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Christmas Gift Roundtable

by Brian Rosenbaum
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Which players could use a significant Christmas gift to up their fantasy value and what would it be?


Brian Rosenbaum: Santa should bring Tyson Barrie a number of  plus games to rectify a horrific minus-18 rating. He could also use a few goals as well, as he is stuck on two after 33 games. 
Corey Abbott: Jake Allen needs to gain a killer instinct on the road.  He owns an 11-1-2 record at home with a 2.04 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage, but he has gone 5-7-1 on the road with a 3.29 GAA and an .886 save percentage.  The Blues rank 30th overall with an .896 team save percentage and need Allen to be much better to keep a top-three position in a highly-competitive Central Division.  

Ryan Dadoun: Jimmy Howard needs better luck on the injury front.  He's recovering from a sprained MCL right now and was out earlier with a groin injury.  He's been very good when healthy with a 1.96 GAA and .934 save percentage, so maybe this would have been a big year for him if he didn't keep getting hurt.

Michael Finewax: Corey Perry has only seven goals in 35 games.  That's a 16 goal pace for the former 49 goal scorer. He hasn't scored as few goals in the NHL since the Ducks were Mighty. It would be a nice Christmas present if Perry could significantly pick up the pace.
Brian Rosenbaum: Even more unbelievable than Perry's goal-scoring drop off is the fact that Oscar Klefbom never, and I mean never, gets a penalty. In 36 games so far this season, Kelfbom has yet to sit in the penalty box. Even more incredible is that he only has amassed 10 penalty minutes over his entire 143 NHL game career. That's five minors in almost two complete seasons. Santa needs to bring Klefbom a mean streak. 

Michael Finewax: In many pools Klefbom's zero penalty minutes is a good thing. Brian mentioned him in the column a few weeks ago but Patrice Bergeron continues to baffle me.  He has five goals and 10 points in 33 games. That's a 25 point pace if he remains healthy and that is never a sure thing in the NHL.  He had 32 goals and 68 points last season so he was drafted quite high. His owners are regretting that pick.
Corey Abbott: As expected, Connor Hellebuyck has seized control of Winnipeg's crease this season, but he hasn't been steady.  My gift to him would be to gain some consistency.  He has a 12-11-1 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA in 26 appearances.  That doesn't make him a very attractive option even though there is a lot to like about the Jets up front and on the back end.  

Ryan Dadoun: Anze Kopitar could use some help from Santa too.  Maybe there's been a curse of the captaincy developing in Los Angeles that needs to be lifted.  Dustin Brown losing it seems to have helped him somewhat, but Kopitar has taken a big dive as the new team captain with three goals and 16 points in 29 games.

Brian Rosenbaum
Brian Rosenbaum is the Senior Hockey Editor of Rotoworld.com. He's run the hockey coverage since its inception in 2000.