- C Ryan Spooner (New York Rangers): Spooner will see increased fantasy value thanks to the Rangers’ fire sale at the NHL trade deadline. With the Rangers essentially trading away most of their vial fantasy options, Spooner comes in from Boston, and will likely be one of the team’s leading point producers within the last twenty games. He didn’t disappoint in his first few games, as he has tallied five assists in his first couple games as a blueshirt.
C/LW Vladislav Namestnikov (New York Rangers): A very similar situation for a promising young forward in Namestnikov, who New York recently acquired from Tampa Bay. Namestnikov will be an instant leader on this all of a sudden youthful Rangers squad. Namestnikov may be owned already in a good percentage of dynasty leagues, but if he’s available, he’s certainly a great add for a playoff push.
Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils): Crossing the Hudson for a second, Palmieri finally looks to be healthy, and his recent play has proved it. He has tallied five points in his last five games, including three goals in his last two games. As New Jersey fights for a playoff spot, Palmieri’s play will be critical, and it finally looks like all injury is behind him, and is worth a pickup on any waiver wire.
Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings): After a season of battling injuries, Carter has returned just in time for the playoff push. It’s no secret when healthy, Carter is one of the more versatile scorers in the game, and fantasy owners should adjust accordingly. Carter has been back three games, and has scored in his last two, so don’t be surprised if he goes on a hot streak down the stretch, and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
G J-F Berube (Chicago Blackhawks): Yes, his name is ‘J-F,’ we promise. Ok, its actually short for Jean-Francois, but it just seems cooler to say his name his ‘J-F.’ Berube had his first NHL start while Chicago hosted San Jose last week, and he stopped 41 shots, as he helped his team pick up a 3-1 victory over their arch-rivals. Berube will be back in net facing the same Sharks team on Thursday, but this time in the shark tank. This pickup would literally be as a ‘rental’ if one is need of a goaltender on Thursday. He’s more of a daily fantasy play, but we are keeping in mind goaltending this year has been hard to come by, so there might be a fantasy team on the brink of making the playoffs that needs someone to start in between the pipes.