- C Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers): Florida is one of the hottest teams in the NHL winning 10 of their last 12 games, as they have established themselves firmly in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race. Bjugstad has attributed ten points in Florida’s previous ten games, including tallying seven in the last four. If this Florida team catches fire (as they certainly seem to be), they have a talented roster that has been vastly ignored this season. Bjugstad is one of a few guys who can help as many fantasy leagues enter the postseason.
- D Sami Vatanen (New Jersey Devils): Many owners have steered clear of Vatanen this season with the blue-liner struggling immediately following his return from shoulder surgery late last season. One of the upsides to Vatanen is he’s a defenseman with offensive instinct. When Vatanen is healthy, one could argue he’s one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL. It looks like Vatanen might finally have the shoulder surgery behind him, as he’s tallied nine points in New Jersey’s previous nine games, including acquiring five in their previous four. Vatanen could give that unexpected spark to help with a playoff push.
- F Yanni Gourde (Tampa Bay Lightning): Gourde has been streaky at time this season, but with the offensive fire power Tampa Bay delivers on a nightly basis, there should never be too long of a drought for any Tamp forward. Gourde has played well behind the shadows of star Steven Stamkos, the emergence of 24 year old Nikita Kucherov, and not mention the 21 year old kid Brayden Point, who has managed to be third in Tampa Bay point production this season. Other than those three, Gourde has been quietly the most skillful forward for the Lightning. He’s surprisingly owned in less than 35% of yahoo leagues.
- Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus Blue Jackets): If you play in a deeper 12 or 14 team league, Dubois might be a guy that you can discretely add on to add some offensive flare to your playoff run. He’s not going to put up points in huge bunches, but he has the capability & skillset, as he’s tallied 35 points this season. As Columbus makes a push for a wild card spot, we expect to see an increase of adrenaline rush as they fight for their playoff lives.
- G Kari Lehtonen (Dallas Stars): Lehtonen has played more than admirable when called upon in Dallas. He has put up an 11-7-2 record while boasting a 2.30 GAA, and a .919 save percentage. With Ben Bishop sidelined, owners can take advantage of Lehtonen’s services over the next few games. Goaltending has been extremely hard to come by this season, so Lehtonen could be a sneaky add that helps all potential playoff suitors.