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The Week Ahead

End of the Season

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It’s the last week of the season and congratulations to everyone who’s in contention this upcoming week.

 

At the All-Star break I wrote an article for The Week Ahead looking at one player on each team you should target in deep leagues. It’s obvious that players like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin weren’t available, and while I targeted some players who could be acquired via trade (Pietrangelo and McDonagh) most were players who were owned by 10 percent or less of Yahoo pools.

 

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Now to The Week Ahead.

 

WEEK OF APRIL 6-12

 

4 Games – Carolina, Columbus, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York Rangers, Winnipeg

 

3 Games – Arizona, Boston, Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Jose, Vancouver

 

2 Games – Anaheim, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington,

 

Colorado, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Vancouver play three games at home.

 

Boston, Carolina, Los Angeles, Minnesota and Winnipeg play three games on the road.

 

INJURIES

 

Evgeni Malkin is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. (Click here to see the rest of the injury list.)

 

Note: A tired team is one that has played the day or night before and is going against a team that did not play the previous day or night. The reverse is true for a rested team.

 

ANAHEIM

 

Games this week

vs. Dallas, @ Arizona

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Ducks only play twice this week (for the second week in a row) so if  you are in the playoffs, bench everyone with the exception of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry if you are in a weekly transaction pool and have other choices.

 

What was written: Rickard Rakell's (0%) stats in the first half don't look great with three goals and 10 assists in 36 games but he does have five points in five games with two goals and two assists coming against the Jets on January 11. He is seeing second line power play time in the last month as well. A former first round pick in 2011, 30th overall, he could have a big second half. Honorable mention: Jakob Silfverberg (12%).

 

What happened: Rakell had a good second half with five goals and 12 assists in 32 games while Silfverberg had six goals and 20 points in 31 games.

 

ARIZONA

 

Games this week

@ Calgary, @ Vancouver, vs. Anaheim

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

 

What was written: I know I’m going to get vilified for this selection but I’m going with Mike Smith (55%). He has had a terrible first half, going 7-20-3 with a 3.51 GAA and a .887 save percentage so there is certainly nowhere to go but up. It’s unlikely the Coyotes will give the netminding job to Mike Lee or anyone at the AHL level and I really think he will turn things around in the last 36 games. The Coyotes play three games in four nights as part of a four game week so Lee may make his NHL debut for Smith. The Coyotes goaltending is in shambles as Smith has not played well at all this season.

 

What happened: Smith is 6-18-2 since the All-Star break but his peripherals are way better in the second half as he had a .921 save percentage and a 2.73 GAA. He will likely enter 2015-16 as the Coyotes number one goalie.

 

BOSTON

 

Games this week

@ Washington, @ Florida, @ Tampa Bay

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Florida (Thursday)

 

Notes

The Bruins play three games in four nights but may have to go with Tuukka Rask in all three if their playoff spot is in doubt.

 

What was written: I didn’t think the Bruins would recall David Pastrnak (20%) after the World Junior Hockey Tournament, but they did rather than send him to the AHL and he responded quickly with a pair of two goal games. He has five points in his last six games including the four goals and has been a plus-six as well. He plays as a top-six forward with Milan Lucic and David Krejci and also sees time on the second power play with both.

 

What happened: Pastrnak didn’t score in his first four games after the break but still managed to wind up with six goals and 15 assists in 30 games. He has a bright future.

 

 

BUFFALO

 

Games this week

vs. Carolina, @ Columbus, vs. Pittsburgh

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: To look at Nikita Zadorov’s (1%) stats in the first half of the season, you see nothing special but the 16th overall pick of the 2013 Draft has a bright future ahead of him. Zadorov is a big, powerful and physical rearguard and is capable of bone rattling hits. He has 78 hits despite being a healthy scratch in 13 games this season. He has only two goals and eight points but the Sabres thought enough of him to keep him rather than allow him to play at the World Junior Tournament. He is also seeing first power play time of late.

 

What happened: Zadorov failed to fire in the second half as he has been a healthy scratch a few times in the second half as well. He had only a goal and six assists in the second half.

