All right boys and girls, it’s come down to the wire. Tomorrow is the final day of the fantasy hockey season and it’s going out with five games. If you are still reading this, hopefully this means that you are fighting hard to earn your league championship, or if you are in a points or rotisserie league, hopefully you aren’t maxed out on your positions just yet and can load up on some guys for the final day of action. Good luck to all that’s out there still fighting hard and let’s get started with the Pick Six…
If you are in a single season non-keeper league, don’t be afraid of scouring the waiver-wire for substitutes and maxing out your allotted amount of pick-ups, and if you own players that don’t play for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Minnesota, New Jersey, or Pittsburgh, by all means do not worry about dropping them for a player that is playing on Sunday. It might just mean the difference between winning or losing that gold medal.
Today’s Pick Six actually goes out in honor of one of our readers, Robert, who provided a couple of these. Appreciate your help Robert; let’s see how these boys can play.
Jordan Eberle, RW, EDM – start
He may be playing for last place Edmonton, but hey anyone has a chance against the Avalanche at this point in the season. Lucky for them, Eberle has fared especially well against the Avs. He currently has two goals, four assists, +3, 4 PIM, two PPP, and 19 SOG in five games against them so far this year. Combine that with his four points (a goal and three assists) in his last four games, including three PPP and a GWG, and his 43% ownership rate in Yahoo leagues and he could be the perfect pickup for tomorrow.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL – start
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jamie Benn is a stud and a must own in keeper leagues. Apparently not everyone gets that message though as he is only owned in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. He has scored at least a point in 16 of his last 19 games while he has 5 assists in the five games he has played in the month of April. He also has three goals, a +2, 4 PIM, a GWG, and 14 shots in his three games against the Wild. He also absolutely embarrassed Cam Barker. He definitely deserves an add for the last day of the season if he is still available.
Blake Wheeler, RW, ATL – start
If he is still available on your waiver-wire (owned in only about 16% of Yahoo leagues), I’d recommend swiping him up for your final day. Wheeler has succeeded in a Thrashers’ uniform, bagging seven goals and 10 assists in the 22 games he has played for them. He currently is on a modest three-game point streak in which he has netted two goals, two assists, two PIM, +2, and 13 SOG. He has done pretty well against the Penguins this year as well, collecting a goal, an assist, and a +3, however all of those games were when he was still with the Bruins so he should be relied upon much more in this game on a weaker Thrashers’ squad. Get him out there.
Tyler Kennedy, C/LW, PIT – start
The Penguins have won all three games so far this season against the Thrashers so I’d definitely be looking for some Pens to pickup on Sunday. Tyler Kennedy is probably one of the ones that should be available. With no Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, the team needed lower line players to step up down the middle, and Kennedy has done an admirable job of that. He is currently on a three-game point streak with a goal, two assists, a PPP, and 10 SOG while collecting a point in four of his last five games. I’d expect him to be able to deliver you something tomorrow.
Brent Johnson, G, PIT – start
I could be wrong, but it looks like Johnson is going to get the start for the Pens on the final day of the season, and is definitely worth a look as they are playing the Thrashers, a team the Pens have beat in all three meetings so far this year. Chris Mason is actually confirmed for tomorrow, but I would only add him if you are absolutely desperate. Neither Johnson nor Mason have played against either of these clubs as Marc-Andre Fleury and Ondrej Pavelec have matched up in every game thus far, but a battle of the backups are looking very likely. The Pens have scored 12 goals on 91 shots while the Thrash have scored 7 goals on 89 shots, so definitely get Johnson out there if he is indeed starting.
Magnus Paajarvi, LW, EDM – start
I could have gone with a number of people in this slot, but I’ll go with another barely owned Oiler. Paajarvi is only owned in 8 percent of Yahoo leagues but he has been producing for that 8 percent lately. He just ended a four-game point streak in which he had three goals and an assist while collecting five points in his last seven games. He also has three assists, a +2, and 15 SOG in the five games he has played against the Avs. There’s a good chance he could provide some help for your squad on Sunday.
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