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The Wire Troll: Alexander Edler Active on Power Play

December 15, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Alexander Edler is producing for the Vancouver Canucks.
Alexander Edler is finally healthy and productive again. (Amy Irvin/The Hockey Writers)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. We’re into mid-December now, and with the holiday trade freeze just four days away, keep your eyes peeled for player movement that could affect Fantasy values.

This week, the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko (who reportedly could be on the trade market) got nailed with an illegal stick penalty in overtime, yet St. Louis survived and won the game; the Lightning got No. 1 goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy back after he had missed 14 games with a busted foot; and Carolina has lost Jordan Staal to a concussion.

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

Alexander Edler, D, Vancouver Canucks (ESPN: 6.4 per cent; CBS: 42 per cent): Edler has been seeing plenty of time on the top power play unit (and showing he can still rip it, as you’ll see in the video below), and has started to produce after missing 15 games earlier this season. The veteran blueliner has logged assists in back-to-back games, giving him a goal and two helpers over the last four. Edler’s ice time has been on the rise recently, and he has now reached double digit points in just 19 games this season, putting him on pace for his best total since 2011-12 — despite all the injuries. And there’s the issue with owning him — his difficulty staying in the lineup. For a well-put together dude, Edler sure gets hurt a lot, so you need to grab him and ride him while he’s racking up the points.

Mason Appleton, C, Winnipeg Jets (ESPN: 0.2 per cent; CBS: 4 per cent): A couple of weeks ago, the Jets brought up Appleton from the AHL, and while he’s yet to light the world on fire (one assist through his first eight games), we like his long-term prospects. Currently playing on the Jets’ fourth line, he’s not seeing much ice time, but he has managed shots in each of the last two games. Given what Appleton did in the AHL as a rookie last season (66 points) and this season (nearly a point per game), he’s clearly a dude to keep an eye on.

Filip Hronek, D, Detroit Red Wings (ESPN: unowned; CBS: 4 per cent): Mike Green will be 3-to-5 weeks with an LBI, prompting the Wings to recall 20-year-old Czech blueliner Hronek, who has been tearing up the AHL with 18 points, including five goals, in 20 games. Hronek was up with the Wings earlier in the season for a few games, but was pressing when he struggled, so was farmed out. He’s a smooth-skating puck mover that could see time on the power play, so needs to be tracked.

Kevin Hayes, RW/C, New York Rangers (ESPN: 48.5 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): Hayes is red hot right now, firing a goal and an assist Friday for his third straight multi-point effort. His slow start is definitely behind him now and he seems to be getting better as the season progresses. Be aware that Hayes left Friday’s game a bit early after getting shoved into the boards, but he’s expected to be okay. With 10 points over the last 10 games, he’s on pace for a career-best 61 this season, and despite always being tasked with covering top players, he’s been a plus player every season he’s played in the NHL.

Jordan Oesterle, D, Arizona Coyotes (ESPN: unowned; CBS: 1 per cent): Oesterle is a strong two-way blueliner, but he’s had trouble staying in the Arizona lineup this season. Still, his ice time has risen a bit lately, he scored on Friday, and is now +3 over the last two games to get back close to even for the season. Oesterle, who periodically can play with an edge and has contributed 41 blocks so far, is on pace to play more games this season and should top 20 points for the first time.

Nate Schmidt, D, Vegas Golden Knights (ESPN: 4.3 per cent; CBS: 37 per cent): Schmidt enjoyed a breakout season in 2017-18, but after getting suspended for the first 20 games this season, his ownership has been held in check. However, with assists in two of the last three games, that won’t remain the case for long. Schmidt is seeing tons of time as a primary penalty killer for the Golden Knights, and has become a real leader on this young team. He already has six points, 21 blocked shots and five hits, and it’s no coincidence that Vegas has turned its season around since he’s returned to the lineup.

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Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy hockey pickup of the week is.

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The Quest for Bryce Harper

December 14, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Of course, from the White Sox’s perspective, landing Harper would give this rebuilding team instant credibility and really drive forward their move from a team of the future to a team of the present. He’s young enough (26) to still be the focal point of the organization as the team’s massive collection of prospects mature into big leaguers.
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The Wire Troll: Jeremy Lauzon Logging Minutes in Boston

December 8, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Yes, McElhinney is now hurt, so this is not a pickup if you need immediate help. But assuming it’s not a long-term concern, he’s definitely worth a look as he’s seen the bulk of the starts for the Hurricanes and has performed extremely well. Before taking a shellacking on Wednesday, McElhinney had a run of five straight games giving up two or fewer goals, and it’s clear he’s going to fly past the 15 starts he made for the Leafs last season, especially now that Scott Darling has been sent down to the minors.
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The Wire Troll: Alex Chiasson Accumulating Goals for Oilers

December 1, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Chiasson potted his 11th goal in 19 games on Thursday, giving him three goals and an assist over the last four games. He was an afterthought in Washington last season, but is playing a much bigger role for the Oilers. No, Chiasson’s ridiculously good 35.5 shooting percentage won’t continue, but he brings last season’s Stanley Cup experience to a club that needs to learn how to win.
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The Wire Troll: Pavel Zacha Powers Past Slump

November 24, 2018 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Schlemenko missed the first few weeks of the season with a knee injury, but has stepped right into major minutes upon his return two weeks ago. Okay, so he’s not exactly the most skilled or fastest defenseman on the Habs, but he did log a team-high 30 shifts on Friday, picking up an assist (on the PP), three shots, four blocks and a pair of minor penalties. You won’t ever get much offense from a generally bottom-pairing defender like Schlemko, but he’s averaging around two and a half blocks and one and a half hits per game, and that has value.
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