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The Wire Troll: Joffrey Lupul Leading Lousy Leafs

November 29, 2015 | by Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
Tom Gilbert is helping in the plugger categories for the Montreal Canadiens.
Tom Gilbert is doing all the little things to help Fantasy owners. (Emptynetsports.com)

December is nearly upon us, meaning now is the time teams start pulling away from the pack… for better or worse. Edmonton, while markedly improved from seasons past, once again leads the race for the top overall pick. On the other end of the spectrum, Dallas surges forward thanks to the incredible firepower of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg. It’s going to be an interesting season, for sure.

Now, onto this week’s waiver wire picks.

Joffrey Lupul, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 25.2 per cent; CBS: 24 per cent): Toronto is dead last in the East, and 28th in the league, so very few current Leafs are worth a spot on your Fantasy roster, but Lupul — who we slotted 105th in our Top 250 Keeper League Rankings last year — might be one to consider. The five-time 20-goal scorer has eight goals, 11 points, a minus-2 rating, six penalty minutes, a power play goal, 59 shots on goal, 33 hits and five blocks through 23 games. He’s on pace for a 28-goal, 39-point season if he can keep it up, so we recommend keeping your eyes on him. Hey, if nothing else, Lupul may teach you something about headphones (see video below).

Tom Gilbert, D, Montreal Canadiens (ESPN: 0.1 per cent; CBS: 1 per cent): Fantasy championships are rarely ever won because of the direct offensive contributions of defensemen (Erik Karlsson, Duncan Keith, P.K. Subban and Klingberg aside). However, they certainly make their mark in miscellaneous categories. Take the Habs’ Gilbert for instance. He has just one assist so far, but has also added a plus-11 rating, six penalty minutes, 23 shots on goal, 18 hits and 36 blocked shots. Add him to your watch list for now; he’ll always be available if you need him later on.

Jared Cowen, D, Ottawa Senators (ESPN: 0.1 per cent; CBS: 3 per cent): Much like Gilbert, Cowen hasn’t contributed much offensively (three assists, 14 shots on goal), but his plus-9 rating, six penalty minutes, 51 hits and 31 shot blocks are considerable. He’ll do as a spare rearguard in a pinch.

Marcus Johansson, C/LW, Washington Capitals (ESPN: 13.2 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): The Metropolitan leading Caps sit third in the league standings with 35 points, and are considered early favourites for a deep postseason run. Johansson has been a solid offensive contributor, scoring five goals and 13 points with a plus-9 rating, two penalty minutes, two power play goals, 40 shots on goal, 14 hits and six blocks. If he’s available on your league’s waiver wire, snatch him up quick and enjoy the ride — this season’s Caps are going to go far.

Darcy Kuemper, G, Minnesota Wild (ESPN: 0.7 per cent; CBS: 9 per cent): A rough outing against Winnipeg in early November ruined an otherwise solid three appearances for the Minnesota youngster. Kuemper stopped 40 of 44 shots in the Wild’s 4-3 overtime loss to Dallas Saturday, showing Head Coach Mike Yeo there is in fact a backup netminder on the club able to spell starter Devan Dubnyk when need be. Kuemper better be your second or third goalie — we certainly don’t recommend him as your No. 1 — but Dubnyk can’t play every game now, can he?

Fantasy Tip of the Week: It took 22 games, but Minnesota right winger Jason Pominville finally scored a goal. It was a beauty, too. Pominville loaded every ounce of frustration into a roof tickler that blew by Dallas’ Antti Niemi in typical howitzer fashion. It was only a matter of time for the seven-time 20-goal, six-time 60-point scorer, but you had to wonder if Pominville cried himself to sleep every night prior to Saturday. He has a goal, 11 points and a plus-2 rating so far this season, and, with the return of Zach Parise and a monkey off his back, should see a boost in offensive production. Buy low.

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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Ice Chips: Groin Adhesions and Trade Deadlines Edition

March 6, 2009 | by Mike Chen | Comments (0)
Daniel Briere is getting over his groin adhesions; for this guy, the problems are just starting. Oh, the life of Daniel “Danny” Briere – it’s just one injury after another these days, isn’t it? If you’re a fantasy manager, you were stoked to see Briere finally back, then pissed to see him get hurt yet again. [...]
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NHL Trade Deadline Day, Toronto Maple Leafs Style

March 5, 2009 | by TSM | Comments (0)
Nik Antropov won’t be around to thrill and delight young Leaf fans anymore. Not even those wacky Eric Lindros fans. What a day it was. GM Brian Burke was busy; not as busy as I would have liked, but busy nevertheless. Here is a review of the deals (in case you didn’t know): 1. The Maple Leafs acquired [...]
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Monday Morning Musings Before NHL Trade Deadline

March 2, 2009 | by TSM | Comments (0)
Over the next couple of days, Brian Burke’s legacy as GM of the Leafs will begin to form. It’s a frosty Monday morning, folks. It’s a blustery -15 C here in Toronto. The only place it may be colder is on Brian Burke’s cellphone. There are numerous theories out there this morning as to what is [...]
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Sundin’s Return: To Boo or Not to Boo

February 21, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (3)
Will Leaf fans give Mats Sundin the gears Saturday, or will he be cheered? BY TSM Editor’s Note: This article comes to us courtesy of Torontosportsmedia.com, a web site that focuses on the sports journalism scene in T.O. We will soon be engaging in a content-sharing arrangement with this site, so here’s a taste. The world is going [...]
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