 

CALGARY

 

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, @ Winnipeg

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Mikael Backlund (7%) is one of the hottest goal scorers heading into the All-Star game as he has five goals in seven games, as well as three assists since returning from abdominal surgery. He was injured early in the season and had only four points in 11 games before going under the knife. He is seeing second line power play time and has been playing on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler which bodes well for the future.

 

What happened: Backlund had four goals and 15 points in 31 games. I expected more from the center as he did go on an eight game points streak starting in late February but has only two points in his last nine games since then.

 

CAROLINA

 

Games this week

@ Buffalo, @ Detroit, @ Philadelphia, vs. Detroit

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Detroit (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Hurricanes play three games in four nights as part of a four game week so expect to see Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin split the net. They also play the Red Wings twice this week so look for Brad Malone to pick up some penalty minutes if there are any fisticuffs.

 

What was written: Anton Khudobin (40%) has been red hot of late as he has reeled off five straight wins after starting the season off at 0-8-2. He has knocked his GAA down to 2.32 and his save percentage is up to .916 while starting three of the last four games for the Hurricanes. Do not be surprised if the Hurricanes deal Cam Ward and install Khudobin as the number one netminder in Carolina.

 

What happened: It was not a great second half for Khudobin as he was 3-8-4 after the article was written. He started 16 of the 30 games so the Hurricanes split the net between Khudobin and Ward but he gave up 48 goals on 418 shots for a poor .885 save percentage.

 

CHICAGO

 

Games this week

vs. Minnesota, @ St. Louis, @ Colorado

 

Rested Team: vs. Minnesota (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Andrew Shaw (13%) is the player to watch on the Blackhawks despite only eight goals and 14 points in 44 games this season. He had 20 goals and 39 points last season with a plus-12 rating and 76 penalty minutes. This season he has only eight goals and 14 points but looking a little deeper is required. He is seeing first power play time and despite being on the ice for 14 power play goals, he has only three points. That should change in the second half.

 

What happened: Shaw had six goals and nine points with 29 penalty minutes and a minus-two rating with three power play goals in 30 games. He had a horrible slump after the break in which he had only a goal and two assists in 23 games but has been much better of late. I still like him next season.

 

COLORADO

 

Games this week

vs. Nashville, vs. Winnipeg, vs. Chicago

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Nick Holden (1%) has three goals and nine points this season but in the last three weeks he has been on the power play point alongside Tyson Barrie as the duo have been on the ice for all three Colorado goals with the man-advantage. He exploded onto the scene in 2013-14 with 10 goals, 25 points and a plus-12 rating in 54 games. Expect a better second half in 2015 as the Avs should be somewhat better than the first half.

 

What happened: Holden started off the second half nicely but does not have a point in his last 14 games. He had only two goals and three assists in the second half.

 

COLUMBUS

 

Games this week

@ New York Rangers, vs. Toronto, vs. Buffalo, @ New York Islanders

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Blue Jackets play four times this week including three games in four nights so look for Curtis McElhinney to play once for Sergei Bobrovsky.

 

What was written: Brandon Dubinsky (61%) is another player who has missed a lot of action due to abdominal surgery. He has had good success in three of the previous four seasons, hitting 50 points twice and getting 20 points in 29 games in the shortened 2012-13 season. He is a big penalty minute forward, hitting the 100 minute mark in three of the last six seasons with 98 minutes last season and 76 in 29 games in 2012-13. He has three goals and 12 points in 19 games this season and is poised for a big second half.

 

What happened: Dubinsky was on the shelf again as he missed nine of 31 games after the break. He did get seven goals and 15 points in 22 games and that is not too bad.

 

DALLAS

 

Games this week

@ San Jose, @ Anaheim, vs. Nashville

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Jason Demers (29%) was dealt from the Sharks where he had only three helpers in 20 games after a 34 point season in 2013-14. He has two goals and 10 points in 26 games for the Stars and is seeing plenty of second line power play time. Another blueliner to look at is John Klingberg (11%). The rookie has six goals and 18 points in 32 games but he could hit the proverbial wall later in the season.   

