The Week Ahead: March 2 – March 8
4 Game slates: CAL, MIN, MON, NASH, OTT, PHI
3 Game slates: ANA, ARI, BOS, BUF, CAR, CHI, COL, CLB, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, LA, NJ, NYI, NYR, PIT, SJ, TB, TOR, VAN, WASH
2 Game slates: STL, WINN
Back to Back games: ANA, BOS, BUF, CAL, COL, CLB, MIN, MON, NASH, OTT, PHI, PIT, SJ
By Lane Myer
TTMI’s Trade Central
That’s more like it. Following a trade-less week we have action and even some deals of heavy consequence. If you’ve been reading these TTMI fantasy pages throughout the season, you know we pen this post largely for standard size leagues. This week only, we’ll have some quick hits for deeper roster players involving recent trades.
– David Clarkson: dealt to Columbus in one of the strangest trades one will ever see, jumped right onto the Jackets’ first line replacing Cam Atkinson, although, later in the game, the two flipped lines. As fate would have it, Clarkson’s first game with Columbus included a matchup with his former employer in New Jersey. Thanks to four New Jersey penalties, Clarkson saw 3.1 minutes on the man-advantage despite second unit deployment. In Toronto, Clarkson averaged 12.5 minutes per game. In his one game sample with the Jackets, Clarkson saw a tick over 16 minutes in his first contest where he only managed to generate 2 shots but contributed 4 hits. The increased ice-time coupled with escaping the media circus in Toronto could put Clarkson back on the map in terms of fantasy relevance. It wasn’t too long ago Clarkson was capable of being a top 50-60 fantasy player when one factored in his mix of 25-30 goals and 100+ PIMs for standard size leagues that count penalty minutes. In the interim, Cam Atkinson is the player who is most affected by Clarkson’s arrival, though it should be noted that Atkinson maintained his first PP unit minutes Saturday night.
– Erik Cole is set to wing it in Motown and probably stands a pretty good chance to takeover the role that was intended for Johan Franzen who remains sidelined with concussion issues. That slot had been filled by Abdelkader, Weiss, Miller and most recently Darren Helm who left Saturday’s game with an “upper body injury”. So it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see Cole jump right onto the Datsyuk line though Babcock might give him easier minutes in the early going. Prior to the trade, Cole was skating on the top line and the second PP unit in Dallas.
– Curtis Glencross was traded to Washington, but didn’t play Sunday night. Obviously it remains to be seen how Trotz and the Capitals use Glencross, but considering Washington has been moving the young Russians (Kuznetsov and Burakovsky) all over the lineup and the fact that recently the Caps have been using checking liners Jason Chimera and Joel Ward on their second line, it that would seem to indicate Glencross has the opportunity to skate top 6 even strength and PP minutes in Washington. In Calgary, Glencross averaged 16.4 minutes per game and saw regular time on the Flames’ second PP unit (2.15 minutes per game). At even strength, Glencross often skated on the Colborne line, but Calgary shuffled their second and third lines around so he saw considerable time on both the second and third lines.
– Jaromir Jagr makes for an interesting acquisition for a young Florida team, and as expected, Jagr was tossed onto the right side of Aleksander Barkov along with Jonathan Huberdeau. It remains to be seen if Jagr can be effective on that line, or if he’ll slow them down, but the Czech star did immediately net first PP unit minutes and through two games has already averaged a comical 4.4 minutes a game on the man-advantage. Jagr has recorded the same 17”09 minutes in both matchups with the Panthers which translated to a goal and assist on 6 shots thus far in south Florida. While Jagr did average over 17 minutes per game in New Jersey on the season, his TOI had been declining in the run-up to the deadline with Jagr’s ice-time slipping to 12-14 minutes per game. Affected most by the Jagr acquisition is former Blackhawk great, Jimmy Hayes, who had been seeing considerable time on Florida’s second line prior to Jagr’s arrival. Hayes has been bumped down to the third line.
– Chad Johnson should get the first opportunity at the starting job in Buffalo with Matthew Hackett (barring another trade) remaining the backup. Obviously Buffalo is undergoing full tank-mode so solid performance in the crease won’t be of grand importance. Should Johnson indeed snag the lion’s share of starts in Buffalo, you’re in all likelihood looking at competition with Mike Smith as the worst starter in the league. Johnson rolled up a 3.08 GAA and .889 save% on a very good Islander team so not only is he going to lose the opportunity to bank wins, but there exists a chance for a starter to record a 4+ GAA average the rest of the way.
