It is not too often that a journeyman forward has a career fantasy hockey season at 35 years old. Most players that age are simply role players or are trying to focus on a coaching career. However, that has not been the case this far into the season for W Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild.
The super-veteran has been playing out of his mind for the Wild this season. Through the first 11 games of the fantasy season, Cooke has already racked up a very respectable eight points. He has scored three goals, added five points, and ripped off 15 shots on net this year. He has even has a player rating of +6, which is tied for 30th in the league with a superstar like Henrik Sedin.
These are the numbers you would expect from Sedin, but Cooke’s stat line has blown away expectations. The aging star was practically undrafted in every single format this season, but he has continued to produce for fantasy owners in Minnesota. He is earning every bit of his off-season three-year, $7.5 million contract and is quickly becoming a very intriguing fantasy option.
Cooke is owned in just about 20% of CBS leagues at the moment and he could be a great short-term option to nab off the waiver wire. He obviously won’t keep producing these type of numbers all season long, but he is worth riding while he is so hot.