Fantasy Six Pack: A Youthful Movement
Welcome to this week’s edition of Fantasy Six Pack. In Week 14 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.
Kyle Turris, Center, Ottawa Senators
Turris pedigree as a 3rd overall pick is starting to show in Ottawa, all he needed was some ice time and confidence from his coach. He now has 7 points (1-6-7) in 10 games since being traded to Ottawa and has made owners who took a chance on him very happy. Ottawa is playing extremely well right now, at least offensively and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Ottawa is all about out-scoring their mistakes right now. While the way they play won’t make their coach happy, it’s great news for fantasy team as it means almost all Ottawa players fantasy relevant. If Turris is still available in your league and he should be, he’s only owned in 6% of Yahoo! leagues afterall, make sure to pick him up.
If you want to read more about Turris, read what I wrote about him back in week 11 here.
Honourable Mentions: Brandon Sutter (CAR), Mike Fisher (NAS) and Frans Nielsen (NYI)
Gabriel Landeskog, Left Wing, Colorado Avalanche
Mr. #2 is starting to come into his own at the NHL level and is emerging as a capable two-way forward. He has 8 points (3-5-8) in his last 10 games and 21 points (8-13-21) on the season, has 128 shots on goal, 108 hits on the season and 28 blocked shots. There isn’t much to say about Landeskog that isn’t known. He should finish the season with 40-45 points. 220+ SOG, 200+ hits and 50-60 blocked shots.
Honourable Mentions: Benoit Pouliot (BOS), Sergei Kostisyn (NAS) and T.J. Galiardi (COL)
Cody Hodgson, Center/Right Wing, Vancouver Canucks
Hodgson is proving that he’s the real deal and that he belongs in the NHL. Through 42 games this season Hodgson has 24 points (10-14-24) with 9 points coming on the power play and is fifth in rookie scoring. He is playing extremely well lately with 9 points in his last 10 games and you should expect him to continue to rack up the points as David Booth returns to the lineup forcing either Raymond, Higgins or Booth to play on his left side, instantly increasing both the offensive potential of Vancouver’s third line and Hodgson fantasy value. His dual-eligibility makes him a desirable pick up and adds to your team flexibility. Definitely worth a pick up if you’re looking for someone who puts up points at even-strength and on the power play.
Honourable Mentions: Sam Gagner (EDM), Benn Ferrario (SJS) and Kyle Okposo (NYI)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Defense, Phoenix Coyotes
OEL is quietly putting together a pretty good season with 17 points (7-10-17) in 42 games. He has 7 goals on the year, good enough to be tied for 6th in defenseman goal scoring with the likes of Dion Phaneuf and Zdeno Chara and only 4 behind Jason Garrison for the lead. Despite his -5 rating, OEL is a gifted offensive defenseman that is reliable in his own zone. OEL isn’t the most punishing defenseman in the game but he has no problem taking the body and is willing to lay his body to block shots. He has 68 hits and 34 blocked shots on the year. He is picking up his play as of late with 8 points (2-6-8) in his last 12 games and looks to continue his point production. OEL should finish the season with 11 goals and 30-35 points on the year. Bank on it. If you’re in a keeper league, make sure you have him as next year could be a breakout season for him.
Honourable Mentions: Erik Gudbranson (FLA), Luca Sbisa (ANA) and Fedor Tyutin (CBJ)
Jhonas Enroth, Goaltender, Buffalo Sabres
Despite head coach, Lindy Ruff , stating he would ride Ryan Miller and give him a heavy load of starts, Enroth still started on Saturday vs Winnipeg. With Miller’s struggling, he has allowed 3 or more goals in 17 of his 24 starts this season, don’t be surprised to see Enroth continue to get more starts. He’s worth picking up as a third goaltender if your league relies heavily on goalie stats.
Honourable Mentions: Jonathan Bernier (LAK), Richard Bachman (DAL) and Jonas Gustavsson (TOR)
Colin Greening, Center/Left Wing, Ottawa Senators
Picking Greening as my sixth pick this week is a cheat pick. He’ll produce and make a difference for your team immediately. Teams are focusing their top defensive pairings against Ottawa’s top line of Greening-Spezza-Michalek now that they are back together but now that Ottawa has a legitimate second line of Condra-Turris-Alfredsson that can produce, opposing teams have to decide which defense pairings to match up against who. Greening has produced this season despite facing opposing teams top defensive pairings, imagine what he could do against opposing teams second or third pairings? He’s this weeks gamble pick because of the possibility he’ll produce more when he doesn’t have to face the opposing top D pairings.
Honourable Mentions: Ryan Ellis (NAS), Brett Connolly (TBL) and Victor Hedman (TBL)