Fantasy Hockey 2013: The Waiver Wire; Edition Nine
I know what you’re probably thinking, and I agree. It has been awhile, hasn’t it?
With baseball season right around the corner, I have started to dig myself deep into it. To you hockey enthusiasts, I apologize. But here we are, the ninth edition of “The Waiver Wire”. Who’s hot and needs to be added in fantasy leagues pronto? Let’s not waste anymore time, shall we?
Devin Setoguchi, Minnesota Wild: You know, I have always liked Setoguchi’s game. Maybe not as a fantasy asset, but just as a player? Sure. However, now he is proving to be relevant in fantasy land once again. On Saturday, Setoguchi posted his first three-point game in almost a whole year. He is lighting up the box score, posting 11 points over his last 10 contests, putting him to 18 on the season. The Wild winger is currently building some nice chemistry on the team’s second unit with Pierre- Marc Bouchard, who is riding a three-game point streak. Grab Setoguchi fast because he has currently been added in over 3,000 Yahoo! leagues, and deservingly so.
Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens: Gionta has been consistently producing points as of late, collecting eight over his last 10 contests. He is on a line with Tomas Plekanec, who has posted two goals and three assists over his last five games, and newly acquired Michael Ryder, who has been a factor since returning to the Habs, scoring nine points in his first eight games. Gionta also hasn’t had a negative plus/minus rating in his past five games, proving that his line is making a positive impact when out on the ice. Surprisingly, he is only owned in 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues so he’s out there if you need him.
Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings: In my eyes, Muzzin is basically a must add in all fantasy leagues, especially if you are struggling in the defensive department. In the month of March alone, he has registered four goals and six assists to go along with an impressive rating of plus-11. He also provides some value if you are in need of PIMS, posting 27 in the month. Being paired with Drew Doughty on the team’s first unit is certainly helping his offensive touch, not to mention he has also been on the Kings’ first power play unit. Somehow, this guy is owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues, so jump on him while you still can.
Brad Boyes, New York Islanders: The Islanders aren’t very good, but their first line sure is. Their first unit alone has a combined 86 points between John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Boyes. The less popular of the three (Boyes) has accounted for 25 of those points this season and is proving that he needs to be talked about as well, posting 10 points and a plus-3 rating over his last eight contests. Playing with two tremendous players like Tavares and Moulson for the rest of the season should keep him relevant in fantasy land.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy columnist for Rant Sports.
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