Alright fantasy freaks, there are two weeks left in the NHL regular season and its time to squeeze out every last fantasy point you can muster. For those of you in pools with games played limits, you want to ensure you use up every game you have remaining. And for those of you in pools where you are allowed to add/drop players, it’s time to roll up your fantasy sleeves and get your waiver hands dirty.
I made a pleasing discovery this past week when I found this year’s first overall pick, Steven Stamkos (owned in 28% of pools), on my waiver list. I scooped him up in exchange for Mikko Koivu, who could miss games down the stretch with a knee injury. Stamkos appears to be turning the corner, emerging from his potential Alexander Daigle status, as a serious offensive threat for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Several other forwards are too hot to ignore, and you may want to ride out their streaks for the rest of the season. When Toronto Maple Leafs’ GM Brian Burke shipped out Nik Antropov and Dominic Moore at the trade deadline, some space opened up on the Leafs’ offense. Alexei Ponikarovsky, owned in just 25% of pools, and Mikhail Grabovski (8%) have filled this void, posting a combined 22 points in the last 6 games. Out west, the Edmonton Oilers’ Sam Gagner (31%) has had a largely disappointing season, but is slowly making up for it. The sophomore has been on fire in March, posting 16 points, including a hat-trick in a 4 point game against the Avalanche.
In net, it will probably be difficult to find a legitimate starter at this stage of the season. You’re better off playing a poor starter than no one at all, unless you are in a league that subtracts points for losses or goals against, so scan your league’s waivers accordingly. Good luck!