Tomas Fleischmann, LW, RW COL (32GP-9g-12a-21pts, with a +5 and 16 PIMs)
I was making a serious effort to grab Fleischmann in all my leagues as soon as he was dealt to the Avs a few weeks back, and if he is by any chance still available to you, grab him now. His potential doesn’t have so much to do with his skill, which is adequate, but from the fact that no matter who the Avs plug in to their top two lines, they seem to all of a sudden become fantasy gold. Fleischmann has certainly not been the exception; he now has 11 points (5g-6a) in 9 games with the Avs, as the team continues to score goals at a prolific rate despite numerous injuries to their top players.
Mikhail Grabovski, C, TOR (32GP-11g-12a-23pts, with a +1 and 16 PIMs)
Despite the ongoing inconsistencies that will likely plague the Leafs all season, one bright spot with the team has to be the play of Grabovski. Flanked by Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur, Grabovski has been incredibly reliable for the Leafs continually lighting the lamp whether the team play well around him or not. He currently has six goals in his last seven games as his line has slowly taken over top duties for the Leafs.
Alexander Steen, C, STL (31GP-9g-11a-20pts, with a +3 and 14 PIMs)
After a bit of a lull that led to him being dropped in a lot of leagues, Steen is back producing at a prolific rate, and should be owned in all leagues. His high energy play over the past year has been key to the Blues’ success, giving his minutes and production some genuine sustainability. His lull was likely a result of the Blues suffering from injuries to some other important players, but Steen appears to have adapted, posting nine points (5g-4a) over his last nine games. His value should only improve as the team gets healthier.
Marc Staal, D, NYR (35GP-6g-9a-15pts, with a +10 and 24 PIMs)
Daniel Girardi, D, NYR (35GP-3g-16a-19pts, with a +9 and 18 PIMs)
The Rangers are witnessing a number of breakout seasons this year, including those put forward by Staal and Girardi on the blueline. With their production suffering from a lack of powerplay time over the past few seasons, their inclusion this year on the man-advantage has led to much more consistent production and legitimate status as top-2 d-men.
Anders Lindback, G, NAS (16GP-9-2-2, with a 2.27 GAA and .925 SV%)
While Lindback hasn’t really outplayed the injured Pekka Rinne, the difference put forward by the team in front of him certainly is striking. Despite boasting just slightly better averages than Rinne, Lindback’s 9-2-2 record far outshines the 8-7-4 record of Rinne. This could lead to Lindback getting some more parts with Rinne’s return this week, similar to how Rinne and Dan Ellis split time last year.
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