Before the fantasy hockey season started D Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames wasn’t on many cheat sheets. Actually, he wasn’t on any cheat sheets. The veteran amassed just 15 total points (four goals and 11 assists) in 47 games last season and was simply a role player for the team up north.
This season, however, the 30-year-old has been putting up All-Star numbers. In six games, the defender has scored two goals and added four assists. He has even contributed one power-play goal and two power-play assists in the early part of the season.
These are still utterly astonishing numbers from a guy that wasn’t even on the map for fantasy fans this fall. There are never enough defensemen that can add points on a regular basis and the fact that Marky G has six points already makes him one of the better options still available.
One reason for the increase in fantasy production is that Giordano is shooting the puck more than he ever has before. He previously averaged 1.5 shots per game through his first seven seasons in Calgary and he would always look to pass the puck first. This year that number has jumped up to 3 shots per game and it isn’t a coincidence that his fantasy numbers have gone up.
Giordano definitely won’t keep up this torrid pace all year long, but he is worth adding off the waiver wire while he is on such a hot-streak.