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The Wire Troll: Alex Burrows Providing Punch in Ottawa

March 14, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Alex Burrows Providing Punch in Ottawa
Alex Burrows adds depth to the Ottawa Senators.
Alex Burrows (14) has proved a nice addition by Ottawa. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey as we enter the season’s final stretch. Keep plugging away for that Fantasy championship, peeps!

This week, Columbus has lost Ryan Murray for 4-to-6 weeks with a busted hand, so go ahead and cut him in all formats; Washington’s Kevin Shattenkirk earned a two-game suspension for doing his rhino imitation on Kevin Gravel; and the Rangers will be without Henrik Lundqvist for 2-to-3 weeks because of the dreaded lower-body injury.

By the way, Mathieu Perreault’s ownership has risen significantly since we recommended him in late-February, but he continues to rock, and need to be added.

Without further ado, here are some players to consider for your Fantasy hockey team…

Alex Burrows, LW, Ottawa Senators (ESPN: 10.7 per cent; CBS: 17 per cent): Acquired at the trade deadline by Vancouver, Burrows has started to produce. A fourth liner who averages between 12 and 14 minutes, he lit the lamp twice and was a +2 in his Senators debut (see video below), a victory over Colorado. Then, two games later, Burrows picked up a goal and an assist, and was again a +2 in a win over Boston. Finally, on Saturday he picked up another goal and an assist in Colorado, as the Senators won their sixth straight. Burrows has 12 goals on the season and averages about two shots, but we would not expect him to play any more than 15 minutes per game.

Jonathan Bernier, G, Anaheim Ducks (ESPN: 17.4 per cent; CBS: 29 per cent): Pressed into the starting goaltender situation because of an injury to John Gibson, Bernier has shone for Anaheim. In the last four games, Bernier is 3-1, and has been one of the reasons why the Ducks have surged lately in the Pacific Division. His standout performance came on the road in Chicago, where made 43 saves for the shutout.

Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa Senators (ESPN: 5.2 per cent; CBS: 15 per cent): In the last five games, Ceci has a goal and three assists. His recent highlight came against Dallas, as he scored a goal, recorded an assist, and was a +2. Ceci is not a +/- asset, but depending on the game he will average between 21 and 27 minutes.

Jaccob Slavin, D, Carolina Hurricanes (ESPN: 14.2 per cent; CBS: 25 per cent): Slavin has been Carolina’s best player on the back end, and lately has been providing a scoring punch. He recorded an assist in five consecutive games, and was a +5 over that stretch. Slavin has scored 24 points and is a +15 for the season, but being on the Hurricanes’ top defensive line, he averages about 25 minutes and with this much ice time, he does play on both the power play and the penalty kill, so nearly one-third of his points (four on PP; three on PK) have been on special teams.

Nick Bonino, C, Pittsburgh Penguins (ESPN: 14.5 per cent; CBS: 21 per cent): A solid two-way player, Bonino is averaging nearly a point per game so far in March, including an impressive four goals in seven games (all of which have come over the last four games). The veteran knows how to draw penalties as well, not that this would be a factor in his Fantasy value (although it’s appreciated by his real world coach, which translates into more confidence and extra minutes).

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who your favourite Fantasy hockey waiver wire pick of the week is.

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The Wire Troll: Travis Zajac Heating up for Devils

March 5, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Travis Zajac Heating up for Devils
The former first round pick has been a force over the last month, putting up points in six of his last eight games. Some of the highlights include a short-handed goal and two assists combined in a back-to-back against the Islanders. Zajac also enjoyed a power play goal in the following game against Ottawa, a two-assist effort versus the Rangers, and finally a power play goal and an assist against Montreal. It doesn’t matter what the situation on the ice has been, Zajac can be counted on for the power play, even strength and shorthanded, and it shows with ice time as he averages between 21-22 minutes.
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The Wire Troll: Richard Panik Attacking the Net

February 26, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Richard Panik Attacking the Net
Despite only playing 10 games this season for Toronto, Leivo is already helping to produce for the Leafs. He started his scoring against the New York Islanders, enjoying a three-point night (one goal, two assists) with a +2 mark in the victory. Then, over the next four games Leivo picked up five assists. After starting with only around 10 minutes of ice time, he is now up to 15 minutes a game and is averaging about three shots. Leivo has earned himself a nice role for the Leafs for the time being, so give him a look in deep leagues.
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The Wire Troll: Brandon Dubinsky Tearing it Up in February

February 20, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Brandon Dubinsky Tearing it Up in February
The former second round pick is currently playing outstanding hockey. In Calgary, Dvorak scored twice as part of a three-point game, going +3 in a shutout victory over the Flames. Then, on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, he picked up an assist, and once again was a +3 in another win. In the month of February, Dvorak has scored eight points (five goals, three assists) while going +5. He’s averaging about 16 minutes, but recently his ice time has increased, since he is being used on the power play more often.
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The Wire Troll: Ryan Strome Driving Islander Playoff Push

February 12, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Ryan Strome Driving Islander Playoff Push
In the last seven games, Nelson has seven points. He scored in four consecutive games, and his highlight was against Toronto, in which he had a three-point night, and scored the game winner in overtime. If Nelson keeps generating the shots he had in that game, and his previous effort, the numbers will be there.
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