Playoff Edition 2
- C Mika Zibanejad (New York Rangers): With the Rangers cleaning house at the trade deadline, Zibanejad quickly propels as one of their top scoring threats. The New York center has 6 points in his last 4 games played, including 4 points in his most recent two. He’s not going to light the lamp on a consistent basis, but he will tally assists down the stretch, as New York is ultra thin at consistent offensive production at the moment, leaving ample opportunity for Zibanejad to step up.
- C Derrick Brassard (Pittsburgh Penguins): While Brassard has gotten off to a slow start in Pittsburgh, he’s s name fantasy owners shouldn’t give up on just yet. Brassard plays with one of the most offensively talented teams in the league, and to think he’ll consistently remain off the scoring sheet would be extremely premature, and naive. He’s owned by less than 40% of all yahoo leagues, and we recommend you claim him while you still can.
- F Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets): Foligno brings a triple threat to any fantasy roster, as he can play either wing, or center. His versatility alone makes him an intriguing claim for owners looking for an unexpected playoff spark. The Blue Jackets are peaking, and Foligno could be a huge benefactor down the stretch. If you need any type of forward help, he’s an ideal candidate, as he’s only owned by 30% of all yahoo leagues.
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers): This is one of those ‘low risk, high reward’ opportunities. Yes, Nugent-Hopkins has fallen short of expectations this season, but that could partly be due to the fact the entire Oilers team has been nothing short of a disappointment after making a trip to the Western Conference finals last season. We all know Nugent-Hopkins has the talent, and scoring ability to catch fire at any time. If you want to take a chance on a guy who has shown what he can produce in ideal situations, Nugent-Hopkins could be an interesting claim.
- C/RW David Backes (Boston Bruins): Backes returned Tuesday night after serving his three game suspension. When on the ice, Backes is a more than solid producer who finds himself involved offensively more often than not. The Boston forward has 28 points this season, 11 of those finding the back of the net. Backes would be another example of a ‘low risk, high reward,’ as we could see him being of no use at all, but we can see him making a huge difference in the right situation. Owners still playing should take note.