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The Wire Troll: Ryan Strome Driving Islander Playoff Push

February 12, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Ryan Strome is started to deliver on his promise for the New York Islanders.
Ryan Strome is suddenly red hot. (mit.zenfs.com)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. We’re now just over two weeks away from the NHL trade deadline, so be ready to pounce should a deal create an opportunity for Fantasy value.

This week, Henrik Lundqvist became the first European goalie to win 400 games; the Detroit sporting world lost an icon with the passing of Mike Ilitch, owner of both the Red Wings and the Tigers; and Craig Anderson returned to action for Ottawa and wasted no time in making a huge impact.

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

Ryan Strome, C, New York Islanders (ESPN: 5.8 per cent; CBS: 23 per cent): The former first round pick has flourished lately. In a five game stretch, Strome had two-point games against both the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and then picked up an assist in the win over the Flyers. He’s also shown a willingness to stick up for his teammates (see video below). After his down season in 2015-16, maybe Strome is poised for a big second half.

Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders (ESPN: 15.8 per cent; CBS: 28 per cent): 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.

Brett Connolly, RW, Washington Capitals (ESPN: 4.4 per cent; CBS: 10 per cent): The third line winger has come on for the surging Capitals. In the last six games, Connolly has scored four goals and eight points while recording a +7 rating. He started the month of February by scoring the game winner against the Boston Bruins, and then followed it up with an assist against Montreal Canadiens, a goal and an assist in each game against the Los Angeles Kings and Carolina, then he scored another goal against the Detroit Red Wings. Connolly capped his roll on Saturday against the Ducks by adding a fourth helper in five games. The Capitals will now have to rely on guys like Connolly, especially with Andre Burakovsky out until mid-March with a broken hand.

Jason Pominville, RW, Minnesota Wild (ESPN: 33.1 per cent; CBS: 27 per cent): In the past four games, the winger has made a strong contribution for Minnesota. After registering an assist against the Vancouver Canucks, Pominville lit up the Winnipeg Jets by scoring two goals, including the game winner, as part of a four-point game in which he went +3. Then, after picking up an assist against the Chicago Blackhawks, he logged another helper on the power play against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pominville has points in 10 of his last 11 games, one of several Wild players going great guns since the calendar turned to 2017.

Mikko Rantanen, RW, Colorado Avalanche (ESPN: 7.8 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): The 2015 first rounder is making the most of his playing time on a bad hockey team. Rantanen, whose playing time has increased to over 18 minutes a game, has scored seven points in the last seven games. His breakout game was against Montreal at home, in which he scored a hat trick and was a +2. This season, the hulking Rantanen is -20, but he has scored 11 goals in 47 games, including five in the last seven games.

Nikita Zaitsev, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 25.2 per cent; CBS: 39 per cent): The young Russian defenseman has been accumulating the points for Toronto over the last four games, including a two-point performance against the Islanders, a power play goal against Dallas, and finally an assist on the power play against Buffalo on Saturday, a game in which he also doled out a game-high and season-best nine hits. Zaitsev is a top pairing blueliner who is averaging almost 22.5 minutes while playing a key role on the first unit power play (eight of the rookie’s 25 points have come with the man advantage). This is someone you need to pick up — now.

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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Hockey Hospital: Islanders Hurt By Loss of Travis Hamonic

January 13, 2016 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
The Devils have really struggled to stay healthy this season and they’ve been spinning their wheels a bit lately as the Penguins begin to come on and close the gap.
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The Wire Troll: Jared Spurgeon Surging in St. Paul

November 15, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
A 16-goal, 33-point scorer last season, Hansen is off to a considerably good start this season with five goals, 11 points, a plus-10 rating, four penalty minutes, 33 shots on goal, eight hits and seven blocked shots in 18 games this season. Don’t expect him to consistently produce, but he could be a savvy pick in leagues with many teams and a very shallow free agent pool.
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The Wire Troll: Devan Dubnyk Gets Fresh Start

January 18, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
The 14th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Dubnyk spent years plying his trade with the Edmonton Oilers. He quickly learned goaltending alone wouldn’t fix the club, and was finally traded last season to the Nashville Predators. After a poor two appearances with the Preds, Dubnyk would then be traded to Montreal and finished the season with the historic franchise’s farm team.
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