Frustrated Marian Gaborik owners can finally expect the injury-prone right winger to start putting up points, as he plans to lace ‘em up for Wednesday’s tilt with the Calgary Flames. [Editor’s note: Apologies to John for not getting this up earlier (email issues).] Gaborik has not played since October 14th. If he stays healthy for the remainder of the season, and that’s an enormous if, his numbers should resemble 25 goals, 25 assists for 50 points with a +10 rating. Fellow linemate Mikko Koivu could see a boost in his assist totals as a result. However, if Gaborik starts putting up points consistently and garners interest from your peers, you may want to consider trading him, as he has shown himself to be about as rigid as a dry leaf.
In the beginning of the season, I had mentioned taking a chance on Boston Bruins’ wingers Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic, pegging them for breakout seasons. It has been just that for them so far as Kessel has already matched his goal total of 19 from last season, and Lucic is helping out more than adequately in all fantasy categories. Hold on though – the Bruins stranglehold on first place in the Northeast Division isn’t solely due to the strong play of goaltender Tim Thomas, and these two young guns; good things come in threes. 22 year old centre David Krejci has exceeded his point total from last season, registering 29 points through 30 contests, with a +15 to boot. Owned in approximately half of fantasy leagues, Krejci should continue to put up assists on the top line centering Kessel and Lucic. Grab him while you can.