Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fantasy Hockey: Go Get 'Em

As the football season winds down, we will be concentrating a little bit more on the "Pucks" side of things here.

Here's a list of players who a.) Might be available on your waiver wire or b.) you should possibly target in trades.

You won't find a Crosby or Ovechkin on these lists. They're most likely unattainable anyway (and if you're their lucky owner, you should thank your lucky stars and hang onto them like a life vest in the middle of a shipwreck).


Ray Emery- Emery is proving to be the lesser of two evils in the Ottawa goaltending duo with Martin Gerber. While he's no sure thing and still lets in his share of bad goals, at least the Senators tend to compete harder and have a decent shot of winning when he is in the nets. He can probably be had for a relatively cheap price as well.

Tomas Vokoun- Florida is showing signs of life after a mediocre start to their season. Vokoun will be the beneficiary of the improved play in front of him. He's also started 26 of the Panthers games, never a bad statistic for a fantasy goalie.


Joe Corvo- Continuing with the Ottawa theme, Corvo has been very active lately, recording at least one point in 5 of his last 6 games. A smooth skater with an offensive flair, he is also a +12 on the defensive side of things. With other defensemen currently struggling for the Sens, look for Corvo to get more ice time and to continue his fine season.

Pavel Kubina- Prior to his knee injury which shelved him for 10 games, Kubina was being very productive. Since returning, he has picked up where he left off, recording a point in each of his last 3 games. He has a healthy +9 rating and sees time on the power play also.


RJ Umberger- Last night's 5 point game (including a hat trick) notwithstanding, Umberger has been fairly "Feast or Famine" this season. Though he has recorded points in only 12 of the 26 contests he's played in, 5 of those game were multi-point affairs. If you can withstand a few dry games, you ought to be rewarded with some nice outbursts from him (hopefully at a point when you need it.)

Brendan Morrison- Morrison is not a main weapon on the Canucks, but he does play an important role, one which you can utilize for your fantasy squad. More than half of his points (11 of 20) scored this year have come on the power play. He still needs to shoot more and he's not going to blow anyone away with his overall stats, but he can be a nice compliment to a team who desperately needs depth at the Center position.

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