Teddy Purcell, RW, TB (17GP-2g-7a-9pts, with a (-1) and 6 PIMs)
With the recent news that Vincent Lecavalier will be gone 4-5 weeks following surgery to his broken hand, there will be some extra minutes to spread around for the potent Tampa offence, and Purcell appears to be the man to take advantage. Purcell already has three points in the three games that Lecavalier has missed, including two of his three power-play points on the season.
Daniel Cleary, RW, DET (15GP-7g-5a-12pts, with a +3 and 4 PIMs)
If you’re looking for a hot hand to ride right now, there may be no better option around than Cleary in Detroit. The 31-year old vet, who seems to just get better with age, is absolutely on fire right now with a current seven-game point streak, and five-game goal streak. He’s also a +7 over the span. Cleary may not be the sexiest pick around, but you can’t deny the value in those kinds of numbers.
Saku Koivu, C, ANA (19GP-7g-4a-11pts, with a +1 and 18 PIMs)
While Teemu Selanne’s impressive start has deservedly garnered him a lot of attention, don’t forget about the other Finish vet on the Ducks’ roster. Koivu is currently playing his best hockey in years and has been a major reason the Ducks are one of the hottest squads in the game right now. Averaging nearly 19 minutes a game on the season, Koivu has now posted seven points (5g-2a) over his last six contests, and he’s playing with some edge too as confirmed by the 18 PIMs he’s accumulated already; a nice little bonus.
Roman Hamrlik, D, MTL (15GP-1g-7a-8pts, with a +6 and 5 pp points)
It may not be set in stone yet, but if Andrei Markov is in fact set to miss a major chunk of the season again, some other Habs will have to step up. With Markov already missing time early on, Hamrlik has quietly gotten off to one of the best starts of his career. His +6 rating combined with his five power-play points is a highly impressive combination that represents just how valuable he’s been to the Habs so far and exactly the type of numbers you want to see from a d-man on your fantasy roster.
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