– Michal Neuvirth becomes the new backup on the Island replacing the departed Chad Johnson. Of note is that Halak is coming off of a 4 start stretch where he allowed 14 goals and subsequently Johnson and Halak had actually split the last 8 Islander starts in goal. Thus Neuvirth does have an opportunity to net more minutes than a typical backup along with an outside chance that he could wrestle the starting job away from Halak with some stellar play. While Halak ranks third in the NHL in goalie wins with 33, his ratios are league average. Neuvirth obviously had a terrible 2.99 GAA in Buffalo, but his .918 save% is well above average.
– Jeff Petry, presumably, will be in a battle with Sergei Gonchar , Tom Gilbert, and Nathan Beaulieu for second PP unit minutes in Montreal. Recently, given Gonchar’s injury, Montreal has been rotating the second PP unit with the aforementioned names while Subban and Markov occupy the first PP unit. In Edmonton, Petry was mostly paired with Ference at even strength and ran the point the second PP unit. Despite firing 103 shots throughout the season, Petry has managed only 4 goals – good for a 3.9 shooting%. Part of that reason is the Oilers double shifted Justin Schultz on their top PP unit so his PP TOI per game was about 70% more than Petry per game. Though Petry averaged nearly 21 minutes per game, he only averaged 1.09 minutes per game on the man-advantage. For those in deeper stat category leagues, Petry is a solid contributor in real-time stats categories having compiled 101 hits and 77 blocks.
– Jiri Sekac began his Anaheim tenure on the Kesler (second) line, but he only generated one shot and was saddled with a -1 and subsequently spent the following game on Anaheim’s third line franking Rickard Rakell and Emerson Etem. Regardless of his line deployment, he’s averaged just over 14 minutes per game though only about 30 seconds per game on the PP. We’re only mentioning him here, despite the third line minutes, because the Ducks have been shuffling lines quite a bit recently and there really isn’t one set lineup. Thus Sekac could easily move right back onto the second line with steady play where he would become worth monitoring.
– Andrej Sekera: The Kings had been tied to Sekera all along and the defending champs finally replace Voynov’s minutes with Sekera’s acquisition. Sekera spent his first Kings’ matchup on the second pair with noted glacier, Robyn Regehr, where he racked up over 21 minutes of contested ice hockey game action. More importantly, Sekera was dispatched on the first LA PP unit alongside Drew Doughty, though it only amounted to just over a minute of PP time due to Anaheim taking just one minor penalty. The Kings are a middle of the pack PP% team at 16.2% (a tick above the Blackhawks), so it remains to be seen if Sekera’s arrival means anything significant. Of those players affected by Sekera’s arrival (at least for one game) include Jake Muzzin who was bumped to LA’s second PP unit, and perhaps (currently injured) Alec Martinez, who depending on whether LA uses a forward such as Jeff Carter on the point, could see his PP TOI decrease or eliminated as well.
– Chris Stewart has finally escaped Buffalo for the warm environs of….Minnesota. Stewart averaged just over 2 minutes per game on the PP and of Stewart’s 25 points on the season, 10 have been recorded via the man-advantage including 5 goals. Considering the lack of scoring options that existed in Buffalo, Stewart only managed to fire 116 shots on the season which translated to 11 goals (9.5 shooting%). Recently, Minnesota has been rotating their top 9 pretty heavily with recently acquired Sean Bergenheim seeing some time on the second line with Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter bouncing around the second and third lines respectively. One would assume Stewart will see a similar role moving around the top 9 forward group with the hope he can join the mix on the second PP unit where Coyle and Niederreiter also remain in the mix and the second unit is usually centered by Mikael Granlund. Also of note, Stewart managed 82 hits in 61 games.
– Kimmo Timonen, as we mentioned last week, was a candidate to return to Philly this weekend. As it turns out, he didn’t receive the opportunity to don the black and orange as instead he was flipped to the Blackhawks in exchange for two draft picks. Even at the age of 38 last year, Timonen still averaged over 20 minutes of ice-time per game as well as first line PP unit minutes. It remains to be seen if Timonen is able to play heavy minutes for the Hawks, but health provided, he should provide a boost to the PP once he shakes off the inevitable rust as 20 of Timonen’s 35 points last season were recorded via the man-advantage. One would assume once everyone is up to speed, and barring further decline by Oduya, Timonen wouldn’t be asked to provide more than third pair even strength minutes. Regardless, for fantasy purposes, his PP TOI is about all that should concern you. Considering it will likely take some time to shake off the rust, if you’re in a smaller standard league he might not be worth a roster spot quite yet unless you start more than 5 defensemen daily. Timonen’s arrival could mean decreased PP minutes for Brad Richards, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, or Brent Seabrook.
