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The Wire Troll: Joel Eriksson Ek Poised for Production Boost

December 28, 2019 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Joel Eriksson Ek is ready to break out for the Minnesota Wild.
Joel Eriksson Ek’s Fantasy prospects are on the rise. (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

Welcome back to another week of Fantasy hockey. As we near the completion of 2019, take advantage of your partying league mates by pilfering the wire.

This week, Cam Atkinson‘s season has gone from bad to worse as he landed on the IR with a sprained ankle that will cost him 2-to-3 weeks; Canada beat the Americans 6-4 in the opener of the 2020 WJC in an instant classic; and the struggling Blackhawks got more bad news with defensemen Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan both done for the season (more on that below).

And now, let’s get to this week’s Fantasy hockey waiver wire recommendations…

Joel Eriksson Ek, C, Minnesota Wild (ESPN: 0.8 per cent; CBS: 3 per cent): Blessed with perfect NHL size, Eriksson Ek caught our eye as a rookie, and while it’s been a slow upward trajectory, he really seems to have taken a major leap so far this season, especially in the plus/minus department. Even though he only recently returned from a four-game injury absence, he logged an assist on Friday, giving him points in three of the last four games, and he should get even more responsibility (acting as the No. 2 centre) now that Zach Parise is out 4-to-6 weeks. The fact that Minnesota plays all three games at home next week only makes us more bullish on Eriksson Ek. Just keep him away from Shea Weber‘s lethal slap shots (see video below).

Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks (ESPN: 17.6 per cent; CBS: 32 per cent): Already projected to be a top 80 defenseman for the rest of the season, Keith gets a huge boost with both Seabrook and de Haan suffering season-ending injuries and Adam Boqvist now out day-to-day. Keith will get all the PT he can handle, and so far, he’s taking advantage, logging two helpers and going +2 on Friday with three blocks and two shots. The normally durable blueliner dealt with his own injury earlier this season, and was off to his worst start (career low 48.35 CF percentage), but he now has a chance to return to his form from last season.

Zdeno Chara, D, Boston Bruins (ESPN: 17.5 per cent; CBS: 49 per cent): Speaking of aging blueliners, Chara remains a top 70 Fantasy defenseman, but should get a boost with Torey Krug out. Despite battling through a jaw woe, Chara played over 22.25 minutes on Friday, going +1, and he’s already matched his goal total from all of last season. The Bruins’ captain remains a force despite being under two months shy of his 43rd birthday.

Zach Hyman, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs (ESPN: 12.8 per cent; CBS: 34 per cent): Hyman popped a PPG on Friday, giving him seven points in last three games. He’s gotten better each season and despite another injury in 2019-20, he’s on pace for a career-best in goals. The Leafs are red hot, and Hyman’s play has been a big part of that.

Hampus Lindholm, D, Anaheim Ducks (ESPN: 16.7 per cent; CBS: 41 per cent): Have you noticed that Lindhom leads the Ducks with 16 assists, putting him on pace for a career-best 39? He’s struggled to stay in the lineup every game in recent seasons, and his +/- still sucks, but a defenseman that is on pace to flirt with 40 assists and is flying under the radar is intriguing in both season long and DFS play.

Trevor Zegras, C, Anaheim Ducks (ESPN: 0.2 per cent; CBS: 5 per cent): Seeking a dynasty option to stash? Zegras, the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft, is justifying the Ducks’ faith in him, logging four assists in Team USA’s win over Germany in the WJC on Friday. As a freshman for Boston University, he’s averaging over a point per game, looking ready to turn pro next season. And with five helpers through two games in the WJC, he ranks second among all players in tournament scoring. Zegras has the skill and confidence to become a serious offensive contributor in the NHL.

Jaroslav Halak, G, Boston Bruins (ESPN: 25.5 per cent; CBS: 45 per cent): Just over two years ago, we were touting Halak as the man between the pipes for the Isles, but really, since coming to Boston last season, he’s been even better as a tandem goalie. Although he’s been a tad inconsistent lately, he sure looked brilliant on Friday in a 26-save shutout, his third goose egg of the season (which ties him for the league lead) and the 50th of his fine career.

Others to Consider

Chris Driedger, G, Florida Panthers (ESPN: 3.2 per cent; CBS: 8 per cent): Driedger has looked superb in two of three games so far, and will get another look Saturday against a weak Red Wings team. DFS alert here!

Noel Acciari, C, Florida Panthers (ESPN: 7.7 per cent; CBS: 21 per cent): Acciari was shut out Monday after scoring in three straight games, including back-to-back hat tricks. He showed promise as a goal scorer two seasons ago in Boston, but is really taking off in that regard now.

Erik Haula, C, Carolina Hurricanes (ESPN: 24.3 per cent; CBS: 38 per cent): Haula had been quiet, but went off for two goals and an assist against Toronto on Monday, and then saw a big boost in PT on Friday. He’s a fine DFS option.

RotoRob Tune of the Day

Roxy Music, led by Bryan Ferry, spent 1975 touring to support Siren, its fifth album. The first single from this album was “Love is the Drug,” and here is the original live promo video, taken from that same tour.

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: Chris Boucher to Throw Block Party

December 21, 2019 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Chris Boucher to Throw Block Party
Johnson has been dealing with a hop injury, but returned Friday, although he didn’t see much PT. The rookie hasn’t set the world on fire yet, but he was starting to look much better before he got hurt, scoring 10 or more points in three of his last four games (potting nine in the other one), while chipping in with some decent rebounding numbers and the odd steal. The 11th overall pick in this year’s draft should be poised to make some nice strides in the second half, so consider him now in deeper leagues.
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Photo Gallery: Raptors vs. Cavaliers

December 17, 2019 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Powell only managed 20 or more points four times last season when injuries limited him to 60 games. But the fact that he’s getting so many more starting assignments this season has really helped propel him to what’s shaping up as a career season. Powell’s confidence and transition play during this stretch is impressing his teammates. Over his last three, he’s averaging 24.3 PPG while shooting 68.3 per cent from the field. Talk about a serious tear!
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The Wire Troll: Olli Maatta Returns Just in Time

December 14, 2019 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Olli Maatta Returns Just in Time
After five seasons of declining offensive production with Tampa Bay, Stralman signed as a free agent with the other Florida team last summer. And while he’s been quiet on offense lately, he does have 10 points already, putting him on pace for his highest scoring season since 2015-16. As usual, Stralman is logging heavy minutes, at 21:11 per game, even more than last season. With 41 blocks, 30 hits and 19 takeaways, he’s on pace to top his numbers from last season across the board, making him a nice deep league consideration.
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The Wire Troll: Dwight Powell Rising in Dallas

December 7, 2019 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Powell has really been stepping up offensively lately, scoring at least 14 points in four straight games, and shooting extremely well throughout this stretch. He’s being asked to guard top players, and a season after missing several weeks with a shoulder injury, he’s become a bigger part of the team than ever before, responding by getting to the line far more often. Powell may still have a bit of upside to his game.
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