By Adam McGill
The fantasy hockey season is now in the home stretch and free agent picks up are more important than ever. Below is my latest compilation of players to grab before they end up on the roster of your competition:
Small Leagues: 8-10 man leagues
C Paul Stastny, COL- The Quebec native remains on the waiver wire in a large numbers of fantasy leagues. The veteran has already racked up 34 points on the year and has established himself on a mediocre Avs’ offense.
LW Ville Leino, BUF – Leino is really heating up in Buffalo with 4 points in the last four games. The veteran was one of owner Terry Pegula‘s prized acquisition this off-season and he is finally living up to the city’s hefty expectations.
RW Kyle Okposo, NYI – Okposo remains available in a majority of leagues despite having 29 points on the season.
D Alex Goligoski, DAL – “The Minnesota North Star” has looked very impressive in the last 12 games, as his 10 points are better than most offensive players during that span.
G Joey MacDonald, DET - MacDonald is now the guy between the pipes in hockey town with starter Jimmy Howard out with a broken finger. He has not been tested much, but he will benefit from having the high scoring Detroit offense in front of him.
Large Leagues: 10-14 man leagues
C Jiri Tlusy, BOS – “JT” has been a consistent contributor to the Bruins’ powerful offense with 3 points in each of his three games this month.
LW David Perron, STL – Perron scored two magnificent goals this week in a 3-1 win over Ottawa and has racked up 7 points in the last ten games.
RW Byron Bitz, VAN – The “Bitz-berg” may only last until Chris Higgins comes back, but until then Bitz will be skating with the first two lines. He posted 3 points in the three games since being called up and will continue to produce numbers in Vancouver’s heavy hitting offense.
D Jake Gardiner, TOR – “Jake the Snake” has helped on 15 goals already this year, including a staggering 7 points in his last ten games.
G Martin Biron, NYR - “Marty B” has put up great numbers in his spot starts this season with a 9-2-1 record with 2 shutouts. He is definitely worth a start in deeper leagues when he gets his start next week.