Fantasy Six Pack: A New Year, A New Leaf
Welcome to this week’s edition of Fantasy Six Pack. In Week 13 we take a look at each position and suggest five players you might want add to your team. We then pick a sixth player that we don’t see paying poolies immediate dividends but we expect will be helpful down the road. We hope you find these articles useful and gain a competitive advantage over your opponents. Feel free to discuss omissions and critique our selections in the comments section. We love discussion here at PuckPuckGoose.com.
Nazem Kadri, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs
If you’re looking for a replacement for Tyler Bozak don’t look any further than teammate Nazem Kadri. Kadri has tallied 3 goals and has been a plus-4 in his 5 games since his call up. Last season Kadri only tallied 3 goals in 29 games and appeared as though he wasn’t ready to play in the NHL. In the few games he’s played this season, he definitely looks more comfortable out there. He is consistently taking the body and putting shots on net. Kadri’s fantasy value is limited since he primarily plays on the third line but he does get time on the second power play unit. If you’re looking on the waiver for a pure goal scorer, Kadri is your man. If you’re going to wait to see a larger body of work, don’t wait too long.
Honourable Mentions: Daymond Langkow (PHX), Ryan Johansen (CBJ) and Frans Nielsen (NYI)
Jamie McGinn, Left Wing, San Jose Sharks
It appears Jamie McGinn has finally figured out what kind of game he needs to play to be a successful NHL player. McGinn only has 13 points (8-5-13) but 9 of those points (6-3-9) have come during the month of December. Want to hear some other impressive December stats? McGinn recorded 32 hits, took 62 shots on goal, blocked 7 shots, had 4 penalty minutes and was a +3. McGinn also sits 4th in goal scoring on the team. McGinn has never produced much offensively so it’s hard to gauge if his December is a coming out party or a flash in the pan. I can say with confidence though, McGinn has never produced this much, this consistently. Will his offensive production continue? Unlikely but he could finish the season with 20 goals, 10 assists and 30 points, which would be a career-best. McGinn is NOT going to light it up offensively for you but he will give you lots of hits, plenty of shots and unlikely Matt Martin, will more often than not will be a plus player for you while chipping in offensively every once in awhile. If I’m wrong and he continues to produce 9 points a month for the rest of the year, just be happy you picked him up.
Honourable Mentions: Ryan Malone (TBL), T.J. Galiardi (COL) and Carl Hagelin (NYR)
Kyle Okposo, Right Wing, New York Islanders
I’ve mentioned Okposo before. You can read what I said about Okposo during week 8 here. He’s back on the top like with Tavares and has 2 assists in 3 games. His production will skyrocket from here until the end of the year. Grab him now.
Honourable Mentions: Teddy Purcell (TBL), Jannik Hansen (VAN) and Zac Dalpe (CAR)
Marek Zidlicky, Defense, Minnesota Wild
Looking for a Wisniewski replacement? Zidlicky is healthy and has played 6 games since returning to the line up. He only has 3 assists in those 6 games that all came in one game but it was a good sign he’s getting healthy. I mentioned he would be a gamble pick up back in 10, here and if you took a gamble, you would have been nicely rewarded last week. I still feel he’s a two or three games away from producing consistently but if you are able to deal with his growing pains, you’ll be nicely rewarded down the road. Zidlicky is healthy, Koivu is healthy and Backstrom is healthy, all good signs that Minnesota will start winning games again. Grab him and play him with confidence.
Honourable Mentions: Anton Stralman (NYR), Stefan Elliott (COL) and Nick Leddy (CHI)
Scott Clemmensen, Goaltender, Florida Panthers
First, I would like to apologize for my comment about picking up Neuvirth being the easiest decision ever made. Obviously, I was wrong.
Secondly, Jose Theodore is injured by default Clemmensen is the starter. The only thing that might make this a troublesome pick up would be Jacob Markstrom, see below.
Honourable Mentions: Jonathan Bernier (LAK), Mathieu Garon (TBL) and Jonas Gustavsson (TOR)
Jacob Markstrom, Goaltender, Florida Panthers
I know this is a weird suggestion. Why would I recommended picking up Clemmensen than mention picking up Markstrom? Well I’ve mentioned Markstrom in passing before and now he’s a dark horse to take the number one job from Clemmensen. Markstrom has played well in 4 of his 5 starts this year and will likely split starts with Clemmensen until one of them wins the job or Theodore comes returns. Read can read up more about Markstrom here. If you’re looking for a third or maybe a second goalie, Markstrom would be a good gamble that may pay off as soon as this week.
Honourable Mentions: Tyler Myers (BUF), Michal Neuvirth (WAS) and Ray Emery (CHI)