Fire on Ice

02/14/2011 6:43 PM -  Evan Reynar

Frans Nielsen (Source: Creative Commons user Bridget Samuels)

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI (49GP-6g-23a-29pts, with a +8 and 22 PIM)

The Island has been an absolute hotbed for waiver pick-ups over the past couple of weeks, thanks mainly to former Fire on Ice highlights Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo giving the team a legitimate second line scoring threat. If you haven’t see what Grabner has been doing over the past two weeks, say a quick prayer that no one else in your league has noticed his current stretch of 15 goals in 14 games and grab him now! There’s a better chance that Okposo is available, and he’s definitely worth a look too, as we also mentioned a few weeks back. If both those guys are gone and you still would like a piece of this line’s prolific scoring pace, there’s a really good chance that Nielsen is still available to you. The centerman of said line has been racking up assists (7 in his last 5 games) and is a +12 over his last 10 games.

Sami Salo, D, VAN (1GP-0g-0a-0pts)

Salo, when healthy, is almost always a decent option on the blueline in fantasy leagues, but his potential this year coming off Achilles tendon surgery could be as high as it’s ever been. He’s stepping into a situation that is absolutely primed for success. The number one team in the league with the number one power-play; and it just so happens they’ve lost three of their top d-men in the last two weeks. Odds are someone in your league has already picked up on this, but if he’s still hanging around your waiver wire, scoop him up quick.

Travis Hamonic, D, NYI (36GP-2g-13a-15pts, with a (-5) and 54 PIM)

If you slept on Salo, but still need some help on D, take a long look at Hamonic in New York. The rookie blueliner has been a stud over the last two weeks for the suddenly potent offence of the Islanders. At just 20 years-old, Hamonic is already listed at 6-2, 208 lbs, and he’s not shy about throwing that weight around. In just his last two games, he has 4 points (1g-3a), with a +4 and 29 PIMs….wow.

Michael Frolik, RW, CHI (54GP-8g-21a-29pts, with a +1 and 20 PIM)

A player’s fantasy value can often improve with a trade, and Frolik is no exception. Now away from the Panthers’ counterproductive scoring attack, Frolik will have his opportunity to skate alongside the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp. Although Frolik has been held without a point in his first two games as a Hawk, don’t forget that he was the tenth overall pick back in the 2006 draft and now has his shot at skating alongside the Hawks’ fourth-ranked scoring attack.

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