 

What happened: In 30 games Demers had three goals and 11 points but Klingberg was the pick here. He played in 27 games and had five goals and 20 points which is outstanding for a defenseman, never mind a rookie one.

 

DETROIT

 

Games this week

vs. Carolina, @ Montreal, @ Carolina

 

Rested Team: vs. Carolina (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

The Red Wings play the Hurricanes twice this week so expect to see Justin Abdelkader or Kyle Quincey add to their penalty minute totals if things get rough.

 

What was written: Justin Abdelkader (32%) has been seeing plenty of time with Henrik Zetterberg on the top line, as the Red Wings have used Pavel Datsyuk, Gustav Nyquist and Teemu Pulkkinen on the other side. He has played on the top power play line for over a month as well and has 11 goals and 26 points in 40 games with seven points with the man-advantage. He has a couple of goals and five assists in his last seven games. Also keep an eye on Pulkkinen (1%) as he was sent to the minors during the All Star break but should return at the start of the week.

 

What happened: Abdelkader had 18 points in his last 30 games which wasn’t quite the same pace as earlier in the season but still not too bad as he has 72 penalty minutes this season and 14 power play points. Pulkkinen has only one assist in his last nine games but the Red Wings are using him regularly. Keep an eye on him for next season.

 

EDMONTON

 

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, vs. San Jose, @ Vancouver

 

Rested Team: vs. Los Angeles (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

Notes    

What was written: Derek Roy (2%) had a few nice seasons with the Sabres but has struggled since leaving there three seasons ago as he has bounced around from Vancouver to St. Louis to Nashville before a trade on December 29 moved him to the Oilers. He had a goal and 11 points for the Predators but has three goals and seven points in his last eight games with the Oilers. He is seeing second line power play time and plays with the red-hot Benoit Pouliot during his regular shift. You would think he is a minus-player playing for the Oilers but you would be wrong as he is a plus-two thus far. Honorable mention: Benoit Pouliot (4%).

 

What happened: Roy was hot going into the break despite being owned by only two percent of poolies and scored eight goals and 13 points in 29 games heading into action on Friday. He has been a huge aid in the development of Nail Yakupov. Pouliot has seven goals and 14 points in 32 games.

 

FLORIDA

 

Games this week

vs. Boston, vs. New Jersey

 

Rested Team: vs. Boston (Thursday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Aleksander Barkov (5%) was drafted second overall in the 2013 Draft and was having a nice rookie campaign in 2013-14 until he re-injured his knee playing for Finland at the Olympic Games, ending his season. He returned and got off to a horrible start this season with two goals and four points in his first 22 games but has come on of late with seven points in his last 11 contests. He is a talented center and sees second line power play time at this point of his career but that will change in the near future as the Panthers have struggled to score with the man-advantage in the last two seasons as they are 29th this season after finishing last in 2013-14. If you are in a keeper league, grab him quickly.

 

What happened:  Barkov is really coming into his own as he has nine goals and 17 points in 32 games since the break, giving his 28 points in his last 43 games. Don’t forget about him next season.

 

LOS ANGELES

 

Games this week

@ Vancouver, @ Edmonton, @ Calgary, vs. San Jose  

 

Rested Team: None  

Tired Team: @ Edmonton (Tuesday)

 

Notes

What was written: Justin Williams (46%) is another player who got off to a horrible start this season with a goal and two assists in his first month of the season. But he has turned it on since then with 12 goals and 22 points in 33 games including five goals in his last nine. Williams sees second line power play time and is tied for second on the Kings picking up 10 points with the man-advantage. Lately he has been taking a regular shift with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik and that has to help your fantasy value. 

 

What happened: Williams has been okay since the All-Star game with five goals and 15 points. He sees some time with Kopitar an Gaborik but not enough to make a fantasy leap up the ratings.

 

MINNESOTA

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg, @ Chicago, @ Nashville, @ St. Louis

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ Chicago (Tuesday)

 

Notes

This could finally be the week that Devan Dubnyk does not play in every game. The question is: who plays, Niklas Backstrom or Darcy Kuemper? The Wild play four times this week including three games in four nights.

