Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fantasy Hockey Pickups: Week 10

Welcome to Week 10 of Fantasy Hockey Pickups. Here are some of the best performers of last week and last month that you can consider to help fill-in some spots on your roster if they are still available on your waiver wire.

Jason Pominville – RW – (BUF): Jason Pominville had 2G, 3A, 13SOG, and was a +4 last week. Overall he has 7G, 12A, 6PPP, and 75SOG. Pominville is finally appearing on the score sheet regularly after slumping in the first couple months of the season. He should be considered while he is on the hot streak. He is available in 33% Yahoo Leagues.
Jordan Staal – C – (PIT): Jordan Staal had 4G, 7A, 19PIM, 35SOG, 1SHG, and was a +4 last month. Staal has been performing phenomenally recently and is playing on what is the ‘best third line’ in hockey. Staal has been playing with a fire inside him lately and if available could be a great addition to your team. He is available in 42% of Yahoo Leagues.
Joffrey Lupul – LW,RW – (ANH): Joffrey Lupul had 3G, 6PIM, and was +4 last week. Overall he has 9G, 4A, 16PIM, and is a +3. Lupul is a consistent 50 point scorer and looks to be on pace to achieve that once again. He'll pretty much give you an average of 25G & 25A each year so he will spread the points evenly on your fantasy sheet. He is available in 47% of Yahoo Leagues.
Andrew Brunette – LW – (MIN): Andrew Brunette had 1G, 6A, 3PPP, and was a +4 last week. Overall he has 10G, 16A, 14PPP, 2GWG, and 50SOG. Brunette has been on a hot streak as of late and with 14PPP on the season, he looks to be a good option for those who need help in the PP category. He is available in 60% of Yahoo Leagues.
Jason Arnott – C – (NSH): Jason Arnott had 3G, 1A, 2PIM, 10SOG, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 10G, 7A, 6PPP, and 80SOG. Arnott seems to be getting back on track and is completely healthy now, which should lead to him contributing to the score sheet on a nightly basis. He is available in 61% of Yahoo Leagues.
Niklas Hagman – LW – (TOR): Niklas Hagman had 1G, 2A, 2PIM, 11SOG, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 14G, 6A, 5PPP, and 81SOG. Hagman is still rolling along his current hot streak. He is still available in many leagues and isn't a bad option at this time. He is available in 67% of Yahoo Leagues.
Daymond Langkow – C – (CGY): Daymond Langkow had 5G, 5A, 4PIM, 1PPG, 1SHG, 2GWG, 26SOG, and was a +11 last month. Langkow had a good month and is a potential 60 point scorer. Langkow would be a good guy to have on your team for those spot starts. He is available in 72% of Yahoo Leagues.
Wayne Simmonds – RW – (LA): Wayne Simmonds had 1G, 3A, 2PIM, and was a +5 last week. Overall he has 9G, 10A, 42PIM, and is a +12. Simmonds will provide both offensive and PIM numbers. He is currently on a nice streak and should be considered while on this hot streak. He is available in 72% of Yahoo Leagues.
Chris Stewart – RW – (COL): Chris Stewart had 2G, 4A, +1, 19PIM, 2PPP, 1GWG, and 13SOG. Overall he has 4G, 12A, 40SOG and 36PIM. He has almost surpassed his point total from last year of 19PTS. Stewart has been playing on a line with Matt Duchene and that has definitely helped him pick up some points. As long as he stays put, he would be someone to consider. He is available in 94% of Yahoo Leagues.

Alexander Edler – D – (VAN): Alexander Edler had 1G, 2A, 2PIM, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 2G, 17A, 14PIM, and 53SOG. Edler is on a hot streak right now and seems to have gotten over his early season slump. If available, Edler would be a good addition to any team. He is available in 24% of Yahoo Leagues.
Ryan Whitney – D – (ANA): Ryan Whitney had 1G, 3A, 2PPP, 2PIM, and 10SOG last week. Overall he has 3G, 13A, 24PIM, 9PPP, and 53SOG. Whitney sees a lot of PP time and makes great outlet-passes to the forwards out of his own zone, which leads to assists. He seems to be picking up the pace now and could be considered if you need help on the blue-line. He is available in 52% of Yahoo Leagues.
Randy Jones – D – (LA): Randy Jones had 2G, 1A, 2PIM, and was a +2 last week. Overall he has 4G, 5A, 8PIM, and is a +1. Jones was claimed off waivers from the Flyers last month and since then has found success with 9 points after joining the Kings. He is available in 96% of Yahoo Leagues.
Andrej Meszaros – D – (TB): Andrej Meszaros had 2A, 2PIM, 1PPP, and 13SOG last week. Overall he has 3G, 4A, 16PIM, 4PPP, and 68SOG. Meszaros seems to be getting out of his slump and if he can keep this up is worth a look. He is available in 98% of Yahoo Leagues.
Kris Russell – D – (CLS): Kris Russell had 2G, 1A, 7PIM, and was a +3 last week. Overall he has 7PTS, 15PIM, and 3PPP. Russell has a great scoring touch and makes great use of the time he sees on the ice. He is someone you may also want to keep an eye on. He is available in 99% of Yahoo Leagues.

Rick DiPietro – G –(NYI): Rick DiPietro had his first start in over 11 months in a conditioning stint with their AHL affiliate last week. He looked a little rusty, but that is to be expected when you haven't played in almost a year. It looks like he will be back in the next couple of weeks and could be a good option for a team looking for a starting goaltender. Now would be a good time to stash him on your roster if you can. He is available in 85% of Yahoo Leagues.

Notable Injuries
Craig Anderson - G - (COL): Neck - DTD as of 12/3. Impact: It is unclear how long he will be out, but it doesn't look serious so he shouldn't be out too long.
Matt Bradley - RW - (WAS): Upper Body/Personal - DTD as of 12/5. Impact: Bradley is actually away from the team to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. He also sustained an injury after a 'fight' with Daniel Carcillo. It is unclear how long he will be away for either the injury sustained by Carcillo or to be with his family.
Joe Corvo - D - (CAR): Right Calf Laceration - IR as of 12/1. Impact: Out 8-12 Weeks
Sidney Crosby - C - (PIT): Groin - DTD as of 12/5. Impact: He was back in the lineup after missing just one game, looks to be ok.
Alex Goligoski - D - (PIT): Groin - DTD as of 11/30. Impact: He should be back this week. so get him back in your lineup.
Jonas Gustavsson - G - (TOR): Heart - DTD as of 12/2. Impact: He will be out 7-10 days.
Teemu Selanne - RW - (ANH): Fractured Hand - IR as of 12/4. Impact: Out 4-6 Weeks
Dennis Wideman - D - (BOS): Upper Body - DTD as of 12/5. Impact: It is unclear the extent of the injury so you may want to bench him for now.

Good Luck with your match-ups this week!

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