- LW Dominik Simon (Pittsburgh Penguins): The 23 year old is still getting used to consistent NHL playing action. His immediate fantasy upside is that he plays alongside Sydney Crosby, and the Pittsburgh top line. Simon has shown promising chemistry with the top line, and if it continues, it’s something fantasy owners should take note of.
- RW Ondrej Kase (Anaheim Ducks): Kase was recently promoted from the AHL, making his fantasy availability open in most leagues. The youngster is quickly finding his stride in the NHL, as he has put up 18 points (including 11 goals) in just 28 games played with the big club. If owners are looking for depth on the right side, he’s someone to keep an eye on in the upcoming weeks.
- G Anton Forsberg (Chicago Blackhawks): With a recent report that Corey Crawford may miss the entire rest of the season, Forsberg will become the undisputed starter in Chicago in the meantime. Chicago has underperformed, and has the talent to pile win after win. If Chicago ever finds their footing, and can put a streak of wins together, Forsberg will be the beneficiary.
- F Danton Heinen (Boston Bruins): The Bruins have appeared to have woken up from an early season slumber, and are beginning to show they can contend in the East. Heinen has been ‘red hot’ as of late, as he’s tallied 7 points in his last 7 games. Heinen is also putting up numbers consistently, as he has recorded over 30 points just a little over the halfway mark of the regular season.
- C Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild): He may or may not be available in your league, but Koivu’s slow start makes his fantasy availability far more likely than most seasons. Koivu has been on a tear as of late, putting up 7 points in his last 6 games. While he remains a defensive liability, he still has the ability to be heavily involved with plenty of offensive production.