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Fantasy Hockey Outlook – Week 16

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Here are some players to keep on your watch list leading up to the trade deadline. Getting them in your fantasy lineup at the right time will get you one step closer to Fantasy Hockey Gold.

 

Carey Price

Buffalo, of all teams, snapped Price’s 5 game winning streak on Tuesday. He has otherwise been arguably the best goalie in Fantasy Hockey and the only goalie that has lived up to his draft value with Quick, Lundqvist and Bobrovsky showing slight regression. His 27 wins, 4 shutouts and .932 save percentage make him the #1 contender for the Vezina. You need him on your fantasy team.  Trade now or later? Now. It’ll cost you a top goalie and top skater, but well worth it.

Mike Fisher

One of the hottest players in the league over the last month seems to have recovered from his early season achilles injury. Fisher has gathered 12 points in his last 10 games giving him 25 points in an injury shortened campaign (29 games played). His shooting percentage is extremely high, especially for a player that is not known as a goal scorer. Fisher has 13 goals in only 63 shots on net giving him 20% on the year. His career average is 11% so he will likely see some regression the rest of the season. Trade now or later? Don’t trade for him. If he’s on your waiver wire, pick him up while he’s hot. But his point production won’t continue at this pace.

Evander Kane

For a player that should be in the news for his talent, instead has been in the news for his attitude, his track suit, teammate conflicts, trade rumors, being a healthy scratch and most recently, needing surgery on his shoulder. Kane has been targeted by multiple teams in the past, but with the trade deadline coming up, his value is free falling because of injury concerns and off ice issues coming out in the media.  Trade now or later?  Wait until this situation gets clear. He’s a top fantasy option if he can stay on the ice and his value may go up significantly if he’s in a different jersey.

Keith Yandle

After a very slow start and an uncertain situation in Arizona, Yandle has turned it on as of late. He has 10 assists in 9 games. He only has 4 goals but sits in second place among defensemen for shots on goal (Karlsson) with 157. That puts his shooting percentage at only 2.5% so he should see a nice boost in scoring moving forward. Trade now or later? Now, because if he gets traded to a playoff team he will be even more valuable for fantasy.

Other Notables:

Pekka Rinne makes his return tonight against the Anaheim Ducks after a 3 week period – recovering from a knee injury. Henrik Lunqvist will miss a couple of games after taking a puck to the throat, he is day-to-day. For a scoring option in deeper leagues, Cedric Paquette has 5 goals in his last 4 games. Patrick Marleau has a shooting percentage that is 5 percent less than his career average so he should see a boost in goals over the next 2 weeks. John Klingberg was the NHL rookie of the month for January if you need help at D.


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