 

What was written: Mikael Granlund (10%) has missed the last 13 games with a wrist injury but is slated to return to the Wild’s lineup after the All-Star break. So much has been written about the talented Finn who was taken ninth overall in the 2010 Draft. He had eight goals and 41 points in 63 games last season and even though he struggled this season with four goals and 15 points in 32 games before the injury, the Wild could give him plenty of ice time down the stretch in all situations as they are on the verge of losing contact with the pack for a playoff spot as they are 12th in the West, seven points out of a spot. Honorable mention: Jonas Brodin (4%).

 

What happened: Granlund had a good second half with three goals and 19 points in 29 games with a plus-14 rating. Brodin did okay as well with a goal and 11 points and a plus-14 rating as well.

   

MONTREAL

           

Games this week

vs. Detroit, @ Toronto

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: David Desharnais (10%) has seven goals and 24 points in 45 games this season. Last year he had 52 points in 79 games but that was after a horrible start in which he had one point in his first 17 games. He sees action alongside up-and-comer Alex Galchenyuk both on the second line and second power play, although the Habs tend to split their two forward lines fairly evenly. Honorable mention: Galchenyuk (48%).  

 

What happened: Desharnais was the top pick of mine in the second half as he tied for 43rd spot in overall scoring since the All-Star break with six goals and 22 points to go with a plus-13 rating. Galchenyuk had eight goals and 14 points in the same time frame.

 

 NASHVILLE

 

Games this week

@ Colorado, vs. Minnesota, @ Dallas

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Seth Jones (18%) came into the NHL with great hope last season after he dropped into the Predators lap when he fell to fourth overall in the Draft. He was okay last season but definitely hit a wall halfway through the season. This year has been different as he got off to a slow start and although he has only three goals and 14 points this season, he has two goals and six points in his last nine games. He is second in power play ice time over the last month on the Preds, ahead of Shea Weber and Roman Josi. He is just going to get better.

 

What happened: Jones did not have as good a second half as I thought he would with four goals and 10 points in 32 games. But do not lose faith as he is going to be a great one.

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Games this week

vs. New York Rangers, @ Tampa Bay, @ Florida

 

Rested Team: vs. New York Rangers (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: This one is a bit of a flier but it looks like Adam Larsson (1%) is about to show why the Devils took him with the fourth overall pick in 2011. Larsson has had a couple of tough seasons of late as he had only a goal and nine points in 63 games over the last two seasons. It was more of the same this season as he was a healthy scratch for eight games early in the season and then he missed 10 contests with the mumps. But lately Larsson has quietly turned things around and he has five assists in his last seven games.

 

What happened: Larsson has taken another big step as he has two goals and 12 assists since the break. He should be taken in most drafts next season as he can be a number one defenseman in the NHL.  

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

 

Games this week

@ Philadelphia, @ Pittsburgh, vs. Columbus

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Michael Grabner (2%) missed the first two months of the season with a groin injury and a lower body injury also kept him out of nine more games in the last month but he has scored twice in the last three games. The bad news on Grabner is that he gets no power play time (only 22 seconds in 12 games) and he sees most of his action playing on the third line with Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin. But he has scored in the past as he had 34 goals in his rookie season of 2010-11, so he is capable.

 

What happened: Grabner had only three goals and three assists and the Islanders have decided to make him a healthy scratch in each of the last seven games. He could be gone from the Islanders next season.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

 

Games this week

vs. Columbus, @ New Jersey, vs. Ottawa, @ Washington

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: @ New Jersey (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Rangers play four times so look for Henrik Lundqvist to play three games as they try and get him in game shape for the post-season. Therefore Cam Talbot should play only once.

 

What was written: Ryan McDonagh (85%) shouldn’t be on this list but he got off to such a bad start this season, he has nowhere to go but up. McDonagh should be the leading scorer on the Rangers blueline but he has only three goals while Kevin Klein, who gets no power play time (only 4:46 in 43 games) has eight goals and nine assists. He has been surpassed on the first power play by Dan Boyle of late but I see McDonagh having a much better second half of the season.