– Jiri Tlusty: Tlusty was oft-rumored to move, but I literally never read about anyone targeting him. Turns out it was the Manitobans who immediately tossed the Czech onto their second line opposite Mark Scheifele and fellow recent acquisition Drew Stafford. Tlusty also found himself deployed on Winnipeg’s second PP unit in a somewhat odd pairing where Michael Frolik is centering Tlusty and Stafford. Tlusty has recorded 64 hits in 52 games, but he will only maintain value in a standard league if he’s able to maintain a spot on Winnipeg’s second line and PP unit respectively. Monitor his usage as if he should slip to the third line, he’s immediately droppable.
– Antoine Vermette, at press time, and as far as his usage goes, hasn’t publicly been determined. One would think Vermette would slot right onto the second line centering Sharp and Versteeg given Brad Richards 20 game goalless run. Vermette was Arizona’s first line Swiss Army knife this season. First line at even strength, first PP unit (2.45 minutes per game), and first unit on the penalty kill (1.51 minutes per game). Vermette has averaged nearly 19 minutes per game, exactly 56% at the dot, and has scored 13 goals on only 85 shots – good for a 15.3 shooting% on the season. If one is a Brad Richards owner, he is the player who should be the most affected by Vermette’s arrival. Given Richards’ recent 20 game stretch, I would assume Vermette either splits PP time with Richards, if not replaces him on the second unit altogether. Also of note, Vermette, in standard Yahoo leagues, is eligible at both C and LW, and his ownership rate thus far has jumped from 23% to 28% (about 1800 adds in 16 hours since the trade). Vermette makes for a sound add in leagues that count face-offs and short-handed points.
– James Wisniewski LATE BREAKING TTMI ACTION NEWS TEAM WORLD REPORT: (also cue the – I’ll sit here until four in the morning…– Chris Block sound-bite here) Wiz reportedly wanted to remain in Columbus so he structured his no-trade list to largely include teams that don’t have a fit for services or couldn’t make his ticket work under their salary cap. Crafty,,that Wiz, but it turns out it didn’t work as The Overlord’s all-time favorite Blackhawk was traded back to Anaheim to soak up rays, coed blondes, and presumably first unit PP minutes in the wake of Sami Vatanen’s injury. Since Vatanen went down a few weeks ago, the Ducks have been employing only Cam Fowler as the lone defenseman on their first PP unit so I would expect Wiz to either join that pairing, or replace Fowler on the point of that first unit. Fowler has soaked up nearly 2.5 minutes per game on the man-advantage since Vatanen went down though he has yet to record a PP goal on the season. Fowler does have 8 PP assists, however. Conversely, Wiz QB’d the Jackets’ first PP unit along with Jack Johnson and it’s led to 7 PP goals and 7 PP assists respectively along with an average of 3.13 minutes per game of PP TOI. All jokes aside, Wiz is coming off of a fantastic offensive season the year previous where Jimmy Goodtimes tallied 51 points in 75 games with 28 of those points recorded via the PP (3 goals, 25 assists).
– Keith Yandle was perhaps not all that much of a surprise to be dealt, but the surprise to some might be where he landed. That being the Big Apple and along with McDonagh, Girardi, Staal, Klein, and whatever’s left of Dan Boyle now arguably comprise the top blueline collective in the NHL. Personally I thought Boston had an opportunity to acquire both Vermette and Yandle in an extensive package centered around Malcolm Subban and Torey Krug, but here we are and one would assume Yandle would immediately replace Dan Girardi on the first PP unit. Ryan McDonagh and Girardi had been occupying the blueline on the Rangers’ top PP unit while Dan Boyle was the sole defenseman on the second Ranger PP team. Yandle might actually end up on the third pair with Dan Boyle at even strength, but the key will be whether Yandle does in fact claim a spot on the first Ranger PP unit which I would think is almost a certainty. Among those who could be affected by Yandle’s arrival might be Kevin Klein if the Rangers decide to split up the Staal/Klein second pair, and perhaps Dan Boyle might lose some PP TOI depending on whether the Rangers continue to deploy a forward on the opposite point of their second PP unit.
