Fantasy Hockey 2013: Options To Replace Ryan Callahan
Scott Hartnell, Max Pacioretty and Patric Hornqvist. These are just a few of the big name forwards who are sidelined due to injury. Thanks to an unfortunate incident, you can now add New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan to that list.
During a scrap with the Philadelphia Flyers‘ Max Talbot on Tuesday night, Callahan suffered an injury to his shoulder that forced him to leave the contest. He was then later diagnosed with a subluxation of his left shoulder. The captain is expected to be out for 10 to 14 days.
So, Callahan fantasy owners must search the waiver wire for a replacement until he returns. The following players are making a bit of a splash in fantasy land and may be your best bets to fill the void.
Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs: The young Kadri is off to a hot start for the Leafs, posting three goals and three assists through give contests. Kadri is a terrific playmaker and shows no fear when on the ice, despite his smaller frame. He and his linemate Matt Frattin are developing great chemistry, forming quite the dynamic duo. Both have three goals on the year and have complemented each other well. With Joffrey Lupul (broken forearm) expected to miss at least six weeks, Kadri’s name will be called to provide more offense. He is ready for the Leafs as well as your fantasy team.
Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers: Gagner has been on quite the tear to start the year, posting at least one point in every game thus far. We all know Gagner is capable of posting big time numbers. I mean, don’t you remember a certain eight-point evening? Playing on a line with great offensive talents such as Nail Yakupov and Ales Hemsky also boosts his fantasy value. He also hasn’t seen less than 15 minutes of ice time in any game this year, so the Oilers clearly want him to be involved.
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens: Earlier in the week, the Habs announced that their rookie would be staying with them this season. Galchenyuk then celebrated by notching a pair of assists in a winning effort on Tuesday. Despite seeing limited ice time (just over 22 minutes combined over last two games), Galchenyuk has posted four points during that span. Montreal clearly likes what they see out of their rookie, so don’t be surprised if he sees a boost in ice time very soon, especially since Tomas Plekanec is the only center on the roster better than him.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy hockey/football columnist for Rant Sports.
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