With most of the fantasy hockey trade deadlines having passed, the stretch drive to the championship is here.
To wrap up NHL Trade Deadline talk, there’s only a couple of deals that bared significant fantasy value for me. Kevin Shattenkirk should be an absolute beast in Washington, especially on the power play. With Shattenkirk out in St. Louis, look for an increased offensive presence from Colton Parayko. Meantime, Ben Bishop, at best, will be splitting time with Jonathan Quick so make of it what you will. One things is for sure – this year certainly lacked the big-time, high impact moves.
With all that in mind, it’s time to take this home. Here’s a look at some sneaky additions that could bode well for your championship aspirations.
Mathieu Perreault – C, LW – Winnipeg Jets
It’s staggering to suggest that Perreault is only about 13% owned right now in Yahoo! leagues. On a nightly basis, the Perreault/Scheifele/Laine line has been carving up its opponents. They’re on complete fire. Perreault is currently on a seven-game point streak where he’s tallied three goals and eight assists for 11 points. As long as he’s playing with those two studs, the production will continue at a steady rate. PICK HIM UP before it’s too late!
Nick Schmaltz – C, LW – Chicago Blackhawks
Let’s hope the illness that caused Schmaltz to miss both of Chicago’s games this weekend doesn’t affect his recent hot play. The Schmaltz/Toews/Panik trio has been one of the hottest lines in the NHL for the last couple of weeks. When it comes to Schmaltz, fantasy owners are starting to take note of his strong production as his ownership is up to 10%. The 21-year-old is currently riding a six-game point streak and has notched at least a point in nine of his last ten games – three goals and nine assists for 12 points over that time frame. Undoubtedly, this is not sustainable but certainly ride him while he’s hot. It’s great to see the Kane line get some help for a change.
James Reimer – G – Florida Panthers
With time of the essence for most of us, Reimer could prove to be one of the sneakiest pickups of the year right now. Roberto Luongo will be sidelined for at least the next week with a lower body injury and with the Panthers still in the playoff hunt, Reimer will see every start. Depending on his play while Luongo is out, he has the potential to grab Florida’s crease for the remainder of the season. Reimer is 12-9-5 with a 2.42 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. That’s not bad for a goaltender that inked a pretty big deal in Florida last offseason which left many scratching their heads. That’s not the case anymore!
Conor Sheary – LW, RW – Pittsburgh Penguins
Poor Jake Guentzel. He was riding shotgun with Sidney Crosby but all that changed when Sheary returned to Pittsburgh’s lineup on Friday night. Now, things can change relatively quickly but considering the chemistry built earlier this season, it was a pretty easy decision for Mike Sullivan to put them back together. Perfect timing for this piece as Sheary potted the game winner and also added an assist for Pittsburgh on Sunday in a 4-3 come from behind victory over Buffalo. Through 44 games, Sheary has potted 18 goals and 37 points. His 39% ownership should skyrocket once he gets going again. I’d jump on him while you can as many have forgotten how successful he was with Crosby before the injury.
Tanner Pearson – LW – Los Angeles Kings
It’s remarkable that someone is actually giving Jeff Carter a bit of a breather when it comes to scoring goals in LA. There’s no doubt they’re still goal starved but Pearson is really starting to score consistently. The 24-year-old has been red-hot over the last ten games or so potting seven goals and adding six assists for 13 points. Considering this larger body of work, it’s astonishing he’s only about 28% right now.
T.J. Brodie – D – Calgary Flames
This time of year, its slim pickings when you’re looking on the waiver wire for a quality point producing defenseman. Brodie’s 29% ownership in Yahoo! leagues suggests owners dumped out on that file a long time ago. That’s where you come in. While it’s a small sample size, Brodie is arguably playing his best hockey of his season right now. He’s currently riding a mini four-game point streak where he’s tallied five points for the red-hot Flames. Brodie is starting to look really good again on the power play too. He’s worth a look.
Micheal Ferland – LW, RW – Calgary Flames
It has come as no surprise that Calgary’s ‘big boys’ have been a massive reason as to why this team has been so good lately. Ferland has slotted in nicely on Calgary’s top line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Although he has just 19 points to-date, he’s definitely worth a short-term gamble if you’re in search of depth. He’s potted five goals in the last seven games and three in the last four. If this solid production continues, his 2% ownership should grow exponentially.
Richard Panik – LW, RW – Chicago Blackhawks
Sven Baertschi – LW – Vancouver Canucks
Micheal Ferland – LW, RW – Calgary Flames
Justin Abdelkader – LW, RW – Detroit Red Wings
Mark Streit – D – Pittsburgh Penguins
The stretch drive is here! The Senior Fantasy Editor for NHL.com, Pete Jensen, joined me in Episode 18 of the Fantasy Fix Podcast.
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