Fire on Ice

03/22/2010 12:44 AM -  Evan Reynar


Jonas Gustavsson

Jonas Gustavsson

Jason Pominville, RW, BUF (70GP-21g-31a-52pts, with a +13 and 17 pp points)

As we mentioned a few months back, Pominville continues to be one of the most consistently overlooked players in the league when it comes down to fantasy production. He has put up perfectly legitimate numbers going on four seasons now yet somehow remains on waiver wires while much less proven guys linger on rosters. Maybe it’s his lack of flash or the fact that he doesn’t appear to have a lot of upside, but he does play top line minutes with a solid team, and he’s currently playing his best hockey of the season with 10 points (5g-5a) in his last 7 games, highlighted by a hat-trick in Tampa last Thursday.

Nikolai Kulemin, LW, TOR (68GP-15g-17a-32pts, with a (-1) and 16 PIMs)

Tyler Bozak, C, TOR (27GP-7g-14a-21pts, with an even rating and 4 pp points)

If you’re still looking for a hot hand to ride down the stretch, there’s a couple in T.O. that have found some great chemistry with a top player. Skating alongside Phil Kessel, Kulemin and Bozak have been on fire for about three weeks now, and both can help you in different ways. If you need goals, lean towards Kulemin, and if it’s assists you need, Bozak is your man playing in the middle. Since the line was formed 10 games ago, Kulemin has 11 points (4g-7a), while Bozak has tallied ten (4g-6a).

Joe Corvo, D, WAS (42GP-6g-11a-17pts, with a (-7) and 9 pp points)

A second straight disappointing season for Joe Corvo has once again led to a deadline deal landing him in a more favourable situation. If he can come anywhere close to recreating the 21 points (7g-14a) in 23 games he posted when he was shipped to Carolina two seasons ago, then you’ll definitely want to keep him on your radar. He appears to be hitting his stride at the moment with a three-game point streak (2g-2a), and playing with the top offence in the league only ups his potential.

Jonas Gustavsson, G, TOR (37GP-14W-13L-8OTL, with a 2.92 GAA and .901 SV%)

Mathieu Garon, G, CMB (32GP-12W-9L-4OTL, with a 2.76 GAA and .905 SV%)

Ty Conklin, G, STL (23GP-10W-8L-1OTL, with a 2.49 GAA and .922 SV%)

We’re at that time of the year where you really have to reach if you need some goalie help. None of these three guys are legitimate top choices for their given teams, but all three of them are seeing some starts and all three of them are playing relatively well. Gustavsson has won five straight but will continue to platoon with J.S. Giguere. Garon has outperformed Steve Mason for the majority of the season and may continue to get the nod after posting wins in three straight. He is also undefeated at home in regulation this year (6-0-3). Conklin may be the most proven of the three but will struggle more for starts with Chris Mason in front of him. Still, Conklin is coming off an extremely impressive shutout over New Jersey that may have earned him a few extra looks down the stretch.

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