 

What happened:  McDonagh has improved with three goals and 10 assists since the break including four helpers in his last three games. His offensive production was not helped by the Rangers acquisition of Keith Yandle from the Coyotes. I should have gone with Kevin Hayes who has nine goals and 23 points in 31 games with a plus-11 rating since the break.

 

OTTAWA     

 

Games this week

vs. Pittsburgh, @ New York Rangers, @ Philadelphia

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: There are a couple of players I like in Ottawa but I’m going to go with Mika Zibanejad (10%). Zibanejad had an okay start to his career with 20 points in 42 games two seasons ago and 33 points in 69 games last year but he is ready to take his game to the next level. He is seeing minutes on the top line with Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman and is considered a co-number one power play player with Ryan and Alex Chiasson. Zibanejad has 11 goals and 23 points in 44 games so he is headed for his best NHL season to date but he has two goals and three points in his last six games. Honorable mention: Chiasson (2%).

 

What happened: Zibanejad has taken his game to the next level with eight goals and 20 points in 30 games to give him 43 points this season. Look for Zibanejad to take hit the 50-55 point mark next season. Chiasson had only four goals and nine points in the same time period.

 

PHILADELPHIA

 

Games this week

vs. New York Islanders, vs. Carolina, vs. Ottawa

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Sean Couturier (7%) is a superior defensive center who has the ability to score. Not many 18-year-olds crack an NHL lineup because of their defensive prowess but Couturier did so in 2011-12 and still managed to put up 27 points in 77 games. Last season he had 13 goals, which tied a career best, and 39 points in a full 82 game schedule. While he has only one point in his last 12 games, before that he had five goals and 12 points in 13 games. Look for Couturier, who just turned 22, to get his mojo back and start scoring again. Honorable mention: Matt Read (5%).

 

What happened: Couturier has only three goals and 10 points since the original article was written while Read was a little better with four goals and 11 points.

 

PITTSBURGH

 

Games this week

@ Ottawa, vs. New York Islanders, @ Ottawa

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Beau Bennett’s (3%) biggest difficulty is staying healthy. Just this season he has two lower body and a knee injury after needing off-season wrist surgery. And that’s just in the last nine months. Bennett has been penciled in to play a top-six forward role and that always means time with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin but he has been hurt too often to make it a reality. The good news is that he has played the last 10 games in a row. Bennett has huge upside offensively and should have a great second half; if he remains healthy.

 

What happened: Bennett has been healthy ever since but has been a major disappointment with only three assists in 27 games including only one in his last 21 contests. He may need a change of scenery.

 

ST. LOUIS

 

Games this week

vs. Winnipeg, vs. Chicago, vs. Minnesota

 

Rested Team: vs. Winnipeg (Tuesday)

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: There are plenty of poolies who have Alex Pietrangelo (97%) on their roster but he is the one Blue who I see having a great second half. He has improved his defensive responsibilities of late as he is a plus-12 in his last 12 games to get back to even. He is seeing second power play time as the Blues have been using Kevin Shattenkirk and four forwards on the first unit. He has six assists in his last seven games as well.

 

What happened: Pietrangelo got a big break at the beginning of February when Shattenkirk was injured, but did not take advantage with two goals and 13 assists in 30 games with a minus-six rating. At 97 percent, the only way to have picked him up in deep pools was via trade.

 

SAN JOSE

 

Games this week

vs. Dallas, @ Edmonton, @ Los Angeles

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Tomas Hertl (39%) was the hottest player in the NHL in October, 2013 but a knee injury in December of that year kept him out of the lineup for the remainder of the regular season. He returned for the playoffs and had a couple of goals with three assists in seven games as the Sharks dropped the opening series after taking a 3-0 games lead over the Kings. Hertl has not had a good sophomore season with only eight goals and 17 points in 48 games and they sent him to the minors during the All-Star break but he will return next week. They have been pleased with his play at center in the last few games and he still sees second line power play time so he should snap out of his slump soon. If not, he is a great sleeper pick for next season.

 

What happened: Hertl has been a touch better since the All-Star game with four goals and 12 points in 29 games. Do not forget about him next season, especially if the Sharks have a new regime and they decide to go younger.

