to look at sleepers because if you are wrong, you can simply declare a mulligan. However, if you are right, it’s like a trump card. The best part of sleepers is the debate it sparks. There are others that will be missed here, but some had to be left out given that it’s a top 10 (not top 25) list.
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The Wire Troll: Marcel Goc Over Ankle Woes

March 3, 2013 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
Two multiple-point games in the last week got us thinking that maybe Goc was finally over the ankle injury that had dogged him in the early part of the season. Currently he has just seven points in 15 contests this season but five of those have come in the past three. And with Goc’s ownership under 1 per cent and desperate Fantasy owners in need, he may just be that guy for a team dying for a little production with minimal risk. Please remember that these pickups are the lowest of the low as far as a gamble. One can dump them just as fast as claim them without worry.
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