David Moss, RW CGY (58GP-17g-13a-30pts, with a +9 and 7 pp points)
Last week we featured Mikael Backlund in this report, thinking he was going to get a crack at top line duties for the Flames in the wake of Brendan Morrison’s knee injury. While Backlund has had a pretty solid week with a goal and an assist in three games, he’s still logging around ten minutes a game on a very effective fourth line for the Flames. Instead, it’s David Moss who gets the call to play with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay on the Flames’ top unit, and he’s looked respectable, with a goal and a +3 rating in a tough week of matchups. He might not have a firm lock on top center duties, but keep an eye on this situation. Anyone centering a line with Iginla is worth starting at this point.
Andrej Sekera, D, BUF (64GP-3g-20a-23pts, with a +1 and 5 pp points)
Finding help on the blueline can be extremely difficult at this point of the season but there’s one guy in Buffalo that’s quietly enjoying the best stretch of his career. Sekara, who was actually drafted in 2004 for his strong offensive upside, has had a fairly unimpressive career with the Sabres through his first few years, but his play of late should put him on your radar. Sekara has 11 points (2g-9a) through his last eight games, including a stretch of five straight multiple point games. This is so far and beyond anything Sekara has shown us before, so it could be a total fluke or it could just be the sign of a guy who’s finally found his confidence. Either way, he’s probably performing better than anyone else you’re going to find on the wire at this point.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS (11GP-8-2-2, with a 1.96 GAA and .931 SV%)
The carousel of young goaltending talent continues in Washington with the recent emergence of Braden Holtby. Holtby has been spectacular for the Capitals since entering the game against Tampa last Monday after Michael Neuvirth took a shot to the face. Since then Holtby has won four straight for the Caps letting in just four goals. Expect Bruce Boudreau to ride the hot hand as he usually does.
Vinny Prospal, LW/C, NYR (17GP-4g-9a-13pts, with a 0 ranking and 8 pp points)
Prospal won’t be high on most ranking sheets, since he has missed most of the season because of a knee injury. However, he has been scoring at a pace recently that should make him worthy of a pickup. In his last nine games, Prospal has ten points (2g-8a). The only concern may be his icetime (average 14 minutes per game this season), but that should increase now that the Rangers will be playing must-win games for the rest of the season.
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