The Florida Panthers’ David Booth is coming into his own as a fantasy threat. He has picked up right where he left off last season, compiling 20 goals and 12 assists thus far. His numbers increase can be attributed to the top line minutes he is receiving, after the departure of Olli Jokinen this past summer. While not the fastest skater around, he is extremely strong on the puck, and is developing into the Panthers’ top threat. Currently owned in 47% of pools, he could be the key to a late season point surge for needy poolies.
Perhaps you’re content with your forwards, and are looking for a boost from your back end. With teams keying in on Lubomir Visnovsky and Sheldon Souray’s blasts from the point, the Edmonton Oilers have seen new offensive production from two of their younger defensemen. Both Tom Gilbert and Denis Grebeshkov have been hot of late, each recording 10 points in the last month. What’s more is that they are owned in 12% and 4% of fantasy leagues, respectively. Having received suspect goaltending so far this season, the Oilers are going to need to do a lot of scoring down the stretch if they have serious hopes of avoiding the golf course come April.
On the elite talent scale, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, and Henrik Zetterberg have all made headlines in current hockey happenings. Crosby is back in the Penguins lineup after having sat out the All-Star game with a nagging ankle injury. Ovechkin left yesterday’s tilt with the Boston Bruins after awkwardly sliding into the boards on a hook by Zdeno Chara. Early reports indicate that he is fine and should play Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, but Ovechkin owners should continue to monitor his situation. Speaking of the Red Wings, today they improved their chances of snagging more Stanley Cups over the next decade by inking Henrik Zetterberg to a 12 year $73 million contract extension, which could keep last year’s playoff MVP in Hockeytown until 2021.