Brandon Dubinsky, C, LW NYR (10GP-5g-4a-9pts, with a (-1) and 8 PIMs)
Ryan Callahan, RW, NYR (10GP-4g-7a-11pts, with a +1 and 41 shots)
Dubinsky and Callahan both have evolved to be key role players for the Rangers over the past few years, but their fantasy potential has been marred by their inability to be highlighted on the top line for consistent periods of time. It’s quite possible their time has finally come. With a slew of injuries in the Big Apple, the duo has been logging some serious minutes, and subsequently, some serious production. Callahan has to get the edge over the last two weeks with a current six-game point streak and huge shot totals (41), but don’t sleep on Dubinsky, who has been quietly evolving into a tremendous two-way forward that can produce numbers across the board.
Jarret Stoll, C, LA (11GP-4g-6a-10pts, with a +6 and 6 PIMs)
Stoll is another guy, like Dubinsky, who will log a lot of minutes due to his ability to play in all situations. Also like Dubinsky, Stoll tends to really spread his production around. He is constantly slept on in fantasy circles because none of his numbers really stick out, but he will give you solid totals in virtually every area. Don’t be scared away by L.A.’s depth either. Stoll is one of the top faceoff guys in the league and he also plays the point on the power-play quite regularly. Both these factors see him averaging in the 17:00-18:30 minute range over the past five seasons. He’s enjoying a blazing hot start to his season with ten points (4g-6a) through his last nine games.
Dennis Seidenberg, D, BOS (8GP-0g-4a-4pts, with a +4 and 9 PIMs)
If you were paying attention to the end of last season you probably had Seidenberg penciled in as a serious sleeper pick going in to your draft this year. You were also probably fairly disappointed through the first few weeks of this season to learn he was no longer Zdeno Chara’s defence partner. If you were like me, you probably dropped Seidenberg after he failed to register a point through the Bruins first three games, but if you are like me you’re also going to pick him up again after his recent streak of four assists in five games. He may not be playing with Chara anymore, but he’s still second on the Bruins’ depth chart as far as d-men go, and his skill matched with a strong team around him should make him a consistent, and moderately worry-free, waiver pick-up.
Dan Ellis, G, TB (6GP-3W-2L-1OTL, with a 2.37 GAA and .914 SV%)
The goalie situation in Tampa is one of the big question marks of the early NHL season. While the rest of the Lightning squad appear to be poised to make a serious run in the Eastern Conference, their inconsistency between the pipes has been their Achilles heel over the past few seasons. The off-season acquisition of former Predator Dan Ellis created a platoon situation with Mike Smith, and although both goalies haven’t had trouble posting wins with the potent Lightning offence in front of them, Ellis is beginning to pull away from Smith with his play in net. It shouldn’t be too surprising. Ellis has better career numbers than Smith and has shown more periods of prolonged consistency over his career. He’s hot right now too. Since replacing Smith in the first period of last Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh, he hasn’t allowed a goal on his way to picking up back-to-back wins.
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