Vaclav Prospal, LW, C CLS (1GP-1g-1a-2pts, with a +1 and 2 PIMs)
One major question for fantasy owners entering the ’11-’12 season: Who’s going to play with Rick Nash and the newly acquired Jeff Carter in Columbus? The answer: Vinny “the yo-yo” Prospal. If you’ve been playing fantasy hockey for a while now you’ve certainly noticed Prospal’s uncanny ability to fluctuate his point totals from year to year. Since the ’01-’02 season Vinny has posted point totals of 55, 79, 54, 80, 55, 71, 45, 58 and 23. To be fair his 23 points last season was accumulated over just 29 games in an injury-plagued season with the Rangers. The offseason landed him a fresh start with the Jackets, and quite possibly the most perfect fit possible for the 36-year old journeyman. Vinny has always been the type of player who’s strength is lending support to more skilled linemates, and now that those two linemates just happen to be former multiple-time 40-goal scorers, expect him to again flirt with point-per-game type numbers if he stays healthy and in good favour. Also note that he’s now on the right wing, which should lead to him soon acquiring position eligibility in all three forward spots.
Michael Ryder RW DAL (1GP-0g-0a-0pts, with an even rating and 3 SOG)
I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan of Ryder. It seems every time I watched the Bruins last year he was quite noticeable on the ice, and not in a good way. In the playoffs however, he stepped up his game big time, posting 17 points (8g-9a) in 25 games, becoming a key cog in the Bruins’ Cup run. It remains to be seen whether this was a flash in the pan or the indication of a renewed confidence. The Dallas Stars are banking on the latter. Signing Ryder in the offseason, the Stars will be looking for him to help fill a major hole with the loss of Brad Richards to free agency. Ryder already has a history with the Stars’ number one centerman Mike Ribeiro, who helped him achieve the first of back-to-back 30 goal seasons in Montreal back in ’05-’06. Expect Ryder to be a fixture in the top-6 with upside point totals in the 50-60 range.
Fedor Tyutin, D, CLS (1GP-0g-0a-0pts, with an even and 2 SOG)
With the gaudy 8-game suspension to the Jackets’ big free agency acquisition James Wisniewski, Tyutin makes for a nice short-term addition in fantasy leagues. Tyutin will be a fixture on the Jacket’s Jeff Carter-bolstered powerplay until Wisniewski returns so a boost in offense should be in order. Of course, expect a return to mediocrity for Tyutin when Wisniewski comes back on October 25.
Thomas Greiss, G, SJ
Another short-term add here with Greiss, but one that could lend a major hand to winning the week in H2H leagues. With the Sharks’ number one Antii Niemi recovering from surgery to remove a cyst, Greiss will get at least one look this week in the home-opener Saturday night, a very favourable match-up against the Phoenix Coyotes, so get him in your lineup quick!