 

TAMPA BAY

 

Games this week

vs. New Jersey vs. Boston

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Jonathan Drouin (40%) came into this season as one of the early favorites for the Calder Trophy but he has struggled thus far with only two goals and 18 points in his first 37 games. The Lightning are bringing him along slowly but look for Drouin to start seeing more time with Steve Stamkos in the second half of the season. Drouin is an outstanding prospect who was taken third overall in 2013 and there were more than a few scouts who thought he was a better prospect than number one overall pick and his Halifax teammate Nathan MacKinnon.

 

What happened: Drouin certainly is having trouble finding the back of the net as he has only three goals this season, with 26 assists. His one goal and 11 point effort since the break shows that he is still struggling to score in the NHL. That should change next season.

 

TORONTO

 

Games this week

@ Columbus, vs. Montreal

 

Rested team:  None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Morgan Rielly (7%) should be one of the few Maple Leafs who will not be on the trade block as he really hasn’t established his true value and the Leafs will not want to trade him as he could be a star in the making. He has assists in his last two games and has a minus-three rating, not so bad on the porous Toronto squad. If the team continues its downward spiral, Rielly could be bumped to the first power play unit and given plenty of opportunities to show what he can do.

 

What happened: Rielly has four goals and 10 assists since the break and with the Maple Leafs playing so poorly, you can’t really help notice his minus-12 rating. Rielly has taken over as the quarterback on the first power play and has shown how good he can be of late.

 

VANCOUVER

 

Games this week

vs. Los Angeles, vs. Arizona, vs. Edmonton

 

Rested Team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Nick Bonino (22%) was dealt from Anaheim to Vancouver for Ryan Kesler in the off-season and while he has 10 goals and 24 points in 45 games, he has been in a horrible slump since the end of November with only three goals and five points in 22 games. I see a turnaround coming for the 26-year-old. He is sixth in power play time with the Canucks but has been on the ice for only two power play goals this season in 83:38 minutes. He has won 344 face offs, second on the team to Henrik Sedin, if you play those categories.  He had 22 goals and 49 points with 20 power play points last season so he is capable of much more. He is seeing third line duty at this point but once his offense returns, look for him to become a top-six forward again.

 

What happened: Bonino has been a disappointment this season as he was the biggest return in the trade that sent Ryan Kesler to Anaheim in the off-season. Bonino has five goals and 13 points in 26 games since the All-Star game, but a lot more was expected.

 

WASHINGTON

 

Games this week

vs. Boston, vs. New York Rangers

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: None

 

Notes

What was written: Evgeni Kuznetsov (35%) is another player who came into the league full of hype but has disappointed to this point.  He has only one assist in his last 11 games and four goals and 15 points in 44 games this season but the talent is there and the Russian has been moved back to the second line with Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson as his linemates. Kuznetsov was selected in the first round of the 2010 Draft and while it has taken him a longer time to adapt to the NHL than the Capitals thought it would, he is still worth taking a shot at in most pools.

 

What happened: Kuznetsov has had a good second half as well with five goals and 17 points in 30 games. It looks like he has finally adapted to the North American game.

 

WINNIPEG

 

Games this week

@ Minnesota, @ St. Louis, @ Colorado, vs. Calgary

 

Rested team: None

Tired Team: @ St. Louis (Tuesday)

 

Notes

The Jets play three games in four nights as part of a four game week. Expect to see Ondrej Pavelec play at least twice with Michael Hutchinson playing at least once.

 

What was written: Zach Bogosian (17%) has been on fire since returning from a lower body injury that kept him out of action for 15 games starting just before Thanksgiving. Bogosian has had three goals and five points in eight games since his return and is finally showing the offense that many pundits predicted for him when he was selected with the third pick of the 2008 Draft by the then Thrashers. He had nine and 10 goal seasons his first two years in the NHL as he made the NHL as an 18-year-old but hasn’t approached those numbers since. He hasn’t seen a lot of time on the power play since his return but that could change after the break.

 

What happened: Well Bogosian was a big part of the trade that brought Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers to Winnipeg while he and Evander Kane were shipped to Buffalo. Bogosian has only four assists in 24 games but does have 50 penalty minutes.  

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.