– Marek Zidlicky should see some added value with the Wings provided he occupies at least a slot on the second Detroit PP unit. Of recent vintage, the Wings have been employing just one defenseman per pair with Nick Kronwall and Jakub Kindl filling those roles respectively. Should the Wings maintain the one defenseman per PP unit usage, one would assume Zidlicky has a pretty good chance to takeover for Kindl given his modest 11 points on the season and that Detroit spent a chunk of the season attempting to trade him. Kindl averaged 1.51 minutes per game on the man-advantage while Zidlicky totaled 2.37 per game. Zidlicky has banked 23 points on the season with the Devils with over half of them recorded via the PP (3 goals, 9 assists).
The Rest (for deep leaguers)
A few quick notes on these would be role players who are worth a mention:
– Sean Bergenheim actually began his Wild tenure on the first line with Koivu and Vanek at even strength. However, he did not see any PP time. Minnesota has been mixing up various lines for months so I can’t recommend adding Bergenheim over anyone else until he nets some consistent PP time.
– Brett Connolly, we’ll place here, because I have no idea how he fits in Boston if not on the third line with Soderberg and Eriksson. It’s possible he could skate on the first line should the B’s fail to acquire Chris Stewart or someone of that ilk, and given the two second round picks Chiarelli coughed up for someone who was having a difficult time sticking on Tampa’s third line, that’s probably a very real possibility. I just can’t see the Bruins rolling a first line with Connolly and rookie Ryan Spooner when Chiarelli and Claude Julien might be fighting to keep their jobs. Connolly has actually collected an average of nearly two minutes of PP TOI per game in Tampa this season, but he hadn’t seen any time on the man-advantage over the last 7 games so he’s not exactly coming in hot as the theater/improv performer type folk might say.
– Tomas Fleischmann did not skate with Anaheim Sunday night so his role with the Ducks is unclear. When he wasn’t healthy scratched, Fleischmann largely skated bottom 6 minutes in Florida though he did average just over a minute per game on the PP and PK respectively. Unless Fleischmann manages to crawl into Anaheim’s top 6 at least on the PP, he would remain largely unrosterable.
– John Moore will not have played a game when this is posted, and quite frankly I’m not sure it will matter even if he’s able to generate heavy PP minutes in Arizona. With Yandle and Vermette gone, and Hanzal and Boedkker on LTIR, that pretty much leaves Shane Doan and Ekman-Larsson as the lone remaining dependable scorers in the desert.
– Devante Smith-Pelly has begun his regime in Montreal on the Habs’ third line with Jacob De La Rose and Brandon Prust so his offensive potential is likely going to be limited on that line. Smith-Pelly also did not see any time on the man-advantage so unless you’re looking at him for a dynasty league, he can be safely avoided for now.
– Lee Stempniak had a brief run of fantasy relevance earlier this season when Derek Stepan among others were injured and the Rangers had to move Stempniak into their top six. Recently Stempniak has fallen from the third line down to the fourth and hasn’t seen PP time in quite a while. It stands to reason that Stempniak would primarily be used on the third line in Winnipeg, but it’s possible that he may also be replacing some of the uselessness (Slater, Peluso Thorburn) that Winnipeg tosses out on the fourth line on any given night.
– Daniel Winnik’s Pittsburgh residence began as expected with Winnik occupying the left side on the third line along with Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie. Winnik saw no PP time, but he could hold some value in deeper standard leagues as he did record 30 points on Anaheim’s third line last season and Sutter and Downie both do provide some offensive upside for a checking line.
Below is the final list of players who as of Sunday night are still rumored to be available and maintain fantasy relevance given the right circumstances. These trade possibilities range from – definitely gone to less likely to be dealt. There’s not much to analyze as until you see the player’s fit with his new team there’s not much to go on. Obviously the goal for us fantasy vultures is to find the David Perron types who may move from a terrible team to a Cup contender while gaining a boost with a top line, or at the very least, top 6 pairing role for forwards and a top 4 and/or a second PP unit role for defensemen. Thus when you see a given player get dealt, you’ll want to either immediately pounce on the waiver wire in your league, or keep an eye on the traded player’s new team to see how they’re being used.
Players at press time who were not traded.
