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Fantasy Hockey Outlook – Week 19

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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.

 

Max Pacioretty

Recently selected as the NHL’s 3rd star of the week, Pacioretty has been rewarding anyone who selected him in the 3rd or 4th round range in their fantasy draft. He is now without a doubt among the leagues elite goal scorers with 29 on the season in 59 games played for Montreal. Since his scary injury in 2011, he has been on a 39 goal per 82 game pace. He has 12 points in February so far (11 games played). And it doesn’t look like he will have any problem surpassing his 65 point career high from 2012 if he keeps up this pace.

Trade now or later? Try to trade a player with bigger name value. It’ll be worth it for the fantasy playoffs.

 

Aaron Ekblad

The 19 year old is more than living up to his 1st overall draft selection. He has 32 points in 59 games in a year in which the defensemen position in fantasy hockey is fairly thin. He only has 1 point in his last 7 games after a very hot start to 2015, but Ekblad and the Panthers can only improve from here. His ownership is only at 66% due to his play as of late, but look for him to make an impact as the Panthers make a late push for that last playoff spot.

Trade now or later? Wait to buy low on him at the fantasy trade deadline.

 

Kris Versteeg

In his 6 games since returning from injury, Versteeg has put up 3 goals. He is only owned in 27% percent of leagues due missings 2 months of the season but he’s back on a line with one of the league’s top scorers (Pat Kane) and will be a valuable player to have as fantasy playoffs approach. Chicago ranks in the top 10 for goals per game as a team and is 1st overall in shots on goal per game with 34.4 pg. Any player in Chicago’s top 2 lines will have value down the stretch.

Trade now or later?  Worth the pickup, especially if he’s still on your league’s waiver wire. 

 

Devin Dubnyk

Dubnyk has made a historic run since joining the Minnesota Wild. In 17 games, he has 13 wins and 5 shutouts. If you took a chance on him by grabbing him off waivers after he was traded in mid January (for a 3rd round pick), you’re feeling pretty good right right now. He has launched the Wild into the playoff race and should continue his brilliant play.

Trade now or later? If you have him, and can get top goalie return for him. Go for it. He may come back down to earth soon.

 

Other Notables:

Cam Talbot will be in the crease for the Rangers for at least another 3 weeks. He’s been a decent fill as New York’s number one goaltender as Lundqvist recovers from injury with 5 wins in his last 6 starts. The Evander Kane fiasco is over with Kane now in Buffalo, out for the season after shoulder surgery. Keep an eye on him in keeper leagues because if the chips fall the right way, he could be the number 1 winger for Connor McDavid next season. The opposite end of the Kane trade sent Tyler Myers to the Winnipeg Jets and he has been excellent. In 7 games with his new team, Myers has 6 points and is logging over 23 minutes of ice time per contest. His Yahoo ownership is rising quickly, but currently sits at 35%. Pick him up if you need help on D.

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