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The Wire Troll: Jesse Puljujarvi is Back

January 16, 2021 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Jesse Puljujarvi is Back
Jesse Puljujarvi has a chance to excel for the Edmonton Oilers.
Jesse Puljujarvi has the size and skill to be awesome. (Larry Wong/Postmedia)

Welcome back to another season of Fantasy hockey! As always, we strive to offer up options that are actually available on your wire (owned in a maximum of 50 per cent of ESPN and CBS leagues).

This week, Nolan Patrick made a triumphant return to the NHL, scoring a goal in his first game in 652 days; Sergei Bobrovsky has been cleared to play from whatever ailed him; and 27 NHL players tested positive for Covid-19 during training camp, the majority of which were Dallas Stars, because, well… everything’s bigger in Texas.

And now, let’s get to our first batch of Fantasy Hockey waiver wire recommendations for 2021…

Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Edmonton Oilers (ESPN: 41.8 per cent; CBS: 48 per cent): In late-November 2019, we recommended Puljujarvi based on the idea he might be headed back to the NHL from Finland. Well, that’s finally happened this season, and with seven shots on goal on Friday, it’s just a matter of time before he dents the scoresheet, especially after an impressive showing in training camp (see video below). The fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft — and most believed he’d go earlier than that — has the size and skill to be a stud, so we suggest you stick with him and see how this plays out.

Joel Farabee, LW, Philadelphia Flyers (ESPN: 40.7 per cent; CBS: 42 per cent): After scoring four points in season opener, Farabee was the NHL’s leading scorer after Day One. That lead has since slipped away after he was shut out on Friday (despite an increase in PT), but it’s clear the weight he added this offseason is going to help him. It’s not unreasonable to think Farabee could put up 30 or more points as the second-line left winger this season.

Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (ESPN: 21.9 per cent; CBS: 14 per cent): When we last checked in on Johnson in November 2019, we were projecting him to crack the 50-point mark, but we jinxed him as he slumped badly right after this article and then again in February and March before the season paused. With the Lightning up against the cap, the Spokane-born veteran started the season on the taxi squad, but he made his debut Friday, picking up an assist while going +1. Johnson’s best days may be behind him, but if he’s in the lineup, you want this dude on your team.

Alexander Romanov, D, Montreal Canadiens (ESPN: 11.9 per cent; CBS: 36 per cent): Romanov earned a third-pairing role for the Habs out of camp, but in the season opener he played 21:14, including plenty of power play action during which he earned an assist. The rookie looks like he’ll play in all situations, and will pitch in with blocks (four) and hits (one) as well.

Collin Delia, G, Chicago Blackhawks (ESPN: 0.4 per cent; CBS: 7 per cent): Back in January 2019, we pimped Delia as someone that could offer owners second-half goaltending help. Well, that didn’t work out so well as his game went downhill from that point on, and he didn’t play in the NHL at all last season. Delia is back in the bigs now, and while he didn’t look sharp in his season debut, he has a chance to carve out an important role this season as someone has to play net in Chicago, right? It might not always be pretty, but consider him worth a look in deeper formats.

Conor Garland, RW, Arizona Coyotes (ESPN: 7.4 per cent; CBS: 31 per cent): You may recall that when Garland went down with a serious lower body injury in March, he was the ‘Yotes’ leading goal scorer. Well, he’s healthy now and is clearly ready to pick up where he left off, scoring once and adding a helper in the opener. Garland has some serious stick handling skills, so grab the kid now and see if he can build off what he did last season.

Nils Hoglander, LW, Vancouver Canucks (ESPN: 11.6 per cent; CBS: 34 per cent): Do the Canucks have another rookie star on their hands in Hoglander? In the season opener, he scored a goal among three shots while going +2, before seeing a whopping 21:45 of ice time the next night. That kind of PT warrants your immediate attention, folks.

RotoRob Tune of the Day

In the early ’90s, ex-members of the Specials, English Beat and Fine Young Cannibals combined forces in a band called Special Beat. Here they are in Sydney, Australia in mid-April 2009 performing “Hands Off, She’s Mine,” originally by the English Beat.

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Interview: Sean Farrell

December 5, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Interview: Sean Farrell
The Hopkinton, Masssachusetts-native just turned 19 last month, and stands 5’9″, weighing in around 175, although he says he’s added a few pounds to that total.
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Interview: Jerry Rollins

November 14, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Interview: Jerry Rollins
Jerry really has a fascinating tale to tell, going from high school dropout to the man who started the classic ’70s brawl in the video below, to a powerhouse CEO that is sought by top executives to help them lead their businesses. His book is easy to digest, filled with entertaining anecdotes and truly aspirational. It should be required reading for anyone in a leadership position or those who desire to achieve that level.
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Interview: Ian Moore

October 30, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Interview: Ian Moore
The 6’3″ blueliner was listed at 165 pounds last year, but has now beefed up to 185. Coming off a tremendous final season of high school hockey for St. Mark’s (Massachusetts) in which he racked up 46 points in 34 games, he’s beginning his first campaign with the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Moore is committed to play at Harvard University next season.
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Good, Bad and Ugly: 2019-20 Anaheim Ducks

October 17, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Good, Bad and Ugly: 2019-20 Anaheim Ducks
Since the 2016-17 season, when they won 46 games and made it to the Western Conference Finals, the Anaheim Ducks have pretty much been in free fall. Last season, they looked a smidge better down the stretch (3-3-1 in March), but still finished in 27th place overall — the worst showing in franchise history.
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