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The Wire Troll: Rickard Rakell Making Instant Impact

November 6, 2016 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Michael Grabner has been surprisingly effective for the New York Rangers.
Michael Grabner is really impressing early on this season. (Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

So, um, remember when we recommended Montreal Canadiens backup goalie Al Montoya as a good bench option for your Fantasy team? Um, yeah, we’re sorry about that… Montoya and the Habs got hammered 10-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets in what will almost assuredly be the most lopsided game of the 2016-17 NHL season. At least they got it out of the way early.

The league’s powerhouse teams are back in working order for the most part, too. Pittsburgh has been dominant with the return of Sidney Crosby and the point-per-game pace typical of Evgeni Malkin. Chicago has also hit a hot streak with Artem Anisimov on fire of late. The Minnesota Wild has come back down to earth with two one-goal losses on the week, but Devan Dubnyk remains one of the NHL’s best in goal with just three goals allowed in his last five games.

Also, who didn’t love Max Domi’s one-punch KO of Ryan Kesler in the first period of the Coyotes-Ducks game on Friday? You can bet his dad taught him a thing or two there. On to the picks!

Michael Grabner, LW/RW, New York Rangers (ESPN: 13.7 per cent; Yahoo: 14 per cent): The former Islander has been on fire this season while playing with New York’s other NHL team. This week, Grabner piled up five goals, seven points,  a plus-9 rating and 12 shots on goal for the Rangers while flashing some superb transitional and passing skills even while short-handed (see video below).

Rickard Rakell, C, Anaheim Ducks (ESPN: 47.4 per cent; Yahoo: 25 per cent): A restricted free agent holdout at the start of the season, Rakell has more than made up for it since his return to the ice. He had three goals, six points, a plus-1 rating, two power play points and 13 shots on goal last week.

Nazem Kadri, C, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 46.5 per cent; Yahoo: 34 per cent): The Leafs are crawling with elite young talent, but the vets are putting up the points, too. Toronto’s 2009 top pick, Kadri had three goals, a plus-1 rating, 26 penalty minutes and 12 shots on goal in four games.

Dennis Seidenberg, D, New York Islanders (ESPN: 11.8 per cent; Yahoo: 12 per cent): Seidenberg had a fantastic week, and not just by defenseman standards. In four games, the 2011 Stanley Cup champ had two goals, six points, a plus-5 rating, eight penalty minutes and four shots on goal while averaging 20:56 of ice time.

Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, Winnipeg Jets (ESPN: 46.5 per cent; Yahoo: 30 per cent): Winnipeg is yet another Canadian team filled to the brim with youth. Former Halifax Mooseheads star and 2014 top pick Ehlers had a great week with two goals, five points, a plus-2 rating, four penalty minutes and 15 shots on goal in four games. He also averaged — as a forward — over 20 minutes of ice time over that span, meaning he’s considered by Jets coaching staff to be a key part of the Winnipeg attack.

Damon Severson, D, New Jersey Devils (ESPN: 35.4 per cent; Yahoo: 19 per cent): Severson is absolutely on fire from the Devil blueline, recording five points, including two goals, over the last three games. He actually leads all New Jersey players with nine points over the first 10 games as he’s well on his way to shattering his output last season of 20 assists. This kid has come of age and needs to be added in all formats, pronto.

Rookie of the Week

New York Rangers left winger Jimmy Vesey claims this week’s honours with two goals, five points, a plus-4 rating, two penalty minutes, a power play point and seven shots on goal. That said, averaging just over 13 minutes of ice time, he’s definitely seeing sheltered minutes.

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: Dan Girardi Rides Rising Rangers

November 22, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
With a 9-1 record in their past 10 games, the Rangers are currently the hottest team in the league, leading the Metropolitan Division with five points to spare at 32. Girardi, more of a stay-at-home defenseman, is making a serious case for himself to be on your Fantasy roster. Through 20 games played, he has two goals, eight points, a plus-12 rating, six penalty minutes, 17 shots on goal, 46 hits and 44 blocked shots. We hope you have better players on your team’s top defensive pairing, but Girardi will certainly do as a third or fourth defenseman.
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2014 NHL Draft Grades: Metropolitan Division, Part II

August 27, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments (1)
A tall, lanky back-stopper at 6′3″ and 176 pounds, Halverson has technical issues to work on in his game, but boasts good upside. In 19 games with the Greyhounds, the Traverse City, Michigan native put together a 12-6-1 record, a 2.96 goals against average, a .904 save percentage and two shutouts.
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Dan Girardi Fantasy Impact: Are You Serious?

June 23, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
How difficult is it to foresee what will happen in a player’s career several years down the road? It is incredibly challenging. However, these are the type of things that we just do anyway. The goal is to attempt to come up with a sort of possible projection with the eyeball test combined with some advanced statistics. Are you ready? Let’s go!
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Fantasy Hockey Roundtable: Call it Rookie Love

November 1, 2009 | by Steven Ovadia | Comments (3)
There’s a whole lot of answers that rhyme with Smell Hotto. I’m just saying…
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