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The Wire Troll: Maxime Lajoie May Get More Ice Time

January 19, 2019 | By RotoRob | Comments (0)
Maxime Lajoie may get more ice time for the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa could lean on rookie Maxime Lajoie more in the second half. (Kevin Hoffman-USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. We’re well over halfway through January now, with the trade deadline looming closer and closer. Keep your foot on the gas, peeps!

This week, Washington got starting goalie Braden Holtby back after he missed two games with an eye injury; two guys in need of a change of scenery swapped places with Victor Rask heading to Minnesota and Carolina getting Nino Niederreiter in return; and a pair of veteran blueliners were traded for each as Michael Del Zotto is headed to Anaheim while the Canucks received Luke Schenn and a 2020 seventh round pick.

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

Maxime Lajoie, D, Ottawa Senators (ESPN: 20.3 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): In a fairly under the radar manner, Lajoie is putting together a fine rookie season (which started with a goal in his NHL debut as you can see in the video below). Even so, it’s been over a month since he recorded a point. Yet, with Mark Borowiecki now hurting, Lajoie should be in line for extra PT, making him an intriguing option over the next little while. A big part of Ottawa’s youth movement, Lajoie is a smooth skater and the fact he’s been a lineup mainstay this season has been a real pleasant surprise for the Senators considering last year he dipped on the prospect rankings a tad.

Sam Bennett, LW, Calgary Flames (ESPN: 1.8 per cent; CBS: 17 per cent): It’s been a couple of seasons since Bennett was last a Fantasy factor. He had a solid rookie effort and then regressed and stagnated. This season, however, Bennett is making a bit of progress — especially lately. After firing two power play goals and an assist on Friday, he now has three tallies and six points over the last seven games — as hot as we’ve ever seen the fourth overall pick from 2014. Calgary desperately needs secondary scoring, so if Bennett can supply some in the second half, he’ll continue to see PP time.

Devin Shore, LW, Anaheim Ducks (ESPN: 0.8 per cent; CBS: 4 per cent): Shore was dealt to Anaheim from Dallas this week for Andrew Cogliano, and has immediately seen a hike in ice time, with a chance for more responsibility now that Ondrej Kase has hit the IR. After a solid rookie effort in 2016-17, Shore struggled last season with the Stars, putting up an ugly -30. A fresh start may get him going, and he picked up an assist while going +1 on Thursday in his second game with the Ducks.

Joonas Korpisalo, G, Columbus Blue Jackets (ESPN: 5.7 per cent; CBS: 25 per cent): With usual starter Sergei Bobrovsky struggling lately, Korpisalo has had a chance to show what he can do, and it’s been impressive. Korpisalo was recently named as the new starter, and while it’s unclear how long this will last, you’d be wise to take advantage while you can. He’s already nearly matched his start total from all of last season, and while he hasn’t been spectacular overall, he’s definitely improved from last season and looked stellar in back-to-back games last Saturday and Tuesday.

Carl Soderberg, C, Colorado Avalanche (ESPN: 28.6 per cent; CBS: 20 per cent): Soderberg exploded on Monday, scoring three goals including a short-handed effort when he made Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner look like a fool. Soderberg now has four goals and an assist over the last five games, and with 15 tallies on the season, is just one shy of matching his career high of 16, which he achieved twice.

Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues (ESPN: 12.7 per cent; CBS: 38 per cent): Binnington has been simply phenomenal since his last recall less than two weeks ago. He’ll get the start again on Saturday against Ottawa, not the easiest of matchups, but given how amazing this dude has been (undefeated in regulation), we wouldn’t hesitate to start him.

Patrick Maroon, LW, St. Louis Blues (ESPN: 29.9 per cent; CBS: 15 per cent): An injury to David Perron has caused some line juggling in St. Louis, allowing Maroon to move up to the top line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly. Maroon scored the game-winning goal last Saturday, but other than seven minutes in penalties, he’s been quiet this week. Still, he’s getting more shots with the Blues and playing alongside this talented pair, is a nice sleeper for the time being.

Others to Consider

Magnus Paajarvi, RW, Ottawa Senators (ESPN: unowned; CBS: unowned): Paajarvi hasn’t been a Fantasy factor since his nice rookie season, but with 10 shots and a goal over his last five games, plus a few games with extra PT (including over 18 minutes on Wednesday), the 10th overall pick from 2009 at least deserves to be watched.

Thatcher Demko, G, Vancouver Canucks (ESPN: 1.2 per cent; CBS: 19 per cent): Demko looked very sharp in his season debut on Friday, but it’s unclear how much action he’ll get going forward. As a dynasty option, he’s an excellent pick up.

Cal Clutterbuck, RW, New York Islanders (ESPN: 0.7 per cent; CBS: 2 per cent): A notorious diver, Clutterbuck has two goals and an assist over the last four games, going +2 with extra PT lately. And — as usual — he’s among the league leaders in hits.

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The 2019 Fantasy Baseball Guide: Review and Promo

January 16, 2019 | By RotoRob | Comments (0)
As per usual, we’re here to give you the 411 about the newest edition (which, brilliantly is known as the 2019 guide), and — as you’ve come to expect — we’ve got an offer for you to save a sweet percentage off the cover price when you buy it with our exclusive promo code. Yay!!
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The Wire Troll: Malik Beasley Delivering For Denver

January 13, 2019 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Don’t look now, but Atlanta’s first rounder from last season is starting to pay major dividends. In 39 minutes on Friday, Huerter went off for a career-high 29 points with five three-pointers, three assists and two steals. His minutes are way up lately (36.5 MPG over the last five), and he’s been sinking more and more buckets as the season has gone on. How about Huerter’s 38 per cent season percentage from beyond the arc? The dude was the man at Maryland, but not really a household name nationally. But the way he’s filling it up from downtown, he seems driven to change that now that he’s a pro.
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The Wire Troll: Goaltending Help For the Second Half

January 12, 2019 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Starting back-to-back games this week, Nilsson showed a bend but don’t break mentality, giving up plenty of juicy rebounds, but only two goals allowed on 67 shots faced over the pair of contests. Recently traded from Vancouver, he now has a chance to play more often and is taking advantage so far, with a 2.25 GAA since joining the Sens. And for what it’s worth, both Nilsson’s Corsi For and Fenwick For percentages have risen since heading east.
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The Wire Troll: E’Twaun Moore Becoming a Pillar in New Orleans

January 6, 2019 | By Brett Hamlyn | Comments Comments Off
Jones nearly pulled off a double double in 25 minutes last Sunday with 16 points to go along with his nine rebounds. For the season, he’s averaging close to a block and a steal, and has knocked down four threes in his last two games. There’s enormous potential upside to DJJ as one of the more athletic guys on the Miami roster.
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