– Cam Atkinson (Chicago, Boston) Atkinson is an RFA after the season so chances are he stays put.[update: Atkinson inked a 3-year contract extension with Columbus just prior to Monday’s trade deadline]
– Loui Eriksson
– Sam Gagner
– Antti Niemi
– Antti Raanta (Edmonton)
– Patrick Sharp (Detroit, Washington)
– Malcom Subban – there has to be a reason he was recalled from the AHL (since sent back) despite a lack of playing time, right?
Rumored, but Less Likely to Move
Tyler Bozak (Rangers)
Mike Green is highly unlikely to move
Phil Kessel (Florida, Nashville, San Jose)
Joffrey Lupul (Montreal)
Ryan o’Reilly (Arizona, Buffalo, Calgary, Toronto)
Dion Phaneuf (Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles)
Mike Richards (Toronto)
Cam Ward (no one is taking on that contract for a backup)
* Carolina: Cam Ward has been bordering on securing at least two-thirds of Carolina’s starts, but thanks to a healthy dose of back to back matchups (3 over the last two weeks) Anton Khudobin has still managed to grab some additional starts that given his February performance, probably didn’t deserve. Nevertheless, after allowing 16 goals over his last four starts, Khudobin managed to shutout the high powered Washington offense on 28 shots in his final February start so perhaps he can get back to his form of January where he recorded wins in 5 of his 6 starts while failing to allow more than 2 goals over those six January starts.
- Ward – 39 starts, 2.37 GAA, .913 SV%
- Khudobin – 22 starts, 2.60 GAA, .906%
TTMI Counsel: Ward allowed 4 goals in two starts which held his ratios essentially equal to those heading into the week. Ward can still be safely started in standard size leagues where he’s worthy of a start in favorable matchups. With his shutout of Washington, Khudobin managed to raise his save% 5 points and with a short string of a couple quality starts should get his ratios back to around league average after a terrible February.
*Winnipeg has mercifully put an end to the near timeshare in goal and Ondrej Pavelec can safely be put out to pasture for most fantasy leaguers. Those of you who have been tying up two roster spots with both Hutchinson and Pavelec can now consider dumping Pavelec altogether.
- Pavelec – 34 starts, 2.60 GAA, .909 SV%
- Hutchinson – 30 starts, 2.29 GAA, .919 SV%
TTMI Counsel: Michael Hutchinson seems to have righted the proverbial ship as over his last 3 starts he’s held the opposition to only 5 goals. That 3 game sample included starts against the Blues and Kings whom he held to 3 goals total. Meanwhile, Ondrej Pavelec ends his timeshare which included a streak of allowing 3 or more goals in 15 of his last 19 starts.
Trending: The Waiver Wire
– Brendan Gallagher makes his second appearance on this list and again rightfully so after recording 4 goals, 4 assists and a +7 over Montreal’s last 5 games. The one counting stat that you can always count on Gallagher for is his SOG….all 180 shots worth this season good for 26th in the NHL. Gallagher has also been among the top 10 in GWG with 5 and he’s also a +20 on the season. Gallagher averages over 16 minutes per game and 2.2 minutes a game on the PP making Gallagher a quietly valuable stat category filler though he only has 22 PIMs on the season.
– Mike Hoffman is now up to 29% owned after recorded 8 goals, 8 assists, and a +6 over his last 15 games. Hoffman has been sneaky good this season to where he only has 7 multi-point games but he’s also never gone more than 4 games without a point. The main reason his value is being somewhat repressed is that Hoffman has only compiled 3 PP points which oddly is coupled with a team leading 4 game winning goals. Hoffman currently skates on Ottawa’s second line with Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan and during this recent stretch, has been moved up to Ottawa’s first PP unit. Hoffman has averaged just over 1.3 minutes on the man-advantage per game.
– Eddie Lack is this week’s automatic add as he’s up to 39% owned following the injury to Ryan Miller. Lack has allowed 6 goals in 3 games since taking over for Miller and his goals against average on the season is basically just under league average, while his .918 SV% is well above the .912% league average. Miller is expected to be sidelined for at least 4-5 more weeks so Lack is worthy of a start in most any matchup.
Deep (League) Cuts
– David Desharnais despite compiling 38 points and a +22 is only 19% owned primarily as the result of taking only 71 shots in 62 games. He does have 11 goals on those 71 shots – good for a 15.5 shooting%. Desharnais skates first line even strength (17.1 minutes) and PP minutes (2.2 per game) along with Pacioretty and Gallagher. He’s also 54.3% on face-offs on the season. If you’re lagging behind in your assist total category, Desharnais makes for a solid waiver option.
