Fire on Ice

11/22/2010 2:20 AM -  Evan Reynar

Jussi Jokinen, LW, CAR (19GP-4g-13a-17pts, with a (-4) and 7 pp points)

Jokinen was a nice sleeper pick entering the season after a nice little breakout campaign last year. However, a slow start paired with emergence of rookie Jeff Skinner saw Jokinen get pushed to the backburner a bit, and as a result, a lot of waiver drops. He appears to be back on track though after being reunited with an equally hot Eric Staal. Jokinen has 11 points through his last eight games (2g-9a), highlighted by a two-goal, two-assist, +4 effort in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Ray Whitney, LW, PHO (18GP-3g-11a-14pts, with a +3 and 7 pp points)

It appeared as if we might finally seeing the beginnings of a Ray Whitney decline this season, but the ageless wonder just refuses to slow down. At 38, Whitney is once again showing he has plenty left to give your fantasy roster. After a slow start/adjustment period with his new team in Phoenix, Whitney is back putting up his typical near-point-per-game type numbers. He has 13 points (3g-10a) in his last 13 games, including a recent offensive explosion in which he’s tallied eight points (3g-5a) over his last four games.

Brad Boyes, RW, STL (19GP-5g-7a-12pts, with a (-2) and 18 PIM)
Patrick Berglund, C, STL (19GP-5g-8a-13pts, with a +5 and 5 pp points)

It’s no secret that the Blues are loaded with talented young offensive players, but their great depth has yet to produce much in the way of a fantasy “stud” since the goals are spread around so much. With recent injuries to key offensive players T.J. Oshie and David Perron, we’re starting to see a boost in value for some of those other “fringe” guys, namely Boyes and Berglund. Boyes is riding a five-game point streak (4g-3a), while Berglund is just coming off a five gamer of his own (1g-7a). Don’t be surprised though to see their value take a hit when Oshie and Perron return. 

Kevin Shattenkirk, D, COL (9GP-2g-3a-5pts, with a +2 and 3 pp points)

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago to keep an eye on Shattenkirk in Colorado and it’s beginning to look like its safe to jump on this guy.  He’s getting better every day, and his minutes and production are both increasing game-to-game. He’s currently on a three-game point streak (2g-2a), and he played a season-high 24:40 in his last game, a two-assist effort Saturday night in Dallas.

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