Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fantasy Hockey: Week 9

Welcome to Week 9 of Fantasy Hockey Pickups. As the season goes on, it gets harder to find a player that may be available on your waiver wire. Here are some guys that could offer you some help and will hopefully be available for you to pick up. 

As always, we list our suggestions from least to most available to give you a variety of options depending on the depth of your league.  If you have questions regarding any of the players listed here, feel free leave your thoughts in the comment section.

David Backes - RW - (STL): David Backes had 3G, 2A, 4PIM, 15SOG, and was a +6 last week. Overall he has 9PTS and 38PIM. After a very slow start to the season, Backes seems to be finding the score sheet as of late. Last season, Backes was a good fantasy player providing both offensive and PIM numbers. Hopefully he is getting out of his slump and be able to get back to what he was last year. He is available in 39% of Yahoo Leagues.
Niklas Hagman - LW - (TOR): Niklas Hagman had 5G, 12 SOG, and was a +3 last week. Overall he has 17PTS and 70SOG. Hagman is on a phenomenal hot streak right now and should be considered while on this streak. He is available in 70% of Yahoo Leagues.
Wayne Simmonds - RW - (LA): Wayne Simmonds had 3G, 1A, 4PIM, and was a +3 last week. Overall he has 8G, 15A, 40PIM, and is a +7. Simmonds has 15PTS so far this year and will overpass his point total of 23 he achieved last year. He seems to betting out of a mini-slump right now and could be a good addition to your roster. He is available in 80% of Yahoo leagues.
Sean Avery - LW - (NYR): Sean Avery had 2G, 2A, 2PPP, 1GWG, 23PIM and was a +2 last week. Overall he has 4G, 7A, 5PPP and 44PIM. Avery is known more for his knack of getting under the skin of his opponents, was able to score 4 points last week. Avery sees time on the PP and every now and then, like he did against the Penguins with 17PIM, will give you a big PIM night. He is available in 85% of Yahoo Leagues.
Brian Rolston - LW - (NJ): Brian Rolston had 2G, 2A, 2PPP, 2PIM, 14SOG, and was a +3 last week. Overall he has 13PTS, 7PPP, and 80SOG. Since being placed on a line with Patrik Elias, Rolston has been able to find himself on the score sheet. Hopefully this move will remain for a while. He is available in 86% of Yahoo Leagues.
David Legwand - C - (NSH): David Legwand had 2G, 2A, 1PPP, 1GWG, 14SOG, and was a +3 last week. Overall he has 5G, 9A, and 54SOG. Legwand has been on a nice streak lately and could be considered for teams in deeper leagues. He is available in 91% of Yahoo Leagues.
Gilbert Brule - C - (EDM): Gilbert Brule had 2G, 3A, 2PPP, 2PIM, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 8G, 9A, 40SOG and 2GWG. Brule has been moved up to the top line to fill in for injured Ales Hemsky, this move will provide more opportunities for Brule. If you have a replacement, you should really think about picking him up. He is available in 93% of Yahoo Leagues.
Robert Lang - C - (PHO): Robert Lang had 1G, 3A, 1PPP, 2PIM, and was a +3 last week. Overall he has 16PTS and 8PPP. Lang is on a little streak right now and should be considered for teams in deeper leagues. He won't light up the score sheet, but will be able to provide decent numbers every now and then. He is available in 94% of Yahoo Leagues.

Stephane Robidas - D - (DAL): Stephane Robidas had 2G, 1A, 3PPP, 4PIM, 13SOG, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 7G, 10A, and 58SOG. Robidas is on a hot streak as of late and should be strongly considered if available. He is available in 34% of Yahoo Leagues.
Tobias Enstrom - D - (ATL): Tobias Enstrom had 3A and was a +5 last week. Overall he has 3G, 16A, and is a +11. Enstrom is a good +/- player and is a great outlet passer which will get him his fair share of assists. He is available in 41% of Yahoo Leagues.
Kris Letang - D - (PIT): Kris Letang recently just returned from injury and in hi 2 games after returning had 2A, 1PPP, 7SOG, and was a +3. Overall he has 9PTS and is a +4. Letang has a great shot and doesn't hesitate to use it. He sees time on the PP and should start seeing himself on the score sheet once again. He is available in 76% of Yahoo Leagues.
Marc-Andre Bergeron - D - (MON): Marc- Andre Bergeron had 2G, 1A, 1PPP, 12SOG, and was a +1 last week. Overall he has 5G, 5A, 5PPP, 2GWG, and 41SOG this year. Bergeron has 10PTS in 19 games and is on a point/every other game pace and could be considered for any team looking for help in that area. He is available in 88% of Yahoo Leagues.
Kurtis Foster - D - (TB): Kurtis Foster had 2G, 1PPP, 1GWG, and was a +2 last week. Overall he has 5PTS and is a +4. Foster has been used as a winger sporadically recently and has also seen some increased time on the PP. If this trend continues, teams in deeper leagues may want to consider picking him up as this will increase his offensive opportunities. He is available in 98% of Yahoo Leagues.

Jose Theodore - G - (WAS): Jose Thedore has returned from an absence for personal reasons and looks lot be back and ready. He started Monday and won allowing 2G. Theodore would be a good bench goalie for your team. He is available in 58% of Yahoo Leagues.
Brian Elliott - G - (OTT): Brian Elliott had 1W, 1.96GAA, and .930SV% last week. He is filling in for an injured Pascal Leclaire for atleast the next month. He is available in 73% of Yahoo Leagues.

Notable Injuries
David Clarkson - RW - (NJ): Fractured Leg - IR as of 11/28.
Milan Hejduk - RW - (COL): Knee - DTD as of 11/28.
Ales Hemsky - RW - (EDM): Shoulder - IR as of 11/27.
David Jones - RW - (COL): ACL - DTD as of 11/29.
Nikolai Khabibulin - G - (EDM): Back - IR as of 11/21.
Andrei Kostitsyn - LW - (MTL): Leg - DTD as of 11/25.
Milan Lucic - LW - (BOS): High Ankle Sprain - DTD as of 11/26.
Alex Ovechkin - LW - (WAS): Knee - DTD as of 11/30.
Vesa Toskala - G - (TOR): Groin - IR as of 11/24.
Thomas Vokoun - G - (FLA): Ear - DTD as of 11/30

Good Luck with your match-ups this week!

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