Attention hockey fans. MyOfficePool.ca’s Hockey Survivor II pool starts up this week, so get in and sign up before the deadline, which is Saturday at 4:00pm Eastern. Same format as last time, pick one winner (or OTL loser) from the Saturday games and move on from there. We’ll see if anyone can survive longer than five weeks this time.
Now on to our regularly scheduled fantasy hockey buy, sell and hold candidates.
Carey Price, G, MTL – I will admit, I am a biased Montreal Canadiens fan. Over Price’s last 4 starts though, he completely stole a game in Boston, won with a solid performance in Phoenix, and put on one of his best displays ever in a loss to the Preds. Martin finally seems determined to give Price the chance to get on a roll, so take advantage of any owners who have written him off for the year.
Brad Boyes, RW, STL – Boyes is apparently a MOP reader, and John’s column last week lit a fire under his butt. After a miserable 7 game pointless stretch, Boyes has 5 points and is +2 in his last three. He’s been consistently productive over the last 3 seasons, and looks to have rediscovered his touch.
Martin St. Louis, RW, TB – St. Louis was riding a 12 game goalless drought as of Sunday. He has been one of the most consistent and reliable fantasy performers of the past few seasons though, and RW is not a particularly deep position. See if you can find an owner desperate to move him and pounce.
Dan Cleary, RW, DET – Cleary has 6 points in 4 games since he started seeing regular minutes with Henrik Zetterberg. Detroit’s offense finally seems to have found some rhythm, and Cleary is a big reason why.
Jay Bouwmeester, D, CGY – Bouwmeester has not produced to the level expected, but did contribute a power-play marker over the weekend for his second goal this season. His early season struggles have a lot of owners looking to ditch him, but Bouwmeester is a proven commodity and should turn it around.
Pekka Rinne, G, NAS – Rinne is 5-1-0 in his last 6 and is fresh off a shutout against the Habs on Saturday. He will no doubt cost you less than any of the elite goaltenders, and could provide some serious help between the pipes.
Maxim Afinogenov, RW, ATL – Many would be tempted to slot the enigmatic Russian into the sell category. He’s been wildly inconsistent throughout his career, and has been completely unproductive in each of the last two seasons. He’s scoring at a point-per-game pace though, and might be more comfortable than ever with fellow countryman and offensive dynamo Ilya Kovalchuk around.
David Perron, LW, STL – Perron has shown some signs of life lately, posting a goal and a helper against the Thrashers to bust out of a 4 game pointless drought, then following that up with a hatty against the Canucks. Before that 4 game pointless drought, he posted 6 points in 3 games. This sound like someone who should be in the buy category so far, doesn’t it? Well that 6 point outburst came after a 7 game pointless drought in which Perron was -4. That’s cold streak, hot streak, cold streak, hot streak. What comes next?
Sheldon Souray, D, EDM – The Oilers have been struggling of late, so Souray’s return to the lineup Sunday was surely a welcome sight. There might be an owner in your league who now has a glut of defensemen is forced to make a move with Souray coming off the IR, but I’d be a little tentative until Souray has a few games under his belt.
Craig Anderson, G, COL – It makes me more than a little sad to list him here. I always root for my fellow goaltenders, and love an underdog story. Anderson is 1-4-1 over his last 6 starts though, allowing 20 goals on 191 shots over that span. If he still seems to have some trade value in your pool, look to move him.
Kyle Quincey, D, COL – Quincey is riding an 11 game goalless drought and the Avs are crashing back to earth. Slumping defenseman running failing power-plays won’t help your fantasy team any.
David Backes, RW, STL – Backes has just one goal this season to follow up his 31 goal season from last year. Add to that the fact that he’s now day-to-day with one of those mysterious “upper body injuries” and it doesn’t look like he will turn things around anytime soon.