– Ryan Spooner is worthy of a mention for those in super deep leagues. When David Krejci went down to injury it was assumed Carl Soderberg would move up to the first line (or a trade acquisition such as Vermette), but the Bruins recalled Spooner to center Lucic and Pastrnek. In 4 games since his call-up, Spooner has banked a goal and two assists. He’s struggled at the dot in the early going having won just 44% of draws, but Spooner is being used on the Bruins first PP unit where he averages 2.16 minutes per game.
– Teuvo Teravainen will be our homer shill pick for the week as there are probably better options out there but this is a Hawks site and Teuvo is kind of a big deal. Teuvo’s return to Chicago’s lineup (in Florida) resulted in a goal on only one shot, but he only managed 9.5 minutes of TOI along with no PP time. The following game in Tampa saw Teravainen’s ice-time jump up to 13 minutes and Teravainen again recorded just one shot. However, Tervo was deployed nearly 1.5 minutes on the man-advantage, so that’s nice. You probably can’t count on a lot of peripheral stats from Teuvo, but as long as he’s banking at least second PP unit minutes in Chicago, he’s worth monitoring.
Fantasy Hawk Factor
Second Line Heroes Watch (for the week)
- Sharp – 1 assist, 3 shots, even
- Richards –1 assist, 4 shots, even (carbon copy of last week…)
- Versteeg – 1 goal, 0 assists, 5 shots, even
- Toews – 2 goals, 0 assists, 12 shots, +2
- Hossa – 3 assists, 8 shots, +2
- Saad – 1 goal, 1 assist,10 shots, +2
Blackhawk Goal Scoring Slump Watch
Hjalmarsson – 1 goal over the last 48 games
Keith – 1 goal over the last 34 games (82 shots)
Kruger – 1 goal over the last 37 games (43 shots)
Oduya – Goalless over the last 17 games (19 shots)
Richards – Goalless over the last 20 games (48 shots)
Seabrook – Goalless over the last 27 games (66 shots)
Sharp – 1 goal over the last 22 games (48 shots)
Shaw – Goalless over the last 15 games (26 shots)
– Patrick Kane, we’ve been told, is injured. That ends the potential Art Ross/Hart Trophy runs, and more importantly, strips the Blackhawks of their most dynamic scorer and playmaker. For fantasy players there is no replacing Kane’s production over the duration of the season with one individual player unless you happened to scoop up a guy like Devan Dubnyk and you happen to also roster another top end goalie to where you can afford to trade from depth on your roster to acquire a top end RW to replace Kane. Otherwise you’re left to find guys over short samples on the waiver wire such as the recent hot stretches by players such as the young guns in Ottawa like Mark Stone or Mike Hoffman. You just have to continually monitor the waiver wire and sort for 7 day stretches to find lesser players on hot streaks and then dump them when they revert back to mediocrity. Antoine Vermette will in all likelihood absorb most of Kane’s minutes among the top 6 for the most part, though those minutes will come in different forms among special teams play.
– Patrick Sharp’s struggles continued as along with swirling trade rumors and locker room unrest, Sharp ran his goal scoring drought to just 1 goal over his last 22 games. Sharp has 10 assists and also a -8 over that timeframe. Sharp’s shooting% at even strength took another slight dip and is now down to 1.77% on the season after recording just 3 shots over Chicago’s 3 game slate this week. His even strength points per 60 minute average is now below Bryan BIckell and sits at 1.70 points per 60. On the lone positive side for Sharp owners (and Hawk fans) is at least he has moved back into the top 6 following Kane’s regular season ending injury. Also of note, Sharp reclaimed his role on the Hawks’ first PP unit on the Florida trip.
– Ben Smith shouldn’t have been on your fantasy radar unless you play in a 30 team dynasty league or one of those bizarro leagues that count offensive futility, but in case you are one of those people, Smith has been traded to San Jose for fellow 4th line plugger, Andrew Desjardins.
– Teuvo Watch: As noted above in Deep Cuts, Teravainen only recorded 2 shots over his 2 game return in Chicago’s lineup, but it did result in a well placed goal beating Borat Luongo high. After only seeing just over 9 minutes in his return against the Panthers, he managed to climb over 13 minutes the following night in Tampa. The matchup against the Lightning also saw Teravainen nab 1.5 minutes on the man-advantage. Also of note, Teuvo managed to win 4 of 7 face-offs.